Programs Team

Emily MyronJenn Aiosa, Director of Programs 

As the Conservancy’s director of programs, Jenn oversees our work in conservation, outreach, and restoration. She was most recently acting director of operations with the Maryland Department of Planning and was previously the director of policy and research.  At the Environmental Defense Fund, Jenn served as Chesapeake senior conservation manager.  As senior scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Jenn was a leader in the Maryland environmental community and advocated for the Chesapeake for 12 years.  She has also worked for the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Coastal Bays National Estuary Program and in the Washington, D.C. office of former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest.

Jenn serves on Bluewater Baltimore’s board of directors and chairs the policy committee. She is also a former board member and active volunteer with Friends of Patterson Park.  Jenn holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia where she was a Dean John A. Knauss Policy Fellow, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences from the University of South Carolina.  Jenn lives in Baltimore with her husband, two dogs and cat. She is a cyclist, urban gardener and college football fan.


Kate Baker, Program Manager 

Kate joined the Chesapeake Conservancy in September 2014. As Partnership Coordinator, she works to advance large landscape conservation initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by convening diverse, multi-disciplinary stakeholders. She also manages Conservancy work related to land conservation in the Nanticoke River watershed and advocating for federal funding for conservation in the Chesapeake region through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Kate is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in finance and previously worked in financial management consulting. She moved in Seattle, Washington in 2012 to pursue a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington with a concentration in Environmental Management. During her graduate studies, she advised state agencies on policies for offshore wind development and was awarded a graduate fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Carly Dean, Project Manager

Carly is a devoted environmental steward who works to achieve collective impact by facilitating large-scale, cross-sector conservation efforts that celebrate and add value to the amazing work undertaken by environmental organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After completing her M.S. in Environmental Science at Towson University, she researched sustainable development for a real estate developer in Beijing, China and social resilience at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna, Austria. Her B.S. in Environmental Science is from Baylor University. Carly’s work at the Chesapeake Conservancy on Envision the Susquehanna has her travel to Pennsylvania and New York which are also some of her favorite places to go backpacking, and are close to her heart as a native of Cecil County, MD. She loves to go boating with her family on the flats at the mouth of the Susquehanna River. She now lives in Towson, MD, and is passionate about the Conservancy’s involvement in the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition.


Adrienne Gemberling, Susquehanna Technical Coordinator

Adrienne serves as the key on-the-ground coordinator for the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Implementing Precision Conservation in the Susquehanna River Watershed Project. As the Susquehanna Technical Coordinator, she collaborates with local partner agencies, universities, stakeholder groups, businesses, and conservation organizations to pilot precision conservation practices, assess best management practice effectiveness through data collection, and develop tools for local partners.

Adrienne comes to the Conservancy with a breadth of local, on-the-ground knowledge of watershed management, natural resource needs, and data gaps within the Susquehanna River Basin. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in Biology and has a master’s degree in Biology with a focus on freshwater ecology from Missouri State University.

Adrienne is a native of central Pennsylvania and currently resides in the small town of Mifflinburg where she enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking, and gardening.


john-griffinJohn Griffin, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Coordinator

As Partnership Coordinator, John works to advance large landscape conservation initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by convening diverse, multi-disciplinary stakeholders. The Partnership seeks to extend the conservation of large landscapes throughout the region to benefit multiple values, including sustainability; scenic, historic and cultural heritage; working lands; important bio- diversity and wildlife habitat; water quality and supply; and overall quality of life.

John is the former Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources under two Governors, the Deputy Secretary of the department, the General Manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and served as Chief of Staff for Governor Martin O’Malley. He brings decades of experience with resource conservation and environmental protection as well as relationships across the Chesapeake watershed.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Niagara University and Master of Arts in social work from the Catholic University of America. He has five children and three granddaughters and lives in Annapolis with his wife Michele and their twin boys.


Jacob Leizear, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member

Jake will be working with the Conservancy for the 2016-2017 year, focusing on community engagement, implementation of community greening projects, and raising awareness, support, and engagement in the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition. A recent graduate from UMBC, Jake holds a BS in Environmental Science and a GIS certification, with a strong background and interest in human GIS application and community engagement/involvement. He will also be working with 30+ other Corps Members at different host sites to become better stewards of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s natural resources. Jake enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time at home with his cat.


Joseph McCauley, Chesapeake Fellow

Recently retired from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Joe brings vast conservation experience, both at the policy level and in the field, to the Conservancy. As Chesapeake Fellow, he serves as a mentor to the Conservancy staff and enhances the organization’s conservation efforts in Virginia.

Joe most recently served as regional chief, Division of Realty, Northeast Region, USFWS, where he was responsible for overseeing real property acquisition within the 13 Northeast States. His accomplishments included adding nearly 18,000 acres to the National Wildlife Refuge System, working with the Rivers of the Chesapeake Landscape Conservation Collaborative, the Conservancy’s Envision the James Core Team, and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Joe lives in the Richmond, VA area. He and his wife Julia have two grown sons. In his spare time, Joe enjoys fishing, gardening and birding.


Reed Perry, Chesapeake Fellow

Reed helps the Conservancy with government relations and to increase community access to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Prior to his work with the Conservancy, Reed worked for United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski as a Legislative Aide where he helped to manage environmental, energy, interior, and transportation legislation.

Reed graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and in August he will begin graduate studies at the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment.

Reed is an avid rock climber and sailor, and splits his time between Rockville and Annapolis.