- Vice-President of External Relations
- Director of Communications
- Vice-President of Programs and Litigation
- development and membership associate
- Agricultural Manager
Jeff Kelble stepped out of his fishing guide raft and into conservation work in 2005 when he started and became the Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Before he became Shenandoah Riverkeeper, he worked for 8 years to build a private smallmouth bass guiding business and a bed and breakfast which he ran with his wife Erika. It was after years of fish kills which devastated the Shenandoah River’s fishery that Jeff decided to put down his oars to join the fight for the river and its health. In 2014, Jeff transitioned from fighting pollution and protecting public use of the rivers to become president of Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
As Riverkeeper Jeff focused on investigating fish health problems and quickly became a regional expert and advocate. Jeff spent years scouring the river and the land for pollution sources and fighting to stop pollution with community action and legal enforcement. Now Jeff works to create an environment and direction at Potomac Riverkeeper Network where his Riverkeepers and program staff are supported and can devote all of their time and energy to the river.
Jeff served as Conservation Chairman, Newsletter Editor, Vice President and President of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club, was a founding board member of Earthkorps, and serves as Secretary of his daughters’ school board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.
Maria is the Vice-President of External Affairs at Potomac Riverkeeper Network. Maria works to identify and secure financial support from members, individuals, corporations and foundations to maintain and grow Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s financial and membership base and to enable the organization to continue its advocacy for the protection of the Potomac River and its watershed.
Maria discovered a dedication to social and environmental justice and community development after working on a state-wide referendum in Maryland and completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maria started her career as a Volunteer Maryland! AmeriCorps member and has worked for numerous nonprofits and issue campaigns in senior development and external affairs roles over the past 20+ years. Before joining Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2016, Maria was the Chief Development Director at Green Door Behavioral Health. During her career, Maria has served as an Executive Director Partnership Development Officer, Field Director, and Director of Special Events and Communications. Maria lives in Washington, DC.
Nathan Ackerman joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s staff in 2017 as Director of Communications. Nathan leads PRKN’s communications, media and outreach efforts to support our Riverkeepers’ advocacy and legal initiatives and our on-the-water events for our members. Nathan Ackerman has worked in strategic communication and media for 25 years, primarily for progressive organizations, candidates and campaigns. His passion for the outdoors was formed through childhood adventures on the Clearfork and Ohio Rivers as well as family canoe trips down the Shenandoah.
Ackerman began his professional career as a campaign organizer for the League of Conservation Voters, and was on the brink of studying environmental law when he was offered a position with ABC NEWS. At ABC he pitched and developed stories on the environment and contributed to breaking national news stories. He produced several stories that aired nationally before being recruited to help create a state of the art communication shop for the US Senate Democratic Leadership under Senator Tom Daschle and future Obama Chief of Staff Pete Rouse.
Since leaving the Hill, Ackerman has crafted award winning advocacy and advertising campaigns on behalf of Fortune 50, association and non-profit clients. His work has been recognized by several top Pollie, Telly and American Marketing Association Awards and HBO’s Media That Matters Film Festival. He has lectured on communication at George Washington University and American University.
Ackerman spends his free time hiking, biking, seeing live music and advocating for DC voting rights. He is serving his first term as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC1B05).
Prior to joining Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Phillip was the Hudson River Program Director at Riverkeeper in New York for nearly ten years, leading efforts to reduce sewage pollution, clean up historic industrial sites and bring enforcement actions to protect the Hudson River. During his tenure as Director, Hudson Riverkeeper brought successful actions against dozens of polluters, including ExxonMobil for its historic Greenpoint oil spill and numerous concrete companies, scrapyards and other waterfront sites whose operations violated the Clean Water Act. Phillip also worked to ensure passage of a New York state law requiring public notification of sewage discharges, and served as a citizen advisor on two task forces convened by Mayor Bloomberg to address climate resiliency challenges in New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Phillip received a J.D. with honors from Pace University School of Law, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Geography from the University of Washington.
Elise joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network staff in 2017 as our Development & Membership Associate. Prior to working in DC for a consulting group, she worked in her home state of Wisconsin with the League of Conservation Voters on both local and national environmental issues. She enjoys biking, cooking, hiking and tennis, and is eager to get out on the water this year while growing PRKN’s membership and fundraising efforts. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is passionate about connecting more stakeholders and communities to conservation.
Alan Lehman is the Agricultural Project Manager for Shenandoah Riverkeeper, under Potomac Riverkeeper Network. Since 2009, Alan has been identifying and documenting farming practices that appear to be contributing excessive nutrients, bacteria, and sediment to rivers and streams in the Shenandoah Valley. Shenandoah Riverkeeper attempts to engage landowners and farmers at the most severe sites to begin a dialog about possible solutions. Alan brings 25 years of experience as an investigative photojournalist to this endeavor, as he patrols the rivers and back roads looking for threats to water quality in the valley. Alan also uses volunteer pilots to assist him with aerial reconnaissance missions to investigate hidden sites. He manages files on over 1280 farms in 8 counties. Alan has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for over 44 years.
We’ve Moved! (March 2017)
Washington DC HeadquartersPotomac Riverkeeper Network
3070 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Shenandoah Mailing AddressShenandoah Riverkeeper
P.O. Box 1251
Berryville, VA 22611
POLLUTION REPORT HOTLINE
Upper Potomac 240.366.1875