- Potomac Riverkeeper
- Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
- Shenandoah Riverkeeper
- Vice-President of Programs and Litigation
- development and membership associate
- Agricultural Manager
Dean Naujoks joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Potomac Riverkeeper.
Dean Naujoks has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014.
Dean has been awarded River Network’s 2009 National River Heroes Award. River Network’s River Heroes Award celebrates rivers and those who protect them by recognizing victories and honoring those who provide leadership and inspiration along the way. Yadkin Riverkeeper also won the 2011 North Carolina Wildlife Federation Governor’s Achievement Award Water Conservation Organization of the Year.
Potomac Pollution Hotline: 202.871.8289
Shortly after joining Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2009, Brent Walls now works as the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and is responsible for defending the public trust of the rivers and streams in the Upper Potomac by advocating for clean water and ensuring the the virtues of the Clean Water Act are enforced. Brent Walls has been an advocate for clean water for over a decade. With an Environmental Science background in fresh water ecology, Brent has brought a valuable scientific perspective to Potomac Riverkeeper since 2009. His experience in water quality sampling has ensured defensible enforcement actions and has been a unique advising asset with local watershed groups. Brent’s love of maps and proficiency with Geographical Information Systems has inspired the development of Water Trail maps in the Upper Potomac and has provided PRK with valuable interactive web maps and the creation of a mobile application to report water pollution.
Mark joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the official Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Having guided on the Shenandoah and Potomac for almost twenty years, Mark Frondorf comes to the Shenandoah Riverkeeper position used to hard work and recognizing the importance of a hands-on approach to protecting our rivers. His passion for the water, combined with his people and analytical skills, honed over 25 years as a think tank senior policy analyst tackling some of the most vexing issues facing our nation, make him ideally suited to defend the Shenandoah against pollution, protect our right to clean water, and promote the recreational use of this beautiful river. Mark was the principal investigator and author of a government study that examined the ocean dumping of U.S. chemical weapons and explored the full-range of issues, challenges and potential solutions to this complex problem.
As the former president of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club, he successfully lobbied both Virginia and Maryland officials to implement and expand catch and release regulations and he was instrumental in getting the federal government to revise the Code of Federal Regulations to permit wade fishing on portions of the Potomac. Mark also served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Fly Fishers. He holds an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
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.
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