The protection, preservation, and improvement of water systems have been life-long passions for Carol Ackerman. Born the granddaughter of Art Flick, an internationally renowned fly-fisherman and New York state conservation policy advisor, and daughter of William Flick, a lead ichthyologist at Cornell University, her dedication to water conservation began as a child. Growing up in the Adirondacks, she had the privilege of working alongside her father in the fisheries laboratory, hatchery, lakes and ponds, studying the impact of acid rain on the water system. The important lessons she learned about global water systems at a young age continue to serve as her guiding principles. This love for science translated into a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and a career in nuclear medicine at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC. As an avid environmentalist, Carol spent many years on Flathead Lake in Montana, making sure that her three children grew up with the same love for water. As a member of the Flathead Lakers, she was active in water quality management and volunteering at the Yellow Bay Research Station. To this day, Flathead Lake is still recognized as one of the most pristine water sources in the country. Locally, she was a board member for the Earth Conservation Corps, working to educate and empower youth to reclaim the Anacostia River. She was also a sitting board member for the Anacostia Riverkeepers. In her free time, Carol enjoys boating on our region’s beautiful waterways, cultivating her organic flower garden, and taking trail rides with her Morgan horse at the Bureau of Land Management’s idyllic 800-acre property in Mason Neck, Virginia. She also takes every opportunity to continue to learn from her father, regularly visiting him on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Carol, her husband Steve and their three adult children are proud residents of the greater Washington region.
Board member since 2018.