Maureen Farrington

Marketing Manager

EDUCATION: BA, English, University of Maryland

The Anacostia Watershed Society does amazing work to clean the Anacostia River, and Maureen's role at AWS is to communicate this work to the public. She brings more than 20 years of experience in communications and event planning to her role as Marketing Manager. She manages AWS social media accounts, and produces print mailings. A longtime resident of the Anacostia Watershed,  she brings an ardent passion for the local environment, as well as expertise in internet technologies.

email: mfarrington@anacostiaws.org

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Matt Gallagher

Manager of Community-based Restoration

Education: MS, Ecology, Towson University
Education: BS, Biology, Dickinson College

As the Manager of Community-Based Restoration, Matt oversees the wetland and stream restoration, water quality, and green infrastructure programs at AWS. In addition, he runs the Watershed Stewards Academy – National Capital Region. Before joining AWS, Matt worked as a stream biologist for the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership and as an environmental educator for District government. Matt grew up fishing and swimming in the rivers and lakes of Pennsylvania, and he would love to see those opportunities become available to residents of the Anacostia watershed.

email: mgallagher@anacostiaws.org

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Robinne Gray

Gift Officer

Education: Master's of Regional Planning (MRP) program, Cornell University
Education: B.S., Urban and Regional Studies, Cornell University

Robinne joined AWS in 2017 to connect supporters to the mission of AWS, building the capacity to create a healthy Anacostia River for all to enjoy. Robinne has lived in the Anacostia watershed since 2008. She spent her childhood in the desert southwest (Salt River watershed), and lived for many years in the Finger Lakes region of central New York (St. Lawrence Seaway watershed). For fun, Robinne studies natural history and botany and enjoys hiking and quiet-water explorations around the mid-Atlantic region.

email: rgray@anacostiaws.org

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Aroni Johnson

Environmental Educator

Education: BS, Sociology (2018), University of the District of Columbia

As an Environmental Educator, Aroni works to foster a positive relationship with youth of all ages and the environment that they live in. He teaches watershed workshops inside classrooms, leads field trips on the Anacostia River, conducts teacher training, and engages students in meaningful service learning projects. Aroni was an intern with AWS in 2009, and is passionate about inspiring the watershed's children to be leaders and stewards of the Anacostia River.  

email: ajohnson@anacostiaws.org

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Steve Kinzer

Maintenance Engineer

Steve is responsible for the smooth and safe operations of all AWS properties, including our office at the George Washington House in MD, our floating office barge in D.C., and our fleet of watercraft. Steve joined AWS in 2009s, following a long-time career in the U.S. Navy, and has ever since applied his excellent hands-on experience and skills to ensure that AWS’s operations and resources remain up to par.

email: skinzer@anacostiaws.org

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Maddie Koenig

Environmental Educator

Education: M.S. Park and Resource Management, Slippery Rock University
Education: M.Ed. Environmental Education, Slippery Rock University
Education: B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Maddie previously worked at AWS as a member of the development team. In her new role as a member of the education team, she facilitates classroom visits, assists with river restoration projects, and provides unique on-river experiences for students of all ages. Maddie grew up in the greater Washington, D.C. area and has spent her life here. Over the last 4 years she has worked as a park naturalist throughout Maryland. She loves working with kids and working outdoors and believes that all kids (and grownups, too!) should have easy access to healthy and vibrant outdoor spaces. Maddie is excited and grateful for the opportunity to share the river with others.

email: mkoenig@anacostiaws.org

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Chris Lemieux

Manager of Education

EDUCATION: MS, Environmental Studies (Science Teaching Concentration), Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
EDUCATION: BA, History, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

An accomplished environmental educator, Chris brings his passion for science and restoration to the communities of the Anacostia Watershed. From New Jersey to New Hampshire and Vermont, on subjects ranging from high school science and physics to biology and ecology, Chris has spent his life in places where science and education meet. Chris also oversees the Safety Program at AWS, ensuring that all efforts of staff, volunteers, and program participants are conducted with best practices in safety.

email: clemieux@anacostiaws.org

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Masaya Maeda

Water Quality Specialist

EDUCATION: BS, Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

A graduate of Waseda University in Tokyo with a degree in chemical engineering, Masaya leads the collection and analysis of data that provides the scientific basis for all of AWS’s river restoration, advocacy, and education efforts. His innovative trash trap design led to a body of data that helped support passage of the D.C. Bag Bill, local Styrofoam bans, and bottle deposit initiatives. Masaya came to AWS from Japan, where he had worked for the government of the Mie Prefecture. Masaya is currently our longest serving employee and the institutional “memory” of the Anacostia River.

email: mmaeda@anacostiaws.org

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Simon Plog

Administrative Manager

Simon coordinates and manages financial accounts, payroll, invoicing, and benefits; provides administration and office support; participates in organization-wide efforts such as community events. Before coming to AWS, he was a small business owner, who operated a very popular book store/coffee shop in Riverdale, MD. He also worked in contract management for 11 years at a Maryland-based health consulting firm. He is also retired from the Air Force.

email: simon@anacostiaws.org

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