James Foster


Environmental Resource Management, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

The President is responsible for implementing the organization's strategic plan, meeting requirements of the Board of Directors, and providing strategic input to advance the mission of the organization.


Mary Abe

Manager of Stewardship

BLA, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Mary is a landscape architect passionate about using her skills to help both the environment and her community. As a watershed resident and former AWS Board Member, Mary's interest in our organization and the Anacostia River led her to become part of our staff in 2012. Native to the Washington metro area, Mary leads our Stewardship team and provides project and staff oversight for all bio retention and watershed restoration projects from design to build.  As a senior landscape architect and LEED AP, she guides our Stewardship team to pursue projects, which both encourage and teach watershed residents sustainable development practices and stewardship.  


Lori Baranoff

Policy Associate

BS, Biology-Zoology and Biology-Ecology, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

Lori started as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer with the Stewardship Team at AWS in late 2010. She is now our Policy Associate working to support the initiative to restore the Anacostia River and its tributaries by engaging members of the community, legislators, and fellow scientists. Surrounded by nature as a child, Lori developed a passion to preserve and protect the natural world shaping her decision to become a biologist. She enjoys using her skills and knowledge to bridge the gap between science and policy as an activist for the environment.


Jorge Bogantes Montero

Natural Resource Specialist

BS, Natural Resources Management and Protection, Universidad Estatal a Distancia, San José, Costa Rica

Before coming to AWS, Jorge worked for six years in biodiversity conservation issues and natural resources management in Costa Rica. Since April 2009 he has been working with the staff of the Anacostia Watershed Society doing reforestation, wetland restoration, as well as other revegetation projects, and invasive plant management. To do this work Jorge leads volunteer events engaging watershed residents and the public in meaningful outdoor stewardship activities. Jorge also helps AWS's team of educators to teach people about conservation and restoration issues. Additionally, he supervises our stewardship interns from spring to fall. AWS's restoration programs improve habitat quality for many native plants and wildlife, as well as the outdoor experiences of hikers, joggers, bikers, and others using our shared parkland every day.


Lee Cain

Director of Recreation

BS, Physical Science, Culture and Writing, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

Lee leads the National Capital Region - Watershed Stewards Academy with local and regional watershed partners.  He provides community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on stormwater issues and to conduct projects that reduce pollution at the source.  Lee began working at AWS in 2006 as an environmental educator.  His passion for work in conservation stems from his roots in the Chesapeake Bay where he spent his youth fishing and crabbing.  He enjoys kayaking and is always happy to share the secrets of the Anacostia to those who are interested.


Erin Borgeson Castelli

Director of Development

BA, French and Psychology, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Erin works with the Anacostia Watershed Society's Development Team to build relationships and raise funds from major donors and prospects, including foundations, governments, individuals, and corporations. If you would like to make a contribution (cash, stock, or planned gift such as putting us in your will) or to learn more, feel free to contact her.


Emily Conrad

Development Coordinator

BA, Anthropology and Literature, American University, Washington, DC

Originally hailing from the Texas Hill Country, Emily first developed an appreciation for the environment and the outdoors while going on camping trips with her family as a child. She joins AWS as a member of the development team researching new funding streams and grant opportunities while helping to maintain AWS’s current committed relationships. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions on how you can support AWS’s critical work to restore the Anacostia Watershed.


Ann DeSanctis

Volunteer Coordinator

BA, Geography (minors Anthropology & International Studies), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Ann is the third Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer at AWS. She assists with the Education Team's three-part service learning environmental education programs, including Rice Rangers, RiverSmart Schools, and the SONG Project. Her experience comes from time with Climate Summer, the Student Conservation Association, University of Kentucky's Organic Horticulture Research & CSA Farm, and the National Geographic Society. She loves being outdoors and keeps busy with activities ranging from ultimate frisbee to bike polo and is excited to develop her paddling skills on the Anacostia and other waterways of the region.


Steve Kinzer

Maintenance Engineer

Steve works hard to keep things running smoothly at AWS and around the George Washington House. He has previously worked as a plumber, electrician, painter and carpenter and now brings his expertise to AWS.


Chris Lemieux

Environmental Educator

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

Chris has spent his life in places where science and education meet.  The past ten years have taken Chris to NJ, where he taught classes in environmental education and adventure recreation; and to New Hampshire and Vermont, where he taught science in high school classrooms, with topics ranging from biology and ecology to physics.  He is very excited to now work to educate about and help to restore the Anacostia River.




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