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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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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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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