James River Association Staff
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Bill Street wins the 2010 Gerald P. McCarthy Award
William H. Street is the Executive Director for the James River Association located in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Street is responsible for overseeing all of JRA’s efforts to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of the James River’s unique natural and historic resources. Mr. Street manages JRA’s four core programs: River Advocacy, Riverkeeper, Watershed Restoration, and Education and Outreach.
Prior to joining JRA in April 2005, Mr. Street worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for ten years where he served in multiple capacities, most recently as the Director of Watershed Restoration. At CBF, Mr. Street was responsible for managing and coordinating all of CBF’s watershed restoration work, including on-the-ground wetland and riparian restoration projects, agricultural practices, and volunteer restoration programs. Mr. Street has led state and regional policy initiatives related to water quality, watershed restoration, agriculture and land protection. Previously, Mr. Street had worked for a private consulting firm, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. in Newport News, Virginia as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duke University Wetland Center, and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Street has received a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in wetland ecology from Duke University and a Master of Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He also has received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Lower James Riverkeeper
Jamie joined JRA in May 2012. He previously served as Riverkeeper at the Sassafras River Association on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As the eyes, ears and public voice for the Sassafras River, he expanded water quality monitoring to track hazardous algae blooms, worked to implement SRA's watershed action plan, and garnered citizen and local government support for clean water policies. Jamie began his career as an environmental educator working with teenage youth, and went on to work at Friends of the Rappahannock, leading restoration, education and advocacy projects such as "Get the Dirt Out" - a citizen based effort to reduce pollution from construction sites. A native Virginian, Jamie grew up in Stafford County with a love for all things outdoors and earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. From an early age his love for nature and wild places grew into a passion for protecting our natural resources, and Jamie brings to JRA a commitment to improving water quality in America’s Founding River.
Upper James Riverkeeper
Pat Calvert, Upper James Riverkeeper. Prior to joining JRA in 2011, he served for more than 13 years as an on-the-water educator and manager of the Virginia Watershed Education Program of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, focusing on the non-tidal freshwater James River and its tributaries. Mr. Calvert earned his bachelor’s in environmental science from Auburn University and has worked in the nonprofit environmental education community sector for his entire professional career. Calvert is a 2005 graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute and has served on the board of directors of Rivanna Conservation Society. He is an avid fisherman and advocate for healthy waterways.
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Robert joined JRA in November 2012 in the newly created position of Program Director. His responsibilities include overseeing JRA’s programs, including Advocacy, Education & Outreach, Watershed Restoration and the Riverkeeper program. Prior to joining JRA, Robert developed sustainability education programs, performed energy efficiency outreach and developed partnerships for non-profits in the Richmond community. He also has 16 years of experience in the for-profit sector in program management, product development, marketing and research where he held various leadership roles.
Knowing the importance and value of our natural resources, Robert is very excited for the opportunity to help improve the health of the James River. He is active in the community and likes running, triathlons, being an Assistant Boy Scout Leader and playing competitive tennis. He is always up for an adventure and looks forward to spending more time on the river. Robert lives in Glen Allen with his wife and three boys. He has an MBA in Marketing and eCommerce from the University of Maryland, an Adjunct Teaching Certificate from the University of Richmond, and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in International Business and Finance.
Director of Development and Marketing
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Ryan Corrigan is a fundraising professional with 18 years experience in nonprofit management. He holds a degree in Business Management from St. Leo University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from VCU. Ryan began his non-profit career with the Boy Scouts of America and moved on to become the Executive Director of Children’s Miracle Network-Richmond where he worked for thirteen years. Prior to joining JRA in 2012, he held the position of Director of Development and Marketing for Children, Incorporated. He is a former board member of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He resides portaging distance of the James with his best friend Barley, an Australian shepherd who loves to kayak but hates to swim.
Justin joined the James River Association in April 2013. As Outreach Manager, Justin is responsible for the “Envision the James” project as well as managing key outreach initiatives and related partnerships throughout the James River Watershed. He came to the JRA with five years of professional experience in community revitalization and planning. Justin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) degree from Virginia Commonwealth in 2012. He currently resides in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood with his wife and Schipperke. In his spare time Justin enjoys exploring the James River on his kayak, traveling, gardening, and volunteering.
Marketing and Development Associate
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Christina joined the James River Association in September 2012 as the organization’s Marketing and Development Associate. Before becoming part of the JRA team, Christina worked for the James River Green Building Council promoting sustainable building practices. She earned a BS in Public Health from James Madison University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a Richmond native, Christina has close ties to the James River. She loves spending her time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping or relaxing along the river.
Amber Ellis, PLA
Watershed Restoration Associate
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Amber grew up very close to the James River in Powhatan, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2007 and is a licensed Landscape Architect in Virginia. After school she returned to Richmond where she feels an obligation to make her home greener and her community healthier. Prior to joining JRA she worked at a local architecture and engineering firm, Timmons Group, for 3 years as a member of their landscape architecture group. Amber has a passion for restoring habitat through native planting and getting the public involved in making our James River a cleaner place to live and play.
Watershed Restoration Project Manager
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Michelle has spent all of her life in and around water. She grew up in a small town just north of Pittsburgh, PA, along the shores of the Allegheny River. If you ask her mother, she will tell you that it has always been nearly impossible to keep her out of the water! Annual family vacations were spent camping and bass fishing in Canada, which is where her love of nature photography began. In college and graduate school Michelle studied phytoplankton and she continues to be fascinated by the microscopic things in the water that we can’t see. One of Michelle’s favorite pastimes continues to be nature photography. Whether she is on the water or on the shore, you will always find her with her camera!
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Adrienne Kotula joined JRA in November 2010 as the organization’s Policy Specialist. Her work will be focused on the Association’s River Advocacy program. Prior to joining JRA, Adrienne worked in state and local government for several years. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Mary Washington College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. Adrienne has a profound love for Virginia and protecting its natural resources. In her free time, you will find her exploring what the Commonwealth has to offer – hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, kayaking down the James River, or relaxing on the beach at False Cape State Park.
Jessica joined the organization in June 2011. She quickly became familiar with her new home river in her first month on the job as she helped lead the 28-day James River Expedition down the entire 340 mile length of the James. Prior to joining JRA she spent the last four years at the Nevada Outdoor School developing inquiry-based science curriculum and outdoor environmental education programs for K-8 youth in rural communities. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Jessica hails from Michigan where she spent much of her youth outdoors enjoying the Great Lake State and earned a degree in Biological Psychology from the University of Michigan. Jessica brings excitement, passion, and a deep appreciation of science and the outdoors to the Ecology School.
Special Events and Projects Manager
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Sherrie Tribble began working for the James River Association as a Lee Davis COE Student in 1987. Throughout her tenure with JRA, Sherrie has grown from a part-time clerical staff position to the Special Events and Projects Manager. Sherrie’s primary responsibilities are to oversee all JRA events, including JRA’s primary fundraiser, the Westover Lawn Party, the Annual Meeting, and the Runoff Rundown. She also helps to organize board and staff functions, general JRA meetings, and numerous other special events. Sherrie received a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sherrie has lived in Mechanicsville, VA her entire life and enjoys the outdoors by playing softball and volleyball. She also enjoys the wonderful places she gets to see and visit by working for JRA. Sherrie is married to David Tribble, Jr., an employee of his family-owned business Bagby Electric, and has three children – Cole, Emmalee and Clay.
Grantwriter and Membership Coordinator
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Judith grew up in a river town on the Eastern Shore and would never consider living anywhere that wasn't on a river. Originally an archaeologist, her career path has taken her from retail advertising to magazine editor to direct response marketer. That meandering path probably has something to do with her love of hiking, backpacking and wandering in general. At JRA she is responsible for grantwriting, new member acquisition and membership communications. She holds a BS in Anthropology from The American University in Washington, DC and is the recipient of numerous awards for public relations and fundraising.
Data Base and Web Coordinator
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Angie Williams started working for JRA in 2007 as an intern providing data entry services for JRA’s membership database. Angie is now responsible for maintaining the database, website and social networking. She also writes and distributes the monthly e-newsletter, the James RiverWatch. Angie works closely with JRA’s Special Events & Projects Manager and the Development Team. Angie received a BA in Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont and operated a riding school in Mechanicsville, VA for several years before switching gears and joining JRA’s mission to preserve and protect America’s Founding River. She still enjoys riding and showing her Quarter Horses and spending time outside.