Staff

Denise Swol
Executive Director denise@arundelrivers.org

Denise has a masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors from Florida State University in Geography. Her career has mostly been in the education community working at the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation as Annual Fund and Donor Relations Coordinator and at the Summit School as Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement.

For the past four years, she has worked as the Marketing Manager for Lednor Corporation specializing in event management and print and digital marketing. Denise lives in Crofton and this past year fell in love with paddle boarding and with her daughter has been exploring the waters of Anne Arundel County. Denise joined the Federation in September 2018.

Jennifer Carr

Jennifer Carr
Director of Grants & Operations jennifer@arundelrivers.org

Jennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a minor in Environmental Science.  After graduation, she worked for an AmeriCorps non-profit in Baltimore, interned with the International Rescue Committee and taught in a rural village in Serbia.   After returning home, Jennifer joined the Chesapeake Conservation Corps with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and was placed with the South River Federation until November 2011. Jennifer is the Director of Grants & Operations and also oversees the Federation’s restoration program.

Sarah GiordanoSarah Giordano
Environmental Scientist sarahg@arundelrivers.org

Sarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, a minor in Anthropology, and a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies. She was later hired on to assist the Federation in collecting and analyzing water quality data.

With previous experience in environmental education and wildlife research, Sarah is excited for the opportunity to help SRF make a positive difference within communities and ecosystems in the South River Watershed.

 

David LanierDavid Lanier
Restoration Project Manager david@arundelrivers.org

David Lanier is a recent graduate from Towson University, where he earned a degree in environmental studies with a focus on policy and management. He interned with South River Federation during the summer and fall of 2016 before joining SRF full-time in January 2017.

David grew up on the South River, spending his summers swimming, fishing, and crabbing in Selby Bay — activities that he continues to enjoy. Residing in Edgewater, David is excited to be working with the Federation to protect and restore the river on which he grew up.

 

Nancy Merrill Sullivan

Nancy Merrill  Sullivan
Volunteer and Outreach Program Coordinator nancy@arundelrivers.org

Nancy Merrill is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River fishing, crabbing, and in general messing about on boats. She has worked as an environmental educator for Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Friends of the Rappahannock.

She also spent 5 years at The Conservation Fund in Arlington, VA helping to get the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail established with the National Park Service. She has her masters in Non-Profit Management from George Mason University and graduated from Cornell University as a History major. She has sat on the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation board and the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum in Washington, DC. Currently she is on the advisory Council for the Chesapeake Conservancy. She is a certified sailing instructor and PADI scuba diver, an avid reader and traveler and enjoys refinishing furniture.

Jesse IliffJesse Iliff
South RIVERKEEPER jesse@arundelrivers.org

Jesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law. A native of Arnold, Maryland, he interned with the Office of the Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit while studying for the bar exam before litigating a variety of cases in state and federal court after entering private practice in 2010.

While in law school, Jesse earned a Public Service Award for designing a pro bono project for environmental law students to assist in litigation regarding unsound wastewater treatment and retention practices by surface mining companies in West Virginia. Jesse also served as co-executive of the Maryland Environmental Law Society, designing and implementing conservation and fundraising programs for the student organization. In addition, he completed an Asper Fellowship with the Anne Arundel County Office of Law’s natural resources division.

Before joining the South River Federation, Jesse provided pro bono counsel and representation to several community groups and non-profit organizations through the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, most notably securing a permit from the Maryland Department of Environment to construct a living shoreline for the Pines Community Association on the Severn River in 2014. In his spare time Jesse enjoys softball, boating, hiking and cross country skiing with his wife Abbey, their son Baxter, and daughter Willow.

Jeff Holland

Jeff Holland
West/Rhode RIVERKEEPER jeff@arundelrivers.org

Jeff Holland previously served as Executive Director of the West Rhode Riverkeeper prior to the consolidation. He has a background in non-profit management and public relations and served as Executive Director of the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side in 2013 and the Executive Director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum from 2001 – 2012. He was recognized by the Anne Arundel County Schools for creating the innovative environmental education program at AMM, “MUDDY FEET,” which stands for “Maritime Unbounded Damp and Dirty Yucky Fun Environmental Education and Training.”

Jeff was named “Heritage Professional of the Year” by the Four Rivers Heritage Area in 2012. He served as a Maryland delegate on the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program from 2011 – 2016. A singer and songwriter inspired by the Bay, Jeff served as “Poet Laureate of Eastport” in 1994 and was a founding member of the Chesapeake folk groups Crab Alley and Them Eastport Oyster Boys. Jeff enjoys fishing, kayaking and biking, often along the same creek or river somewhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. He lives with his wife, Louise White, in Annapolis.