James River Association Staff
Chief Executive Officer
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Bill Street wins the 2010 Gerald P. McCarthy Award
Bill Street is the Chief Executive Officer for the James River Association headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Bill 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.
Prior to joining JRA in April 2005, Bill 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, he 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. Bill has led state and regional policy initiatives related to water quality, watershed restoration, agriculture and land protection. Previously, he 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.
Bill 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.
Marketing & 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.
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.
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Kyle joined JRA in February 2013 as the Field Educator intern. Kyle's responsibilities include overseeing day, overnight, and multi-day educational trips at JRA's new Ecology School on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. Not only does Kyle work on this 1,329-acre island in the middle of the James River, but as part of his internship he makes his home there as well. Before joining the JRA Education team, Kyle worked for an inclusive outdoor adventure/education non-profit based in San Francisco, California. Kyle has a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Education from Radford University and spent most of his college days backpacking, climbing and boating. While in college Kyle worked for his university’s Adventure Education Program, leading high ropes and team-building activities. Kyle finds passion and gratification in educating tomorrow's stewards of the James River.
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Georgia joined JRA in October of 2012 as the Chesapeake Youth Corps intern. She spends most of her time working as an educator at the James River Ecology School and developing environmental service opportunities for youth throughout the watershed. Working closely with partners in Virginia and Maryland, Georgia travels frequently to experience all that the James and the Chesapeake Bay has to offer. Georgia graduated in May of 2012 from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. During college, she enjoyed traveling for internships and classes- from the Florida Keys to the Galapagos Islands, spending a lot of time on boats. Her favorite parts about her position are engaging students and teachers in stewardship activities, and paddling the James.
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. Pat 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. Pat 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.
Upper James Outreach Coordinator
Rob Campbell joined JRA in October 2013 as Regional Outreach Coordinator in the new Lynchburg office. Rob, a native of the Lynchburg area, grew up in close proximity to the James River and has spent a considerable amount of time boating the James and its tributaries. Prior to joining JRA he spent five years with the James River Float Company where he served as a head raft guide and manager. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Randolph College in 2013. Rob currently resides in Amherst County on his family farm adjoining the banks of the Piney River. In his free time, Rob can be found canoeing or rafting as many Central and Western Virginia rivers as he can, as well as hiking, climbing and camping in the one of a kind Blue Ridge Mountains.
Director of Development & 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 became JRA's Outreach Manager in April 2013. He is responsible for managing JRA's outreach initiatives, including Envision The James, and related partnerships throughout the James River Watershed. Before joining JRA he spent five years working as a planner in Henrico County. He 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, hiking, gardening, and volunteering.
Amber Ellis, PLA
Watershed Restoration Associate/Volunteer Coordinator
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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.
Shawn T. Ralston
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Lower James Outreach Coordinator
Director of Special Events & Major Donors
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Sherrie Tribble began working for the James River Association as a Lee Davis Business Exchange Student in 1987. Throughout her tenure with JRA, she has grown from a part-time clerical staff position to the Director of Special Events and Major Donors and greatly enjoys working with JRA's wonderful members, volunteers and partners. Sherrie holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and brings a passion for the history of the James River as well as enthusiam for the great work that JRA does to protect America's Founding River.
Database & 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 media. She also writes and distributes the monthly e-newsletter, the James RiverWatch. Angie works closely with JRA’s Director of Special Events and Major Donors as well as with the Development and Marketing 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.