Our Organization

Friends of Blackwater is a non-profit conservation organization which supports the West Virginia Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative, The J.R. Clifford Project, the North Fork Watershed Project and the Save Our Squirrel Campaign.

Our Staff

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Judy Rodd

Executive Director

Judy Rodd is our executive director, and has run Friends of Blackwater since 2000. She has an M.S. in Recreation and Parks from West Virginia University, and has been working as an environmental educator and advocate since 1985. As well as being the director, Judy handles much of the grants and fundraising.

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Ian Smith

Project Manager

Ian Smith, project manager for Friends of Blackwater, has a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Otago in New Zealand and a BS in Environmental Science from Johnson State College in Vermont. He works primarily on watershed improvement and trail maintenance projects.

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Kate Leary

Executive Assistant/Outreach

Kate Leary has a MS from the University of Montana, and was a lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council during the 2017 legislative session.

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John Brown

Technical Consultant

John Brown is Friends of Blackwater’s technical consultant. He has run his own computer business and has worked with non-profits across West Virginia. When not helping Friends of Blackwater, he teaches middle school science.

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Board of Directors

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Judy Rodd

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Jeannie Dalporto

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Donna Cook

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Thomas Rodd

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Michael Plante

Advisory Board

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Steve White Esq.

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Rafe Pomerance

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Deborah McHenry Esq.

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Patrick McGinley Esq.

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Alan Karlin Esq.

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Jason Halbert

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Larry Groce

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Karen Coria

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Kitty Dooley, Esq.

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Annie Dillard

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Sponsoring Organizations

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