Judy RoddExecutive 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.
Ian SmithProject 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.
Kate LearyExecutive Assistant
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.
John BrownTechnical Consultant (part-time)
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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