Our Organization

Friends of Blackwater works to protect and promote natural beauty, diverse creatures, unique heritage, and the outdoor recreation economy in the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands -- home to the magnificent, 10,000-acre Blackwater Canyon – West Virginia’s “Scenic Crown Jewel.” Our professional staff and grass-roots citizen advocacy are a strong force for responsible conservation and sustainable progress in the Highlands.

Our Staff


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.

Position Unfilled

Director of Field Operations

Cheyenne Carter

Executive Assistant

Cheyenne Carter, raised West Virginia, graduated with a B.S. in Env. Studies from Ithaca College. Her relevant experience is in climate advocacy, environmental education, field work, food systems, and holistic health.

Position Unfilled

Climate Consultant (part-time)

Jocelyn Phares

Policy Analyst

Jocelyn Phares, is a West Virginia native who graduated from WV University with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Global Environmental Change. In January 2021, she completed her J.D. in Portland, Oregon at Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Natural Resources Law.

She is thrilled to be back in our Wild and Wonderful state to help preserve its beauty!

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Alicia Erjavec

Heritage AmeriCorpe Vista

Alicia has a B.A. from Fairmont State University and a passion for preserving Appalachian history! She supports our heritage restoration and education programs


Sarah Cartron

Watershed and Outreach Assistant

Sarah studied Contemporary Photography at Shepherd University and has a graduate degree in photojournalism from Corcoran College of Art + Design. She helps with watershed projects, trail work, and creating outreach material.


John Brown

Technical 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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Board of Directors


Judy Rodd


Jeannie Dalporto


Donna Cook


Thomas Rodd


Michael Plante

Advisory Board


Steve White Esq.


Rafe Pomerance


Deborah McHenry Esq.


Patrick McGinley Esq.


Alan Karlin Esq.


Jason Halbert


Larry Groce


Karen Coria


Kitty Dooley, Esq.


Annie Dillard

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Sponsoring Organizations

The following groups have contributed financially to our work. We are still building this section, so if you are a contributor and don't see your logo yet, don't worry.
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logo for the Tucker County Cultural District Authority
logo for the West Virginia Humanities Council
logo for Tucker County Community Foundation
logo for WV Department of Environmental Protection
logo for Appalachian Stewardship Foundation
logo for National Forest Foundation
logo for Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
logo for the Astrov Fund and Earth Sticker
logo for the southern partners fund