Meet our Staff

Kathleen Harrigan, Executive Director
Kathleen Harrigan joined the Friends of the Rappahannock in August 2014 (stepping into the Executive Director role held by John Tippett for the previous 19 years). Kathleen brings to Friends of the Rappahannock her significant experience leading water quality protection and restoration programs as an inspector, trainer, meeting facilitator, event planner and public involvement coordinator. She has the ability to connect people across different organizations and perspectives, to articulate common goals and implement tasks to achieve them.
 
Kathleen moved to Fredericksburg in 1976 to attend Mary Washington College, fell in love with the Rappahannock River, and upon graduating (with a degree in Biology) made Fredericksburg her home. She started her career protecting the Rappahannock River and other waterways of the Virginia, but for 30 years her career as a consultant to local, state, and federal water protection agencies took her across the U.S., and to Canada and Mexico.
 
In addition, while traveling throughout the U.S. for work Ms. Harrigan maintained her ties to the Fredericksburg area by volunteering for local non-profits providing social services to our community. By joining Friends of the Rappahannock, Kathleen brings her combined water quality experience, management, and non-profit experience to the watershed she calls home. In her role as Executive Director, she hopes to strengthen the organizations capabilities and capacity to further its ability to protect and restore the Rappahannock River.
 
Daria Christian, Assistant Director/Education Director
Daria  joined our staff as Education Director in 2010.  She is a seasoned classroom teacher with a wealth of experience in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Daria has taught and studied in Virginia, Washington State, and China, working with children from preschool through high school. During her time in the traditional classroom Daria made environmental education her focus. Many of the projects she led gained recognition throughout the community. When studying conservation her students wrote public service announcements, which were aired on local radio for over a year. Another class received coverage by a local TV news station when they built a cob playhouse on the school grounds during a unit about sustainability. Daria also helped create a child-friendly version “An Inconvenient Truth”, which she co-presented live at Town Hall in Seattle.
 
Beyond her time spent in the regular classroom, Daria was a Science Instructor at the Sally Ride Science Camp for Girls, John’s Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Math and Science Innovation Center. Daria earned a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Child Development from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master degree in Education from the University of Mary Washington.
 
 
Richard Moncure Jr, Tidal River Steward
FOR welcomed Richard to the position of Tidal Rappahannock River Steward on Jan 12, 2011.  Richard's role as Tidal River Steward will expand FOR’s mission, downstream, to the Chesapeake Bay.  He is currently involved in community education and advocacy relating to the Taylorsville Basin Fracking issue, and he is leading a number of restoration projects relating to living shorelines and oyster reefs.
 
Richard has spent a lifetime on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  The former owner of the Seafood Market at The Happy Clam and licensed waterman understands the value of the Rappahannock River from "fisherman to fork", and beyond.  Now living in Simonsons with his family of waterpeople, Richard keeps a close eye on the Rappahannock and its fishing industry.  Richard is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Hampden-Sydney College.  After college, Richard completed his service in Peace Corps Zambia, working on rural aquaculture projects before returning home to join his family in the seafood business.
 
Richard is based out of FOR's Tidal Rappahannock Office located at June Parker Marina in Tappahannock, Virginia.
 
 
Woodie Walker, Community Conservationist
Woodie joined Friends of the Rappahannock as Volunteer and Membership Coordinator in August, 2013.
 
A lifelong advocate for environmental stewardship, Woodie’s participation in grassroots efforts dates to the 1980s, while he was serving with the U.S. Air Force in Alaska. In 2001 he helped found the Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper Program, the first Waterkeeper Alliance program in Virginia. His work with Riverkeeper  led to his selection as a finalist for the 2004 National River Hero Award (River Network).
 
Woodie has worked in the conservation field on the local, state and federal levels. His duties have included helping agricultural producers implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) and managing erosion and sediment control/stormwater programs for local governments. Most recently, he spent two years in West Virginia as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working with non-profits and the U.S. Forest Service on the Monongahela National Forest in Pocahontas County. Much of his time in the mountains was spent organizing volunteers for watershed restoration projects.
A native of Tidewater, Va., Woodie became fascinated with waterways and wildlife as a child, tagging along behind his father and grandfathers on many outdoor adventures. He has two daughters and two grandsons, who now follow him.
 
Woodie has an associate’s degree from New River Community College (Dublin, Va.) and enjoys guitars, fly fishing and Little League baseball.
 
Bryan Hofmann, Programs Manager
Bryan joined Friends of the Rappahannock in 2013 as Programs Manager.
 
Prior to his position with FOR, Bryan attended Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. Following graduation and work on several political campaigns, Bryan decided to focus his policy work on Environmental issues and enrolled in Miami University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences to study environmental science with a focus on water policy and stormwater management. His graduate studies landed him a position with American Rivers in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where he continued his work on stormwater, low impact development, and green infrastructure.
 
After American Rivers Bryan took a position with the State of California as an Environmental Planner in the Lake Tahoe Basin where he worked on sustainability planning, ecosystem service valuation, and green infrastructure assessments. Living in California provided many opportunities for rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, and general river fun and Bryan took full advantage and was fortunate enough to become an assistant raft guide before he moved to Virginia where he now works to protect the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. At FOR, Bryan works on a variety of policy issues at the state house and Washington D.C. and manages multiple restoration programs involving green infrstructure and stormwater management, stream restoration, river cleanups, oyster reef restoration, and more.  Bryan's favorite spot in the watershed is the upper Hazel River fishing for native brook trout.  
  
Lowery Pemberton, Education Coordinator
Lowery is a native of the Northern Neck, growing up in the small village of Sharps in Richmond County. Raised in a family full of watermen and having the river in her backyard, Lowery’s interest in the health of the river grew with age. After attending the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Lowery went to the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Environmental Sciences and a Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. 
 
While attending UVa, Lowery focused her studies on ecology, conservation, and restoration; how the three intertwine and can be used to create sustainability. Her main passion grew for restoration as she studied cases from Washington State to the Everglades. She yearned for a place where she could make her own footprint and make a difference while doing what she loved and has found this first stepping stone with Friends of the Rappahannock.'
 
 
John Tippett, Science & Policy Advisor
John joined FOR in 1995 as Executive Director and led the organization until August 2014.  Now, he works part-time in an advisory role and on a variety of projects for the organization.

During his tenure as ED, John led the expansion of the organization with a focus on constructive engagement on issues to reduce the impacts of land development on the Rappahannock and its tributaries.  He was instrumental in the creation and passage of Virginia's first Low Impact Development ordinances in Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.  He played a leadership role in advocacy initiatives that resulted in the removal of Embrey Dam and in the placement of 4,232 acres of riverfront (30+ miles) into perpetual conservation easement.

In 2014 John received the Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution.  Other recognition includes the 2014 Watershed Champion Award by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the 2010 Stoneroller Award from the Center for Watershed Protection, the 2008 National River Hero Award from River Network, the 2007 National Environmental Partnership Award by the Conservation Fund and International Paper, and the 2005 Conservationist of the Year award by the Float Fisherman of Virginia,  John was a Fellow in International Community Development from 1993-95 through the  Partners of the Americas/Kellogg Foundation. 

John previously worked as an Environmental Scientist with Research Triangle Institute, where he developed a computer model for estimating sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus loads from the Tar-Pamlico river basin in North Carolina.  He has also worked on a Water Quality Decision Support System for the Danube River in Eastern Europe.  Other international work includes building capacity among environmental nonprofits in the Phillipines, and environmental educational programs in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

John's professional interests are in the science of watershed management, the design and implementation of Low Impact Development Practices, and the intersecton of watershed science, public policy and community advocacy,

He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Allegheny College and a Master's degree in Environmental Resource Management from Duke University (1990). John is a native of Southern Maryland and he says he "fell in love with rivers as a child spending time fishing and crabbing on the lower tidal Potomac." He notes, "There is no greater priviledge than to be able to work for something you care so deeply about". 

 

Displaying IMG_1778.JPGNick Cadwallender, Development Coordinator and Environmental Educator

Nick Cadwallender, joined Friends of the Rappahannock in April 2016 as Development Coordinator and Environmental Educator. Prior to joining FOR, Nick was Publisher of The Free Lance-Star.  He has served on the boards of numerous local organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Mental Health America Fredericksburg, The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Rotary Club and Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation. 
 
Nick grew up on the south coast of Australia where his love of the outdoors led him to Melbourne Teachers College and a Diploma of Teaching, majoring in Outdoor Recreation.  In 1987 he graduated from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree focusing on education.  

Nick has enjoyed the Rappahannock River since moving to Fredericksburg in 1990 and has fond memories of many father-daughter canoe trips and many happy days spent fishing with his son on the river.  Nick was the first stage MC of Riverfest 20+ years ago and will be heading sponsorship and fundraising for this signature FOR event.