Fred Tutman, Riverkeeper & CEO

Fred was born and raised along the Patuxent River as were seven generations of his ancestors before him. Prior to founding Patuxent Riverkeeper in 2004, Fred operated a business that provided professional media and mass communication services internationally. Fred also worked as volunteer activist on the Patuxent for over 20 years until the momentum of the volunteer environmental work overcame his media career and the challenge of Riverkeeping beckoned. Fred is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his work on behalf of environmental causes and issues in Maryland. He also serves on a variety of Boards, Task Forces and Commissions related to the work of protecting the Patuxent and the natural environment. Among them, Fred serves on the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project, as a Governor appointed Commissioner on the State's Patuxent River Commission and on the Board of Waterkeeper Alliance, the international group that licenses Waterkeepers. Fred is an adjunct instructor at historic St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he teaches an upper level course in Environmental Law and Policy. He is an avid kayaker and backpacker, and also helps to maintain trails on the Appalachian Trail.

Katie Mettle, Volunteer Coordinator

Katie comes to Patuxent Riverkeeper through Volunteer Maryland, an AmeriCorps program.  A University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate, Katie has experience working in the legislative and executive branches of government at the state and local level. She has spent time with the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Howard County Economic Development Authority. She looks forward to her position as Volunteer Coordinator and meeting the community.  You can reach Katie at:



Clyde Bernard Fowler is a former Maryland State Senator (1983–1994) and County Commissioner (1970–1982) from Calvert County, Maryland. Prior to being elected to public office, Fowler was an avid fisherman who would wade into the Patuxent River and make note of the clarity of the water. After noticing the clarity of the water slowly diminishing, Fowler chose to run for Calvert County Commissioner in 1970 and make the health of the Patuxent River a key issue. As an early-1970s Calvert County Commissioner, he led the way in a lawsuit filed by downriver Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties against upriver counties. The lawsuit forced the state, the upriver counties, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enact pollution control measures. After serving over a decade as county commissioner, Fowler was elected to the Maryland Senate, where he remained in until his retirement from public office in the mid 1990s.

David C. Harrington is a former member of the Maryland State Senate. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University, and a M.A. from Miami University where he served as: Senior fellow and faculty member, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland. Board of Directors, Maryland Association of Counties. Eastern Regional Representative, National Association of Black County Officials. Former director of education, Close Up Foundation. Former president, Maryland Municipal League; Port Towns Community Development Corporation.

Tom Horton covered Chesapeake Bay for the Baltimore Sun for more than 30 years, and wrote environmental stories for numerous magazines, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic and Audubon. He is author of eight books on the Chesapeake. His book, Bay Country, won the John Burroughs Award, given annually for the best book of nature writing in the U.S. Currently he lives in Salisbury Maryland where he teaches at Salisbury University, and works on books and magazine stories.

Joseph D. Tydings is a former member of the United States Senate, representing the state of Maryland from 1965 to 1971. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1955 to 1961, and as United States Attorney from 1961 until his resignation in 1963 to run for Senate. He won election to the Senate in 1964 until 1970. He later served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University System of Maryland, and continues to practice law.



Dr. Walter Boynton is a Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, running two labs focused on estuarine ecology, the Estuarine Ecology Field Lab and the Nutrient Analytical Services Laboratory. Dr. Boynton has research awards from the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, the Estuarine Research Federation and the University of Maryland, and serves on several EPA National Committees.

Richard Dolesh has worked with parks, resource conservation and natural resources for nearly all of his professional life. Most of his experience in these areas has been on the Patuxent River. He is currently a Senior Policy Associate with the National Recreation and Park Association, previously was Director of Forest, Wildlife, and Heritage Service for Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and before that, was Chief of Natural and Historical Resources for Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (MNCPPC). He is the author of a number of articles in the Parks and Recreation Magazine and other publications relating to parks and conservation.

Dr. Ralph Eshelman is the owner and CEO of Eshelman & Associates, a cultural resource management and museum consultation company. He was the founding director of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, a local government sponsored museum. Ralph was responsible for numerous aspects of the museum's operations including administration and exhibit development. Dr. Eshelman is considered a leading authority in the history and paleontology of the Patuxent River.

Will Biddle is a retired educator and civic activist and avid outdoorsman living in the Davidsonville Area.

Tony Gamboa is a retired lawyer and civic activist living in the Shadyside area. 

Vernice Miller-Travis is an Urban Planner and a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York. She is also a published author of numerous articles and book chapters on race and land-use, environmental justice, Brownfields redevelopment and hazardous waste policy, sustainable community development, historic preservation, and neighborhood revitalization. She is the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Section on the Environment Damu Smith Health Achievement Award in 2009, and also a Charles H. Revson graduate fellowship from Columbia University (1992), and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship (1997).Currently, she is also the principal of an environmental consulting group called Miller-Travis & Associates, and a Senior Associate at Skeo Solutions.

Tracy Lloyd McCurty is a public interest attorney who serves communities and works to alleviate disparities. She is presently employed as Policy Advisor, at the Rural Coalition where she devises advocacy strategies in collaboration with community-based farm organizations to promote the equitable inclusion of historically underserved and limited resource farmers and farmworkers in federal agriculture programs. Ms. McCurty’s diverse work includes monitioring and analyzing legal developments regarding equity in federal agriculture programs including government agency regulations, court decisions and legislative actions as well as providing legal and technical assistance to community based organizations including nonprofit, program development and grant writing; assisted farm cooperatives with identifying farm-to school markets for their produce in the DC metro area.

James Gee is a certified public accountant with over 21 years of experience with such diverse organizations as the Democratic National Committee, various multi-national corporations and numerous nonprofit organizations both large and small. He has considerable experience with fiscal operations, finance and audits. Born and raised in the Chesapeake Bay watershed on Maryland's Eastern Shore, James has a double B.S. in Business Management and Accounting from Bowie State University.