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Staff

Matthew Fleischer, Executive Director

Email: mfleischer@rockcreekconservancy.org

Matthew Fleischer was appointed as Executive Director of Rock Creek Conservancy on February 3, 2014.

Matt brings a new energy to the Conservancy and is tasked with growing the donor base and increasing the impact the organization has on Rock Creek Park and its watershed. The Conservancy is poised for growth and Matt is excited to play a key role in helping Rock Creek National Park celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2015.

Karen Zeiter, Program Manager

Email: kzeiter@rockcreekconservancy.org

Karen joined Rock Creek Conservancy in August of 2012. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from Towson University and first started working with Rock Creek Conservancy as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer. She has worked at the Food and Drug Administration in the Department for Environmental Safety and Strategic Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and REI. As an active Outdoor Trip Leader throughout her college career, Karen enjoys outdoor recreation activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking. Her favorite parts of Rock Creek are Lake Frank and Lake Needwood in the upper part of the watershed, which she encourages all park users to explore.

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Development

Email: smitchell@rockcreekconservancy.org

Sarah joined Rock Creek Conservancy in November of 2012. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked in marketing, event planning, and fundraising at The Nature Conservancy and Greenpeace as well as the Autism Society. As a native of the Washington, DC area, she grew up near Rock Creek and is having a great time introducing her children to it.

Erica Carlsson, Program Coordinator- Youth, Education, Health

Email: ecarlsson@rockcreekconservancy.org

Erica began working at Rock Creek Conservancy in October of 2015. In this position, she is able to connect people with the natural world in meaningful ways that empower self-improvement and environmental conservation. She joined us from The Exotic Plant Management Team for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Previously held positions include Interpretive Ranger at Mount Saint Helen's National Monument (Forest Service), Mount Hood Community College (Youth Conservation Corps) Leader, and Graduate Research Scientist with the University of Florida-Geography Department. She is an experienced outdoor educator, who loves hiking, canoeing, and tackling challenge course                                                 elements in her free time.

Anne Baker, Communications Manager

Email: abaker@rockcreekconservancy.org

Anne joined Rock Creek Conservancy in April 2016. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, she holds undergradute degrees in journalism and technical photography from Appalachian State University and a graduate degree in English from Western Carolina University. Previously, she worked as a public relations and social media specialist for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Anne loves the outdoors, and is an avid hiker and backpacker. She currently lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with her English Shepherd, Bella. 

Maddie Freburger, Development Manager

Email: mfreburger@rockcreekconservancy.org

Maddie joined Rock Creek Conservancy in April 2016. She is a Maryland native and attended both high school and college here. Maddie previously worked in the Alumni & Development Office at St. John's College High School in Chevy Chase.

In her spare time, Maddie loves to coach girls' basketball. 

Sherri Hammerman, Administrative Assistant

Email: shammerman@rockcreekconservancy.org

Sherri Hammerman joined Rock Creek Conservancy as Administrative Assistant in April 2014. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and previously worked as a graphic artist at Fahlgren Advertising, USA TODAY and American University, and also taught early childhood music in Bethesda. Sherri enjoys running on the trails near Meadowbrook Park.