Anne has lived in the Middle Section of the Northwest Branch watershed since 1970. She served as President of NNWB in 2008-10 and again in 2012-2013. She enjoys hiking and advocating for clean water and clean energy. She has been participating in the Anacostia Riverkeeper water monitoring program. She looks forward to a new wave of residents interested in stewardship of this precious stream valley. Anne currently maintains the website and database and serves as Advocacy Chair.
Kristin lives along the section of the Northwest Branch just south of the Beltway; she is relatively new to the area, having moved there from New York in 2014. In 2017, she joined the Neighbors of the Northwest Branch to help promote the everyday actions citizens can take to preserve the watershed, such as cleaning up portions of the river and cataloging the wildlife they encounter.
Laura lives in the Colesville area of the Northwest Branch watershed and enjoys regularly walking both that trail and the Rachel Carson Greenway. As Operations Manager of One Montgomery Green, Laura is committed to keeping our green spaces healthy and finding ways to help the residents and businesses of Montgomery County move to a sustainable, green economy and maintain a good quality of life in this area. In her spare time, Laura writes fiction, and keeps bees.
Michael is a relatively new inhabitant of the Northwest Branch watershed, having moved to the area from Missouri a few years ago. He is working on his Ph.D. in nineteenth-century American literature. His particular focus is on the way American literature of that time portrayed the natural world, including how it grappled with growing ecological awareness and what that awareness meant for humankind’s understanding of its own place in the world. He hopes to help the Neighbors of the Northwest Branch expand its clean-up efforts and increase its educational outreach to those living in the watershed.
James lives in the Middle Section of the Northwest Branch watershed. He has led cleanups on the Northwest Branch since 2007, at both Burnt Mills and in W. Hyattsville, bringing the power of Boy Scouts to bear on the problem of trash and introducing them to the importance of keeping our waterways clean. He was elected to the NNWB Board in 2009 and served several years as president. James brings experience and outreach ideas from his work at Amnesty International and would like to see NNWB greatly expand its outreach efforts.
Kem has lived on the middle section of the Northwest Branch for 30 years. Her two children spent a lot of time in the woods and near the river and one became an ecologist/botanist. She has often hauled trash up from the riverbanks and would like to raise people’s awareness as to how much trash and lawn fertilizer ends up in the river. She recently joined the Anacostia Riverkeepers volunteer program to help monitor water quality. She was appointed to the NNWB Board in 2020. She enjoys hiking, swimming, travel, and being in and learning about nature.
Suzanne has lived near the Northwest Branch for 25 years. She is very happy to have raised her children near this beautiful natural setting. Suzanne was elected to the board in December 2010 and reached out to her neighborhood to draw them into helping to preserve the beauty of the stream valley and improve its health. When she is not stuck behind a computer working in the IT field, you may find her hiking along the trail with her faithful Chocolate Lab.
Larry has lived in the Middle Section of the Northwest Branch watershed since 1984. A retired economist, he has been NNWB Treasurer since 2009. Since April 2009 his volunteer work and hobby have been as a county Weed Warrior, cutting nonnative invasive vines mostly along the NWB between Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. Qualified as a supervisor, he occasionally leads volunteer groups in cutting invasives in the watershed. The by-laws allow for a non-board member treasurer, and Larry has ably filled this role.
Ed is a Professional Engineer. After 34 years of federal service, Ed retired from USDA where he had significantly reduced environmental impacts and operations and maintenance costs by implementing sustainable practices at the USDA Headquarters Complex. He has extensive experience in sustainable construction and Operations and Maintenance building practices, including energy management, indoor air quality, biobased products, environmentally beneficial landscaping, and waste minimization & recycling. Ed is a member of Friends of Sligo Creek and a founding member of Neighbors of the Northwest Branch through which he encourages homeowners to manage their onsite stormwater.
Glenn moved into the Northwest Branch watershed, Upper Section, in 2000 and has been an NNWB member since 2005. He served on the NNWB Board for about 10 years. In 2010, he initiated a water quality monitoring team that samples water in the NW Branch quarterly near the trail crossing at Kemp Mill Rd. using the Audubon Naturalist Society’s invertebrate monitoring program criteria. In 2018 he set up our new website and now contributes many pictures of plant life along the NWB as well as monitoring the stream for macroinvertebrates.