Board of Directors

John Guttmann
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Washington, DC

Vice Chairman
Francis Grant-Suttie
Global Conservation Senior Executive
Potomac, MD

Bert Swain
Dembo Jones, P.C.
Rockville, MD

Anthony Stacy
Booz Allen Hamilton
Alexandria, VA

Gay Barclay
Potomac, MD

Paul Bremer
Professional Ski Instructor
Okemo Ski Resort
Chevy Chase, MD

Stephen E. Chaudet
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Arlington, VA

Randy Cone
Senior Vice President
UBS Institutional Consulting Group
Potomac, MD

Mary Ann Fisher
Bethesda, MD

Marc Grossman
Vice Chairman
The Cohen Group
Arlington, VA

Paul Juola
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Lockheed Martin
Alexandria, VA

Paul B. Krogh
K2 Construction Consultants, Inc.
Bethesda, MD

Tara Sanders Lowe
Kearneysville, WV

Robert Mertz
Bethesda, MD

William B. Newman, Jr.
HC Project Advisors, LLC
Washington, DC

John Schnebly
President (retired)
Keller Stonebraker Insurance
Funkstown, MD

Dan Spedden
Executive Director
Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hagerstown, MD

Cory Van Horn
Director of Marketing
Visit Montgomery
Rockville, MD

Anne Wallace
Community Leader
Potomac, MD

Jonathan Warner
Warner Commercial
Dickerson, MD

Robin Zanotti, ACFRE
President, C&O Canal Trust
Hagerstown, MD





Robin joined the C&O Canal Trust in April 2015 with thirty years of executive leadership experience. Most recently, she ran her own business, Zanotti Nonprofit Solutions LLC, where she aided clients with strategy, fundraising, and management. She also serves as the president of the Rotary Club in Martinsburg, serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a recent graduate of Leadership Berkeley. She lives in Martinsburg, WV, with her husband Mike and their rescued animals.


Director of Programs and Partnerships

Heather Barnes has been the Director of Programs and Partnerships since March 2020, overseeing the implementation and function of programs, volunteer service projects, and events in the Park. Originally from Michigan, she has a background in outdoor education and facilitating programs with youth, non-profit, and corporate groups. She also spent nearly two years teaching English in Taiwan. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and enjoys hiking, biking, rock climbing, good books, and campfires with friends. She lives in Hagerstown, Maryland.


Director of Development

Lauren joined the Trust in February 2021 from Boston, where she was the Executive Director at the Brookline Arts Center, a visual arts center committed to bringing the community meaningful experiences in the arts. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. She is returning to West Virginia, where she grew up exploring the C&O Canal, with her husband and daughter.


Director of Marketing and Communications

Heidi specializes in marketing and communications for non-profits and heritage tourism organizations. Passionate about history and heritage, she penned a book in 2012 on the impact of the War of 1812 on the small city of Havre de Grace, MD. She also volunteers with the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Downtown Frederick Partnership, and Heritage Montgomery. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting museums, sewing, and hiking with her husband and dogs.


Office Administrator

Jane came to the Trust with more than 25 years of experience coordinating business processes in the manufacturing industry. She earned a degree in Information Technology from Hagerstown Community College where she graduated with top honors. Her skills span a wide array of business functions that include network administration, database administration, and accounting. In her free time she enjoys biking the canal and gardening at her home in Boonsboro.


Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Rod joined the Trust in January 2019. He comes to the Trust with 20 years of experience organizing volunteers, coordinating logistics, and managing risk in diverse outdoor settings. Rod’s background also includes historic building restoration and general construction. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine, Presque Isle with a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation. Rod and his family live in Mercersburg, PA. Together they enjoy biking on the towpath, paddling local waterways, and strolling the shores of the Chesapeake Bay looking for prehistoric sharks’ teeth.


Development Associate

Ellen joined the Trust in April 2019 from the Midwest, where she attended school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in Wildlife Ecology. She previously served as a digital media specialist for Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, an archivist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a seasonal ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.


Communications & Development Associate

Tymber joined the Trust in April 2020. She is a freelance writer and editor with a specialization in nonprofit communications. A graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, Tymber has a B.A. in Literature and the Human Condition. She has previously worked with Tecumseh Land Trust in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia where she created social media content and organized community events. In her spare time, Tymber enjoys hiking, reading, and wrestling with her cat, Theo.