Board of Directors

Stephen E. Chaudet
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Arlington, VA

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

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

Sherif Ettefa
Senior Manager
Washington, DC

Francis Grant-Suttie
Global Conservation Senior Executive
Potomac, MD

Don Harrison
Potomac, MD

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

Edward J. Kessler
Senior Counsel
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Washington, DC

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

Vice Chairman
John Guttmann
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Washington, DC

Sandra Adams
Washington, DC

Michael C. Mitchell
Michael C. Mitchell Consulting, LLC
Potomac, MD

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

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

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

Anthony Stacy
Booz Allen Hamilton
Alexandria, VA

Sandy Vogelgesang
Veteran Diplomat
Washington, DC

Anne Wallace
Community Leader
Potomac, MD

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

Advisory Board

Barbara Buehl
Executive Director
Allegany County Chamber of Commerce
Cumberland, MD

Linda McKenna Boxx
Allegheny Trail Alliance
Latrobe, PA

William “Bud” Cline
C&O Canal NHP Volunteer
Quartermaster, Lockhouse 22
North Bethesda, MD

Linda Collyer
Past C&O Canal Trust Treasurer
Potomac, MC

Dennis Hudson
C&O Bicycle
Hancock, MD

Leigh Kessler
TurnkeyIDI: Branding & Research
Potomac, MD

Joseph M. Lawler
Regional Director, National Capital Region
National Park Service (retired)
Farifax, VA

Robert Anton Mertz
International Development Specialist
World Bank (retired)
Bethesda, MD

Wilke Nelson
Regional Gift Officer
Student Conservation Association
Centreville, VA

Donna Newcomer
Principal, Maugansville Elementary
Washington Co. Public Schools
Hagerstown, MD

Penny Pittman
Hancock Chamber of Commerce
Hancock, MD

Paula S. Reed
President/Principal Cultural Resources Evaluator
Paula S. Reed and Associates, Inc.
Hagerstown, MD

Kurt Redenbo
Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations
African Wildlife Foundation
Hagerstown, MD

Tom Riford
Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Film and the Arts, Marketing and Communications
Maryland Department of Commerce

Honorary Board

Oliver T. Carr, Jr.

Congressman Tom Davis





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

Becky has served the Trust since 2011. Prior to her time at the Trust, she was the Regional Campaign Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Alice Ferguson Foundation of Accokeek, MD. Becky also spent a number of years working in horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Becky studied at the University of Maryland and University of California Santa Cruz, and has completed the American Express Leadership Academy and Public Lands Alliance’s Bridge to Tomorrow Leadership Program. In her spare time, she can usually be found in nature hiking, rock climbing, or paddling, or at her home in Shepherdstown, WV, with her husband Chris.



Director of Development

Patricia joined the Trust in March 2016 as the Director of Development. Previously, Barber worked for the University of the Witwatersrand, a globally-ranked university located in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was the U.S. Development Officer. She lives in Washington County and enjoys hiking and biking on the canal.


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 and with the Executive Board of 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 shark’s teeth.


Communications and Development Associate

Ellen Kinzer 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.