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

Sherif Ettefa
Chevy Chase, MD

Mary Ann Fisher
Bethesda, MD

Sandy Grace
Vice President, Governmental & External Affairs
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

Ed Ryan
Global General Counsel (Ret.)
Marriott International, Inc.
Washington, DC

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

Cory Van Horn
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
Visit Montgomery
Rockville, MD

Jonathan Warner
Warner Commercial
Dickerson, MD

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


Robin Zanotti



Robin joined the C&O Canal Trust in April 2015 with thirty years of executive leadership experience. She previously ran her own business, Zanotti Nonprofit Solutions LLC, where she aided clients with strategy, fundraising, and management. She served as the president of the Rotary Club of Martinsburg and is a graduate of Leadership Berkeley and Leadership Jefferson. She lives in Martinsburg, WV, with her husband Mike and their rescued animals.

Aidan Barnes


Director of Programs and Partnerships

Aidan 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, Aidan has a background in outdoor education and facilitating programs with youth, non-profit, and corporate groups. They also spent nearly two years teaching English in Taiwan. They have a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, good books, and campfires with friends. They live in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Charissa Hipp


Director of Marketing and Communications

Charissa joined the Trust in April 2022. A lifelong Marylander, she began her career with the National Park Service after graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism-Public Relations. She worked in a variety of Marketing and PR leadership roles in Maryland’s tourism industry for nearly two decades before launching her own successful marketing and copywriting business. Charissa is an avid hiker, hike group leader, and adjunct faculty member at Carroll Community College where she leads nature connection hikes. She also enjoys nature photography and is a frequent guest co-host on the Jester Section Hiker podcast. A wife and mother of three, she calls Williamsport, MD home.


Director of Development

Lauren joined the Trust in February 2021 from Boston, where she most recently served as Executive Director of the Brookline Arts Center, a visual arts center committed to bringing the community meaningful experiences in the arts. She has over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience. 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. Lauren returned to West Virginia, where she grew up exploring the C&O Canal at Lock 38. She lives in a 200-year-old farm house outside Shepherdstown with her husband and daughter. Lauren enjoys learning about native plants and landscaping, and is deeply passionate about the arts, education, food, and nature.

Jane Neff


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.

Tymber Compher


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, 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 playing with her cats, Theo and Franklin.

Jacob Rockwell


Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Jacob began working with the Trust in July of 2022. A native to Washington County, MD, Jacob comes to the Trust with a background in Public Recreation & People-oriented programming. Previous roles have included work at a variety of nonprofit organizations, grant-funded student-development programs, student/family life in the world of higher education, as well as outdoor-experiential programming. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Recreation & Parks Administration from Shepherd University in West Virginia. He is a firm believer in the power nature holds to build and empower communities, teach reciprocal relationships, and heal individuals. Jacob enjoys hiking, reading  good books while sipping hot cups of tea, and basking in the joys of human connections (hanging out with friends).

Ellen Kinzer


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.

Nanette Nyce


Canal For All Coordinator

Nanette joined the Trust in November 2021 and is looking forward to connecting a diversity of visitors with her favorite National Park.  As coordinator of the Canal For All program, she hopes to engage canal visitors, and especially youth, in the educational and recreational adventures available in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.  Nanette attended Brigham Young University and is continuing her education, pursuing a degree in geology.  Her experiences with the park include volunteering at Cushwa Visitor Center, followed by an internship with the Education Ranger.  Her interests include running, cycling, reading, and tae kwon do.  Nanette lives in Hedgesville, West Virginia.

Donald Street


Canal Quarters Operations Coordinator

Don became involved with the C&O Canal Trust as a volunteer quartermaster for the Canal Quarters program in 2016, and was hired as Canal Quarters Operations Coordinator in October 2021. He previously served as a volunteer with the C&O Canal Bike Patrol and the Maryland City (Anne Arundel County) Volunteer Fire Department. In his role as CQ Operations Coordinator, Don handles maintenance issues and visitor concerns for the seven historic lockhouses in the Canal Quarters program, coordinating with National Park Service Maintenance, volunteer Quartermasters, and other service providers. He also responds to after-hours problems reported via the emergency hotline and assists with other Trust programs. Don is an avid gardener, woodworker, tinkerer and outdoors enthusiast, and is very active with local sustainability efforts in his hometown of Poolesville, Maryland. He retired from the Federal government in 2017 after 27 years of military and civilian service.

Melissa Walker


Canal Stewards Coordinator

Melissa joined the Trust in July of 2021 after serving as a Steward at Catoctin Aqueduct with her daughter. She graduated from South Dakota State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English eons ago, and is currently working toward a Master’s in Public Health at UMD College Park. Along with 15 years as a stay-at-home (homeschooling) mom, Melissa has taught English 101, worked with nonprofits and at an independent bookstore, and volunteers regularly with Maryland Responds, Humane Society, and a local dog rescue. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Frederick, MD. Melissa enjoys traveling, hiking, fostering dogs, supporting local breweries, and biking on the towpath.