Tim Junkin (photo credit: Pat Anderson)

Tim Junkin

Tim Junkin, Esq.


Tim Junkin is the founder and was the executive director of MRC for its first seven years.  He remains on staff in an advisory capacity. He is an attorney with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award winning writer with three books under publication (all centered around the Choptank River-Eastern Bay area), and a teacher. His books, in chronological order, are The Waterman, Good Counsel, and Bloodsworth.  He has also published numerous magazine and newspaper articles.  He co-founded and for two decades served as the managing partner of a private law firm in Washington D.C.  Tim spent much of his boyhood in Talbot County, graduating from Easton High School in 1969. He obtained a B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1973, and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977, where he graduated as a Law Fellow. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.  He was recognized by American University in 1984 as the year’s outstanding adjunct professor. Tim established MRC (previously the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy) in the fall of 2008 and served as its director until 2016.


Jeffrey H. Horstman

Jeffrey Horstman

Jeffrey Horstman

Executive Director and Miles-Wye Riverkeeper

Jeff joined MRC’s board in June, 2010, was elected chairman in June, 2011, and served as such through 2013, providing key guidance and support in building MRC during its formative years.  He grew up near Queenstown on the Wye River and is a 1982 graduate of Washington College with a BA in Political Science. While attending college, Jeff worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources helping to integrate Wye Island into a state holding.  He and his wife, Beth, built a successful pension management company which he later sold to Susquehanna Bank, where he stayed on as chief operating officer of its Retirement Planning Division.  During this time he continued with his conservation interests, serving on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s President’s Advisory Council and as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, as well as other boards.  Currently he serves on the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. board, the Aspen/Wye Fellows board and the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corp’s program board. Jeff’s family has long been committed to stewardship of the Wye River, and donated large tracts of land along its shores for conservation purposes–land that became the Aspen and Wye Institutes, the University of Maryland Agricultural Resource Center and the Wye Research and Education Center.  He and his family live on the Wye River.


Kristin Junkin

Kristin Junkin, Esq.

Director of Operations

Kristin began her career as a lawyer for a large Washington, DC, law firm and then for fifteen years co-owned a federal government contracting company. She was the founder and president of Outside Counsel, Inc, a legal personnel service in Washington, DC. Outside Counsel hired and placed lawyers in law firms, trade associations, and corporations, and was purchased by Olsten Corporation, an international staffing company. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University through a consortium program of five universities in Washington, DC.  She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she taught legal writing as a Dillard Fellow.  She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Kristin lives with Tim on the Wye River and enjoys being a member of a family of environmental advocates and one budding geologist.

Matt Pluta (photo credit: Pat Anderson)

Matthew Pluta

Matthew Pluta

Choptank Riverkeeper

Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies from the Penn State Behrend School of Science. He spent a year interning with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection conducting water quality analysis, erosion monitoring, and fish analysis. Thereafter he worked as a field technician with the Penn State Institute of Energy and Environment, followed by two years as the program manager for Environment Erie, a non-profit in western Pennsylvania fighting for the health of Lake Erie.


Sarah Boynton (photo credit: Tony Lewis)

Sarah Boynton

Sarah Boynton

Development Director

Sarah Boynton has spent most of her life in and around the Chesapeake Bay and she wants to keep it clean for future generations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in french and international studies from Susquehanna University.  After college, she tackled the wild west and moved to Crested Butte, CO where she worked for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) as their Development Coordinator. At RMBL Sarah realized the importance of engaging communities and translating research in a way that the public can understand.  After four years, Sarah returned to Maryland, where she had grown up around the Patuxent River.  She continued her work with environmental non-profits by coming aboard with the South River Federation located south of Annapolis.  As their development coordinator, she helped run their development office and special events, which included an auction, kayak trips, outreach meetings, and fundraising campaigns. Sarah’s passion for development has grown over the years, and she is excited to share her talents with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.   When she is not at work, you can find Sarah out hiking, kayaking, or just enjoying the great outdoors.


Tim Rosen (photo credit: Ole Danielson Photography)

Tim Rosen

Timothy Rosen

Watershed Scientist

Tim Rosen has a Masters of Science degree in watershed hydrology from Louisiana State University where he was a graduate research assistant, and has a Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is a recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Louisana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He has worked as a Park Naturalist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and as a laboratory assistant with Mount St. Mary’s Environmental Science program.  Tim has authored numerous scientific publications and presentations.  He grew up outside Baltimore and harbors a deep affection for Maryland’s tributaries.



Elle O’Brien

Elle O’Brien

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Elle is a graduate of Washington College with an Environmental Studies Major and a concentration in Chesapeake Bay Regional Studies.  She worked as an intern at the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and has worked at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her experience includes habitat assessments, water quality monitoring and most recently has earned the title of ‘Natural Leader’ by the Children and Nature Network. She grew up on the South River in Annapolis and has a deep commitment to the restoration of our rivers.


Suzanne Sullivan (photo credit: Ole Danielson)

Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan

Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Suzanne graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Biology. With a background in both environmental restoration work and environmental education, she is an enthusiastic member of our MRC team! Originally from Boston, Suzanne is excited to work in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and expand her career in conservation and environmental education.


Ann Frock (photo credit: Ole Danielson Photography)

Ann Frock

Ann Frock

Office Manager
Easton, MD 21601

Ann Frock is MRC’s Office Manager (also known as Officekeeper). She graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in Communications and concentrations in agricultural and environmental topics. She is a freelance writer, photographer and marketing consultant, and has published hundreds of articles and feature stories in local and regional publications. She is the author of multiple books, including Saving the Bay: People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Ann has 30+ years’ experience in business management and in the banking and construction industries. She is active in many organizations in our community, including serving as a founding member of Recycle Talbot!, a grassroots group that was instrumental in bringing curbside recycling to Talbot County. She welcomes working with people of all ages and walks of life, and enjoys her role as a Jill-of-All-Trades at the nerve center of MRC’s busy office. Stop in and say hello!

Keitasha RoyalKeitasha Royal

Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer

Keitasha Royal is MRC’S 2016-2017 Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer. CCC is a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects.  The program is funded by a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust. Keitasha is the sixth CCC volunteer to join MRC.

Originally from San Diego, California, Keitasha graduated in June from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy. She’s very interested in fluvial systems, especially rivers and streams and plans to continue with this study, focusing on river restoration and heavy metals contamination. During her time at UCSB, she was involved in several projects concerning fluvial systems and environmental restoration.

With Keitasha’s background and passion for stream restoration and environmental education, she is a perfect fit for MRC. She says, “I chose MRC because it gives me the best opportunity to engage with the community, promote environmental education, understand water quality, and learn about the Chesapeake watershed.”