Staff

Tim Junkin (photo credit: Pat Anderson)

Tim Junkin

Tim Junkin, Esq.

Founder
301-980-0634
tim@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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
484-885-0611
jeff@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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.

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Kristin Junkin

Kristin Junkin, Esq.

Director of Operations
301-908-7190
kristin@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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
443.385.0511
matt@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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.

 

Kristan Droter

Kristan Droter

Development & Events Coordinator
443-385-0511
kdroter@midshoreriverkeeper.org

Kristan has a strong background in management, finance, sales and marketing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology. Her career, including positions at Smith Barney and Kaplan Test Prep, has taken her to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and New Orleans. She led the reopening of Kaplan Test Prep’s New Orleans and Baton Rouge centers after Hurricane Katrina. Kristan says she is thrilled to return to her birthplace on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, where she lives with her husband, their three young sons, and their trusty dog Uli.

 

 

Tim Rosen (photo credit: Ole Danielson Photography)

Tim Rosen

Timothy Rosen

Watershed Scientist
443-385-0511
trosen@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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.

 

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Elle O’Brien

Elle O’Brien

Education and Outreach Coordinator
443-385-0511
elle@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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
443-385-0511
suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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

Officekeeper & Communications Coordinator
Easton, MD 21601
443-385-0511
ann@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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!

 Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy

Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer
443-385-0511
rebecca@midshoreriverkeeper.org

Rebecca recently graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a focus on conservation and marine sciences. Add to this her local knowledge of the area and its rivers, and a background in water quality monitoring, and she is the perfect fit with the MRC team.

“As a native of Talbot County, I grew up enjoying my time on the Chesapeake and gained valuable experiences learning and working within the Eastern Shore community,” Murphy says. “While at Tulane, I assisted in the research of the life history and evolutionary relationships of the Alaskan three-spine stickleback. Living in Louisiana also gave me the opportunity to work for the National Park Service at Jean LaFitte National Historical Preserve to re-implement a water level monitoring system. With the system, the preserve will be able to track yearly water level fluctuations as well as the effects of sea level rise in the region. Returning to Maryland, I look forward to working with MRC to gain a deeper understanding of the Chesapeake watershed while working with the community that helped shape my education and passion for the biological and environmental sciences.”