Sanctuary Staff

Sanctuary Staff

Dr. Patricia Delgado, Superintendent / Wetland Ecologist

Patricia has conducted wetland research for over 20 years and has never tired of learning about these magnificent places. She believes in the important role of science in supporting education, resource conservation, and management. In the Sanctuary, she is eager to promote environmental education, stewardship, research, citizen science, and science communication to the public, while also providing a protected environment for the public enjoyment. Patricia received a B.S. in Marine Biology from Universidad Nacional de Heredia (Costa Rica) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from LouisianaStateUniversity. 

 
Elaine Friebele, Education Coordinator & Naturalist
Elaine coordinates the Sanctuary's education programs, including  Classrooms-in-the-Field, public programs, and summer camps. She also works with volunteers on research projects. She received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Salem College (N. Carolina) and an MA in Aquatic Ecology from Johns Hopkins University. Her love and appreciation of nature began in the southern Appalachians where she grew up.
 
Lindsay Hollister, Naturalist & Volunteer Coordinator
Lindsay has a background in amphibian studies and marine science. A student of life, she is devoted to expanding her understanding of our natural systems and enjoys sharing her love of watery habitats with others. She received her BS in Marine Science from Millersville University (Penn.) in 2001.

Heather Baden, Naturalist
Heather is an environmental educator who enjoys sharing the joys of nature with all ages.  She received her BS in Natural Resources Management from University of Maryland.
 
Debra Gage, Office Manager
A life long nature lover, Debra enjoys managing the Sanctuary Office, while observing the natural wonders of Jug Bay.  She is active with the Master Watershed Stewards and has completed the Master Naturalist Program.  Debra received her BA in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
  
Richard Chaney, Maintenance
Richard lives near the Sanctuary and enjoys working in the out of doors, maintaining our tractors and other equipment, and keeping the grounds looking good. 
 
Donald Smith, Maintenance
Bristol resident Donald Smith is an active member of Soller’s Methodist Church which borders the Sanctuary. Donald is a carpenter and a pipe fitter, and for over twenty years he worked for the U.S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard.