Michael C. Collins

Executive Director

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Michael Collins has been the Executive Director of The Center for Natural Capital since 2012, when he led the merger of Conserv with Public Policy Virginia, Inc. (PPV), a non-profit organization focused on the use of biomass for combined heat and power.

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Richard “Buzz” Van Santvoord

Special Advisor, Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

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Buzz has extensive experience in designing fulfillment systems and processes for direct to consumer as well as business to business programs. He has been a Vice-President of a multi-title $185mm catalog company and has more than 30 years of professional work experience in the land management, construction, civil engineering, retail management, and distribution and business operations industries.

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Jeff Waldon

Director, Rapidan Institute

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Mr. Waldon began working with the Center for Natural Capital as the new Director of the Rapidan Institute in February of 2020. This new role encompasses development and strategic planning for this new component of the Center for Natural Capital. The Rapidan Institute will focus on watershed restoration through the Rapidan river valley.

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Mary “Maddie” Gordon

Clinch River Project Manager, StreamSweepers

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Maddie graduated from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Virginia in 2007 where she participated with Team Estonoa helping build the Estonoa Wetlands Learning Center. Maddie attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Business, minor in Psychology, and concentration in Appalachian Studies. She even took fly fishing as an elective at Maryville!

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Dan Paparella

Program Manager, SoilKeepers and Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

Attracted to the Center for the diverse work they are doing in relation to restoring nature, building resilient communities, and mitigating climate change, Dan hopes that he can utilize and expand upon his knowledge and skills in landscaping, agriculture, and environmental stewardship to help further the Center’s mission. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts with his B.S. in Environmental Science, in May 2019, Dan has spent his time learning and performing organic farming, gardening, and landscaping work, substitute teaching, and performing outreach to expand public recreational opportunities in the Upper Delaware River region.

Caleb Pellmann

Project Manager, SoilKeepers and the Rapidan Institute

Virginia born and raised, Caleb joined the center in Spring 2022.  In his time at the center, Caleb hopes to improve the resiliency of his home of Orange County by connecting residents with the local systems that maintain and improve the health of our area.  Since graduating from William and Mary with a B.S. in Biology, Caleb has pursued fine woodworking, architectural salvage, and green design.  At home Caleb and family cultivate a ¼ acre no-till vegetable and seed garden where they focus on soil health as the basis of nutrition.  In his free time Caleb can be found canoeing on Mine Run, juggling or skateboarding. 

Justin Agee

Field Technician, SoilKeepers

Born and raised in a small town in Missouri, Justin has always had a love for the outdoors and adventure. This love turned into a passion for worldwide experience and knowledge, which led Justin on a journey of military service for nine years, during which he worked as a military intelligence electronic warfare specialist (electronics geek), providing him the opportunity to travel to many of the 50 states, as well as internationally to South Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and other undisclosed locations. Upon completion of service, Justin pursued his dream of becoming a fisheries biologist. He earned a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management from Augusta State University in Georgia in 2011, then found himself on many fishing boats in and around Alaska working for the National Marine Fisheries Service. After that experience, Justin’s persistent endeavor for knowledge, education, and adventure led him to Virginia, where he wants to spread the love, knowledge,  and appreciation of the outdoors.

Mary Dennis

Administrative Manager

Mary Dennis lives Orange County, Virginia, where she and her husband have a small farm growing produce for market and seed stock for organic seed catalogs. For the previous 15 years, she worked in the nonprofit sector, most recently in administrative operations at the Pew Charitable Trusts and The Wilderness Society, both in Washington DC. In past lives, she also worked in client services for small technology companies in Northern Virginia and Ohio and, at the beginning of her career, managed an independent bookstore in Columbus, Ohio. She has a BA in English literature and creative writing from the Ohio State University, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and has visited all 50 states.

Myron Neuhauser

Special Advisor, Farm Fields and Grasslands

Myron Neuhaser has significant experience in farm management consulting, operations, agronomy, and urgent-operations management including animal care, maintenance and repair. Born and raised in South Dakota, he has worked throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern US regions.

Wilder Meade and Andy Satterwhite

On Water Managers, StreamSweepers

Wilder (right) joined the StreamSweepers crew in 2019. Before graduating from Eastside High School in Wise County, he volunteered in many extracurricular clean-up projects in Southwest Virginia. As On Water Manager, he is currently cleaning along a sixty-mile stretch of the Clinch River near Saint Paul, Virginia.

Andy (left) joined the crew in 2021. He is a graduate of Rappahannock Community College and is currently pursuing a degree in Biology from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  He strives to promote good stewardship of our natural resources through community involvement and hard work. 

Nalini Ayya

Special Advisor, Products and Services

Nalini recently retired and has newly relocated to Central Virginia.  She is a novice naturalist, currently enrolled in the Virginia Master Naturalist program.  Her previous professional experience in product and consumer-based design and her current interests in climate mitigation have led her to volunteer at the Center for Natural Capital. She is involved in our development of Biogenicals sprays for SoilKeepers as well as the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative.  

Clinch River StreamSweepers

2022 Crew Members

Standing in front of the truck (from left): Larry Phillips, Gavin Birkhimer, Tristen Fultz, Andy Satterwhite, Wilder Meade. In the truck bed (from left): Isiah Alty (seated), Haili Phillips, Alex Ward, Bryona Ward, Christina Moyer. 

Staff photos atop the Rapidan Mill courtesy of Evan Clinthorne.