Elizabeth (Betsy) Nicholas, Executive Director
Betsy has more than 16 years of experience in environmental law and policy, and before joining WATERKEEPERS® Chesapeake in December 2012, she worked as a trial attorney in the Natural Resources Section of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of United States Department of Justice, focused on regulatory takings. Prior to that, Betsy worked for more than five years as General Counsel for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), a public interest environmental organization devoted to the protection and preservation of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work there focused largely on construction and industrial stormwater issues, including the development and reissuance of permits in both of these sectors; sanitary sewer overflow problems; water consumption and withdrawal permits; and legislative efforts focused to protect Georgia’s water. Prior to joining UCR, she worked as an environmental associate for law firms in both New York and Washington, DC, with experience ranging from hazardous waste litigation to endangered species habitat conservation plan development. Betsy received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law, and her B.S. in Botany/Ecology from University of Florida.
Mitchelle Stephenson, Campaign and Communications Manager
Mitchelle has 20-plus years of experience in the communications and publications industry. She's been a writer and reporter for daily (print) newspapers as well as online news sites. For the past 14 years, Mitchelle has been an active volunteer community advocate, working on behalf of environmental and education issues. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to a Maryland State Senator. Mitchelle, her husband and two daughters host an organic CSA pickup site out of their home in Edgewater, MD. Mitchelle has been a lifelong angler. She regularly paddleboards on Beards Creek (South River).
Katlyn Clark, Legal Fellow
Katlyn joined our staff in 2016 to provide legal assistance to our Waterkeepers and to work on our legal action and legislative priorities. Katlyn graduated in 2015 from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law. Her work there focused heavily on water pollution issues and the implementation of the Clean Water Act. She has years of policy experience under her belt working as Chief of Staff for a Maryland State Delegate, and working for a United States Senator and a Member of Parliament in England. Katlyn received her B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude from Messiah College
Shelby Kalm, Outreach Coordinator