About Us

Our Mission

The Shenandoah National Park Trust touches every aspect of the park we all enjoy. We help protect what you love about Shenandoah National Park, while creating programs to inspire the next generation of national park stewards.

As the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park, the Trust invests in programs and initiatives which help ensure that Shenandoah remains a crown jewel of the Park Service, an economic driver for the region, and a national treasure for all to enjoy, for generations to come.



To protect Shenandoah National Park’s 200,000 acres of wild lands, wildlife and historic treasures from invasive species and climate change


To ensure national park access for all children, regardless of economic background, and inspire the next generation of preservationists and conservationists


To keep Shenandoah National Park a major economic driver for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation


To provide a preeminent national park an essential and trustworthy philanthropic partner dedicated to its future


Board Members

GregY2Greg Yates founded Yates Properties, LC in 1987. He serves as Principal Broker for the firm, which owns and manages over 300 commercial and residential properties, and self-storage facilities in central Virginia.  Greg is also the owner of Deer Ridge Development, Inc., a real estate development company.

Greg graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in Economics.  He was elected to the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and served on its Planning Commission.  He is a former trustee of Wakefield School and St. Luke’s School. Currently he is a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board which oversees VDOT and all modes of transportation in Virginia.

Greg and his wife Liz live in Culpeper with their daughter Jessica.  His son Cameron is a documentary filmmaker in New York City.  Greg’s hobbies include tennis, hiking, skiing and music.

07769An attorney in Richmond, Ed heads the Corporate and Securities Litigation team of Hunton & Williams, an international firm with more than 700 lawyers.  Ed has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters related to securities class actions, mergers and acquisitions, derivative suits, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice investigations, and corporate governance. He has lectured to law schools, corporate gatherings and industry conventions on defending securities and derivative litigation and securities class actions.

Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Ed was an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. He clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ed has held several gubernatorial appointments in Virginia, serving as Chairman of the Virginia Charitable Gaming Commission and Vice Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges. He is admitted to practice before the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ed is an avid landscape photographer who spends as much time as possible exploring and making pictures in his two favorite national parks: Grand Teton and Shenandoah. His work can be viewed at www.edfuhr.com. Ed is married and has three children.

FewsterWendy retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy after serving as a Supply Corps officer for 22 years, during which time she made multiple overseas deployments aboard ship and served in the Office of the Naval Inspector General.   Now living in Richmond, Virginia, she has worked for a local non-profit managing a dog training and adoption program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Corrections

Wendy graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Russian Studies, from Michigan State University with an MBA and received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Virginia.  Along with spending time with her son, Wendy enjoys running, traveling, wine tasting and being outside.

Don Baur is a partner in the Washington, DC Office of Perkins Coie LLP, where he practices environmental, natural resources, and Native American law.  Don began his legal career as an attorney for the National Park Service in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, and later he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Don currently serves on the Board of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and on the Environmental Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute.  He is lead editor and author of the American Bar Association’s books on The Endangered Species Act:  Law, Policy, and Perspectives and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy.  He has served as an adjunct professor in environmental law at the Vermont Law School since 1998 and he serves as legal counsel to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Don is an active participant in activities in national parks around the country.  His first experience in the Shenandoah National Park came during a backpacking trip in 1978, while he was in law school.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Trinity College, where he graduated with a BA in History, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Don, his wife Phebe Jensch, and their son Christopher, live in Alexandria, Virginia and maintain a cabin on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Lake Superior.

matthewMatthew has more than 25 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience, focusing primarily on major gifts and donor engagement.  He previously worked for the National Park Foundation, World Wildlife Fund and most recently the National Parks Conservation Association.

Matthew owns a small farm in Virginia’s horse and wine country and spends his free time riding his horse though the Shenandoah mountains and surrounding areas. He is an avid camper and national park enthusiast, having visited more than 200 national park sites. An explorer by nature, he has traveled to some of the most remote places in the United States studying the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska to the Monarch butterfly migration of Mexico.

Prior to moving to Virginia in 1991, Matthew grew up in central Pennsylvania between the Bald Eagle and Nittany Mountains, where he spent his free time riding horses and was ranked as one of the top barrel racers in the state.

Shenandoah National Park is a special place for Matthew, as he has spent a great deal of time there with friends and family. Matthew lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

PhebePhebe Cambata was raised in Manhattan. When she was a child, her parents would drive her from their small cottage on the Chesapeake Bay to the Skyline Drive. She loved those trips, particularly seeing bear and deer, and those early days contributed to her great interest in animals. Phebe has always been interested in animal welfare and environmental protection, and she has been active in her efforts to support these issues. In association with the African Wildlife Foundation, she has helped to save many elephants in Africa, and she is especially interested in the protection of mountain gorillas. Although a great traveler, she has lived mostly in Bath County, Virginia since 1980, and, of course, she has special feelings for the flora and fauna of Virginia. She is a member of the Explorers Club and has been active in protecting the wildlife of Virginia as well as manatees and dolphins in Florida.

The Cambata family business is involved in commercial aviation and does ground handling services for major airlines. The family also owns an FBO in Florida, and is in the cinema business. Phebe’s four children all are involved in various aspects of the business. Having lived in many parts of the world, Phebe now resides in Millboro in Bath County, Virginia.

CanterDDr. Dorothy A. Canter is an expert in the decontamination of bioterrorism agents and in preparedness activities for responding to and recovering from attacks with weapons of mass destruction. She played an important role in the fumigations of contaminated buildings following the 2001 anthrax attacks. Dr. Canter has published widely on anthrax remediation and risk assessment.

Before her retirement she was the principal of Dorothy Canter Consulting LLC. She also served as a senior professional biophysicist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She worked for the federal government for 29 years, the last 15 of which at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she served as the Chief Scientist for Bioterrorism Issues from November 2001 until June 2005. Dr. Canter received both a B.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biophysics from The George Washington University.

She has been a volunteer for the National Parks Conservation Association for 27 years, serving on the Board of Trustees for nine years and in multiple capacities since then. From November 2012 to November 2015, she served as the President of the Friends of Fort Hunt Park, Inc., a unit within the National Park System. She has visited more than 250 National Park sites.

carlcarterCarl is a Senior Network Design Engineer for AT&T Global Managed Services. Based in Reston, VA, he supports several major banking and insurance clients, designing and directing migration of IT operations over to cloud-based data centers located throughout North America and Europe. Prior to joining AT&T, Carl was President of SAGASYS, a provider of professional services to commercial and government clients throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region and had served as Director of Operations for a telecommunications company in Northern Virginia.

As a board member and former President of Hunters Valley Association, he is actively involved in operations and fundraising efforts for community improvement projects and activities. In addition to local projects, the Association also supports the Hunter Mill Defense League, helping protect and preserve local scenic and historic rural byways in Fairfax County.

A life-long Virginian and Charlottesville native, Carl received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. As an Eagle Scout then later, throughout college and beyond, Carl has been a life-long user and custodian of Shenandoah National Park. Carl lives in Vienna, VA with wife, Julie Hansen, and daughter Elise. Both parents are very proud that as Elise has earned Junior Ranger badges in over 10 national parks including Glacier, Grand Teton, and of course, Shenandoah.

hconnorsHenry (Hap) Connors is the Director of Advisory Services for Grant Thornton. He also serves on the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), representing the Fredericksburg District, and is chairman of the CTB subcommittee on innovation and technology.

Previously, Hap served as V.P., Government and Public Affairs for the Center for Innovative Technology, a state-chartered non-profit focused on early stage research commercialization, seed investments in high-tech startups and broadband deployment – all of which are an integral part of the New Virginia Economy.

Hap has 25 years of experience in strategic marketing and communications for business, non-profit and government entities. He also served on the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, after having fought to save the Chancellorsville Battlefield from development.  He currently serves on the Germanna CC Education Foundation Board.

When he’s not working, Hap and his wife, Carey, are cajoling friends and family into taking hikes in Shenandoah.

Alison DeTuncq is President/CEO of University of Virginia Community Credit Union in Charlottesville. She also serves as president and is on the board of managers of Member Options, LLC, the mortgage lending subsidiary of the credit union. In addition, Ms. DeTuncq currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union, a $5 billion dollar organization which serves over 1,200 credit unions in 46 states and Canada.

As an active volunteer, Ms. DeTuncq has served as a member of the board of directors, executive committee, and Program Review and Funding Committee for the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area, as well as chair of the Annual Campaign. She served on the board of directors for the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, as chairman of the finance committee. Currently, Ms. DeTuncq serves on the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation and serves as Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In 2013, Ms. DeTuncq was appointed by Virginia’s Governor McDonnell to serve as the Culpeper District member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. She was reappointed to an additional term by Governor McAuliffe.

Ms. DeTuncq holds a Master’s of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. She and her husband are avid hikers and frequent visitors to Shenandoah National Park.

JanetEdenJanet Eden grew up in Miami, Florida and has spent a lot of time traveling to feed her passion for our country’s national parks. In her late twenties she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia and fell deeply in love with Shenandoah National Park.

Family brought her back to Florida, but when Hurricane Andrew came through in 1992 and destroyed her community—including countless mature trees—she started a tree farm and planted replacement trees all around the area.  Janet returned to school at Miami Dade College in Horticulture and Landscape Design. She became a Certified Arborist for the International Society of Arboriculture.

Eventually Janet decided to once again leave her hometown and return to the place she had loved living—Virginia—with Shenandoah National Park in her backyard.  Janet has worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as a Garden Guide and she is a Charlottesville Area Tree Steward, working to promote quality tree care and appreciation for our area.

Walter Heeb is Quality Manager at the MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery in Elkton, Virginia. He has held successive leadership roles since joining MillerCoors in 1988, including in Plant Quality, Brewing Operations and Waste Water Treatment and Utilities. Walter’s biology background plays directly into his professional focus on maintaining and promoting responsible water stewardship improvements for industry and agriculture.  

 Walter earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biology from James Madison University. He is currently completing an MSc in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He is a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley and began enjoying the outdoors at a young age. His Boy Scout outings to Shenandoah National Park, coupled with a strong family influence, facilitated an appreciation and lasting desire to preserve and safeguard open spaces. Walter has developed a particular interest and passion for water quality and conservation and serves as an associate board member with the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District.  Walter and his wife have resided in Augusta County for nearly three decades, operating a small farm.

David London is based in Washington, DC and is Vice President, State Policy & Politics for TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy. Previously, David was Head of North America Government Affairs for ofo and was the Head of Americas Government Relations for eBay, where he set strategic direction for the public policy teams in U.S. Federal, State, Canada and Latin America.

David is a native Washingtonian and grew up in Silver Spring, MD. He left for Silicon Valley during the “dot-com” era and returned to D.C. in 2015. David received his undergraduate degree from New Jersey City University. He is married to his college sweetheart April Booker. They have a son named DJ and a Bernese mountain dog named Yogi.

David has been going to Shenandoah since he was a child for family hikes, picnics and rides along the drive. He is an avid hiker and his favorite hikes are Whiteoak Canyon and the many trails in the Elkwallow / Matthews Arm area.

Dr. Peterson served from 2011 through 2016 as a member of the senior leadership team at the American Council on Education (ACE).  ACE is the major coordinating association for higher education institutions in the United States. As Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives, she oversaw the Council’s work on the international engagement of U.S. higher education.

Prior to joining ACE, she was Senior Associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) from 2008- 2011.  The Institute’s mission is to increase access and success in postsecondary education through research and programs that inform key policy makers.

From 1997 – 2007, Dr. Peterson was Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and a senior officer at the Institute for International Education. CIES coordinates international educational exchange with approximately 155 nations and has administered the Fulbright Scholar Program since 1947. It also manages foundation funded higher education projects.

The Fulbright Scholar Program added notable dimensions during Dr. Peterson’s tenure at CIES.  In addition to its core exchange programs that annually involved over 1600 U.S. and visiting scholars and professionals, new programs were developed to foster greater cross-cultural collaboration on topics of global significance and to encourage higher education development through academic exchange.

She was Senior Fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs from 1996 to 1997.  Her research focused on the nonprofit sector and its intersection with the for-profit sector in shaping public policy.

Patti is President Emerita at Wells College and St. Lawrence University where she held presidencies from 1980 to 1996.  As a tribute to her leadership at Wells, an endowment was established for the Patti McGill Peterson Chair in Social Sciences and at St. Lawrence, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies was named in her honor.  Her faculty appointments have included the State University of New York, Syracuse University and Wells College.

She has held prominent international, national and statewide leadership positions.  She served as Chair of the U.S. – Canada Commission for Educational Exchange, the National Women’s College Coalition, the Public Leadership Education Network, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership Development and Academic Administration and is a past President of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York. She has served on the advisory boards of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program. Her corporate board memberships have included the John Hancock Mutual Funds, the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and Security Mutual Life of NY.

Dr. Peterson holds a B.A. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship for post-graduate study at Harvard University.

pneesePatrice is a retired Nurse Practitioner after 18 years at UVA and a total of 37 years as a nurse. Her clinical background in oncology integrated the concepts of healthy lifestyle in the prevention of disease as well as the healing powers of nature. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park is a prescription she routinely gave to her patients to build up strength after cancer treatment.

Growing up in Western New York near the Finger Lakes region, Patrice found plenty of opportunity for family hiking, biking and skiing in her formative years.  Her education includes a B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University and and M.S. in Nursing from Indiana University.  After a short stay in Indiana, she and her family were thrilled to make the move to Virginia and find Shenandoah National Park in their backyard.  She and her family (2 daughters and 3 grandchildren) have enjoyed numerous excursions and celebrations in the park during the past 21 years in Virginia.

At present Patrice and her husband, Scott, are partners in an environmental consulting business. She manages finances for 3D EnviroLogics, LLC, a healthcare and laboratory hazardous material program provider.  She is also currently a volunteer at a local food pantry and advocate for Patient and Friends Cancer Research at UVA.


Taylor Odom is an attorney with Royer, Caramanis & McDonough in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before joining his law firm in Charlottesville, Taylor began his law career in Washington, Virginia, within sight of the Shenandoah National Park. He also serves as legal counsel to the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority.

Taylor hails from St. Francisville, Louisiana, a historic town on the Mississippi River. Taylor attended Tulane University and was a student there when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. He spent one semester at Louisiana State University while Tulane repaired its campus. Taylor returned to Tulane when it reopened and graduated with a degree in Political Science.

After finishing his education at Tulane, Taylor moved to France to teach English. While in France Taylor learned to speak French fluently and since then has studied both German and Spanish.

Upon returning to the United States from France, Taylor enrolled in Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. While attending law school he met his wife, a Rappahannock County native. After graduating law school he moved to Virginia to join his wife in Charlottesville.

In his spare time Taylor plays tennis, continues to study languages, and has taken up squash. Taylor and his wife, Christina, currently reside in Albemarle County and spend many of their weekends in Rappahannock County enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.


Justin Stanton is the Controller of Green Applications and Green Distribution (“Green”), a multistate manufacturing company headquartered in Gordonsville. Prior to joining Green, Justin worked in public accounting and, more recently, managed financial reporting for renewable energy assets.

Justin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University, with a focus in nonprofits, and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Richmond.

Justin developed his love of the outdoors early, growing up in South Carolina, where his father was a Park Ranger and later Superintendent of various parks in the South Carolina State Park system. Justin and his wife, Carrie, moved to Charlottesville in 2008 for Carrie to attend law school at the University of Virginia. Since moving to Charlottesville, Justin has served as Treasurer for the Thomas Jefferson Society of CPAs, a member of the Board of OneVirginia2021, and a member of The Nature Conservancy Young Professionals Group. Justin is an avid outdoorsman, and outside of work he can most often be found on a trail or in a trout stream. He and Carrie live in Esmont with their two dogs, Charlie and Charlotte.

Cheri Woodard is a serial entrepreneur at heart. She followed the call of the ‘Back to the land Movement’ of the 1970s and arrived in Sperryville, Virginia in 1975 ready to make her mark in her new-found home.

After founding and running the Faith Mountain Company, a successful mail-order business for 23 years, Cheri embarked on starting and selling several other businesses in the area. She began a new chapter in 2002 when she started her real estate career. She quickly found her niche becoming a specialist in selling farms, land, and homes in Rappahannock County. In 2012, Cheri and her husband opened Cheri Woodard Realty, their own brokerage, in the town of Sperryville focusing on Rappahannock and the surrounding counties and have continued developing and growing their company to the largest boutique realty firm in the area.

Cheri is deeply ingrained with the community of Rappahannock County. She served as the President of the Friends of the Rappahannock County Library for 10 years. For 13 years, Cheri was involved with the Headwaters Foundation as the Chair of their successful Taste of Rappahannock event. This event is still the gold standard in Rappahannock having been built on the framework she developed. Currently, she  is the Co-Secretary on the Board for the Castleton Festival and is Board Secretary for the Rappahannock County Water Sewer Authority (RCWSA). She was very pleased to join the SNPT Board in January of 2020.

Trustees Emeriti

David Aldrich – Huntly, VA
Frederick Andreae – Bentonville, VA
Maggie Bullard – Madison, VA
Ethan Carr – Amherst, MA
David L. Dallas, Jr. – Charlottesville, VA
Maureen Finnerty – Haymarket, VA
Hullihen Williams Moore – Richmond, VA
Stephen E. Nauss – Earlysville, VA
Katy Powell – Blacksburg, VA
John Reynolds – Crozet, VA
Peter Rice – Madison, VA
V.R. Shackelford – Orange, VA
Rebecca Trafton – Boulder, CO
Susan Dryden Whitson – Washington, VA


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The Shenandoah National Park Trust’s tax id number is 20-8685310.


Jessica Cocciolone

Jessica Cocciolone

Executive Director
Jessica has spent the past 15 years helping nonprofits across the United States raise millions of dollars and create sustainable organizations. She has previously worked as the Chief Development Officer for Elk Hill in Goochland, VA. She has also held leadership positions at High Achievement in Richmond, VA; JDRF in Albuquerque, NM; Alabama CASA in Birmingham, AL; and has served as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Richmond, Institute of Philanthropy. She has been actively involved in the Central VA Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors, and is Chair of The Diversity and Inclusive Fellows Program. Jessica can often be found with her daughter rock climbing around Virginia or hiking in Shenandoah.
Julie Shuren

Julie Shuren

Donor Engagement Manager
Julie served previously as Assistant Development Director with Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, among other accomplishments, she implemented the first annual “Hike for Habitat.” Her background includes fundraising, public relations, marketing and grant writing. Julie grew up in a small town in upstate New York nestled between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York in Oneonta. She is an avid hiker and loves to share the great outdoors with her husband and two daughters.  
Nicole Erickson

Nicole Erickson

Annual Fund Manager
When Nicole graduated from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a degree in Psychology, she had no idea she would be lead down the path of environmental non-profits. She has loved every minute of working for mission driven organizations in Virginia. Nicole got her start in fundraising, relationship management, and events at the National Wildlife Federation in 2002, and continued that same line of work when she joined the development team at The Piedmont Environmental Council in 2014. Nicole joined the fundraising team at the Shenandoah National Park Trust in 2017. In her free time, she spends time outdoors with her husband and son, exploring local parks and walking trails, restaurants, cooking, reading, and spending weekend time with close family and friends.
Kelly Berrang

Kelly Berrang

Office Manager
Growing up with Shenandoah National Park right outside her back door made the opportunity to join the Trust all the more intriguing for Kelly. Following graduation from Virginia Tech with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Kelly raised four children while remaining an avid volunteer in local civic organizations and working part time to develop marketing campaigns for a number of nonprofit groups. She worked for Wintergreen Performing Arts as a Housing Coordinator for the Summer Music Festival and provided marketing support to the Festival. Several years as a preschool teacher enabled Kelly to deepen her insights into locally based organizations.  In her spare time, Kelly spends time outdoors with her family, reading and dabbling in sketching and painting.
Chip Sawyer

Chip Sawyer

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
After a number of years running local businesses and working in media sales in Virginia, Chip decided to enter the nonprofit sector. He completed his Masters in Philanthropy and Fundraising at Central Michigan University in 2019.  As an undergrad at the University of Richmond, Chip and his friends visited the Shenandoah National Park frequently to take camping and hiking trips.  Before joining the Trust, Chip served as the Director of Development with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.  In his free time, Chip spends time with his wife, children, grandchildren and dogs, exploring the many trails outside their home on the Rivanna Trail.  He is an avid cook and enjoys entertaining family and friends to try out new recipes. Chip longs for a little more time to play golf, read, and travel home to Kentucky to enjoy the horse races at Keeneland Racetrack.
David Cumming

David Cumming

Director of Communications and Marketing
David is a digital storyteller focusing on brand development and content strategy, bringing his enthusiasm for outdoor adventure to the Shenandoah National Park Trust. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and education, David moved to New York City to work as a travel writer and photographer. He moved to Colorado and specialized in non-profit management, event marketing, and media relations with environmental groups like the American Alpine Club. With a decade of work in leadership development and outdoor guiding, he co-founded the Outcamp Collective -- an adventure club and design collaborative inspired by wild places. As a mentor and community advocate, he works to promote environmental advocacy, equity, and positive change both locally and globally. David and his partner share a passion for hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, rock climbing, and family time with their dog, Huck Finn.