Our Team

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.

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.

Emily Digney

Development Operations Coordinator

Emily graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Business administration and a minor in Political Science. She found her way to the Trust after a year of teaching English in a small town in northeast Spain. 

Emily grew up hiking in the Shenandoah National Park and her favorite hike is Old Rag. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Anna Patchias

Annual Fund Director

Prior to joining the Shenandoah National Park Trust, Anna held various development positions at the University of Virginia Office of Advancement, most recently with the UVA Parents Fund. Prior to her philanthropy career, Anna owned and operated a private tutoring company for 11 years, transitioning from entrepreneurship to fundraising in 2015.

Anna is also an active volunteer and most recently, she re-joined the leadership of Women United in Philanthropy, a collective giving organization that awards grants to local non-profits serving women and children.

In her spare time, Anna loves reading and gardening, often with her dog by her side. She also loves spending time with her husband and teenage son, watching movies, travelling, and exploring restaurants, museums, and historical sites in Charlottesville and beyond.

Julie Shuren

Program and Community Outreach 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.

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