Staff 2017-06-28T14:00:56+00:00

Robbi SavageRoberta (Robbi) Savage, Executive Director |
Robbi Savage is the Executive Director and has 37 years in nonprofit executive management experience, representing the Rivanna Conservation Society for nine years and the the national association representing the 50 state government water quality and environmental officials in Washington DC for 28 years, was the founder and president of America’s Clean Water Foundation. In addition, Robbi created and managed the World Water Monitoring Day Program bringing young people around the world to their local waters.

In 2004, Robbi served as the US Earth Day Ambassador to Germany, was the US Water Ambassador to Taiwan in 2005 and 2006, was a US Delegate to the Bonn Charter on International Water Supply in 2004, was a US Delegate/Presenter at the 2003 World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan and was one of the key sponsors of the United Nations Global Assembly for Women and the Environment in 1991.

In 1992 and 2002 Robbi created and facilitated the Years of Clean Water that included the World Water Summit hosted for Robbi by Senator Edmund Muskie, Senator Howard Baker and President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Robbi has testified before Congress more than 100 times, has been extensively published, and has received hundreds of national and international awards.

Robbi is a graduate of the Harvard University’s Executive Environmental Management Program, served as a visiting scholar at the University of Texas’ Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Policy and is currently teaching at UVA’s Urban and Environmental Planning (Planning for Nonprofits) and the Batten School of Public Policy (Implementing Federal Policy.

Justin Altice HeadshotJustin Altice, River Steward |
Justin Altice serves as one of two Rivanna Stewards. The Stewards paddle the Rivanna River, tributaries and reservoirs monitoring water quality and identifying pollution concerns to make recommendations for resolution. The Stewards also identify unique cultural, environmental, and natural resource features along the river, including interesting flora and fauna. The River Stewards also coordinate and lead the biennial Rivanna River Sojourns and specialty paddles for schools and organizations throughout the watershed. In addition to working with RCS, Justin is a Stewardship Assistant for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) where he works with landowners to create and maintain conservation easements held by VOF.

Justin received his Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 2013 and got his undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University located in Boone, NC.

Eli ConnellEli Connell, Project Assistant
Eli Connell is a part time employee and coordinates stream cleanups, staffs public events, and supports the Executive Director and other staff members as needed. Eli and his family are long time supporters of RCA, donating countless hours at the Scheier Natural Area. Eli is a second year student at the University of Virginia working on his BS in Environmental Science with an Ecology specialization.

Jessica DoddsJessica Dodds, Benthic Monitoring Manager |
Jessica manages the benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring program, coordinating community volunteers for benthic sampling and identification. Jessica has been an RCA volunteer and is experienced in the identification of collected samples at the family level. Jessica also worked as a lab technician in Virginia Tech’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation where she worked on both a New River muskellunge diet study and a Bluegill-Channel Catfish competition and diet study. Currently Jessica also works part time at Sharondale Mushroom Farm. Jessica studied under J. Reese Voshell, Jr. and received her Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech.

Dan-Triman-Headshot Dan Triman, River Steward |
After moving from Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville in 2012, Dan began volunteering with Rivanna Conservation Society. Dan later joined the Rivanna Conservation Society staff in 2013. Dan is currently one of the part time River Stewards for RCA and also works with local schools on RCA Education Programs. He is an independent contractor with over 8 years of experience working in the environmental field. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and is also a Rivanna Master Naturalist. He has worked for many non profits, and taught a variety of classes to students of all ages over the years. When he isn’t working for RCA he can be found providing assistance with green building consulting, green roofing, carpentry, environmental education, teaching cooking classes, helping set up for athletic events around town, and volunteering whenever he gets the chance.