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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 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 Architecture School for the department of Urban and Environmental Planning (Planning for Nonprofits) and the Batten School of Public Policy (Implementing Federal Policy).

Alyssa (Lisa) Wittenborn, Deputy Executive Director |
Lisa Wittenborn serves as the Deputy Executive Director of RCA. Lisa most recently served as the first Director of the Mills River Partnership, a nonprofit watershed protection group near Asheville, NC. There, she worked closely with the organization’s board, funders, and other partners to initiate and manage programs and projects in the areas of agricultural best management practices, environmental education, and watershed planning. Lisa has also worked as a Research Associate with the Environmental Resource Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she conducted research and performed outreach and education activities on behalf of the School of Public Health’s Superfund Basic Research Program and the UNC Institute for the Environment. She also has worked as a facilitator with The Keystone Center’s Science and Public Policy Program in Washington, DC and Keystone, Colorado. At Keystone, she helped facilitate and manage projects in many policy areas including marine mammal protection and the environmental impacts of agriculture. She also worked on an environmental impact study for a proposed local highway project.

Lisa has a B.A. in Environmental Science from UVA, a M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning also from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her Ph.D. coursework emphasized water quality policy and management and her research evaluated the implementation and efficacy of a North Carolina rule designed to reduce nutrient pollution in the Neuse River Basin.

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 at Virginia Tech, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Julia Ela, Bacteria Monitoring Manager |
Julia manages the bacteria monitoring program for RCA, coordinating community volunteers for bacteria sampling, reading and reporting. Before joining RCA, Julia worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, DC. Julia has also worked for the Colorado Natural Areas Program and the The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. Julia has a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Science from The Colorado College.

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.

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.