Shelly Baird- Executive Director
Born and raised outside of Annapolis, Maryland, Shelly developed a respect and dedication for the environment and the Chesapeake Bay at an early age. She received her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and her MS in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Shelly worked for 6 years at the Soil & Water Conservation District in Wilmington, NC, providing land conservation, stormwater management, and education efforts. In 2008, she moved to Raleigh, NC to become the statewide coordinator of the NC Community Conservation Assistance Program, which provides landowner assistance for water quality improvements. Shelly and her husband Kevin are looking forward to making the eastern shore their home.
Beth Wasden- Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
A Georgia native, Beth Wasden has resided on the Delmarva Peninsula since 2004. Beth has a B.A. in history and Russian Studies from Syracuse University. She served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator at Fort Delaware State Park from 2004 through 2006 and managed the volunteer program at Pickering Creek Audubon Center for three years. Beth has worked with a number of volunteers–groups and individuals–and has been with the NWA since 2010. In addition to her volunteer coordinator experience, Beth writes fiction and has written Web-based non-fiction professionally.
A local to the Eastern Shore, Mary grew up working in her family’s store, King’s Cotton Candy, on the Ocean City Boardwalk. She earned her B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Southern Maryland. Mary has a strong background in environmental education and has built up her experience over the years. For over six years, Mary was an educator for the Salisbury Zoo. She taught a variety of programs focusing on animals and environmental conservation. In 2012, Mary became the program coordinator and park naturalist for Delaware Seashore State Park. At the state park, she implemented recreational and environmental programming to the public. As a true water girl, Mary has a passion for protecting the local watershed by providing knowledge to its youth and is looking forward to working with the NWA.
Born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, Alexis grew up fishing and swimming in the Bay and ocean. Living on the Eastern Shore, she is intrigued by the bay and surrounding waters. Alexis is an Americorps service member for NWA and will be serving through August 2017. She also studies conflict resolution and psychology at Salisbury University. She is looking forward to serving with NWA and combining her love for the water by helping and teaching others about the Shore.