Our Team

Dorie Bolze

Dorene Bolze

President & CEO

Dorie has served for over 20 years as the first Executive Director of the Harpeth Conservancy. As of April 2017, Dorie is now the President & CEO.  Bolze has over 35 years of work experience in the field of water quality science and policy, conservation policy and biology related to wildlife conservation, energy efficiency, marine fisheries, protected area management, and international wildlife trade. Bolze earned her Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and her B.S. in zoology from Duke University where she was an A.B. Duke Scholar and a Deborah Steer Scholar at the Duke Marine Laboratory. 

Jim Redwine

Jim Redwine

Vice President & COO

In March 2016, Jim joined the Harpeth Conservancy in a new senior position as Director of the Water Quality Protection and Sustainability Program. As of April 2017, Jim is now Vice President and COO. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a corporate executive, and environmental and bankruptcy attorney. He received the 2011 American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship for his work on the General Motors bankruptcy.Jim received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Haylee Hall

Haylee Hall

Development Director

Haylee Waddey Hall is serving as the Harpeth Conservancy’s Development Director. Prior to joining our team, she served as Director of Marketing and Development for The Belcourt Theatre; Director of Development and Outreach for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Middle Tennessee; Marketing Director for Nashville Jet Charters and Marketing Director for Wildhorse Saloon. Haylee received her B.S. in Business Administration from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her love of the Harpeth River stems from growing up canoeing and rope-swinging in it and now cycling and running alongside it.

Ryan Jackwood

Watershed Science & Restoration Program Director

Ryan joined Harpeth Conservancy as the Watershed Science and Restoration Program Director in March 2019. He provides strategic direction for our science-based programs and implements restoration priorities based on water quality assessment. Ryan is originally from Ohio where he earned a B.S. degree from Ohio State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo researching issues with water quality and harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie.

Philanthropy & Membership Manager

A longtime community non-profit administrator with more than 20 years’ experience in program development, Angela joined Harpeth Conservancy in December 2019. With a B.A. in Sociology from Western Kentucky University, she has built a career at multiple nonprofits in Nashville and beyond, including Renewal House, St. Luke’s Community House and FiftyForward. A Cheatham County native, she was raised on the Harpeth River and loves kayaking, hiking and being outdoors.  

Jane Polansky

Volunteer, Education and Outreach Program Manager

Jane joined the Harpeth Conservancy team in April, 2020. Her background as an educator, Park Manager and Scenic Rivers Coordinator along with her years of experience with watershed and River Management organizations gives her the skills to direct volunteer activities, provide exceptional educational experiences and network with communities and organizations to further develop and strengthen support for river responsibility and the Conservancy. Jane has a B.S. in Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Education from Winthrop University.

Samantha Estes

Communications Coordinator

Samantha joined Harpeth Conservancy as an AmeriCorps Member in 2018 and served as the Volunteer Restoration Project Coordinator until August 2020, when she transitioned to being the Communications Coordinator. Samantha focused on the Be River Responsible campaign and coordinated our volunteer efforts through the various restoration opportunities Harpeth offers. As the Communications Coordinator, Samantha continues her work with our social media pages, monthly eblasts and more to help us get the word out! Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Samantha graduated from Berry College in Georgia where she studied Environmental Science with a Biology focus. 

Mikelle Benfield

AmeriCorps Member, Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Mikelle joined Harpeth Conservancy in August 2020 to serve a 1-year AmeriCorps term as Community Outreach Coordinator. She is focusing on expanding outreach efforts through community events, educational programs and social media communication. This builds upon her background in nonprofit programming and communications, with previous experience working in environmental education in New York City communities. Mikelle is originally from Las Vegas, NV and earned a B.S. from Penn State and an M.S. from the United Nations University, both majoring in Geography.

Elizabeth Serrano

AmeriCorps Member- Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Eli joined the Harpeth Conservancy team as an AmeriCorps Member in August 2020. She is serving a 1-year term as the Community Outreach & Education Coordinator. Eli recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Animal Science, as well as an Environmental Sciences & Sustainability minor. Her past experiences include working as the Environmental & Sustainability Communications fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Communications Intern at the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, and the research intern with Cornell’s Nutrient Management Spear Program. 

Maddy Johnson

AmeriCorps Member- Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Maddy joined the Harpeth Conservancy as an AmeriCorps Member in May 2021 as part of a 1-year service term. Maddy graduated in 2020 from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Environmental Science and was involved with UD’s river research lab, and also worked as an environmental educator for several nonprofits in the Cincinnati area.