Our Team

Dorie Bolze

Dorene Bolze

President & CEO

Dorie has served for over 20 years as the first Executive Director of 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. 

Grace Stranch

Vice President & COO of Conservation and Policy

Grace joined Harpeth Conservancy in September 2021. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she practiced law at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC. She has engaged in environmental work across the world and has over 15 years of experience organizing around environmental issues in Tennessee. Based on her significant community involvement, Grace was honored with the 2020 Athena Young Professional Award and Metro Council Resolution RS220-457. As a native Nashvillian, she grew up playing on the Harpeth River and continues to love spending time in nature. Grace received her B.A. in international studies from Rhodes College and her J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law. 

Jim Redwine

Jim Redwine

Senior Policy Advisor

Jim joined Harpeth Conservancy in March 2016. 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 serves as 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.

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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 of 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.  

Marie Campbell

Outreach and Communications Manager

Marie joined Harpeth Conservancy in August 2022. She brings over 15 years of experience mobilizing communities and building organizations that practice economic, racial, and environmental justice in the U.S. South. She has a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University and completed coursework toward a Masters of Conservation Biology from Miami University focusing on indigenous land justice and foodways. Marie grew up eating tomatoes and okra from her grandpa’s garden on the Coosa River right next to one of Georgia’s “dirtiest” coal-fired power plants, Plant Hammond. She understands the high cost of industrial pollution and is passionate about protecting clean water and river ecosystems.

Jane Polansky Kayaking

Jane Polansky

Restoration Projects Coordinator

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 a Master of Arts in Teaching from Winthrop University.

Karalyn Berman

Clean Water Protection, Legal Intern

Karalyn is a third-year law student at Vanderbilt Law School serving as a legal intern for the spring semester. She previously worked as a Development Coordinator at the Alliance for the Great Lakes and as a summer law clerk for Earthjustice. Karalyn grew up in Pennsylvania and earned her undergraduate degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science from Northwestern University.

Jacob Brandes

Clean Water Protection, Legal Intern

Jacob is a second-year law student at Vanderbilt Law School serving as a legal intern for the spring semester. Originally from Chappaqua, NY, Jacob graduated Clark University Cum Laude in 2021. During his tenure at Clark, Jacob majored in Sociology with a Concentration in Law in Society, was a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team, and named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Academic Team.

Sydney Moore

Community Engagement & Communications Intern

Sydney is a Junior (11th grade) at Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) serving as an intern for the spring semester. Sydney plays soccer, is part of the CPA media studio, and helped put together a short, student-led documentary film about Harpeth Conservancy during the fall 2022 semester.