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.
Vice President & COO of Conservation and Policy
Grace joined the 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.
Senior Policy Advisor
Jim joined the 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 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.
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.
Outreach and Communications Manager
Marie joined the 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.
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.