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. 

Grace Stranch

Vice President & COO of Conservation and Policy

Grace joined the Harpeth Conservancy as the COO and Vice President of Conservation and Policy 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

In March 2016, Jim joined the Harpeth Conservancy in a new senior position as Director of the Water Quality Protection and Sustainability Program.  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.

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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’ 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 Kayaking

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.

Frederick Gonzalez

Communications and Outreach Manager

Frederick joined the Harpeth Conservancy in February 2022. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a social media manager and beverage and teams development manager in various specialty coffee shops across Los Angeles. He has also organized community events in collaboration with organizations such as Charity: Water and Coffee Collective Denmark to bring awareness to issues around water access inequities and the impacts of coffee supply chain production. Frederick received his Master of Science in International Relations with Merit from the University of Edinburgh, where he focused on climate policy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental justice and his B.A. in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University. While he is a new Nashville resident, he grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors as a Los Angeles native where he went fishing, hiking, skateboarding, cycling, and camping.