About / Staff

Meet the Team

Dorene Bolze
President & CEO

Dorie has served for over 15 years as the first Executive Director of the Harpeth Conservancy. As of April 2017, Dorie is now the President & CEO.  Bolze has over 30 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
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
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 the Harpeth Conservancy as the Watershed Science and Restoration Program Director. He will provide strategic direction for our science-based programs and implement 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.

Mercedes Baker
Development & Communications Coordinator

Mercedes started out as an intern for Harpeth Conservancy while attending The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology, she became our Development & Communications Coordinator. She now works to assist the Development program with membership and fundraising, donor events, and donor database work. She also does grant writing, communications, advocacy, and community education. In addition to environmental advocacy, Mercedes enjoys martial arts, kayaking, and exploring Nashville's many local offerings. 

Sarah Haltom
AmeriCorps Member- Community Outreach Coordinator

Sarah joined Harpeth Conservancy in August 2018 to serve a 1-year AmeriCorps term as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She will be continuing our outreach efforts through community events, social media communication, and environmental education campaigns. Sarah is originally from Jackson, Tennessee and earned a B.A. in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She is passionate about connecting others with Tennessee’s natural world and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with her pets.

Samantha Estes
AmeriCorps Member- Restoration Project Coordinator

Samantha joined the Harpeth Conservancy Team as an AmeriCorps Member and will be serving as the Restoration Project Coordinator until the end of August 2019. While here, Samantha will be working on the Be River Responsible campaign, specially focusing on river cleanup efforts and tree planting events. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Samantha recently graduated from Berry College in Georgia where she studied Environmental Science with a Biology focus. 

Candy Ayala
AmeriCorps Member, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Candy is serving a 1-year term focusing on Marketing and Communications. Her experience in an advertising agency in NYC is proving invaluable as she is creating templates and guidelines to use when her term is complete. She is revamping our website, leading our social media efforts to teach us how to maximize our reach, and handling a large portion of our graphic design. Candy received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.