About Us

Adam Gillenwater

Senior Policy Manager & Field Representative. Culpeper, Madison, & Greene Counties. Adam joined the staff of The Piedmont Environmental Council in October 2020, serving in the dual roles of field representative and senior policy manager. Locally, Adam coordinates PEC’s response to land use projects in Culpeper, Madison, and Greene counties. At the state level, he supports the organization’s advocacy efforts on a wide range of land conservation, historic preservation, and land use policy issues.

Hechl, Gertraud

Major Gifts
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7006

Gertraud Hechl

Gertraud Hechl joined PEC staff in the summer of 2019. Gertraud has a broad background in the arts and business and serves on several non-profit boards. She holds a degree in strategic management from Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, where she also studied modern languages.

Gertraud is excited to be working at a place which had been the leader in promoting and protecting the Piedmont for decades. Austrian by birth, Gertraud has lived in many countries, always returning to her farm in Fauquier county.

Kenny, Hugh

Communications Fellow
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Hugh Kenny joined the communications team at PEC in September 2019. He graduated from Bates College earlier in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in history. During college, he spent his summers guiding long-distance bike trips in the US, Canada, and Europe. His time pedaling across varied landscapes taught him the value of looking at places, even familiar ones, from new and novel viewpoints.

At PEC, Hugh focuses on creating videos that highlight the staff’s work and the value of the landscapes that the organization protects. He uses video to give viewers a new perspective on places they may pass by every day, display the incredible beauty of the Piedmont, and build support for PEC’s initiatives.

Born and raised in New York City, Hugh currently lives in The Plains, VA and spends his free time riding his bike on Fauquier County’s endless miles of beautiful gravel roads.

Coyle, Matt

Outreach Assistant
(540) 347-2334 x7026

Matt Coyle

Matt Coyle joined PEC in March of 2020 as an outreach assistant.

Before joining PEC, he founded a local online food hub, The Fresh Harvest, which connected local farmers in the Piedmont to local health conscious consumers. Before that, he was a community organizer in North Carolina and Florida, interned on Capitol Hill and served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied National Security Policy at George Mason University and was a writer for their Fourth Estate student newspaper.

In his free time, Matt likes to cook, go hiking, kayaking and go for runs with his wife and their hyper-active Australian Shepherd, Rory.

Kendra Atkins

Development Assistant
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7005

Kendra Corbin was hired in December of 2019 as a Development Assistant for PEC. Kendra attended Shenandoah University, where she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Mass Communications. Prior to joining PEC, Kendra worked as a marketing coordinator. She also volunteered as a board member and social media chairwoman for the Virginia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications. She is excited to join an energetic team to help preserve the environment and make a difference in the world.

Kendra resides in her hometown of Front Royal with her fiancé, their energetic chocolate lab, and their 3-legged cat. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to audiobooks, and kayaking in the Shenandoah River, located just a short walk from her home.