PEC Staff

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

Multimedia Communications Specialist
(540) 347-2334 x7024

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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 creates photos and 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

Local Food Systems Coordinator
(540) 347-2334 x7026

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Matt Coyle joined PEC in March of 2020 as our local food systems coordinator.

Before joining PEC, he founded a local online food hub, The Fresh Harvest, which delivered fresh food from local farmers in the Piedmont to local health conscious consumers, supervised production at the nation’s largest soil-grown microgreens farm and was a cattle farmer at Lakota Ranch. Before becoming passionate about our local food system and agriculture, Matt worked in communities across the country as a community organizer, was an intern on Capitol Hill and served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Connecticut’s largest city. He attended  George Mason University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in National Security Policy, was a writer for GMU’s Fourth Estate student newspaper and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

In his free time, Matt likes to cook, work on his small Dexter cattle farm in Culpeper and spend time with his wife, their hyper-active 2-year-old Australian Shepherd and their 4 month old daughter.

Maggi Blomstrom

Rappahannock-Rapidan Conservation Initiative Coordinator
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7067

Maggi Blomstrom

Maggi Blomstrom rejoined PEC’s staff in November 2019 as the Rappahannock-Rapidan Conservation Initiative Coordinator — a multi-faceted initiative to promote land conservation, water quality improvements, natural habitat protection and restoration, and public access throughout the Upper Rappahannock watershed.

Maggi served previously as PEC’s field representative for southern Fauquier and Culpeper counties and as land conservation and stewardship coordinator. She brings years of experience and enthusiasm engaging with landowners, volunteers, communities, and partners to advance environmental stewardship and land management.

Maggi grew up in Fauquier County. She holds a B.A. in Geography and Urban and Regional Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.A. in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Massachusetts.

Kendra Atkins

Development Assistant
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7005

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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.

Kat Imhoff

Senior Conservation Fellow

Kat Imhoff

For the last seven years though, Kat served as the President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier, where she oversaw all aspects of a national historic site, including the management of the historic house and grounds, its diverse education and museum programs, and the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution.

Prior to joining Montpelier in January 2013, Kat enjoyed a five-year tenure as State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, where she led a successful $490 million effort to conserve an ecologically intact unit of 310,000 acres of land in the Northern Rockies that serves as an environmentally-protected migratory corridor extending from Wyoming across Montana to Canada.

Before her leadership role at The Nature Conservancy, Kat served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) which owns and operates Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

She has served as the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia and the Executive Director of the Commission on Population Growth and Development, a 33-member legislative study commission established by the Virginia General Assembly to promote growth management legislation. ​Earlier in her career, Kat served as Vice President for Conservation and Development for PEC.

This continuing dedication to preservation has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and the Piedmont Environmental Council. It also led to her gubernatorial appointment as chair of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the largest holder of easements in the United States. She also served on the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Sabato, Cindy

Communications Adviser
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7021

Cindy Sabato

Cindy Sabato joined the PEC staff in fall 2019, eager to tell the stories of the people and the work that help preserve and honor the environmental beauty and character of the Virginia Piedmont. Prior to joining PEC, she led the communications team at Save The Bay – Narragansett Bay™ and served as a board member and outreach volunteer for the South Kingstown Land Trust in Rhode Island.

She holds a communications degree from James Madison University and some 20+ years in public relations and communications leadership for public education and nonprofit organizations. Upon rediscovering her passion and love for all things outdoors, she decided to refocus her career on the environment. Piedmont Environmental Council’s mission and vision are perfectly aligned with her interests in caring for our water, land, and natural resources.

Cindy was born and raised in mid-Maryland, hails from a dairy-farming family, and grew up camping and fishing. She lives in Fauquier County with her husband and cat (just one, until she starts volunteering at the local animal shelter), and loves hiking, SCUBA diving, dancing and homebrewing.

Fredenburgh, David

Fredenburgh, David

Director of Finance and Administration
(540) 347-2344 ext. 7013

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David Fredenburgh joined PEC in the spring of 2019. Before joining PEC, David had over 40 years of experience managing finance and administration functions in both municipal governments and non-profit organizations. Among other things, he has served as Director of Finance & Administration for the IJIS Institute, Director of Programs for the National Criminal Justice Association, Director of Grants and Conference Services for the National District Attorneys Association and as the Annual Conference Coordinator for the National Fusion Center Association.

David holds a BA in political science from Grove City College, studied public administration at the Graduate School of Business & Public Administration – Cornell University and did Continuing Education studies in accounting at the State University of New York – New Paltz.

David and his wife, Joice, love to travel and especially enjoy visiting national, state and provincial parks and attempting to have authentic experiences and learning local histories in both urban and rural environments throughout the US and abroad.

Ross, Leigh

Ross, Leigh

Legal Assistant and Records Manager
(540) 347-2344 ext. 7091

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Leigh discovered nonprofit work in 2013 and never looked back. That professional opportunity has become a life changing journey that has had a lasting and profound impact on her and how she approaches service to others.

After transitioning from development work into an administrative role with a small anti-poverty organization focused on anti-hunger programming, Leigh joined PEC in the spring of 2019. Her focus is on records management and implementing best practices for a healthy, efficient and productive nonprofit organization.

New to northern Virginia, she lives in Bristow with her husband, two young daughters and rescue dog, Bruce. In her “free” time, she’s a busy mom who enjoys hiking with her family and needlepoint. Leigh is also currently working on her master’s degree in social work.