DCEEC Executive Committee
Jim Serfass, Executive Committee Member
NatureBridge- [email protected]
Jim is the Operations and Outreach Manager for NatureBridge: Mid-Atlantic Region. His main role is to promote NatureBridge’s overnight environmental education school programs offered in Prince William Forest Park and summer programs in Shenandoah National Park. Jim works with teachers, administrators, and students in order to make each group’s experience as meaningful and impactful as it can be. Jim has been in the experiential education field for ten years, working as an educator, ropes course director, campus coordinator, and program manager at several different organizations on both coasts. Jim has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Juniata College and recently earned an M.S. in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University.

Ariel Trahan, Treasurer
Anacostia Watershed Society [email protected]
As a native Michigander who grew up swimming in crystal clear lakes and rivers Ariel is passionate about making sure that everyone has access to clean water.  Since coming to AWS in 2009 Ariel has been working to find new ways to connect people to the Anacostia River. As Director of River Restoration Programs, Ariel oversees our youth and adult education programs. On any given day you might find Ariel in a classroom teaching students about impervious surfaces, leading a group of 7th graders on a canoe trip, or planting wild rice with 4th graders in the mudflats of Kenilworth Marsh. Ariel works not only to connect people to the Anacostia River, but also to ensure that environmental education is embedded in the curriculum of our local schools. She serves on the Prince George’s County Public Schools Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, the Mid Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, and on the board of the DC Environmental Education Consortium. In 2022, Ariel was honored with the Mayor’s District Sustainability Award for her outstanding environmental leadership.

DCEEC Committees
Ways and Means
Schoolyard Greening

DCEEC Past Co-Presidents
2018-2020 Alexis Dickerson
2017-2020 Jim Serfass
2017-2018 Naamal De Silva
2016-2017 Kurt Moser
2014 Cassie Hughes
2011-2016 Ariel Trahan
2010-2012 Rebecca Davis
2009-2010 Grace Manubay
2009 Carl Rollins
2008 Ann Posegate
2007-2008 Shelby Laubhan
2006-2007 Jen McDonnell
2006 Gilda Allen

Founding Executive Board of DCEEC
Gloria Allen, Jim Butler, Dorothy Barton, Jim O’Connor, and Julia Washburn were founding members.
Gilda Allen and Louise Chapman joined the group and became part of the Founding Board.