Staff and Board of Directors


Kate Mallek

Executive Director

Kate was raised on a farm in Albemarle County, in a family devoted to natural resources and the future of the community. She spent much of the last 20 years living and working in northern Virginia, returning to Albemarle County in 2016.

During her time in northern Virginia, Kate worked in nonprofit land conservation and management organizations as well as on a range of policy projects focusing on environmental and human health policy, often in partnership with school and business leaders. With a background in education, communications, and fundraising, Kate is excited to put her skills to use for the Ivy Creek Foundation and the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Contact Kate at


Bruce Gatling-Austin

Education Coordinator

In this role, Bruce is responsible for our school and public programs, expanding our ability to serve the nature education needs of citizens, young and old. Bruce, a former Ivy Creek guide, comes to us with many years of experience in adult and elementary school education. Look for Bruce, a tall fellow with a hat and a welcoming smile, at many of our scheduled walks and events. Bruce is a Certified Interpretive Guide and a Certified Interpretive Trainer. Contact Bruce at

Board of Directors, 2018-2019

President: Lorna Werntz
Vice President: Marilyn Smith
Secretary: Diana Foster
Treasurer: Phil Stokes
Member-At-Large: Liz Sargent

Gus Colom
Rochelle Garwood
David Hannah
Kristin Sorokti
Jorgen Vik
Tom Wild
Keith Woodard