Staff and Board of Directors


Kate Mallek

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ivy Creek Foundation (ICF) is pleased to announce Kathryn (Kate) Mallek as the new Executive Director of ICF. Kate was raised on a farm in Albemarle County and her lifelong passion for the natural world lends a wonderful connection to ICF’s mission. Kate is a seasoned communications and fundraising professional with experience in environmental organizations as well as large corporations. She spent the last 20 years living and working in Northern Virginia and returned to Albemarle County in 2016 with her three children. Kate received her Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree from Vermont Law School. 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, 2017-2018

President: John Edelen
Vice-President: Mary Spear
Treasurer: Phil Stokes
Secretary: Diana Foster
At Large: Liz Sargent
Past-President: Marilyn Smith

George “Cricket” Barlow
Gus Colom
Rochelle Garwood
David Hannah
Tana Herndon
Elizabeth Raymond
Jorgen Vik
Lorna Werntz
Keith Woodard