Staff and Board of Directors


Tatyanna Patten

Executive Director

Prior to joining Ivy Creek, she was the Policy & Development Director at Public Policy Virginia, and a bioenergy & riparian conservation consultant for Conserv. Ms. Patten has over a 15 years of experience with environmental non-profits in Central Virginia.  A co-founder of the Charlottesville Earth Week festival and former President of Rivanna Conservation Society, her background spans both board and staff sides of non-profit organization, with experience and training in advocacy, event-planning, public outreach, administration, and development. She can be reached at or


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 or

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

President: Marilyn Smith
Vice-President: John Edelen
Treasurer: Phil Stokes
Secretary: Diana Foster
At Large: Liz Sargent
Past-President: George Barlow II

Alice Cannon
Gus Colom
Rochelle Garwood
David Hannah
Tana Herndon
Mary Spear
Steve Thompson
Lorna Werntz