Staff and Board of Directors

Sue ErhardtSue Erhardt
Executive Director

Sue Erhardt has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience working in the conservation, nature, and place based education movement. Over her career, she has been able to grow programs, expand staff, and develop organizational infrastructure in a sustainable fashion.  She has worked for urban forestry organizations in Detroit and Washington DC, and most recently for an agriculture nonprofit based in Augusta and Highland Counties, in Virginia. Her programs included a Food and Farm Fellowship program, as well as designing and implementing a Farm to Hospital project which has become a resource for the community by providing educational programming and vegetables for a Food Farmacy program.  Ms. Erhardt holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies.  She is a Certified Arborist and Certified Interpreter Guide.  Her efforts have been recognized by prominent groups with several notable awards, such as the National Park Service Centennial Award and Outstanding Educator Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.  Working at the Ivy Creek Foundation combines her passion for history and the national world with her experience running non-profit organizations. Contact Sue at

Rochelle GarwoodRochelle Garwood
Director of Operations

Rochelle was a board member of the Ivy Creek Foundation from 2014-2019 and a member since the early 1990s. Her previous work experience includes serving as Senior Environmental Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. She holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Science. Rochelle is responsible for day-to-day operations such as property maintenance, building booking and administration. Contact Rochelle at



Susie FarmerSusie Farmer
Director of Education

Susan Farmer has over ten years of experience working in museums and National Parks, where she has led tours, created formal and informal educational programs for both children and adults. These programs ranged from geology, history, wildflowers, and native flowers, native animal species programs, and conservation programs. She has a Master's degree in history and has focused her research on social movements, women's history, and African American history. She is excited to be part of the team at Ivy Creek because it combines her passion for nature and the outdoors with her love of history. Contact Susie at


Olivia Brubaker headshotOlivia Brubaker
History Intern

Olivia Brubaker is from Charlottesville, Virginia, and is a rising senior at Christopher Newport University. She is majoring in history with minors in literature; leadership; and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She hopes to gain exposure to the historical process and gain further insight into the field of public history. We are very happy to welcome her to the team and work with her as we further research the history of River View Farm and the Carr/Greer Family.. Contact Olivia at





Board of Directors, 2022-2023

President: Sarita Herman
Vice President: Scott Karr
Secretary: John Scrivani
Treasurer: Ted Coates

Cecil Banks
Katlin DeWitt
Elyse Girard
Jody Lahendro
Dr. Teresa Leslie
Keith Woodard
Dr. Stanley Woodfolk