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 Garwood 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


Mariah Payne headshotMariah Payne
Education Coordinator

Mariah Payne is a December 2022 graduate of Christopher Newport University. She graduated with a major in History and double minors in Museum Studies and Psychology. She is a native of Charlottesville and a descendant of both River View Farm through Texie Mae Hawkins and Monticello through the Gillettes. Mariah enjoyed her internship in 2022 and is excited to return as a staff member.  Contact Mariah at





Board of Directors, 2023-2024

President: Sarita Herman
Vice President: Scott Karr
Secretary: Katlin DeWitt
Treasurer: Ted Coates

Elyse Girard
Jody Lahendro
Dr. Teresa Leslie
John Scrivani
Lisa Shutt
Keith Woodard
Dr. Stanley Woodfolk