About SRK: Staff


Fred Kelly, Executive Director – Fred Kelly is an environmental attorney with more than 30 years of experience. He began his environmental career as the first attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. His defeat of the nuclear power plant proposed for Douglas Point on the Potomac adjacent to the most important Striped Bass spawning area on the East Coast and the five-year moratorium are credited with saving the Chesapeake Striped Bass fishery.

Fred enjoys hearing from people who care about the Severn and want to work together to save the river!

Fred has a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.


Sara Caldes, Severn Riverkeeper – Sara has background in land use planning and project management. At the beginning of her career she was involved in the commercial revitalization of Wilmington, N.C. Locally she worked for an economic development public interest group in Washington; as a project manager for a developer doing specialized hotel renovations and historic rehabilitation; and as a yacht broker. She has worked for the SRK since 2004 as Restoration Manager and has recently assumed the duties of Riverkeeper.

Sara began boating at the age of seven. She, husband Roger, and son Nate have lived on the Chesapeake (on the South and Severn Rivers) for the last 30 years. They especially enjoy cruising aboard their Southern Cross sailboat.

Sara earned her B.A. in American Studies and History from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Dr. Pierre Henkart, Scientific Advisor – Pierre retired from his position as Chief of the Lymphocyte Cytotoxicity Section of the Experimental Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in 2006. He volunteers his time with the SRK supervising the water quality monitoring program. He is the author of the annual Severn River Monitoring Report, which is submitted to the Governor and his agency heads as part of SRK’s SevernStat Report. [Photo by Pam Wood, The Capital]

Pierre stays involved in science with various consulting gigs, but also enjoys cruising the Chesapeake in his catamaran with wife, Danalee, and traveling the world. He is the President of the Anne Arundel County Bird Club and an avid photographer. He lives on Saltworks Creek where he launches his rowing shell several times a week.

Pierre has a doctorate from Harvard in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and conducted his post-doctoral research in Marine Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego.