Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary OUR PEOPLE


Patricia Delgado, Superintendent & Wetland Ecologist




Academic and Professional Credentials

BS Marine Biology, M.S. and Ph.D. Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Belief Statement

The power of developing a connection with nature to become forever a steward for the environment.

Personal Interests/Anecdotes

Patricia enjoys hiking, biking, reading a good book, and traveling to discover new places.


Patricia has conducted wetland research for over 25 years and has never tired of learning about these magnificent places. As a scientist, she believes in the important role of science in supporting education, resource conservation and management. At the Sanctuary, she is eager to promote environmental education, stewardship, research, citizen science, and science communication to our visitors, while also providing a protected environment for public enjoyment. Patricia received a B.S. in Marine Biology from Universidad Nacional de Heredia (Costa Rica) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. 

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Liana Vitali, Stewardship & Citizen Science Coordinator




Academic and Professional Credentials

BS Biology, MS Zoology

Belief Statement

Liana believes wholeheartedly in the power of nature to foster profound experiences in each of us that can serve to unlock our potential and authentic selves.

Personal Interests/Anecdotes

Liana loves, actually needs to be outside as much as possible. She values quality time spent in nature whether it's hiking a new trail with her pup, Willow, road-tripping to explore a new town, or sitting outside on a beautiful morning with family, friends, and a hot cup of coffee.


Through inspiring and meaningful outdoor experiences, Liana strives to help each visitor create a strong and lasting connection to the natural world. Liana leads our Citizen Science and Stewardship programs and loves to empower volunteers and aspiring Naturalists to lead scientific and preservation efforts here at the Sanctuary. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Miami University of Ohio teaching in the Global Field Masters Program in Baja, Mexico, and Belize. In 2019, Liana was the recipient of the Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award. She earned her BS in Biology & Ecology at Penn State University and her Master's in Zoology through the Global Field Program of the Miami University of Ohio. 

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Beth Sieglinger, Education Coordinator &  Naturalist




Academic and Professional Credentials

BS Animal Science, MA Biology, MD Certified Teacher, Virginia Tree Steward, AACo. Watershed Steward Candidate (2022)

Belief Statement

“No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced” - David Attenborough 

Humans are not separate from nature and we depend on nature for many unseen things like clean water and air. Therefore, it is our responsibility to be good stewards and protect what we can. But to do so, we must first experience and appreciate nature in all forms. 

Personal Interests/Anecdotes

Beth enjoys photography, running, identifying all the living things, and slowly making her home and yard more environmentally, and bay-friendly. 

Beth’s initial career goal was a big cat zookeeper. That goal quickly changed after taking a substitute teaching job for a non-public special education school. With a new purpose, she pursued her teaching credentials and happily taught at the middle school level for about 8 years. After a hiatus to raise her children and travel the world with her military husband, she decided to go back to school and follow her passion for the environment. Now, Beth’s focus is teaching all who will listen about the importance of our natural world and trying to help them understand how nature benefits us all. 

Beth earned her BS in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania and her MA in Biology (conservation) through the Advanced Inquiry Program from Miami University in Ohio. She holds two teaching credentials from the state of Maryland (Sp.Ed., Bio)



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Debra Gage, Volunteer & Program Coordinator




Academic and Professional Credentials

Master Watershed Steward, Maryland Master Naturalist, Maryland Woodland Steward, and ACA certified canoe instructor

Belief Statement

Nature cannot continue to offer its bounty without thoughtful stewardship. Connecting people to nature is key.

Personal Interests/Anecdotes

Debra loves being outdoors hiking, camping, paddling, and riding her horse.


Living and working in the Patuxent River watershed for over 12 years, Debra has developed a love for the Patuxent. As an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified canoe instructor, Debra aspires to connect visitors to Jug Bay and the Patuxent River through wetland canoe trips and public education programs, in hopes of fostering appreciation and protection for these valuable resources. She organizes events, provides support to volunteers, and measures Jug Bay's volunteer force by collecting and analyzing volunteer stats.

Debra received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2009 she changed focus to follow her passion to learn more about the natural world and environmental concerns


Allison Burnett, Office Manager & Naturalist




Academic and Professional Credentials

BA Environmental Studies, AA Spanish Language & Culture

Belief Statement

Everything is connected. We are a part of nature. When we disregard the needs of humans in an environment, we are not really caring for nature, we are dishonoring the interconnection of all things. Nature is for everyone. It is where we find our questions and answers. As Einstein said “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”.

Personal Interests/Anecdotes

Allison is an Ohio native, an Army veteran, and mother of three sons. She especially loves to explore nature with her children. While other teenagers were driving and dating, she was keeping bird journals and exploring the neighborhood woods.


Allison didn’t think about her passion for nature becoming a profession until late in life. She went back to college in her 30’s and studied Biology for fun, rekindling her love of science and the natural world. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) in 2019. Immediately after graduation she worked in the Office of Sustainability at SMCM. As Office Manager, Allison looks forward to providing the Sanctuary and its staff with the support they need to continue their research and education projects. She is ready to jump in and help in any way she can. Although her professional experience with environmental science is short, her relationship, interest and understanding of nature is life-long.


David Rose, Maintenance Worker

David is a resident of West River, Maryland. He graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. David worked as a Park Ranger at the Breezy Point Beach and Campground in Calvert County for more than three years. David joined the Jug Bay maintenance team in the fall of 2019. 


Donald Smith, Maintenance Worker

Bristol resident Donald Smith is an active member of Soller's Methodist Church which borders the Sanctuary. Donald is a carpenter and a pipe fitter, and for over twenty years he worked for the U.S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard.


Richard Chaney, Maintenance Worker

Richard and his wife have been neighbors of Jug Bay for over 30 years. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the state of Maryland highways for 39 years. Richard has also worked as a mechanic, which has given him the knowledge to keep the Jug Bay equipment running smoothly. He helps tremendously to keep our grounds looking good. Richard enjoys fishing and being outdoors.