We have a new president! We’re pleased to announce that Erik Kreifeldt is now at the helm of the Severn River Association.
Erik assumed the President’s chair at the conclusion of our annual meeting Sept. 3.
Erik became SRA’s Treasurer in 2019. A lifelong angler and waterway enthusiast, Erik is inspired by the prominence of the Severn River and is motivated to keep it healthy. Big-10 educated, Erik has a B.A. from Penn State and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His day job is an industry analyst for TeleGeography, covering the global market for international network services.
A Broadneck resident since 2007, Erik serves as President of the Pendennis Mount Association, as well as board member of the Pendennis Mount Boat Club (PMBC), of which he is Past President and captain of a 19-foot center console.
A member of the Severn River Rod & Keg Club, Erik fished with a crew that won the white perch category in the 2015 Fish for a Cure tournament, fishing the Severn under the tutelage of Capt. John Page Williams, and he went on to captain a crew that won the category in 2018. Although fishing has been his foremost pastime, you’re just as likely to see Erik cruising the Severn with family and friends or plying it in a 15-foot kayak.
Earlier in the meeting, SRA members unanimously elected Erik and Douglas Kearney to the Board of Directors. Doug has also been appointed by the Board to serve as SRA Secretary. Erik will continue serving in his previous role as Treasurer while we recruit for a new officer to handle these duties.
For those who couldn’t make our Annual Meeting on Sept. 3, you can view a recording of the event on SRA’s Website at: https://severnriver.org/category/speaker-series/
The video features updates on SRA programs that continued through the Covid-19 pandemic, a keynote address by State. Sen. Ed Reilly, and presentation of our Blue and Green Heron Awards.
Erik takes over as SRA President from David Barker, who led SRA through a merger with the Back Creek Conservancy; initiated restoration projects at Lake Marion, the source of the Severn River; developed and promoted the No Discharge Zone designation for Anne Arundel County waterways, which is awaiting final approval from EPA; oversaw development of SRA’s new Floating Classroom program and the dramatic expansion of SRA’s Water Quality Monitoring program, and helped West Severna Park build a living shoreline.
Past President Barker will continue to serve on SRA’s Board of Directors and will serve as Chair of our Development Committee.