Welcome our new Executive Director

AFF welcomed Theresa Cullen as its new Executive Director in late August. Cullen joins AFF with more than 25 years of experience in education in the United States, and internationally. Most recently, she served as Head of The American School in Switzerland, where she directed the operational and instructional program for 200 students on a 3-campus school, as well as a 45-member faculty in the areas of curriculum development and best education practices. As Head, she also managed operating and fiscal budgets in addition to managing admission and placement of students.

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Cullen often visited the Accokeek area to swim and canoe on the river with her family. She is a strong advocate for our mission and the community we serve. “I believe that all individuals, particularly children, should be part of a beautiful environment for learning. Being outdoors is critical to their development and to the future not only of our region and country, but of the world,” said Cullen. “Getting children out of the classroom to really experience hands-on learning is essential for them to connect concepts taught in the classroom with their real world surroundings.”

In her new role, Cullen will oversee finances, staff operations and strategic priorities of the organization, and partner with AFF’s Board of Directors on organizational planning. “I’m energized to blend my education background with the operational demands of an established nonprofit,” said Cullen. “Our greatest opportunities to build educational and stewardship successes, at the moment, lie within the business side of the Foundation, and I’m excited to focus there, behind the scenes of our impactful programming.” 

Cullen is eager to begin cultivating relationships with the community beginning with our upcoming Fall Nature Series, which includes six adventures on our 330-acre riverfront working farm led by our environmental educators. Culminating the series lineup is our inaugural Fall Farm Day at Hard Bargain Farm (HBF) on Saturday, October 26 from 11 AM – 4 PM. Families are invited to enjoy our picturesque views and participate in activities unique to HBF such as wetland explorations, hayrides, garden and farmyard tours and much more.

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