Harpeth Conservancy
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215 Jamestown Park, Suite 101
Brentwood, TN 37027
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Dorene Bolze
E-mail doriebolze@harpethriver.org
Term Start January 1999
Dorene's Experience: Dorie Bolze has served 20 years as the founding E.D. and now President & CEO. Bolze currently serves at the Chair of the Williamson County Stormwater Appeals board, serving since the board's inception. Bolze also has served as Vice-Chair of the Franklin Stormwater Appeals Board, as a member of the TDOT Environmental Advisory Committee, and on numerous local and state committees. Bolze has 30 years of experience in the field of conservation policy related to wildlife conservation, energy efficiency, marine fisheries, protected area management, and international wildlife trade. Before 1999, her conservation professional career was based out of New York City. Bolze was Director for new program development at the Rainforest Alliance, a lecturer at Columbia University on Issues in Conservation Biology, Director of the Policy Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (based at the Bronx Zoo) for six years, and an environmental policy analyst for five years at the National Audubon Society. Bolze has appeared in national and international news stories, written over 30 articles, book chapters, Congressional testimony, and policy reports, and participated in drafting and passing national legislation. At National Audubon Society, Bolze coordinated a national volunteer acid rain monitoring network. Bolze helped launch two local conservation organizations, including the successful Long Island Soundkeeper. Bolze has four film credits on television network specials about wildlife issues and managed an award-winning international advertising campaign in Asia on the affects of the increased trade in traditional oriental medicines on the tiger. Bolze earned her Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her B.S. in zoology from Duke University where she was an A.B. Duke Scholar and a Deborah Steer Scholar at the Duke Marine Laboratory. She is also a member of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Ms. Haylee Hall Development Director
Mr. Jim Redwine Vice President & COO
Dr. Ryan Jackwood Director of Watershed Science and Restoration


Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 300
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? April 2018
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
American Rivers 2015
AmeriCorps VISTA 2012
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2000
Dickson County Chamber of Commerce 2008
Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2010
River Network 2002
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce 2000


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Aquatic Resources and Conservation Award TN Department of Environment and Conservation 2004
Aquatic Resources Conservation Award TN Department of Environment and Conservation 2002
Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Natural Heritage Governor's Office, State of Tennessee 2013
Legacy Project for 10 Waters to Watch- for Lowhead Dam removal project National Fish Habitat Partnership 2016
President of the US River's Initiative- for Harpeth Lowhead Dam removal project US Department of Interior 2012