Tina O’Connell

Executive Director

(202) 494-0456 |

Tina joined Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in 2012 as its first paid staff person and is thrilled to promote one of her own city’s hidden gems. She started as a volunteer coordinator and has since grown the organization into a robust nonprofit that helps people, especially those who live nearby, to connect with the natural beauty of the park through volunteer stewardship, seasonal celebrations, and educational programs.

Previously, she worked at NOAA’s national headquarters guiding research and education efforts at amazing, yet faraway, estuarine reserves. Tina earned a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tina enjoys trail running, camping, reading, and exploring the other hidden gems in DC and the surrounding area with her husband and their three children.

Megan Singleton

Marketing & Development Associate

(202) 753-0013 |

As Marketing & Development Associate, Megan works to promote the exciting programs at the park that inspire curiosity, creativity, and healthy living. She graduated from NC State University in May of 2019 with a degree in Fashion & Textile Brand Management & Marketing and minored in Arts Entrepreneurship. Megan volunteers in clean-up events and writing letters to elders. In her free time, she enjoys finding new hiking trails, creating oil paintings and textile art, and crunching leaves in the fall.

Shannah Cumberbatch

Volunteer & Program Coordinator


Shannah joins the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens with a background in wildlife biology and conservation. She graduated from Towson University in August of 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has studied black caiman, prairie dogs, and box turtles among other species. Her passions include connecting minority groups to science and giving back to her community. She mentors undergraduate members of her multicultural sorority (Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.) and encourages them to spend time in nature. Shannah is excited to work alongside both the residents of Wards 7 & 8 and current volunteers to learn about their history and appreciation of the park. She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, films/movies, trying new recipes, and exploring outdoor spaces around Maryland and DC.