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.

David Drawbaugh

Volunteer and Public Engagement Coordinator

(202) 695-0352 |

As Volunteer and Public Engagement Coordinator, David manages our stewardship and interpretive volunteer programs, develops and implements outreach strategies, and supports our educational program. A recent graduate of Dickinson College, he is using his degree in environmental studies to spread the word about environmental conservation in urban areas. David enjoys biking, swing dancing, weightlifting and calling into the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Julie Moeller

Program Manager

(202) 271-6404 |

Julie leads Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens’ educational programming including its NatureFest signature program, a spring break and summer camp for the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood’s elementary school children that was developed in conjunction with the National Park Service. A resident of Capitol Hill for nearly 20 years, Julie is very active in her community through Girl Scouts and several local schools and also works as a Library Associate for the DC Public Library. Julie is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She enjoys kayaking, gardening, hiking, local theatre, and spending time with her three children.  

Kenya McKeever

Program Manager

(202) 841-9193 |


Kenya supports Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens’ educational program, including both NatureFest spring break and summer camps. She is a Kenilworth-parkside resident and was a longtime volunteer before she became a member of the staff.