Southern Maryland RC&D Staff

Allison Burnett

Executive Director

Allison Burnett is Southern Maryland RC&D’s Executive Director. She works to develop innovative partnerships with stakeholders who wish to complete projects throughout Southern Maryland. Allison has lived in Charles County with her husband and three sons since 2012. Before joining RC&D, she served in the US Army. Going to college later in life, she earned an A.A. in Spanish Language & Culture from the College of Southern Maryland in 2016 and went on to earn her B.A. in Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) in 2019. Allison worked with SMCM’s Sustainability Office, building relationships with local groups which would provide real-world experiences to students. She most recently worked at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, an Anne Arundel County regional park, as a park naturalist and office manager. Allison also volunteers as a MD Master Naturalist and is an avid hiker.

Allison Burnett

Executive Director

Caroline King is Southern Maryland RC&D’s Program Manager for land preservation, working closely with County staff, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program team, and the Navy’s REPI Program team. A lifelong Marylander, she attended the University of Maryland to study natural resources management and the University of Baltimore School of Law, focusing on government and public service law.  Before joining RC&D, Caroline worked as an attorney, writer, and editor. She has served on the St. Mary's County Planning Commission, Recreation & Parks Board, and Commission on the Environment. She also volunteers as a Maryland Master Naturalist and enjoys teaching kids about nature. She is passionate about land use and protecting Southern Maryland's farms and forests. 

Caroline King

Program Manager
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Caroline King

Denitra Brawner has been with Southern Maryland RC&D for over 27 years, advancing to the position of Administrative Associate in 2016.  A native of Charles County, Denitra came to RC&D in 1992, while still a high school student, through the Maryland’s Tomorrow program. Since then, Denitra has continued to grow and learn from her experience with the RC&D office. Her dedication and professionalism have been instrumental in RC&D’s success.  Not only is Denitra responsible for managing all human resource issues for the staff and NRCS grant employees, she also provides administrative assistance to the RC&D Board of Directors, Executive Director, and partners.    

Denitra Brawner

Administrative Associate 
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Valinda Clark
NRCS Grant Employee -
Program Support Specialist 
Kimberly Reynolds
NRCS Grant Employee -
Program Support Specialist
Kelli Tyler
NRCS Grant Employee -
Program Support Specialist 

Valinda Clark was born in North Carolina and came to the Washington, DC area at 3 months old. She has 25 years of experience in the clerical and administrative fields. She also has a young son that keeps her busy. Valinda joined the Southern Maryland RC&D team in January 2017 and she is based out of the La Plata NRCS office. 

A native of Talbot County, Kimberly attended Towson University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications. Returning to the Eastern Shore to spend more time with her family, Kimberly worked for many years at a local title company, assisting buyers, sellers, realtors, and lenders with finalizing real estate transactions and loan closings. She later chose to change career paths, helping those with special needs obtain service funding through federal, state and non-profit programs. Kimberly looks forward to supporting NRCS participants and staff in Caroline and Talbot County.

Kelli Tyler is an Annapolis native who transplanted to the Eastern Shore in the 1990s. She is working on her bachelor's degree in history and will pursue a master's in history, concentrating on the Chesapeake Colonial Era and Archaeology. Kelli volunteers as a grant writer and artisan spinner/dryer/weaver at local historic sites and works part time as an Educator at the local Salisbury Zoo. Kelli's prior work experiences include Grant Writing and Administration, as well as Educational Program Development and Implementation for various historic sites. She has also worked as a Program Specialist for the Trio program at Wor-Wic Community College. Kelli joined Southern Maryland RC&D in July 2017. She is based in Wicomico County.