Staff & Interns

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is proud to have a great mixture of experience and youth on our staff. Each staff member or intern plays a vital role in executing our mission for steward and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay and its' resources. For more information on employment opportunties or to volunteer at Phillips Wharf, please contact or call 410-886-9200.

Kelley Phillips Cox – Executive Director

Kelley Cox Founder and Executive Director

A native of Tilghman Island, Kelley is the founder and executive director of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. A trained marine biologist with a degree from Salisbury University, Kelley is a Certified Instructor of Project WET and has experience in aquaculture and aquarium maintenance, as well as Chesapeake Bay research.  Kelley is actively involved with numerous regional organizations, including the Maryland Association of Outdoor and Environmental Educators, Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association, National Marine Educators Association, National Science Teachers Association, and Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission. She is the recipient of the 2014 Robert Finton Maryland Environmental Educator of the Year Award from MAEOE.

Abbey Smith - Education Intern

From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Fisheries Management. She works with the education programs at PWEC.



Sarah Moffat - AmeriCorps Member/ Aquarist

From Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. She graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in Marine Science and Biology. She works in the estuarium and takes care of the animals.





Alison Wood- AmeriCorps Member/ Aquarist

From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. Works in the estuarium and works with public on oyster cages.




Lindsay Spotts- AmeriCorps VISTA Member

From Coatesville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from University of New Hampshire with a degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology. Working to create an after-school and summer program for middle school students.




Stacy Helgason  ̶ Aquaculture Apprentice

I help with aquaculture operations at PWEC.  Ever since I was little I've been super passionate about the water, animals, and  marine life. I carried that passion over into college where I attended Salisbury University and got my degree in Environmental studies and a minor in Biology. I studied ecotourism and conservation while studying abroad in Costa Rica and after graduating college in 2014 I started working with native plants doing wetland restoration for 2 years. I've been traveling to pursue my passion in scuba diving and hope to go further with that. Being drawn back to my love for the water and marine life, I'm super excited to be a part of the Phillips Wharf team and I look forward to meeting and seeing  you all out and about at Phillips Wharf!