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.


Marisa Moon - Education Director

marisaI've been passionate about the Chesapeake Bay ever since my 4th-grade class raised and released baby horseshoe crabs.  Staying inspired by my little horseshoe crab friends, I majored in marine biology at the University of Miami . After graduating in 2011 I found my calling when I entered the exciting world of environmental education! I've been lucky enough to be an educator for several fantastic organizations from the Florida Keys all the way up to Rhode Island.  I also took some time out to pursue graduate studies in outdoor education at the University of Otago in New Zealand. I am so happy to be back in my home state of Maryland and overseeing the education programs at Phillips Wharf. Look out for me on the Fishmobile, and I'll introduce you to some critters!


T.J. Himmelman - Aquaculture and Aquaria Manager

tjI am in charge of maintaining and directing the care for all of our animals here at Phillips Wharf. I have been working as a professional aquarist and marine science educator for about six years since graduating university in 2010. I graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio where I majored in biology and chemistry. There I focused on marine biology and ecology while performing research on invasive plants found in the Midwest. After college, I started working in both environmental education and marine/freshwater aquaria. My travels have taken me working in many locations throughout Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and now Maryland! I am very excited to be a part of the PWEC family. You can find me mostly at the center working with our animals or out on the Fishmobile reaching out to the community. If you see me, please come say hello!



Stacy Helgason  ̶  2017 Americorps Volunteer / Volunteer Coordinator

I am the Volunteer Coordinator at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center . I recruit new volunteers for the center and maintain the existing ones we have while helping to spread awareness of our mission here at the center. 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!