Executive Director, Co-Founderjoe@teamriverrunner.org
Joe Mornini has spent a lifetime going from adventure to adventure. He holds a master's degree in Environmental Education from Goddard College and has been involved in outdoor education for more than four decades. Retiring in 2014 after 40 years as a public school teacher and program coordinator in Special Education, Joe became involved with adaptive and adventure paddle sports for the last 12 years with Team River Runner (TRR)
TRR began In 2004 when Joe and kayaking buddy, Mike McCormick, recruited friends and local paddling businesses to support their idea to teach whitewater kayaking to wounded soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They named the program Team River Runner (TRR) and the goal has been to provide hope, health and healing. TRR is a of Chapter Disabled Sports USA, as well as a founding member of the R4 Alliance. TRR is a non-profit volunteer organization that now provides adaptive, therapeutic and leadership training programs for wounded and disabled veterans on a national level.
Always the environmentalist and adventurer, Joe motorcycled across the country 3 times in the 70's. After that, he backpacked across both Ireland, and the State of Maryland. Now, TRR allows Joe to paddle on the healing waterways of this beautiful nation with veterans and volunteers of a great organization-Team River Runner.
Joe is married and has two daughters. They live in Rockville, MD.
• Recipient of the 2009 AMVETS Silver Helmet Rehabilitation Award
• Washingtonian of the Year, 2007
• American Canoe Association Level 4 Whitewater Instructor
• NOLS Certified Outdoor Educator
• Instructor, Calleva Outdoors
• Instructor, Liquid Adventures
• Red Cross/EMT certified
• MA, Goddard College Plainfield, VT
• BS, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO
Executive Director, Co-Founder
James L. Herndon
James L. Herndon
President of the Board
Hal is the Chief Operations Officer of the Clark Construction Group in Bethesda, Maryland. Clark is one of the largest construction contractors in the United States. Hal is the son of a career Army officer who was wounded in Germany in World War II. His father spent a year recovering and rehabilitating at Walter Reed and would have loved to have had a program like Team River Runner at that time. Hal earned a Civil Engineering Degree from Layafette College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation in 1976 Hal began work for Clark Construction (then The George Hyman Construction Company). Prior to TRR Hal served on the Board of Directors of Strathmore Hall for nine years. Hal and his wife, Marylouise reside in Derwood, Maryland and have three boys, Brian, Kevin, and Andrew. The family spends summer weekends boating on Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Maryland. Hal has been involved with Team River Runner since 2009.
President of the Board
Rich is the Director of New Program Development at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Rich currently gives leadership to new program development at Jhpiego, a global non-profit organization focused on improving health outcomes in 50 developing countries. Through the work of his team, Jhpiego programs have expanded by 80% since he joined in 2007. He previously served as Vice President for Development at Partners of the Americas, where he had the privilege to develop new programs related to sports and youth development, economic development, cultural exchange, democracy and governance, community mobilization and education. He has worked as a consultant in the areas of sustainable development and urban planning for both UN Habitat and the Inter-American Development Bank. Rich spent two years in Chile as a member of the US Peace Corps’ first municipal management program, and holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Rich is the son of a career Naval Officer who served in Vietnam.
Eric is the Medical Director and Managing Veterinarian at PetCentre Animal Hospital in Manassas, VA. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BA, 1980) and Virginia Tech (MS, 1982; DVM, 1986). His previous non-profit experience includes serving as Medical Director of the Washington Animal Rescue League and as a veterinary surgeon for the Washington Human Society. An outdoor enthusiast, Eric has been an active whitewater kayak paddler in the Washington, DC region since 1994. Eric began working with TRR in 2004 as a kayak instructor and trip leader, and he is a founding member of the TRR Board of Directors. He lives in Fairfax, VA, with his wife, Krisa, who also served as a TRR Director from 2006-2009. His “second home” is the Potomac River, but he loves to travel to paddle rivers whenever he can!
Board Vice President
He is the Associate Director of the Risk Assessment Division within EPA’s Office of Pollution, Prevention and Toxics where he works on potential health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology and biotechnology products intended for commercialization. He also has additional management and budget, national research coordination, and international coordination responsibilities in this position. He has worked in the past for the Food and Drug Administration as a staff scientist, the George Washington University’s Engineering Department as an Associate Professor, the National Institutes of Health as a visiting scientist, and the Bermuda Biological Station as a visiting scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University, and M.S. and B.S degrees from Emory University. His prior non-profit work was mainly focused on representing the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at public events as an Invited Speaker to explain the current condition of the Bay. Phil is an avid whitewater kayaker and mountain biker; he enjoys both sports with his son Alex, daughter Katie, and wife Jill.
Board Vice President
John is a member (partner) of Watkins Meegan, LLC, a large regional public accounting and consulting firm. He has served small, mid-market and large businesses, providing a range of services, such as accounting, auditing, tax, business advisory and litigation support in his 30 years with the firm. Watkins Meegan, LLC has a large Non-Profit Industry Group, which serves a variety of charitable organizations and associations. Although not a kayaker (paddling with a golf club doesn’t work), John has embraced the TRR mission.