... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail us or call 410-260-3460

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Critical Area Commission
1804 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401



Maryland Critical Area Commission Contacts

  • If you have general questions about the Critical Area Law and Criteria click here.
  • For policy, regulatory or mapping issues click here.
  • For issues related to the Buffer, other Habitat Protection Areas, or conservation and mitigation practices click here.

For more specific questions, please select from the list of counties in order to direct you to the appropriate staff person.

Map of Maryland counties.
Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County
Calvert Co​unty Caroline County Cecil County
Charles County Dorchester County Harford County
Kent County Prince George's County Queen Anne's County
Somerset County St. Mary's County Talbot County
Wicomico County Worcester County

Kate Charbonneau
Executive Director

General Questions on the Critical Area Law and Criteria

Phone: 410-260-3475

Lisa Hoerger
Regulations and Mapping Coordinator

Coordinates among the Commission, State government, local governments and various stakeholders pertaining to the regulations and policies of the Commission. Also coordinates the remapping of the 1,000-foot Critical Area boundary.


  • Federal Projects

  • ​Aberdeen
  • Havre de Grace

Phone: 410-260-3478

Claudia Jones
Science Advisor

Program and policy issues regarding Habitat Protection Areas, wetlands streams and concerns relating to habitat protection and water quality. Specific questions about conservation, protective easements, and mitigation.

Phone: 410-260-3482

Nick Kelly
Regional Program Chief

General Project and Program Questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, shore erosion control, etc.

Phone: 410-260-3483

Charlotte Shearin
Regional Program Chief

General project and program questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, etc.

Phone: 410-260-3480

Kate Durant
Natural Resources Planner


  • Maryland Transportation Authority

  • Annapolis

  • Baltimore City

  • Somerset County
  • Crisfield
  • Princess Anne​​​

  • Worcester County
  • Snow Hill
  • Pocom​oke City

  • ​​ Ocean City

Phone: 410-260-3477

Jennifer Esposito
Natural Resources Planner


  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Port Administration

  • Anne Arundel County

  • Dorchester County
  • ​Cambridge
  • Secretary
  • Vienna

Phone: 410-260-3468

Michael Grassmann
Natural Resources Planner **until further notice, use the alternative contacts listed below.**


Phone: 410-260-3462

Susan Makhlouf
Natural Resources Planner


  • Historic St. Mary’s City
  • St. Mary’s College
  • Maryland Aviation Administration
  • State Highway Administration

  • Baltimore County

  • Queen Anne’s County
  • Centreville
  • Church Hill
  • Queen Anne
  • Queenstown

  • Harford County

Phone: 410-260-3476

Annie Sekerak
Natural Resources Planner


  • Maryland Transit Administration
  • Power Plant Research Program (DNR)
  • Public Service Commission

  • ​​ Caroline County
  • Denton
  • ​Federalsburg
  • Greensboro
  • Hillsboro

  • Charles County
  • Indian Head

  • ​​ Talbot County
  • Easton
  • ​Oxford
  • St. Michaels

Phone: 410-260-3466

Currently Unassigned: Please use contact information listed below


  • Kent County
  • Betterton​
  • Chestertown
  • Millington
  • Rock Hall

  • Prince George’s County

  • St. Mary’s County
  • Leonardtown

Phone: 410-260-3460