The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

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About Us

Danny Filer

Danny, originally from Frostburg, Maryland, worked as a seasonal ranger with Ranger Rita Knox in Cumberland for four years before joining the park as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator. Danny currently works as the park’s Chief of Business Administration and the Partnerships Coordinator, working with the numerous park partners and overseeing the park’s Volunteer Program.  Danny has a bachelor’s degree in history, a Master of Education degree, a Master of Business Administration degree, and recently earned his doctorate from West Virginia University. His interests include American social history, higher education administration, and public service programs. He can be contacted in his office at 301-714-2218 or by email.


Emily Hewitt

Emily grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She has a master’s degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University. Emily worked three years as a seasonal Interpretive Ranger for the C&O in Williamsport and Hancock before joining park headquarters to manage the park volunteer program. Emily enjoys traveling, and has been to several countries including Brazil, Argentina, Belize, France, and Russia. Emily is the Volunteer Coordinator for the park. She can be reached at 301-714-2219 or by email

Bri Colon

Bri grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Santa Clara University in California with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology & French. Bri recently completed a year of volunteer service with AmeriCorps NCCC and enjoyed working with various non-profits in the Atlantic Region. Her interests include hiking, traveling, and experiencing new cultures. Bri is the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the park. She can be reached at 301-745-5810 or by email.  



Dorothy McQuaid

Dorothy was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and went to school in Virginia and Tennessee. She graduated with a BBA in Marketing, went on a road trip of almost 30 National Parks, and landed in an SCA (Student Conservation Association) internship building trails in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was so much fun she decided to do another internship and is now the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Contact her at (301) 745-5810 or via e-mail.