Our Board of Trustees

Benjamin Wechsler
Linowes & Blocher, LLP

Chair of the Board

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Ben is a partner at Linowes & Blocher, LLP, focusing in land use and environmental law, as well as litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a commercial and real estate litigator with the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich now part of DLA Piper. His practice focuses on the management of land and water resources, and including the Maryland Forest Conservation Act, the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Program, and various federal, state, and county programs regulating land use, water quality, and wetlands protection. He was selected as a Maryland Rising Star for 2012 and 2013 by Super Lawyers.

Gary Jobson
Jobson Sailing, Inc.

Vice Chair

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Gary Jobson is a world-class competitive sailor. He won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner. As a broadcaster/producer (he is ESPN’s Sailing Analyst), lecturer, and writer (he is an Editor at Large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines), Gary is the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. Gary covered the 34th America’s Cup for NBC. He won an ACE (Award for Cable Excellence) for the 1987 America’s Cup on ESPN. In 1988 Jobson won an Emmy for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea, and in 2006 won an Emmy for the Volvo Ocean Race on PBS. His newest book is Chasing Roosters: A Century of Sailing on Barnegat Bay. In 2013 Gary was presented a Telly Award which recognizes distinction in creative work in broadcast/non-broadcast video productions for Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson.

F. Carter Heim, CPA
HeimLantz

Treasurer

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Carter is President of HeimLantz, P.C., a regional business accounting and consulting firm. He has served as chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Directors, and St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. A native of Baltimore, Mr. Heim graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned a Master of Science in Taxation degree from the University of Baltimore.

John Quinn
BGE

Secretary

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John, a trained Environmental Engineer, is the Director of Government and External Affairs at BGE. Mr. Quinn has tenures with state (Maryland Department of the Environment) and local regulatory agencies. He has been with the Exelon family of companies since 1990. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Maryland. John has been dedicated to service: He has served on a variety of national and local industry and regulatory committees and has led several local efforts including as Chairman of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Air Quality Control Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Environment Committee; as Commissioner – Baltimore City Commission on Sustainability and as Commissioner – Maryland Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities Commission. John has also been very involved in local youth sports organizations.

Erica Anthony, Ph.D.
Morgan State University

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Erica is an Assistant Professor of Management with the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University and Founder/CEO of Lyce for Innovative Leadership. With over 15 years of experience with student, non-profit, and for-profit organizations, Erica shares her experience within the classroom but also offers leadership development through coaching, training, and consulting with her clients. As a Professor and Founder/CEO, she ensures that her students and clients have the necessary skills for professional growth and leadership development. She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Furthermore. Erica has previously served as a Board of Director with the YWCA of Greater Kansas City and the National Society of Black Engineers.

The Honorable Pamela Beidle
Maryland State Senate

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Senator Pam Beidle represents District 32 in northern Anne Arundel County, she currently serves on the Senate Finance Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Executive Nominations Committee and Chair of the Anne Arundel County Senate Delegation.  She joined the Senate on January 9, 2019 after spending twelve years in the Maryland House of Delegates serving on the Environment and Transportation Committee.  Pam was the sub-committee chair for Motor Vehicle and Transportation Policy Subcommittee.  She chaired the Anne Arundel County House Delegation in 2015 and 2017.  Pam has received high scores from the League of Conservation Voters for her work over that past twelve years.  Pam owned the Beidle Insurance Agency until her retirement in May of 2017.  She currently serves as a Director with Baltimore Washington Medical Center, a Director with Arundel Federal Savings Bank, and a member of the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council.

Coretta Bennett
Bithenergy

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Coretta is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bithenergy, an award-winning renewable energy development and engineering firm. As COO, she oversees day-to-day operations, strengthens B2B relationships, implements corporate initiatives in energy production and management, and provides oversight of investors and financial institutions. A Baltimore native, Bennett is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. She earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University, an MBA in Strategic Business Policy and Finance from Rutgers University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.

She is an active advocate for women in engineering, advising numerous women engineering development programs.  She is deeply committed to the education and well-being of youth.  Bennett serves as the Vice President of the ACE Mentor Program of America Baltimore chapter, which encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct lecturer at her alma mater, and is PTA President and a group leader in her church.

J. Robert Bradshaw

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Retired Maryland businessman who has been active in board service with several organizations, including the Anne Arundel County Housing Commission.

Lee Currey
Maryland Department of the Environment

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Lee is the Director of the Water and Science Administration at the Maryland Department of the Environment. He oversees both the States Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act Programs as well as serving as lead staff on the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet supporting Chairman Grumbles. Lee’s administration is currently leading priority efforts to advance Chesapeake Bay Restoration, to provide a water quality certification for Conowingo Dam Relicensing, revise the next round of NPDES stormwater permits and test for lead in drinking water in schools, to name a few. Over Lee’s 17 years with the Department he has served in various roles ranging from engineer to director. Prior to MDE Lee worked as an engineer in the private sector. Lee has a Bachelors and Master degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Water Resources and is a registered professional engineer.

Joseph E. Farren
Powell Tate

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Joe is an Executive Vice President at Powell Tate and serves as the firm’s technology policy leader as well as a senior counselor and strategist on public affairs and crisis communications. Prior to joining Powell Tate Joe served as the national spokesperson for the $155 billion wireless industry. As Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs at CTIA – The Wireless Association, Joe was responsible for shaping the wireless industry’s communications campaigns on consumer issues and policy proposals being debated in Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and state legislatures across the country and for the development and execution of the wireless industry’s crisis communication strategies. Joe has led the Global Public Affairs Practice at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) and served as the General Manager of WE’s Washington, DC office and member of the firm’s North American board. Joe also served as a senior staff member in the New Jersey Senate where he advised current United States Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-7).

Matthew Fleming
MD Department of Natural Resources

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Matt is the Director of Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  In this role, he is responsible for the management, policy formulation and implementation, and administration of the programs and staff committed to protecting and enhancing Maryland’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.  Matt has been with the Department since 1997.  With a commitment to building relationships and thinking across traditional disciplines and sectors, Matt believes that we will be better equipped as a broader community to address emerging issues of our coast and oceans.  Matt is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Joe Koch
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association

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As a vice-president of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, Joseph “Joe” Koch oversees the association’s operations.  Mr. Koch is a producer for The Washington Auto Show® and MobilityTalks International®, has duties related to public policy and regulatory concerns affecting the retail automobile business, oversees WANADA’s Auto Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) and day-to-day office, publications and membership management, as well as consulting in WANADA’s full service employee benefits brokerage.

Joe Koch joined WANADA in 2007 as an office administrator and insurance salesperson. In the capacity of Insurance Advisor, Mr. Koch was responsible for overseeing insurance sales and renewals for the state of Maryland. In 2013 Mr. Koch was promoted to Manager of Insurance Administration before assuming his current role in 2014.

Prior to working for WANADA, Joe worked in education and politics in his home state of Mississippi.  He worked as an assistant campaign director for Lieutenant Governor Amy Tuck’s successful re-election bid in 2003 and later that year on Governor Haley Barbour’s gubernatorial campaign staff. Mr. Koch then worked as an educator and administrator for Mississippi College and Sylvan Learning Centers prior to moving to Washington, DC.

Mr. Koch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is a licensed producer for health, life and annuities in the states of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is the grandson of car dealer who formerly chaired the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association.  He resides in Rockville, MD with his wife Janae.

Anthony Murray Leigh Jr., CPA, CFE, CGFM
Department of Veterans Affairs

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Anthony Murray Leigh, Jr. is the Director of Financial Integrity at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of the Inspector General and prior to that he spent five years as the Director of the Healthcare Financial Analysis Division. He spent over eight years working for a private certified public accounting firm specializing in forensic accounting.  For twenty years, Mr. Leigh work in the government arena, serving senior positions in the Navy, which included performing as Executive Officer of two Naval Stations.  He retired from the United States Navy as Commander in 2000.  Mr. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Science in Systems Technology from Naval Postgraduate School.

 

Thomas Miller, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Tom is the Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and also a professor of fisheries science. Born in the England and educated in the UK, US and Canada, Tom was initially appointed to the CBL faculty in 1994. During his career, his work has varied from studies of fish in the northwest Atlantic and Lake Michigan. He combines laboratory, field and modeling approaches to address questions of interest to society. In particular, Tom and his research group have conducted research on blue crab from New York to Florida. Since 2001 he has lead efforts to develop a sustainable approach to the management of blue crab in Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, his research has focused on both recruitment issues in menhaden and striped bass and stakeholder involvement in recreational fisheries. His work has been funded by a diverse array of agencies including NSF, NOAA, EPA, Maryland Sea Grant and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Tom served on National Research Council’s Panel on the water use in the San Francisco Bay and Delta and on its Bay Delta Conservation Plan review committee. He also serves on Scientific and Management Committees for the Mid‐Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Potomac River Fisheries Commission. Tom has been the recipient of the President’s Award for the Application of Science at UMCES. He and his students have won several best paper awards at regional and national meetings. He teaches courses on population dynamics, fisheries ecology, and quantitative methods, and is a two‐time recipient of the Graduate Education Award.

The Honorable Todd B. Morgan
Commissioner of St. Mary’s County

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Todd is serving his second term as a Commissioner of St. Mary’s County. He moved to St. Mary’s County in 1979 following college graduation. Todd earned a BS in Business Administration (Finance major) from Susquehanna University and an MBA from Marshall University. Morgan taught college classes locally for over 20 years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the University of Maryland University College, Charles County Community College (now CSM) and for Embry-Riddle University where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Todd is currently serving as the Chairman of the Tri-County Council. In 2013, he was appointed to serve on the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. He has also served as the President of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance (2004-2010), Vice President of the Historical St. Mary’s City Foundation (1996-2010) He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 413 and a member of the Finance committee at the Church of the Ascension (Lexington Park).

Bryan Offutt
E3 Meat Company

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Former Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for Under Armour’s Outdoor and Run categories where he was responsible for all category marketing activities, overseeing global go-to-market strategies, category positioning and activation plans.  Bryan ensured Under Armour products were powerfully and strategically placed within the market, maximizing consumer connectivity and sales.

Bryan first joined the Under Armour team in October of 2001 as the company’s 33rd employee helping build the brand and profitability from the ground up.  Initially starting in the warehouse, Bryan rose to be the brand face to the largest Sporting Goods retailers for the West Coast, the Rockies, and in the Northeast territories.  In the years following, Bryan put his passion to work and built and lead the Military/Tactical Category through forging impactful relationships with US Special Forces, and founding the company’s philanthropic military initiative, UA Freedom.  In 2010, Offutt transitioned into the Hunt /Fish & Action Sports Categories, where he played a critical role in the launch of the brand’s first-ever hunting boot, scent control campaign, and Under Armour’s 1st ever TV show, which he also starred in, Ridge Reaper.  Offutt won numerous awards to include Outdoor Sportsman Channel Best Commercial, “These are my Boots” but most notably, Under Armour was named the #1 “most admired brand” amongst hunters, anglers and shooting sportsmen under his leadership. Most recently, Offutt joined Under Armour’s Global Run Category and played an integral role in the launch of the company’s global campaign, “It Comes From Below”.

A graduate of Towson University, Offutt lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with his wife and four children. Offutt sits on the advisory board for The Lone Survivor Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

About E3:  At E3 Ranch, owned by former MLB Star Adam LaRoche, we responsibly raise angus cattle and straight to the fork via the E3 Chophouses located in Steamboat, CO & soon arriving in Nashville with Country Music singers Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

Thomasina Poirot
Venable LLP

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Thomasina is an associate with the Baltimore office of Venable LLP, a nationally ranked general practice law firm. As a member of Venable’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group, her practice focuses on complex pharmaceutical litigation and insurance coverage matters, including advising nonprofits on insurance and risk management issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

She is a dedicated volunteer and has a strong presence in the Baltimore community. She serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Tree Trust, and is also on the Board Directors of South Baltimore Learning Center, Volunteering Untapped, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. She has previously served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of Business Volunteers Unlimited’s GIVE program for young professionals and on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Great Kids Farm. She is the Defense Research Institute Young Lawyer’s Liaison for Maryland Defense Counsel.

Hans Schmidt
Maryland Department of Agriculture

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Hans is the Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation at the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). As Assistant Secretary, Schmidt coordinates and manages the development and delivery of the agency’s soil and water conservation programs, which have been among the most high profile since the Bay restoration efforts escalated more than two decades ago. He also oversees the administration of regulatory and technical and financial assistance programs that help Maryland’s farmers implement sound conservation practices, maintain productive farmland, and protect valuable natural resources. Hans says there are five components to his job, including policy and program development, district operations including soil conservation, the cost share program, the watershed implementation program, and regulating nutrient management. “There are extra steps farmers must take because we are in the Chesapeake watershed,” said Schmidt. “Nutrient management can be a benefit in many ways; it can help water quality, it spells out what and how farmers can apply resources to their land, and how many resources each crop needs.” Hans is a third generation farmer from Sudlersville, Maryland. His family’s 2,000 acre farm raised livestock, including hogs and beef, grew hay and currently grows corn, soybeans, tomatoes, green beans, and wine grapes. “I originally got involved with the soil conservation board in Queen Anne’s County and worked up to a leadership position at the state level,” said Schmidt. He also was the Maryland soil conservation representative on the national level for four years. In addition to his duties at Schmidt Farms Inc., Schmidt has served in leadership roles for several agriculture groups including Maryland Association of Conservation Districts, Maryland Soybean Board and State Soil Conservation Committee. In 2008, Schmidt Farms Inc was inducted into the Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame and was selected as a national finalist in the Farm Journal Top Producer Award.

John R. Valliant
Grace B. Kerr Fund

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John Valliant is the President of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Inc., a private family foundation in Easton, MD.  He is also the founder and principal of the Responsible Philanthropy Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit and family foundation issues.  Mr. Valliant spent nearly 20 years as the President of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, where he led the institution through unprecedented expansion and two successful capital campaigns.  He has completed governance training through BoardSource and brings his expertise to many nonprofit boards.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.