Governor Appointed Trustees
Jobson Sailing, Inc.
Chair of the Board
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.
John R. Valliant
Grace B. Kerr Fund
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.
Anthony Murray Leigh Jr., CPA, CFE, CGFM
Department of Veterans Affairs
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.
Erica Anthony, Ph.D.
Morgan State University
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.
Johns Hopkins University
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.
Joseph E. Farren
Joe Farren has 25 years’ experience helping Fortune 500 brands, global trade associations and public institutions enhance their reputations and move their business plans forward. At Porter Novelli, Joe leads the agency’s Washington DC office and provides strategic counsel to the firm’s clients on complex communications challenges that shape public and political dialogue and impact consumer decision making.
Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Joe spent nearly 8 years at Weber Shandwick where he led and managed multi-disciplinary communications teams that provided comprehensive brand reputation and public affairs services to leading brands and NGOs. Joe also served as Weber Shandwick’s technology policy leader where he brought insights to clients on complex issues such as artificial intelligence, data privacy, and 5G. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick in 2012, Joe led Waggener Edstrom’s (WE) global public affairs practice while also serving as the general manager of their Washington, DC office.
Previously, Joe was Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs at CTIA – The Wireless Association® in Washington, DC. CTIA is an international trade association that advocates on behalf of wireless carriers and their suppliers. Members include: AT&T, Verizon, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and many others.
While at CTIA, he served as the global spokesperson for the wireless industry and was responsible for shaping and communicating the industry’s positions and public messages on controversial consumer issues and policy proposals pending before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and state legislatures across the country. In addition to serving as the industry’s crisis expert, Joe was also responsible for implementing the wireless industry’s first-ever multi-media, national advertising campaign.
Prior to joining CTIA in October of 2004, Joe served as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Senate where he built governing platforms and advised Senate leaders on a host of policy, political and communications matters. Prior to that, he was a government affairs consultant in Trenton, NJ, representing Fortune 500 corporations, municipalities, public utilities and non-profit associations before the legislature and various departments of New Jersey’s state government. Joe began his career in 1992 as a legislative aide to a former Co-President of the New Jersey Senate.
In the spring of 2016, Governor Larry Hogan (Md.) appointed Joe to the board of trustees at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Joe is also a member of the board of visitors for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences.
He earned a BA in political science from Monmouth University and a MPA from Rutgers University. He also spent a semester abroad in London, England, studying government and communications. His wife Kristen leads the Red Cross office at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and they live in Bethesda, Maryland with their three sons.
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association
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.
Thomas Miller, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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
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).
Alexander G. Núñez
Alexander G. Núñez is senior vice president of strategy and regulatory affairs for BGE. Mr. Núñez focuses on the company’s regulatory agenda with the Public Service Commission and other regulators, and he oversees BGE’s expansion of customer offerings including new products and services. The BGE vice president of regulatory policy and strategy reports to Mr. Núñez.
Mr. Núñez previously served senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs, overseeing strategy and regulatory affairs, governmental and external relations, communications and marketing, economic development, community relationships, and relationships with the company’s large customers. Prior to that role he was the company’s vice president of governmental and external affairs, where he was responsible for managing the company’s relationships with Maryland’s state and local elected and appointed officials, as well as with the various state and local government agencies. In his earlier roles at BGE he served as director of state affairs and as senior public affairs representative and Annapolis counsel. Before joining the company in 2001, he worked for the Maryland General Assembly for several years, where he served as Committee Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee of Maryland.
Mr. Núñez contributes actively to several community and business organizations. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Mr. Núñez serves as vice-president of the Walters Art Museum Board of Trustees and as chair of its Engagement Committee. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. He also serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Mr. Núñez serves as an appointee on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and on the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institutes’ Customer Solutions Executive Advisory Committee.
Mr. Núñez is a graduate of The LEADERship Class of 2018. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2005 and served on its board of directors for several years. He served previously on the boards of directors for the Maryland Government Relations Association, the Utilities State Government Organization, and MD-DC Audubon. Mr. Núñez represented the company in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, including on its Legislative Committee, Environment Committee, and Civil Liability Committee. He was a founding member of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is past-president of the Legislative Committee of the Maryland-D.C. Utilities Association.
Mr. Núñez received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Maryland and in the United States Supreme Court.
E3 Ranch Company
Mr. Offutt is Founder and President of Offutt Outdoor and Co-Founder of E3 Ranch & Co. Offutt Outdoors is the multi-faceted consulting business of industry veteran and outdoor athlete Bryan Offutt. Bryan’s business spans all facets of the outdoors industry – from hunting to adventure sports to tactical and athletic sponsorships.
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 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.
Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney, & Mulrenin
Mr. Wechsler is a partner with the law firm of Yumkas Vidmar Sweeney and Mulrenin, LLC in Annapolis Maryland. He represents landowners, real estate developers and institutional clients on a wide variety of both traditional and “green” development projects. His particular areas of expertise include Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, land use and zoning, corporate sustainability, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, state and Federal endangered species regulation, renewable energy permitting, piers and dredging, water quality trading, mitigation banking, land protection and preservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Ex Officio Trustees
The Honorable Pamela Beidle
Maryland State Senate
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.
Maryland Department of the Environment
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.
MD Department of Natural Resources
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.
The Honorable David Fraser-Hidalgo
Maryland House of Delegates
David Fraser-Hidalgo has served as a Maryland State Delegate for six years where he sits on the Environment and Transportation Committee and is the Chair of the Transportation Sub-Committee. He is also honored to be the Chair of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo was a partner in a web site development firm, worked for a nonprofit organization and served as a Police Officer in Montgomery County. He has resided in Maryland since he was five years old and attended Montgomery County public schools, Montgomery College, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in History.
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo has been the primary sponsor on several key pieces of legislation which were enacted to protect the environment and combat climate change. Most notable legislation: the 2017 ban on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland and legislation which has resulted in over $10 million in funding for incentives for electric vehicle and electric school bus purchases.
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Jason is currently the Watershed Implementation Program Manager for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He has over 18 years experience in agricultural conservation program delivery and currently oversees the implementation of the agricultural sector’s responsibilities under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. In addition, he managesthe planning, coordination, budgeting and implementation of research activities associated with the evaluation of new innovative technologies related to environmental improvements on agricultural land. He also provides oversight and direction to both the Maryland Agricultural Certainty and Ecosystem Markets Programs. He is currently Maryland’s representative on the Chesapeake Bay Program Agricultural Workgroup. Prior to his current position, Mr. Keppler was responsible for the development of Maryland’s Conservation Tracker System and worked closely with Maryland’s BayStat Program and USEPA to ensure accurate and timely reporting of conservation information. He also reviewed conservation grants administered through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program and was a Non-Point Source Environmental Technician for the West Virginia Conservation Agency.Mr. Keppler is a certified Nutrient Management Consultant and Professional Fertilizer Applicator in Maryland. He is also a Past President of the Old Line Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Tag and Title Service of Maryland
Beth is the secretary of the Maryland Vehicle Titling Association and the Owner of Tag and Title Service of Maryland, a family-operated business in Edgewater that has been serving Maryland residents for over 34 years. The family also owns Silver Star Service Center, Inc. They are licensed to process tag registration and many other services on behalf of the MVA, PENNDOT, & DC and process Tag & Title transactions for all 50 states. Beth partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to establish the “Tag Agents for the Bay” program to promote Bay plate sales.
With a background in leading parent-workshops for the Anne Arundel County Public School’s AVID program, Beth has also been a Business Department Member of Anne Arundel Community College since 2014 and a member board member of the Maryland Vehicle Titling Association since 2017. She is an AACC graduate with an associate degree in Entrepreneurial Studies.
The Snyder-Ervin Group
Tom is Senior Vice President for Snyder Ervin Group, a full-service financial planning company. He works with clients, families, and businesses as their financial advisor customizing financial plans that reflect his clients’ goals and objectives. He evaluates retirement plans, analyzes insurance coverage, provides college funding ideas, and assists with estate planning strategies. In addition to individual wealth management, Tom is a Corporate Retirement Director. Less than two percent of Morgan Stanley advisors have earned this designation. He also holds the Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist designation from College for Financial Planning. He is responsible for 401(k) and other qualified retirement plan business for the team. This includes plan design, meeting with plan trustees/sponsors, plan installation, participant education, investment oversight, and performance evaluations. Before joining Morgan Stanley (formerly Legg Mason), Tom was a retirement plan administrator with an independent firm. Tom graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in finance. During his time in college, Tom also played on the lacrosse team for four years. Tom volunteers his time at both his Bay Ridge Community Association, where he was on the Board for 4 years and the Treasurer for 2 years, and his children’s school, St. Mary’s, where he was on the Board from 2000-2009 and President from 2007-2009. He currently serves on St. Mary’s finance Council. He also enjoys coaching youth lacrosse, boating, water skiing and snow skiing.
F. Carter Heim, CPA
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.
Dr. Rhonda Jeter
Bowie State University
Dr. Rhonda Jeter, a member of the Bowie State University faculty for almost 20 years, was appointed dean of the College of Education after a successful national search. Dr. Jeter was promoted to full professor in 2012, served as department chair for eight years, and served as associate dean in the College of Education. She provided leadership for international program and in securing program accreditations from the National Council for Accreditation of teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). “I strongly believe that we have identified the ideal individual to guide the College of Education into the future,” said Provost Weldon Jackson. “She is both an energetic and inspirational leader, and she will provide a clear course for the college as it not only navigates but continues to thrive in the changing world.”
For more than 30 years, Vernice has been a leading proponent of environmental justice and equitable and sustainable development, at the nexus between civil rights and environmental enforcement. She was recently awarded the Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award from the Sierra Club, which recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice. She has a deep understanding of community-based planning and restoration and capacity building around cross-cultural conflict resolution through her work as a lead trainer supporting clients such as the Georgetown Climate Center, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, EPA’s Urban Waters, Chesapeake Bay and Near-ports Capacity Building programs, as well as drafting national guidance to facilitate partnership building among state and federal agencies and local organizations.