Trustees

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Rev. Mary Gaut, Chair 

• Immediate past Interim General Presbyter of the Baltimore Presbytery, 2015-2016
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
• Supervisor for the Field Education Program of Lancaster Theological Seminary
• Past President of the Trustees of the Baltimore Presbytery Trustees
• 2014 GreenFaith fellow
• Retired pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson, 1996-2015

 

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Rebecca L. Ruggles, Vice-Chair

• Co-founder and Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network
• Co-authored the MdEHN publication Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Progress Report in 2013
• Formerly held leadership positions with the Baltimore Medical System, Maryland’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center
• Regularly consults to the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers as the coordinator of the Green Funders affinity group
• Affiliated, The Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Baltimore

 

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Linda Hanifin-Bonner, Ph.D. CAE, Treasurer 

• Director of the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC)
• Previously served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee
• Former director of the Water Environment Federation
• Current member of the Board of Directors for the MD/DC Oncology Foundation
• Serves on the steering committee of the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group
• Member, First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis

 

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Allan Straughan, Secretary

• Executive Director of Koolhof Earth
• Board of Advisors for Straughan Environmental, Inc.
• Watershed Stewards Academy student 2016-2017
• Former Director of Strategic Market Development for Northrup Grumman, Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Artic Slope Regional Corporation, and Director of Business Development for Harris Corporation
• Member, Jenkins Memorial Church, Pasadena

 

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Rev. Nathaniel B. Thomas, LICSW, M.Th, D.Min

• Pastor, Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church, Prince George’s County
• Board member, Collective Empowerment Group
• Board member, Baptist Minister’s Conference
• Served in 2012 as a delegate for the Conference of Mayors in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa addressing education and economic development
• His church was one of the first churches in Prince George’s County to have enrolled in the stormwater Alternative Compliance Program to implement stormwater reduction practices on their church grounds

 

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• Executive Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
• Former Chesapeake Bay Team Leader, USDA Office of Environmental Markets
• Former Director of Ecosystem Services in Cooperative Forestry and former Watershed Program Leader, both at the US Forest Service
• Chair of the Board, Annapolis Green
• Member, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis

 

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• Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award
• Author for 30 years, including ContamiNation (Avery, 2016), Poison Spring (Bloomsbury, 2014), Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet (Avery, January 2017), Bloody Falls of the Coppermine (Random House, 2005), and several others dating back to the 1990s.
• Former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution
• Has contributed to Outside, Orion, The New Republic, and other publications
• Affiliated, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore

 

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• Retired after a 34-year career with Mobil Oil, held senior positions in strategic planning, finance, performance management
• Previously served on these boards: Bluff Hospital in Yokohama, Japan, Board President for Jewish Marriage Encounter for New York's Hudson Valley, Governors of Daytop Village, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOC Enterprises, a Virginia-based non-profit that trains and employs mentally handicapped individuals, President of the Board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda
• Member, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda

 

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• Vice-President of Digital Strategies for The Hatcher Group
• Expert communications professional with a background in environmental, social justice and mental health issues, digital and traditional media to enact social change, and online public awareness campaigns.
• Oversees digital strategic planning and development for a wide variety of nonprofits and foundations
• Served as Executive Producer of EdWeek.org for 12 years before joining The Hatcher Group in 2010
• Former Chair of the Environment Committee at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC
• Former St. Columba’s Publicity Chair for Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
• Member, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington D.C.

 

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