Board of Trustees

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A_Todd.jpgAlbert Todd, Chair

• Former Executive Director of the 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



Rev. Mary Gaut, Vice-Chair, Chair of Program Committee

• Immediate past Interim General Presbyter of the Baltimore Presbytery, 2015-2016
• Chair, Ecumenical Leaders Group of Maryland
• 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



Linda Hanifin-Bonner, Ph.D. CAE, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee

• Director of the Water Design-Build Council
• 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


Bill_Halpern_Photo.jpgBill Halpern, Secretary, Chair of Governance Committee

• 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


McKay.jpgMcKay Jenkins, Ph.D., Chair of Advocacy Committee

• 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


headshot-mccann.jpgJeanne McCann, Advocacy Committee, Program Committee, Fundraising Task Force

• 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 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.


Tonya_Sanders.jpgTonya Nashay Sanders, MA, PhD, AICP, Finance Committee

• Associate Professor in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University. Her overall research examines community revitalization through the venue of faith-based organizations.
• Leads the Anchors Institution group for Community Development Network of Maryland—Baltimore City Committee
• Immediate past president of the Extension Advisory Board, Inc. for the University of Maryland Extension—Baltimore City.
• Steering Committee for the Morgan Community Mile, a university-community partnership to improve Northeast Baltimore
• She earned her doctorate in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in Community Psychology and Social Change from the Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Truman State University.
• Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
• Member of New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore



Ray Heil, Finance Committee, Fundraising Task Force

• Senior Landscape Architect for SP Arch, Inc., member of Executive Committee of the Green Towson Alliance and of the steering committee of the Baltimore County Green Alliance
• Former landscape architect for Baltimore County DPW and Office of Community Conservation (1996-2013) working on revitalization of older county communities encircling Baltimore City
• Board President of Herring Run Watershed Association during merger to form Blue Water Baltimore (2008-10)
• Board Secretary of Blue Water Baltimore (2010-2016)
• Board Secretary for SS. James and John Catholic School, Baltimore City
• Active in multiple ministries at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Baltimore City


Bierbower__Bill.jpgBill Bierbower, Finance Committee, Governance Committee

• Bill serves as Chief Counsel for a federal research agency, advising the director of the agency on high-risk energy technology research
• Previously Bill served as the principal legal adviser to the director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
• He also serves as trustee for the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, a private foundation supporting children's health and cancer research
• Member Bay Area Community Church, Annapolis


Chalker__Phillip.jpgPhillip Chalker, Advocacy Committee

• Prior to law school, Phillip advocated on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He later graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
• He currently runs his own practice in Baltimore, specializing in environmental law
Phillip also serves on the Baltimore Jewish Council where he spearheads a leadership development program for young Jewish professionals


A_Miranda-Photo_(002).jpgAyanna Miranda, Program Committee, Governance Committee

• Regulatory and Compliance Engineer for the Maryland Department of the Environment 
• Previously worked as an Environmental Engineer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
• Served on the Advisory Board of the Baltimore Food and Faith Project at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and currently is Secretary of the Westview Park Improvement and Civic Association
• Basketball Coach and former Coordinator of the Muslim Athletic Program of the Islamic Society of Baltimore
• Attends worship services at the Islamic Society of Baltimore


Laura_Cattell_Noll.jpgLaura Cattell Noll, committee assignment pending

• Coordinates the Local Leadership Workgroup for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, bringing extensive experience managing and implementing community-based watershed restoration and stewardship projects across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
• Previously managed the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative for the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Washington DC
• Previously served as Conservation Project Manager at he National Aquarium
• Laura grew up attending Frazer Mennonite Church in Malvern, PA. Laura recently relocated to Lancaster, PA from Washington, DC and is in the process of locating a new faith congregation there.


Laurie-Anne_Sayles_Page_1.jpgLaurie-Anne Sayles, committee assignment pending

• Elected in 2017 as the first African American Councilperson for the Gaithersburg City Council. Currently serves in this capacity while managing her own event planning company.
• Previously served as Communications Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, and in the public health arena for the National Institutes of Health coordinating communications for clinical trials
•  Recently elected by her peers as the incoming At-Large member of the NLC Board of Directors, and incoming Vice Chair of the Chesapeake Bay & Water Resources Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
• Immediate past Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee
• Political Action Chair for the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County
• In 2018, Councilmember Sayles was honored as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland
• Long-time member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, MD