Board of Directors

Anne W. Scott, Chair

Anne Scott is chief operating officer, United States, of Pathfinder International. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development—specifically HIV & AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; sexual and reproductive health; and maternal, child, and infant health and nutrition. She first joined Pathfinder in 2017 to lead the Gates Foundation-funded Act With Her project. Previously, Anne served as Executive Director of Programs at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in London, where she was responsible for the performance management of CIFF’s portfolio of grants and other impact investments related to child health and education in Africa and South Asia.

Anne holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in the US, and an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Audit from the University of Kent in the UK. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in science and diplomacy with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in health and child survival at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her two teenage sons, Labrador retriever, and Jack Russell terrier, making frequent visits to her family home in Chestertown, MD. She enjoys sailing, horseback riding, photography and writing.

Robert Gensler, Treasurer

Rob Gensler is a professional investor who retired in 2012, after 30 years working in investments. He joined T. Rowe Price in 1993 as a financial analyst, working also as a media & telecommunications analyst, and then as portfolio manager for the Media & Telecommunications Strategy, the Global Technology Strategy, and finally for the Global Equity Strategy during his 20 years with the firm.

Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, Gensler worked for Salomon Brothers and Smith New Court in global risk arbitrage management, and for several years with the Botswana Development Corporation.

Gensler earned his BS in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and studied for a year at the London School of Economics.

Robert G. Stanton, Secretary

Bob Stanton has more than 40 years of experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior, serving most recently as a senior advisor to the secretary of the Interior, and as Director of the National Park Service from 1997-2001. In 2014, he was appointed by the President to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Stanton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Huston-Tillotson University and did his graduate work at Boston University. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University, Huston-Tillotson University, Unity College, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and North Carolina State University.

Thad Bench

Thad Bench serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Benchworks, Inc., a family of companies that specializes in the health care and pharmaceutical industry. Headquartered in Chestertown and Cambridge, MD, it also has offices in Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami. Under his leadership, Benchworks has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the last 4 years, and has grown sixfold since 2014. 

Thad is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in marketing, brand positioning, and product launch management. He was named one of the 2016 ELITE 100 in the Entrepreneur category by PM360 magazine, an honor given to the 100 most influential people in the health care industry. He has managed hundreds of large-scale marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies with a particular emphasis in the pharmaceutical industry, including 9 product launches. 

Thad has owned and continues to own a number of closely held family businesses, including manufacturing and distribution operations and commercial real estate holdings. Formerly he held senior corporate marketing positions with St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products and with Jeld-Wen Inc, one of the country’s largest forest product companies. 

Thad graduated from Elmira College in 1984 and lives with his wife Renee in Chestertown, MD and enjoys sailing the Chesapeake Bay.

Marc Guenter Bunting

Marc Bunting is the CEO of the Blue Jar Family Council. The Blue Jar Council is a multigenerational family council that inspires and encourages future generations to understand and strengthen the Bunting/Duffy/Kranzlin family values and foster wealth.

To further cultivate his commitment to family and philanthropy, Marc is a director of the Bunting Family Foundation – Fund B, a private foundation formed in 1992. March leads the annual family program that provides younger generations with exposure to the needs within the community and focuses on the philanthropic efforts of the organization.

Marc is the CFO and co-founder of Alpine Food Service Solutions. Alpine was incorporated in 1996 and within two years, the company established itself as a unique food service provider for host locations on college campuses and hospitals within the United States. Alpine currently operates healthy food service concepts that have won numerous quality product and service awards since inception.

Marc received his undergraduate degree at Stevenson University with a BA in Business Administration.  In 2002, Marc completed The LEADERship, a year-long program of the Greater Baltimore Committee to cultivate awareness and accelerate change in the region.  Marc earned a Wealth Management Certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2008.

A native Baltimorean, Marc serves on the Board of Directors for many non-profit organizations, such as Baltimore Civic Works, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Washington College, Outward Bound and Catholic Charities, as well as Alex Brown Realty, Inc.

Marc is a retired professional endurance sports car driver, winning Grand American Rolex Series championships in 2004 and 2006, throughout the United States and Mexico.  He earned recognition as a 2006 2nd team All-American by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasting Association.

Marc resides in Monkton, Maryland with his two daughters, Jessie and Calli, and his partner, Eliza Graham.

Leslie Delagran

Leslie Delagran is a senior fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, where she focuses on fisheries sustainability and advocating for strong environmental provisions in trade agreements. In recent years, she has worked to highlight the extent of illegally caught seafood in international trade and to limit fisheries subsidies that lead to global overfishing. She has more than 30 years of experience in government policy and economic consulting.

Delagran earned her BSc.(Econ) from the London School of Economics, her MA in economics from the University of Toronto and her Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

A resident of Washington D.C., Leslie and her husband, Mark, enjoy kayaking and sailing on the beautiful creeks of the Chesapeake near St. Michael’s MD. Leslie’s less active pursuits include growing oysters for reef restoration, and avidly observing the local bird, wildlife and turtle populations.

Joel E. Dunn

Joel Dunn is president and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Dunn spearheaded government relations and project management in the Chesapeake region for The Conservation Fund. His work helped establish protection for National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and National Trails, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Dunn has also worked on Capitol Hill and in conservation science.

Dunn earned a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences from Duke University, where he was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College. In 2010, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment gave him their Rising Star Award for his work in conservation. Dunn lives in Annapolis with his wife, daughter and two Labrador retrievers.

Robert Friend

Bob Friend recently retired as the executive vice president and general manager of District Photo Inc., a position he has held for 22 years. Founded in 1949, District Photo has become one of the largest digital fulfillment companies in the world with three plants in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.  With more than 1,500 employees, District owns Snapfish.com and serves both e-commerce consumers and major retailers throughout the world through companies like Amazon, Costco, Walgreens, and Walmart, among others.

He holds a BA degree in History/Political Science from Alfred University.

Heather Gartman

Heather Gartman is a communications and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience in public relations, digital communications, reputation issues and management. She has worked for companies in the health and wellness, energy and environmental and consumer space. Gartman has extensive experience in crisis communications and public education and is a trained focus group moderator.

Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson is the senior vice president of Commercial Banking at BB&T and is very engaged in the local community, possessing the relationships and affiliations to help the Conservancy reach local and regional supporters. She formed the BB&T Women’s Networking Group, which includes many high-profile successful business women in the Annapolis community and is passionate about fundraising for the organizations that she has served on their Board.

Jackson has served as a board member for American Heart Association, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Rotary Club, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Randall W. Larrimore

Randall W. Larrimore is a director of Olin Corporation (since 1997), director of Campbell Soup Company (since 2002), and a director of Nixon Medical Wear (since 2009). As a director, he has served on Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees. He brings extensive knowledge about strategy, marketing, sales and operations to our board.

Mr. Larrimore was non-executive chair of Olin Corporation from 2003 to 2005 after retiring as president and chief executive officer and a director of United Stationers, Inc (now known as Essendant) in 2002.  United Stationers, with current revenues of $5 billion, is North America’s largest wholesale distributor of business products.

Prior to joining United Stationers in 1997, Mr. Larrimore was president and chief executive officer of MasterBrand Industries, Inc. (now named Fortune Brands Home and Security) with current revenues of $5 billion. He was responsible for the operations of Moen Incorporated, Master Lock Company and other home improvement companies. Before 1984, Mr. Larrimore served as President of Pepsi-Cola Italy, was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and a brand manager with Richardson-Vicks (now part of P&G). Mr. Larrimore, a former member of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Chesapeake Council, has also served on numerous non-profit boards. He also was a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Larrimore resides in Bethany Beach, DE and Princeton, NJ.  He has two adult sons and two wonderful granddaughters. Mr. Larrimore enjoys golf, boating, the theatre, shooting and is an avid traveler – having been to 84 counties in the last 15 years.

Jeffery More

Jeffery More is a principal at The Alpine Group in Washington, DC where he represents a number of leading water, environment and conservation interests. His current clients include the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Zurich Insurance, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Pheasants Forever, the Water Systems Council, Progressive Waste Solutions and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Prior to joining the Alpine Group, More served as counsel and professional staff to the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, 1993 – 2000, and staffed the Speaker’s Task Force on the Environment during the 104th Congress.

More began his career in the office of Congressman Sherwood Boehlert in 1988. More is a nationally recognized authority on water infrastructure and conservation finance policy and is a contributing author to From Walden to Wall Street (Island Press).

John G. Neely

John Neely is a principal with Neely – German Financial, a financial services firm in Annapolis, Maryland. He has more than 35 years of experience helping individuals and businesses with their insurance and investment needs.

He has served on numerous community boards, including Severn School, Rotary of Annapolis, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and is a past president of NAIFA-Maryland, his state trade association. He is a founding member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Neely was appointed and commissioned by Governor Larry Hogan as a member of the Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.

A passionate fly fisherman, he is a life member of Trout Unlimited.

Neely graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in economics and earned his M.B.A from the Mason School at the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Mamie A. Parker

An executive coach, facilitator, and inspirational public speaker, Mamie Parker is a retired fish and wildlife biologist who rose to the rank of Assistant Director for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Washington, DC. She made history when appointed the first African American USFWS Northeast Regional Director in the Senior Executive Service.  She also served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Fisheries. Mamie has vast experience in water resources planning, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, wetland protection, and restoration.

As the USFWS Assistant Director, she served as the facilitator at the White House Conference on the Environment. Dr. Parker played a major role in implementing the Coastal Barrier Resources Act system mapping and flood insurance, Coastal Program, and protecting our nation’s waters from pollutants and invasive species such as listing the snakehead fish as an injurious wildlife species. She helped create the National Fish Habitat Action Plan in partnership, for which the President of the United States presented her with the Presidential Rank Award, the highest award given to government employees. She also received the Department of Interior’s Silver Award presented by the Secretary of the USFWS.

Her executive coach clients include the Gates Millennium Scholars Program; Bureau of Land Management; Defense Language Institute; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); the Maryland Department of Labor and the Department of the Interior. Dr. Parker also serves as principal of EcoLogix Group, Inc.

Dr. Parker is a leader in various organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Duke University School of the Environment Visitors Board, Northland College, Student Conservation Association, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Brown Advisory Sustainable Investment, Marstel-Day Consulting Company, Defenders of Wildlife, the Potomac Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Conservancy.

The Governor of Virginia recently appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Game and Inland Fisheries. The Council of World Women Leaders awarded her with an Aspen Institute Fellowship where she worked in the Kingdom of Lesotho and in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a 2018 winner of the prestigious William K. Reilly Award from American University School of Public Affairs’ Center for Environmental Policy, and a 2015 Champion of the Chesapeake from Chesapeake Conservancy. Born and raised in Arkansas, she was inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame by the Governor.

Dr. Parker holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a Master of Science in fish and wildlife management, and a doctoral degree in limnology from the University of Wisconsin. She also received executive leadership training at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

When she is not working, Mamie enjoys watching movies, hiking and mentoring young ladies.

John J. Reynolds

During his nearly 40 year career with the National Park Service he served as park planner for places including Cape Cod, Yosemite and Alaska; park manager at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CA and North Cascades National Park, WA; Manager Denver Service Center, Regional Director of Mid-Atlantic and Pacific West Regions and Deputy Director.

He championed international conservation in the NPS, advised on park issues in 12 countries, and was US Delegate to the World Heritage Committee.

He has worked for the National Park Foundation as Senior Fellow and as Executive Vice President and the Student Conservation Association as Government Relations manager. He served on the boards of nonprofits including the Student Conservation Association, Landscape Architecture Foundation, George Wright Society, Partners for Public Lands, Shenandoah National Park Trust and as a founding member of the Friends of the John Smith Trail/Chesapeake Conservancy, Global Parks and the Friends of Flight 93.

He represented the Secretary of the Interior on the board of the Presidio Trust. He chaired federal advisory groups for Flight 93 National Memorial, John Smith Trail and Fort Hancock 21st Century. He was Virginia Citizens Representative to the Chesapeake Bay Commission and a member of the California State Parks Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Fort Monroe Authority and the steering committee for the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

He graduated with a BSLA from Iowa State University and a MLA from the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University.

He lives in Crozet, VA and is married to Barbara (Bobbie) Reynolds. His son, Mike, is Superintendent, Yosemite National Park.

Chief G. Anne Richardson

Rappahannock Tribe

G. Anne Nelson Richardson was elected the first woman Chief to lead a tribe in Virginia since the 18th century in 1998. She is a fourth generation chief in her family. Under her tenure as Chief, in 1998, the Tribe purchased 140 acres to establish a land trust, cultural center, and housing development. In 2017, Chief Anne accepted a donation of a 1-acre parcel facilitated by Chesapeake Conservancy to return her tribe to their ancestral lands along Fones Cliffs.

Under her leadership, the Rappahannocks are currently engaged in a number of projects ranging from cultural and educational to social and economic development programs including their Return to the River Project which is a youth leadership program. She has been an engaged partner in Chesapeake Conservancy’s campaign to protect our natural resources from unsustainable development.

In 1989, Chief Anne helped to organize the United Indians of Virginia, which was established as an intertribal organization represented by all Virginia Chiefs. In 1991, Richardson became executive director of Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc., which provides training and employment services for Virginia Indians. In her work with the Department of Labor, she was appointed by the Secretary to serve on the Native American Advisory Council. She was also elected as Chairman of that Council while working with the Secretary to further the goals of Indian Country through Labor Programs.

Chief Richardson ran for the State Delegate of her district and was named one of the Virginia Women in History in 2006.

Richard Scobey

Rick Scobey is the President of the World Cocoa Foundation, where he leads the strategic development of the organization, serves as the primary spokesperson on behalf of 100 member companies, and leads the direction of the cocoa and chocolate industry on sustainability priorities.

Previously, he worked for 30 years at the World Bank in a variety of managerial positions, including as the Deputy Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group, Director for Regional Integration in the Africa Region, Advisor to the Vice President of the Africa Region for partnerships and innovation, and Manager for Agriculture and Environment in Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as an investment banker in Africa, a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, and a fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Sweden.

Rick has served on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations including the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, and Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

He obtained a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Brown University, and a M.A. in management from Yale School of Organization and Management.

Molly Joseph Ward 

Molly Joseph Ward is the former Virginia  Secretary of Natural Resources under the McAuliffe Administration and previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House for President Obama. She is currently serving as Treasurer for the city of Hampton, Virginia.

Molly Ward is a native of Hampton and has dedicated much of her life to public service. Prior to serving as treasurer, she was elected twice as mayor of Hampton and conservation has played a major role in her career.

She lives in her family home on Sunset Creek near the mouth of Hampton Roads and has spent her life on the water fishing, crabbing, and enjoying the natural resources of Virginia.

Molly is a graduate of the University of Virginia and William & Mary Law School.

Honorary Board Members

 

Gilbert M. Grosvenor

Gil Grosvenor is chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society. He retired as chairman of National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation in February, 2012 and as chairman of the National Geographic Society’s board of trustees in December, 2010, a position he had held since 1987.

Grosvenor served as president of National Geographic from 1980 to 1996, the fifth generation of his family to have served in that capacity. He began his career with National Geographic in 1954 as a picture editor and was editor in chief of National Geographic from 1970 to 1980, when he assumed his position as the Society’s 14th president.

Grosvenor serves as a director or trustee of several foundations and corporations, including Chevy Chase Trust and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He is a member emeritus of the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment; former vice chairman of the President’s Commission on Americans outdoors; and former member of the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality.

In June 2004, Grosvenor was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He graduated from Yale University in 1954.

U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes

U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (Ret.) has been a champion for the environment, for conservation and for the Chesapeake Bay since he was first elected to public office in 1966.   As a member of the Maryland General Assembly he co-authored the public law creating the real estate transfer tax mechanism for financing Maryland’s Program Open Space – one of the most progressive programs to fund state and local parks and land conservation in the country.   He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970 and to the United States Senate in 1976, where he served five terms and helped enact every major piece of legislation to enhance the nation’s environmental quality — including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and Superfund, to name only a few.

Senator Sarbanes was born in Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he fostered his love of the Chesapeake.   “If a state could have a soul, Maryland’s would be the Chesapeake,” he often said.  As Chair of the Maryland Congressional Delegation and as the senior member of Congress from the Chesapeake watershed, Sarbanes led Congressional efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake from 1987 to his retirement in 2007.  Among his legislative accomplishments are:  EPA’s Chesapeake Restoration Act, the restoration of Poplar Island, NOAA’s Chesapeake statutory authority and Bay   Education Program, the federal native oyster restoration program, the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Program, and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, enacted in 2006.  He has received numerous awards and recognition from the National and Maryland Leagues of Conservation Voters, the Waterkeeper Alliance, and the University of Maryland’s Truitt Award, among others, for his environmental achievements.

Senator Sarbanes graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.   His son, John Sarbanes, was elected to Maryland’s 3rd congressional district in 2006, the district that Paul Sarbanes represented for three terms prior to his election as senator.

U.S. Senator John Warner

John Warner is a former United States Senator who represented the state of Virginia for five terms, serving from 1979 to 2009. Since retiring, Senator Warner has rejoined the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he was employed prior to joining the U.S. Department of Defense.

Senator Warner served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and is a veteran of World War II. Senator Warner spent his early life in Washington, D.C. and after serving one year in the Navy following his graduation from high school, attended Washington and Lee University where he graduated from in 1949.

Senator Warner went on to study law at the University of Virginia, though he postponed his legal education to again support the nation in the Korean War. Upon his return, Senator Warner resumed his legal studies taking classes at the George Washington University, receiving his degree in 1953.

He went on to clerk for Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman of the U.S. Court of Appeals and in 1956 he became an assistant U.S. attorney.

Emeritus Directors

 

Patrick F. Noonan

Pat Noonan is founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund (the Fund), a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving America’s natural and historic heritage. The Fund has worked with public and private partners to protect more than 7 million acres of America’s special places, over 250,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed alone, since its founding in 1985.

Noonan was president of The Nature Conservancy from 1973 to 1980 and was a founder of the American Farmland Trust (1980) where he remains active, serving on its President’s Council. He is vice chairman of the National Geographic Education Foundation and served on three Presidential Commissions.

Noonan has received numerous awards, including receiving a five-year “genius” fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1985 for his pioneering work in fostering partnerships between business and the environmental community.

The National Audubon Society recently recognized him as 1 of 100 conservation leaders whose lives and work shaped the growth of the American conservation movement in the 20th century. Pat is a former member of the Board of Advisors of Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy.

Charles A. Stek

Charlie Stek has worked for over 35 years to restore and foster greater understanding and stewardship of the Chesapeake watershed. He currently serves as chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program and chairs a partnership dedicated to creating the first new National Marine Sanctuary on the Chesapeake in the Mallows Bay area of the Potomac River. He is an honorary member and the first Chairman of the Board of the Chesapeake Conservancy, a member of the federal Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council, and president and CEO of his own consulting firm – Environmental Stewardship Strategies. Stek also served for seven years as policy director for the National No Child Left Inside Coalition and for four years on the Board of the Maryland Historical Trust. He is an avid kayaker, bicyclist, and hiker who has explored much of the Chesapeake.

As projects director for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Stek led the congressional delegation’s Chesapeake restoration efforts for 22 years. He developed and enacted many of the Bay Program’s federal initiatives including: EPA’s, NOAA’s, the National Park Service’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Chesapeake restoration programs; the Small Watersheds, Bay Watershed Education and Training (BWET), and Gateways and Watertrails Programs; the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the largest habitat restoration project ever undertaken in the Chesapeake – Poplar Island, among others.