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Board 2018

2018 Board (From L to R): Don Santa, David Cronin, Tom Reinert, Dennis Treat, Debra Bird, Paul Kaladas, Lynn Johnson Langer, Brenda Boultwood, Bob O'Dell, and Kevin Green (not pictured: Christian Elkington, Herman Kling, Beverly Marcus and Dana Kohnken Cole).

Debra Bird (Term ends 2019) Debra spent 25 years with the US Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC as a Human Resources Manager. Assignments included service with the US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of the Secretary of Interior, National Biological Survey, and National Park Service. Debra lives on Church Creek and her interests include choral singing, books, the outdoors, travel, theatre, and bridge.

Brenda Boultwood (Term ends 2018) Brenda's career had been focused on assessing and managing the enterprise risks associated with running a profitable business. She combines astute strategic, business and leadership abilities to maintain sound fiscal integrity. As Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Constellation Energy she led risk management to provide a proactive approach to mitigating business risks and improving risk-adjusted performance while ensuring adequate liquidity and returns on capital. Prior to Constellation Energy, she served as Global Head of Strategy, Alternative Investment Services for J.P. Morgan Chase & Company. Brenda held risk management positions with Bank One Corporation, worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior manager, and was employed with Chemical Bank Corporation as a financial engineering associate. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York.

Dana Kohnken Cole (Term ends 2019) Dana started her advertising career in NYC working for Ted Bates, an agency that produced hundreds of television commercials per year for such clients as Colgate, Panasonic, Warner Lambert, Mars and Avis. That was great training for her as she moved through two stints as Head of Production for other agencies on her way to set up shop as an independent commercial producer for DC based clients. Among her many advertising awards are ADDYs, Effies, and Clios.  A long time supporter of the arts, Dana serves on the board at Maryland Hall for The Creative Arts. She lives in Hillsmere Shores, on the South River, and can be found happily kayaking and paddle boarding in her spare time.

David W. Cronin  David worked in the energy field for 30 years, first in solar energy, here and in California, and later in energy efficiency. He was with the Maryland Energy Administration for 20 years, his last five as Assistant Director. He implemented grants and loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy, mostly for non-profits and local governments. David grew up in Bay Ridge and learned environmental awareness from his parents, Gene and Alice. He serves on the Bay Ridge Forest Management Committee, the Jan Hollmann Environmental Educational Award selection committee, and the board of the Judy Family Foundation. He coaches lacrosse at Key School and sings in a rock band.

Christian Elkington  A resident of the South River Community of Hillsmere Shores, Christian has served on the community Board of Directors for many years and is currently President of the community association. A proponent of stormwater mediation, he has been instrumental in supporting a significant number of major projects in the community. As a member of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, he has been actively involved in the development and execution of the museum's environmental education program. Retired from a career with several Federation Agencies, he has a strong background in information systems development, contracting and project management.

Kevin Green (Term ends 2018) Kevin has been an active South River Federation volunteer since 2005 and is committed to a grassroots approach to improving water quality by engaging and encouraging community participation in watershed restoration. He is a Federation River Watcher and Snapshot sampler. His volunteer activities also include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Recovery Center, the Marylanders Grow Oyster program and the Maryland DNR Steam Wader program. He has recently completed course work to become a certified Anne Arundel County Master Watershed Steward. Kevin was raised in Maryland and has lived in Annapolis since 2003. Kevin is an Information Technology Manager at the National Archives and Records Administration, responsible for the information systems that deliver public access to official text of Federal Laws, Presidential Documents and Administrative Regulations. Kevin and his wife Stacey live in Hillsmere Shores, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors, is a member of the Beach Committee and chairs the Security Committee for the neighborhood.

Paul M Kaladas, PhD (Term ends 2019) Paul holds BS and PhD degrees in Biochemistry from Rutgers University. At the end of 2015, Paul retired from MedImmune, an Astra Zeneca company, as Director of Biopharmaceutical Development. During his 35-year career in the biopharmaceutical industry, he held a variety of scientific and management leadership roles at both small biotech and large pharmaceutical companies. Paul and his wife Norma moved from New Jersey to Maryland in 2011 and to the Annapolis Neck peninsula in 2013. Paul is an avid sailboat racer and cruiser and enjoys cycling and kayaking. Paul recently completed coursework as a volunteer Chesapeake Steward.

Herman V Kling  Herman is a graduate of Hiram College with a BA degree in Economics. Herman retired from Carrier Corporation, a United Technology Company, in June 2012 after 15 years holding various Senior Sales and Marketing management positions including President of International Comfort Products (a Carrier Corp business) in Nashville Tennessee. Prior to Carrier Corporation he progressed through a variety of sales, marketing and operations positions during 20 years with GE Appliance. Herman and his wife moved to the Annapolis area and the South River 10 years ago and began to get involved in how to improve "our river."

Lynn Johnson Langer (Term ends 2018) is a full time faculty member and program director at Johns Hopkins University in the Center for Biotechnology Education. She holds a BS in Microbiology, an MBA and a PhD in Leadership and Change. She heads up the enterprise and regulatory science programs and teaches graduate level courses in leadership and management. Lynn is on the National Directors Emeritus board and is President emeritus of Women In Bio, an international organization of professionals committed to fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship and career development of women active in the life science industry. Lynn's term as a Governor appointed board member of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation recently ended. She has headed the sales and marketing department of several biotechnology companies and later founded BioPlan Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm. She has published over fifty articles and several book chapters mainly in business areas of biotechnology and has taught a variety of graduate courses in biotechnology and leadership. She is also an ICF certified executive coach. Lynn and her husband Eric moved to Lake Hillsmere three years ago where they are oyster gardeners and avid sailors and boaters on the bay.

Beverly Marcus  Beverly earned a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York and a Masters in Social Work from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNYA. After graduation, she practiced social work and psychotherapy as a Certified and Licensed Master Social Worker. In an Adjunct Faculty position as Field Supervisor at Rockefeller College, School of Social Welfare, she provided clinical supervision and training to Master's Degree candidates. She served as a team member of the American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources, Mental Health Services, and served two weeks in New York City after 9/11. As a volunteer at the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, Bev served as Mental Health Coordinator; Aviation/ Major Disasters. Affiliations have included the National Association of Social Workers and the Gerontological Society of America. Currently Bev is a member of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, serving on the Education Committee. Working in her family business, Best Tile Distributors, Inc., under the East Coast Tile group of companies, she played a role in building it into the largest independently owned importer of tile and stone on the East Coast. She relocated to Maryland, after a lifetime of hiking, camping, and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and now living on Glebe Bay on the South River. Bev is eager to be a part of the solution to clean up the South River.

Bob O'Dell (Term ends 2020) Bob O'Dell has had a lifelong fascination with and dedication to the natural world. Having grown up on the Hudson River and Adirondack Lakes in upstate New York, he has been boating and connected to the water his whole life. Bob's professional career as a carpenter and general contractor spanned over 46 years, 37 of which were spent as the owner of a residential design-build firm serving DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Over 40 years ago Bob was introduced to the Chesapeake Bay and has been passionate about its beauty and welfare ever since. After he and his wife, Lynn, moved to Hillsmere Shores in 2009, he soon learned about the Marylanders Grow Oysters project and volunteered to keep oyster cages on their own dock, and now has recruited other neighbors on their street to participate as well. In addition, he has volunteered for the SRF as a river snapshot sampler and in stream cleanup. Bob is excited to be the newest board member and to continue conservation efforts on the South River.

Tom Reinert, Chair Tom is a partner in the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, D.C., where he has practiced labor and employment law for 30 years, principally for transportation companies. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife Chris moved to Edgewater in 2005, where he has served as President of the Poplar Point Association and been active in resisting Route 2 development. He assists Chris in raising oysters and in stream sampling from their Church Creek dock. On weekends they sail their shoal draft New England catboat on the South River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Don Santa (Term ends 2019) Don is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He is the current President and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the North American association representing the interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline industry. Don brings an extensive background in government and in the energy industry to his position at INGAA. Most recently before joining INGAA, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of the Troutman Sanders LLP where he was a member of the law firm's federal regulatory practice group. He is a long-time resident of the South River watershed, previously residing in Poplar Point. He currently lives with his wife and children on Gingerville Creek.

Dennis Treat (Term ends 2018) Dennis Treat worked in the human resources and employee benefits field for 40 years before retiring in 2013. For the past 20 years he was a partner at Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm, where he managed account relationships with Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for the start-up of the health care operations for a major insurance company; he also served as Vice President of Sales for another insurance company. Prior to beginning his human resources career, Dennis served in the US Navy as a naval aviator, following graduation from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Kerrie, have lived on Pocahontas Creek since 1998, and are avid boaters.

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