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Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association


Board of Trustees

CEPA‘s Board of Trustees consists of 14 members who are dedicated to influencing environmental policies that affect the Chesapeake Bay. CEPA’s role in education and public involvement requires experienced, knowledgeable, and committed individuals serving on the Board. Qualifications and experience are considered in the selection and nomination process. Also, since legal interpretation and opinion is a necessary to achieve our objectives, and since participation in legal action is a possible avenue, the Board normally includes at least one lawyer.

 

Biographies of Trustees


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Gary was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Navy pilot who moved often while Gary was growing up. Gary went to the Naval Academy, spent four years on sea duty and two as a math instructor at the Academy before becoming a civil servant, working at the Naval Ship R&D Center, dealing mostly with ship vibration. While employed there, he earned a masters degree in Engineering Mechanics from Catholic University. He then worked for a defense contractor, and finally as a consultant before he retired. His last major efforts before retiring were working for the Navy and Coast Guard writing a new set of vibration specifications for ships. Working with 4 different panels of the American National Standards Institute and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers he modified them as necessary to get them approved as industry standards.

Gary has been involved as a volunteer in a number of organizations and has held various offices in the community. The organizations include the Boy Scouts, his church, his community recreation center (swimming pool), in Herndon, VA, and, since moving to Edgewater in 1980, the Loch Haven Civic Association and the Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron as well as CEPA. He was involved in various environmental issues while on the Board of the Loch Haven Civic Association, including those associated with the building of the Mayo Peninsula wastewater system.

He became a Trustee of CEPA in 1998 and has served as President and Vice-President, and is still very involved with many of the issues CEPA is addressing. His primary roles with CEPA now are as treasurer and the editor of CEPA's newsletter.

His main avocation is boating, and, for him, boating means taking a trailerable, trawler type cruising boat to new (to him) rivers, lakes, and coastal areas and exploring those areas and the history associated with them. Various friends and family serve as crew. Past expeditions have included several Western U.S. sites (Columbia River, Pacific Northwest, Lake Powell) as well as Eastern waterways from Florida to Canada.


Paul Christensen Dr. C. Paul Christensen grew up in Southern Colorado and attended Colorado State University for his BS degree in Electrical Engineering. He received his MS in Electronic Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he began his interest in laser technology. After leaving MIT and working in microwave engineering at Hewlett-Packard he attended UC Berkeley, where he studied laser technology and received his PhD in Electronic Engineering.

Paul spent six years on the research faculty at the University of Southern California before coming to the Washington area to manage a laser and plasma research program for the National Science Foundation. Upon completion of his NSF appointment, he started a laser equipment and services company, Potomac Photonics, Inc., in the basement of his small home in Alexandria, VA. After 17 years of hard work, the company had grown to 30 employees and was sold to a group of investors in 1999. It is now located in Baltimore and continues to provide laser microfabrication services to a wide range of international customers. Sale of the company allowed him to pursue long-deferred dreams of sailing, skiing, and backpacking, and he spent much of his time in these activities for about 5 years. He then started a small contract R&D company, Potomac MesoSystems, that specializes in miniaturization technologies, and he continues to be active in the company on a part-time basis.

After spending significant portions of his life in both rural and high-density-urban areas, Paul has become increasingly aware of the complex interaction between land use, the environment, population growth and development. He has lived in Tracys Landing since 1994 and is a Member of the Board of the Growth Action Network (GAN) and is on the Steering Committee of Alliance for Livable Communities. He serves as the newsletter editor and website administrator for both organizations and heads the Communication Committee at GAN. In addition to CEPA he is also a member of Advocates for Herring Bay and Patuxent Riverkeeper. His hobbies include kayaking, hiking, travel, and GIS mapping.


Jerry was born in Washington and resided in Bethesda, Maryland through high school. He went to American University in Washington for a bachelor's degree in Business and then went on to the University of Maryland for a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later went back to College Park for a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He has worked in the field of ship design and navy ship survivability for most of his engineering career. He is currently employed by Alion Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia (formerly John J. McMullen Associates, Inc.), a firm of naval architects and marine engineers. He is responsible for a group that designs the structures of ship hulls to meet operational strength requirements. He also oversees a second group that provides aircraft carrier design and maintenance services to the U.S. Navy. Earlier in his career he worked in test and diagnosis of ship structures, propulsion systems, and machinery.

Jerry's affiliation with CEPA goes back to his parents. After moving to the area from Bethesda in 1971, his father, James Hill, joined the CEPA board as a Trustee. Jerry's mother, Nancy, served as recording secretary for many years. Jerry joined in 1994, and over the years has been active in a number of committees including serving as Chairman of the Planning Committee for the past several years.

Jerry is an active pilot and shares ownership of a single engine airplane based at Lee airport in Edgewater. He knows no better way to conceptualize and appreciate the Chesapeake Bay watershed than to fly over it in a small plane. He has flown the West/Rhode Riverkeeper over the watershed several times to check on reports of violations. Jerry and his wife, Ava, use the plane on vacations, both short and long. They have made trips to New York, New England, Canada and Florida.

Jerry and Ava live on Lerch Creek in Galesville, where they keep a boat and a canoe for experiencing the beauties of the Bay from sea level as well as from above.


Dr. Anson "Tuck" Hines is the Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), located on the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater, MD. He previously served as SERC's Assistant Director for 17 years and as Marine Ecologist and Principal Investigator of the Fish & Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory for 27 years. He is a Co-Principal Investigator in the SERC Invasions Biology Program, the nation's largest and most comprehensive research program on invasive species in marine ecosystems. His responsibilities at SERC include oversight and leadership of research, professional training and public education programs in global change, landscape ecology, ecosystems in coastal regions, and population & community ecology.

Dr. Hines has a B.A. degree in Zoology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the Univ. of California at Berkeley. He has conducted research on coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay, Florida, California, Alaska, Belize, Japan, and New Zealand. Dr. Hines has been project leader on a diverse array of research programs, such as: effects of thermal discharges of coastal power plants; sea otters and kelp forest ecology; long-term ecological change in Chesapeake Bay; marine food web dynamics; predator-prey interactions; impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and fishery restoration; crustacean life histories; and biological invasions of coastal ecosystems. He has studied the biology of crabs around the world and is an expert on blue crabs, and he serves as a member of the Bi-State Blue Crab Technical Advisory Committee for Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. Hines has published more than 130 articles in technical journals and books, and is the recipient of more than 100 research grant and contract awards. He has advanced SERC's land conservation program, which encompasses nearly 3,000 acres of the Rhode River watershed and shoreline. He promoted establishment of the Smithsonian Marine Science Network for comparative studies of coastal ecosystems at the Institution's four long-term research facilities along the Western Atlantic. He serves as Chair of the Smithsonian Diving Control Board, which oversees the safety of the nation's largest scientific diving program.

He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. He has served as major advisor for 18 Post-doctoral fellows, 12 Ph.D. students and 9 M.S. students, and as mentor for more than 110 undergraduate Interns.

Dr. Hines lives in Severna Park with his wife Linda, who has worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 35 years. They have 2 grown children and two grand-children. They enjoy sailing their Ericson 32 sloop on the Bay.


Sally's love of coastal ecosystems was no doubt inspired by the summers she spent growing up on Cape Cod. She majored in Biology at Goucher College (Towson MD) and spent college summers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. in Woods Hole. She then went on to earn an MS in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Ecology, both at the Univ. of Connecticut. She has since worked as an aquatic microbial ecologist in such diverse ecosystems as sewage sludge, bog lakes, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

After a post-doc fellowship at SUNY Syracuse, Sally joined the faculty at Virginia Tech where she taught for six years. Sally and her husband, Tom Caperna, moved to Arnold MD in 1984 when Tom accepted a research scientist position at USDA in Beltsville. While raising two children, Sally taught part-time at Anne Arundel Community College and then joined the faculty full time in 1993, teaching primarily ecology and microbiology. For the past 25 years, Sally has been the scientific director of Operation Clearwater, a program started 40 years ago by the Severn River Association to monitor the bacterial water quality of bathing beaches and marinas during the swimming season. She expanded this program in partnership with the Magothy River Association, the South River Federation, the West and Rhode Riverkeeper and the Advocates for Herring Bay so that bacterial water quality monitoring of all of the major tributaries in Anne Arundel County are included. She has also worked with the Severn River Association and the Magothy River Association to restore historic oyster bars and to encourage citizen science projects in water quality monitoring and monitoring of submerged aquatic vegetation. Sally is also on the board of the Severn River Commission and the Magothy River land Trust.

Childhood summers on Cape Cod also led to a love of boating, especially sailing and kayaking. Sally and her husband get out on the water as much as possible in the summer and enjoy cross country skiing in the winter. They enjoy traveling to visit wetlands and other diverse ecosystems as time permits. Their grown children now live in Baltimore and Virginia.


CEPA welcomes Dr. Scott Knoche to the Board of Directors. He is the Director of the Morgan State University Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL). Much of his applied economics research focuses on estimating the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and habitat restoration. As the Director of PEARL, Dr. Knoche oversees a vibrant K-12 education program, a shellfish aquaculture and genetics program, and researchers with expertise in fisheries biology and Chesapeake Bay ecology. Prior to being named Director, Dr. Knoche was a Research Economist at PEARL. This position followed a post-doctoral research appointment joint with the University of Maryland Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services. Dr. Knoche also has been employed by the U.S. Coast Guard, leading the adjudication of multi-million-dollar natural resource damage claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Dr. Knoche was born and raised in Michigan, rece iving his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. An avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing and hunting, he currently lives in Calvert County with his wife and daughter.


Lloyd has been heavily involved in environmental issues and has worked with numerous volunteer organizations for many years. His knowledge and experience has benefited CEPA since he became a Trustee in 1999.

His formal education was in Engineering Physics at U.C. Berkeley (B.S.), Physical Oceanograpy at MIT (M.S.), and Ocean Engineering at U. of Rhode Is. (Ph.D.) He worked for the federal Government, including Department of Energy for 30 years, and also spent 10 years with industry as Oceanographer/Ocean Engineer, before retiring in 1995.

He has received many awards for his volunteer activities, including:

  • Anne Arundel County Volunteer of the Year, 1996
  • Maryland's "Most Beautiful People" Governor's Citation, 1996
  • Anne Arundel County Utilities Citizen Volunteer of the Year, 1987
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration Volunteer of the Year, 2004
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Bay Saver of the Year, 2006

The last award recognizes his contributions to the CBF oyster restoration program. The captain of the CBF oyster restoration vessel Patricia Campbell says that he is an invaluable part of the oyster program. Lloyd especially enjoys this work since it is outside, and many of his other interests, such as gardening and crabbing, are also outside activities.

He has served on the following Anne Arundel County Advisory Committees:

  • Edgewater/Mayo Water and Wastewater (Chair)
  • Mayo Wastewater Reclamation Subsystem (Chair)
  • Beverly-Triton Beach Park Management Plan

In addition to serving as a Trustee (currently as Secretary) of CEPA, he also works with the South River Federation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Oyster Replenishment, and was active in planning the Patuxent Greenways.
He is a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter, National Audubon Society; Maryland Ornithological Society; Anne Arundel Bird Club; Nature Conservancy; National Resources Defense Fund; and the National Wildlife Federation.

In addition to his environmental interests, he has served in many other community service positions:

  • Friends of Arundel Seniors (currently President)
  • Commodore Mayo Kiwanis (Chairman of Community Services)
  • Marine Technology Society - Anne Arundel County Science Fair Judge
  • Mayo Peninsula Action Council
  • South County Community Garden (Manager)

He resides in Cloverlea on the Rhode River and somehow has time to get involved in sailboat racing.


Mike joined the Board of Trustees of CEPA in 2009, bringing a wealth of experience in environmental and local governmental matters. He is a Past President of the Harwood Civic Association. In 2013 he was elected founding Chair of the Growth Action Network of Anne Arundel County. He also founded and the Anne Arundel Public Water Access Committee.

Previously, he was a Board Member of a number of organizations: Leadership Anne Arundel, where he was awarded their Community Trustee Award; United Way; Londontown Foundation, where he was Interim Executive Director; Junior Achievement, Scholarships for Scholars; and University of Maryland-Maryland Industrial Partnerships; and the Annapolis Economic Development Corp. and the West & Rhode River Keeper.

He has also served on numerous committees including the General Development Plan Steering Committee, School Maintenance & Renovation Taskforce, Taskforce on Year-Round Schools, Bob Neall Transition Team (Annapolis), and the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, where he is in their Hall of Fame.

He was Founding CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic & Employment Development, and Executive Director of the Maryland Economic Development Association.

He received a B.A. in Economics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. He attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He is certified as an Economic Developer, CEcD, by the International Economic Development Association.

He and his wife, Sherrie have lived in Harwood since the early 1970s. They raised two "wonderful" children, Daniel and Amanda. Sherrie is a retired substitute teacher in all the South County elementary schools.. Mike spends as much time on the water as possible, usually fishing on his Parker 21 center console. He also manages a few trips each year to fish and camp in the Everglades.

Jeff is a physician at Fort Meade, MD. He grew up near Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College in upstate New York in 1981. He went to medical school in Buffalo, NY after which he was commissioned in the US Army. He received a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Harvard and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine. He is a certified scuba diver and is trained in hyperbaric medicine.

Jeff spent 30 years active duty in the US Army retiring as a Colonel in 2015. He served as an aviation clinic commander, emergency department chief, chief medical officer (CMO) of a hospital, and Combat Support Hospital commander deployed to the combat zone. He has served as the Command Surgeon for three major commands advising top level commanders on health policy and medical issues. He has lived all over the country including Alaska and Hawaii. He spent time at McMurdo Station and South Pole Station in Antarctica. He has multiple combat tours, an Air Medal and two Bronze Stars.

Jeff has contributed to several academic papers and book chapters and is an accomplished instructor and speaker. He continues to teach at the Uniformed Services School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He has spent the last 12 years working part time in a remote hospital emergency room in Bethel, Alaska that serves the Yupik Eskimos.

An avid sailor, Jeff races on the Bay in his 34 foot catamaran. He has held positions in the Chesapeake Multihull Association including treasurer and currently serves as Commodore. He is active in the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) where he has served on the budget committee, the Executive Committee, and as Executive Officer. He is currently the Commander of ASPS.Hi s son is a JAG officer in the Navy stationed in Norfolk. He has one daughter currently attending UNC Charlotte and another daughter who started her own business as a wedding photographer after graduating from Towson University. He lived on Fort Meade for 12 years and now lives in Severn, MD with his wife Lorrie.


Al, a physicist and engineer by training and a naturalist at heart, has lived in Maryland for over 40 years. He has a strong commitment to the preservation of farms and open space. Currently, he has returned to operating a 147-acre farm, raising hay for horses, while devoting time to CEPA and the Friends of Jug Bay. He originally heard the call to action 36 years ago over the proposed commercial development of Jug Bay. Through concerted community outreach, political advocacy and legal efforts, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary was established in 1985.

Al studied physics at University of Massachusetts, engineering mechanics at Penn State and received his doctorate from Catholic University in structural acoustics. His entire career was with the US Navy with assignments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Research Projects Agency. First he performed research on submarine quieting at David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center. Then, at the Office of Naval Research, he was a Program Officer and Division Director of Ship Research, where he was responsible for basic and applied research as well as major technology development. In addition, Al has led high-level international cooperative research programs and delegations for the Secretary of Defense and other government agencies.

One particular assignment Al enjoyed was working with Al Gore on the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, which led to the development of hybrid car technology.

Al continues his professional interests as a member of the Institute for Electrical & Electronic Engineers, where he is a member of several committees that establish engineering standards for electric power systems. He is also a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Sigma Xi Research Society.

His return to farming, coupled with his professional experience, made him aware of the critical need to understand the complex interrelationship of nutrients, soil erosion and run-off. Hence, he chose to raise perennial grass crops that build soil and are extremely effective for controlling nitrogen, while preserving large open areas for wildlife. Al's technical and professional career as a program manger and administrator brings CEPA valuable expertise to help deal with the myriad of environmental issues facing Maryland and the Bay.


Dr. Joan Turek joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. She has been very involved in community activities for many years, and is a valuable addition.

She was born in California, the daughter of a Naval Officer specializing in special weapons, and lived all over the U.S. while growing up. She went to 15 schools before going to college. She graduated from high school in Clarksville, Tennessee. She earned her BA from the University of Connecticut with Distinctions (1960), and her Masters (1962) and PhD in Economics (1968) from Yale.

Dr. Turek was employed in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1972 until January 2017. In her last position she was a Senior Economist in the Office of Science and Data Policy. For over 25 years, she managed ASPE's technical support operation which provided a full range of services including scientific programming, computer and graphics support, centralized access to information through the Policy Information Center and statistical policy coordination. Since 1976, she was responsible for managing the Transfer Income Model (TRIM) a key tool in ASPE's analytic capacity which is used in providing policy advice to the Administration, the Secretary and other senior governmental officials on alternatives to existing tax, income transfer and health programs. She was the primary contact for the Federal Poverty Guidelines issued by HHS for much of that time. In recent years, she has conducted research on the quality of income data on Federal surveys. Her last article was published in the International Journal of Public Statistics. Throughout her career, she has directed and conducted applied quantitative research, both in governmental and private organizations. She retired with 47 years and 10 months of Federal service.

Dr. Turek is past chair of the American Statistical Association's Committee on Statistics and Disability. She was President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association in 1994 and 1995 and also served in other positions within the organization.

Dr. Turek is also very active in her community. She retired from the Board of Owensville Primary Care, a Community Health Center, and was a member of AA County's Planning Advisory Board (PAB) for seven years. In addition, she was a member of the first South County Small Area Planning Committee (1999-2000). She was Secretary of the South County Coalition from 1995 to 2000. She was a founder of the Harwood Civic Association and is the current president. She was chairman of the board of the South County Exchange (2003-07) which grew out of the International Exchange (1998). She is also a board member of the Sierra Club AA Chapter. She received their award for community service in 2008. In 2018, the County Executive appointed her to the AA Commission on Disability Issues.

She lived in Harwood for 39 years at Oakwood, which was the main house of a tobacco plantation. It was built by Sprigg Harwood who was a Maryland State Senator, State Treasurer and one of the two leaders of the movement to get Maryland to secede from the union. Oakwood is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2018, She moved to Heritage Harbour, an over-55 community, in Annapolis.

Joan's hobbies include bridge, mahjong, gardening, needlework and painting. However, she says her main hobby is working on local issues.


Bill became involved in local environmental concerns as chair of the sewer force main committee within the Loch Haven Civic Association and met frequently with Anne Arundel County Public Works Department. The Mayo Peninsula wastewater project was heading for completion by 2017 with a new force main under the South River sending the collected gray water to Annapolis for treatment.

Bill received a BA in chemistry from the College of Wooster in 1976 and a DDS from Georgetown University in 1981. He practiced dentistry for six years in Maryland before entering a career in forensic science. In 1987, he joined the Anne Arundel County Police Department Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Chemist and started the Serology and DNA programs.

In 1998 he went to the Prince George's County Police Department where he initiated the DNA laboratory program and became Director of Forensic Sciences. Management included oversight of the Drug Analysis Laboratory, Firearms Examination, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene and Fingerprint Units.

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System recruited Bill in 2004. He was the only full time Forensic Odontologist at Dover Air Force Base Port Mortuary in Dover Delaware during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. He was responsible for managing the Dental Identification Unit and conducting dental examinations on our fallen heroes.

As Laboratory Director and Program Manager of the District of Columbia's Consolidated Forensic Laboratory from 2007 through 2012, Bill was responsible for design and program management of this $220M project. The six story 287,000 square foot facility opened in 2012 with the Crime Laboratory, Medical Examiner and Public Health Laboratory operations in one building. While the stated goal from DC government was to attain LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification from the US Green Building Council), Bill and his team delivered a rare LEED Platinum certified laboratory.

Prince George's County Police brought Bill back as Crime Lab Director in 2012 until his retirement in 2017. In addition to running their Crime Laboratory, he oversaw the design and construction of a new 30,000 square foot Property and Evidence Warehouse to safely and securely control police evidence.

Bill is a court qualified expert witness in forensic Drug Analysis, Serology, DNA, Odontology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Laboratory program development, design and construction oversight have been key components of his 30-year forensic science career.

Bill grew up participating in water sports and boating in New York and Massachusetts, becoming an Annapolis area resident in 1981. He currently resides in the Loch Haven community of Edgewater on the South River with his wife Susan. They are both avid water sports enthusiasts and members of Trout Unlimited, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the South River Federation and the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron.

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