Board of Directors
Stephanie K. Meeks, Board Chair
Stephanie is the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities, and will start her new position in July 2010. Most recently, she was President and CEO of Counterpart International, a US-based international development and humanitarian assistance organization working in 42 countries. Prior to Counterpart, Stephanie was the Acting President and CEO and Chief Operating Officer at The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest and most influential conservation organizations. In these roles, she was responsible for mobilizing 4,000 employees in 35 countries, and an operating budget exceeding $1 billion. Ms. Meeks received her Master of Business Administration from George Washington University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of RARE, an organization that uses best practices in social marketing to influence natural resource conservation.
Larry Weinberg, Vice Chair
For Larry, running his own business was always a dream and passion. He graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1985, and shortly thereafter earned his CPA certificate. Larry co-founded BOWA Builders with his college friend, Josh Baker, in 1988. Today, Larry's duties as Co-Chairman include marketing and branding, spearheading strategic management, evaluating new opportunities, and directing the corporate culture and company vision. An avid entrepreneur Larry joined the Washington, D.C. Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO) in the 1990's and later became a member of the board. Then in 2000, he graduated from the Birthing of Giants Program, jointly sponsored by YEO, Inc. magazine and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He continued pursuing his love of business by joining the Washington Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) where he quickly became the Chairman of the Washington Metro Chapter. Having grown up in Richmond, Larry lives in McLean with his wife, Kim, and children, Alexa and Dillon. Larry's personal interests include sailing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and triathlons.
I. Mark Cohen, Treasurer
Mark joined the Conservancy in April, 2011. He is the founding partner and visionary for both Optifour Integrated Wealth Management, LLC, Registered Investment Advisor, and Cohen & Burnett, P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law, and is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and Arizona. Mark is an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Wills Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar Association, and co-chair of the Uniform Laws Committee, ABA RPTE. He is also a frequent lecturer and writer, specializing in financial and estate planning, and wrote BNA Portfolio 864 on the Uniform Trust Code, and co-authored the book “Lessons to My Children: Simple Life Lessons for Financial Success, Wealth and Abundance.” Mark is a CFP® designee, and holds a BS in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, a J.D. from University of Arizona, and an LL.M in Law of Taxation from William and Mary. Mark lives in Vienna, VA with his wife, Leigh, their 2 dogs, and 3 cats. They enjoy anything that gets them outdoors, especially hiking, cycling, kayaking, flying small airplanes, sailing, and backpacking.
Alison Taylor, Secretary
Alison is Vice President of Sustainability-Americas where she is responsible for driving the sustainability program for the Americas and acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens’ business sectors. In her previous role as Director, Government Affairs, Taylor represented Siemens' position on environmental issues with Congress and the Executive Branch. Prior to joining Siemens, Ms. Taylor was Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to her service on Capitol Hill, Ms. Taylor was an equity partner in the Denver-based law firm Davis, Graham and Stubbs, LLC where she specialized in water law, mining law and environmental law. Ms. Taylor graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in biology, and the University of Denver with a juris doctorate degree. She was Managing Editor of the Denver University Law Review.
Ray Dinterman, Director
Ray is the Mid-Atlantic Retail Director for REI — Recreational Equipment, Inc. one of the nation’s largest consumer co-ops. He oversees 15 stores from Virginia through Ohio. Ray is a longtime outdoor enthusiast spending much of his younger days hiking and camping with the Boy Scouts. After 25 years in the book industry, he joined REI five years ago and enjoyed the renewed focus in the outdoors. In recent years, Ray has continued to assist with the Boy Scouts and is active with 4-H in Frederick County. He serves as a Camelid (Llama/Alpaca) Superintendent at The Great Frederick Fair.
Bill Eichbaum, Director
Bill joined the Conservancy in May 2009. He began working for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a Senior Fellow in November 1989. In January 1990, he became Vice President of the Environmental Quality Program of WWF. Subsequently, he has served as Vice President of International Environmental Quality, Vice President of U.S. Program, and Vice President for U.S. Conservation and Global Threats. From May 2000 – January 2006, he served as Vice President for the Endangered Spaces Program. He became Vice President and Managing Director for WWF’s Marine Portfolio from February 2006 until March 2009 and was most recently WWF’s Vice President, Marine and Arctic Policy. Bill also chairs the Board of the Environmental Law Institute and Maryland’s Oyster Advisory Commission.
Jason Green, Director
Jason is the President of Mosaico Management, a mission-driven investment manager focused on sustainable investments and was previously the Chief Investment Officer of Blue Moon Fund. Prior to joining Blue Moon, he spent 13 years in various investment management positions at Moore Capital Management, most recently as Portfolio Manager of a US long/short equity strategy. Mr. Green also served as a Principal in Moore’s Private Equity Group. Before joining Moore, he was an Associate in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the investment committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and BA from the University of Virginia.
Robert Hurley, Director
Robert is a principal at H/W Resources LLC, a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC. Mr. Hurley has more than 30 years of congressional and public affairs experience in the Washington, DC, area. During his years of service in the US Senate, Mr. Hurley served as Republican Staff Director of the Environment and Public Works Committee and as Chief of Staff to Senator John. H. Chafee (R-RI). He was deeply involved in developing and managing legislation and related regulatory issues as diverse as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act,. Prior to his Senate service, Mr. Hurley worked in the US House of Representatives, handled media and public affairs for the National Wildlife Federation, was a member of the ABC News team, and a graduate of American University. He enjoys fishing, boating, and hiking in the Potomac River watershed.
E. Sheldon Leggett, Director
Sheldon is the founding member of Ekko Title, LLC and the law firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon, PLC. He is the President and CEO of Ekko Title and the Managing Partner of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon, PLC where his law practice focuses on real estate related matters. Mr. Leggett was formerly a partner in the law firm of Hunzeker, Lyon & Leggett, PLC, and an owner and the Operations Manager of MBH Settlement Group, L.C. He has concentrated on the representation of buyers, sellers, builders, lenders and real estate agents in real estate related matters. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, the Virginian State Bar Real Property and Trusts and Estates Sections, the Arlington County and City of Alexandria Bar Associations, and the past Chair of the Real Estate section of the Fairfax County Bar Association. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Building and Construction Section of the District of Columbia Bar. Sheldon is a lifelong resident of Washington and Northern Virginia. He attended Fairfax County Public Schools and earned his Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate in 1990. He received numerous honors and served as the Student Bar President and later served as President of the Law School Alumni Association. Mr. Leggett began his relationship with the Potomac River at a very early age, beginning with fishing from canoes and sailing with his father, to sailboat racing in high school and college. He is a long time member of the Old Dominion Boat Club and for the past 20 years he has lived on the river in the Mason Neck area of Fairfax County. He sails and kayaks with his children on weekends and occasionally still boats to work.
Joyce Hanks Moorehead, Director
Joyce heads a successful law practice and co-owns BMW of Sterling & MINI of Sterling with her husband, Thomas A. Moorehead. Together, they own the largest African American owned BMW franchise in the nation. Joyce has been, and continues to be, extensively involved in several professional and community organizations. Joyce is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Bethune Cookman University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, a member of The Links, Incorporated, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a member of Girl Friends, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Paul’s College, and a member of Heritage Fellowship Church, in Reston, VA, among others. Additionally, she founded the Joyce and Thomas Moorehead Foundation to provide support for economically disadvantaged high school graduates in pursuit of higher education. Joyce attended Bethune Cookman University for undergraduate studies and earned a prestigious Epworth Fellowship from the United Methodist Church to Boston University. She later went on to receive a JD degree at the University of Arkansas and recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Bethune Cookman University. Joyce has received numerous other awards and recognitions.
Helen Morrison, Director
Helen H. Morrison is a Principal in EY's Washington National Compensation and Benefits practice. Prior to joining EY, Helen served from 2007 – 2012 as the Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel in the Office of Benefits Tax Counsel for the Department of the Treasury. She played a lead role in the Administration’s tax-related initiatives on health care reform and the Treasury Department’s implementation of these provisions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. She also served as a senior Treasury advisor on executive compensation matters. Before Helen joined the Treasury Department, she was a Partner in the Employee Benefits Practice of McDermott, Will & Emery. Helen is a member of the Illinois bar association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and her JD from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hector M. Laffitte of the U.S. District Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1985 – 1987.
Georgia Nassikas, Director
Georgia is a professional artist working from her studio in McLean, Virginia. She uses wax from her beehives in her encaustic paintings and exhibits in galleries and shows across the country. After receiving her graduate degree from Chamberlayne School of Design in Boston, Georgia worked as an interior designer for the architecture firm Rust Orling in Alexandria. She serves on the Advisory Board of Amazon Conservation Association and on the design team of the National Cathedral Flower Guild and has served on the boards of St. Mark's School and McLean Project for the Arts. Having lived in both Spain and Italy while pursuing her studies in art, Georgia finds knowledge of and respect for other cultures and languages important in an ever more interconnected world.
Dr. Mamie Parker, Director
Dr. Mamie Parker is the former Chief of Staff and Assistant Director (FHC) at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). She was the first African American FWS Regional Director of the 13 Northeastern states. Dr. Parker has an extensive experience both as a fish and wildlife biologist and as an executive. She has implemented policy for national fish hatcheries, wetlands and coastal mapping, contaminants, invasive species, marine mammals, wetland restoration and protection programs, among others. Dr. Parker received the Presidential Rank award, the highest award given to top 1 percent of government employees. She now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Marstel-Day Consulting Company, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee. Dr. Parker is Founder and CEO of Ma Parker and Associates in the Washington, DC area. She also leads “Wild STEM” workshops in conjunction with the Green Schools Alliance and other organizations.
Philip Tabas, Director
Philip serves as Special Counsel for Conservation Strategies in The Nature Conservancy’s North Conservation America Region. He has served as the Conservancy’s General Counsel for the past ten years. Philip has been with the Conservancy for thirty-three years, and has held a range of legal and non-legal positions in TNC in the areas of land protection, government relations, compatible economic development, tax policy and conservation planning. Philip has been involved in numerous private land conservation and compatible development projects, particularly involving the use of conservation easements in the United States and other countries. He has also worked to secure changes in Federal, state and international tax policy to encourage conservation activities. Prior to TNC, he practiced law in Philadelphia, worked as an attorney for The New England River Basins Commission, and was an environmental attorney with Abt Associates, a Cambridge, Massachusetts consulting firm. Philip received a B.A. degree in English from Pennsylvania State University, his J.D. from the George Washington University, a Master of Land Use Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LL.M degree in tax law from Boston University Law School. Outside of work he enjoys reading, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family
Rebecca Wodder, Director
Rebecca has devoted her career to conservation, beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970. Most recently, she served for two years as Senior Advisor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, advancing conservation objectives, including President Obama’s initiative on America’s Great Outdoors (AGO). She led a new AGO Rivers Initiative, to achieve Secretary Salazar’s river restoration and river recreation goals. Wodder was nominated by President Obama for the post of Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in the Department of the Interior in June, 2011. Wodder served as President and CEO of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization from 1995-2011, successfully directing strategic, programmatic and financial operations, resulting in an eight-fold increase in revenue, a four-fold growth in staff, and establishment of more than a dozen field offices delivering conservation services to communities across America. From 1981 to 1994, Wodder served in several different capacities at The Wilderness Society. As Vice President for Organizational Development, she was responsible for organizational development and strategic planning. As Vice President for Membership, Marketing and Development, Wodder managed all aspects of raising annual operating revenue and capital reserve funds for a 400,000-member national conservation organization. As Director of Alaska Programs, she had responsibility for all conservation campaigns involving Alaska public lands. Wodder helped found EarthShare, a workplace giving campaign for environmental causes. Prior to joining The Wilderness Society, Wodder was Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI) on environmental and energy issues, from 1978-1980, participating in negotiations on water and energy resource development programs and projects, and the Alaska Lands Act. Wodder holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, and a M.S. in Landscape Architecture and a M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wodder has lived in Fairfax, Virginia for more than 25 years.