Sassafras Watershed Advisory Board

ShoreRivers has dedicated Advisory Boards for each major subwatershed within the organization's territory. The Sassafras Watershed Advisory Board is chartered specifically to oversee grassroots restoration and protection of the Sassafras River. 


Susan Warriner, M.Ed., Co-Chair
Retired, worked in the health club industry managing clubs in Annapolis and Wilmington

Cindy Hayes, Co-Chair
Retired, served as a marketing professional with 36 years of experience in building strategic relationships and distributing marketing products in the financial services industry

John Burke
Real estate agent for Gunther McClary

John Carroll
Owns Village Real Estate Company and Galena Antiques Center, serves as the Mayor of the Town of Galena, chairman of the Galena Dogwood Festival, on the board of directors for the Chester River Health Foundation, and is the treasurer of the Sassafras River Business Council, after serving three terms as president.

Ted Carski
Global Registration Manager DuPont Crop Protection, Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry

Frank DeGennaro
Chief Operating Officer, BioNutrition; previous Vice President of the Specialty Crops business at Perdue Agribusiness, 32 years at DuPont working in research, business development, strategy, operations, sales, global product development, technology management and business leadership. 

Linda Gaydos
Pharmacist; Healthcare Clinical IT Consultant & Project Manager (PMP*); Retired

Dan Hayes
Insurance and investment executive (retired)

Trey Hill
President, Harborview Farms; 4th generation grain farmer; leader in sustainability

Pat Kern
Sales Associate at Gunther McClary Real Estate.

Jere Lucey
Principal in a residential real estate agent development and management company in Brooklyn, NY, serves on the national Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation

Janet Ruhl
Human Safety Risk Assessor at DuPont Crop Protection, PhD in analytical chemistry

Jeff Russell
Business Performance Management professional with Nasdaq

Ken Shumaker
Retired, worked as an engineer and physiologist who designed clinical and financial information systems for the health care industry at the Mayo Clinic and at Shared Medical Systems, owns a tree farm on the Sassafras

Pat Starkey
Starkey Farms Company specializing in spinach and grains

Anne Stevens
Environmental Advocate

John Vail
Senior Administrative Manager, U.S. Department of Justice (retired); co-founder, Sassafras River Association

Miles-Wye-Choptank Watershed Advisory Board

ShoreRivers has dedicated Advisory Boards for each major subwatershed within the organization's territory. The Miles-Wye-Choptank Watershed Advisory Board is chartered specifically to oversee grassroots restoration and protection of the Miles, Wye, and Choptank rivers and Eastern Bay.


Bruce Abel, Co-Chair
Sr. Vice President and COO, C.R. Daniels, Inc., worked with the American Lyme Disease Association and Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Meta Boyd, Co-Chair
Served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, The Women’s Hospital Board, and Board of Trustees of The Garrison Forest School, co-chairing the development committee for eight years

William A. Anderson, II
Environmental Lawyer; Harvard Law

Dirk Bartlett
Former Talbot County Councilman; Director of Business Development at Ilex Construction

Barbara Boyd
Founding Faculty of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology; Congressional recognition for environmental achievements; clean water advocate

Cliff Coppersmith
President, Chesapeake College

William “Joe” Cotten
Microbiologist, Protenergy Natural Foods, Inc.

Dr. Thomas Fisher
Professor at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, specializing in terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients and how they affect aquatic systems, nutrient recycling, and primary production of aquatic systems

Brice Gamber
Senior VP of the Chubb Insurance Group; former Chair of the Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee to MD DNR

Tim Junkin
Founder of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy; trial lawyer; author

John Kelly
President of Kelly Benefit Strategies; cycling enthusiast

Tom Leigh
Lifelong Wye River waterbug, biologist, former Riverkeeper, advocate, sailor

Gene Lopez
Financial lawyer, retired

Larry Rovin
Retired corporate lawyer; docent at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; volunteer mediator with Midshore Community Mediation

Jane Selden
Board of Trustees, Oxford Community Center; Program Development, Center for Humanistic Change; Volunteer Coordinator, Chesapeake Film Festival; Contributing Artist, Rodale Press

Buck Waller
Real estate property management, retired

Colin Walsh
Member of the Board of Directors at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Daniel Watson
Operated a small commercial real estate development and consulting firm in Baltimore for 40 years, and also was the major financial backer and CFO of a successful healthcare IT company, active with Talbot Mentors

Phil Webster
International communications consulting; communications officer of three New York Stock Exchange-listed companies; extensive board positions

Kristin Weed
President and co-founder, Kent Island Beach Clean Ups

Peter Welling
Farmer; lawyer; avid outdoorsman

Nick Carter (Emeritus)
Maryland Critical Areas Commission for Caroline County; Retired, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Chester Watershed Advisory Board

ShoreRivers has dedicated Advisory Boards for each major subwatershed within the organization's territory. The Chester Watershed Advisory Board is chartered specifically to oversee grassroots restoration and protection of the Chester River. 


Thomas Pierson, Co-Chair
Retired IT Executive; sailing coach and instructor

Vic Pfeiffer, Co-Chair
Retired HR executive

Richard Budden
Coldwell Banker, senior realtor

Scott Budden
Orchard Point Oyster Co. LLC, President

Marian Fry
Partner, Fair Hill Farms, Inc. Certified Organic Dairy and Grain Farm

Robert Ingersoll
Part owner/manager of Silver Hill Farm, alternative energy advocate/consultant

Toby Lloyd
Turnrow, LLC, President; USDA, former Chief of Farm Programs

Andrew McCown
Echo Hill Outdoor School, Associate Director

Matt Nielsen
Corsica Farm, Operator and organic farmer; Homestead Farms, operations

Gail Owings
Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc., Executive Director

Taylor Porter
National Marking Manager, Dixon Valve

Brook Schumann
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, nurse. Crow Farm and Vineyard

Brennan Starkey
Starkey Farms Company specializing in spinach and grains, President

Ben Tilghman
The Hermitage, Owner and farmer, a family-run farm since 1659

Jon Wasserman
R&D New Product Engineer, Paul Reed Smith Guitars

Anna Wolgast
EPA Deputy General Counsel and Appeals Judge (retired); past Executive Director of Chester River Association