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Speakers and Panelists for Saturday, April 21


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Don Boesch

Dr. Donald Boesch is a Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a part of the twelve-institution University System of Maryland.  Dr. Boesch received his B.S. from Tulane University and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary. He was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and subsequently served on the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In 1980 he became the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, where he was also a Professor of Marine Science at Louisiana State University. He assumed his present position in Maryland in 1990.

Dr. Boesch is active in extending knowledge to environmental and resource management at regional, national and international levels. He has served as science advisor to many state and federal agencies and regional, national and international programs. He has chaired numerous of committees and scientific assessment teams that have produced reports on a wide variety of coastal environmental and climate change issues.

Dr. Boesch received the Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment from Maryland Public Television for 2010. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling and served on the National Research Council's Committee that produced the report America's Climate Choices. He presently is the Chair of the NRC's Ocean Studies Board.


Michael Barbour

 Dr. Michael T. Barbour is Vice President of Tetra Tech (Tt), Inc., an environmental consulting firm, and is Director of Tt’s Center for Ecological Sciences in Owings Mills, Maryland. His PhD is in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Barbour and his staff work with ecologists and water quality managers throughout the United States. Dr. Barbour serves in a technical capacity to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the development of technical guidance for ecological assessment strategies of water resources. In addition, Dr. Barbour works internationally, and has participated as a Visiting Scientist in nearly a dozen countries. He has been an invited speaker for innumerable conferences and symposia, facilitated more than 80 workshops, and published over 20 peer-reviewed government guidance reports, and 50 scientific papers including his newest book, Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts. He has used his professional experience and interests as the basis for writing novels that focus on key environmental issues. He has two novels, The Kenai Catastrophe and Blue Water, Blue Island, and two children’s books, Caitlyn and Craig the Crayfish and Douglas Visits the Seashore.

Ned Tillman

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While serving as President of Columbia Technologies and the Target Companies for 30 years, Ned conducted thousands of projects for leading corporations throughout Maryland and across the U.S.  Prior to that he was the energy and environmental advisor at JHU/APL.

He currently serves as the chair of the Howard County Sustainability Board, the chair of Howard County General Plan Task Force, on the national executive board of the Izaak Walton Conservation League of America, and as a member of the Nonprofit Resource Development Council.  Ned has also served as Chair of The Howard County Conservancy, the Chair of the Maryland Commission on Groundwater Heat Pumps, an officer of the Geothermal Resources Council and as an advisory board member of the Maryland Environmental Business Alliance.

Ned is the author of The Chesapeake Watershed: A sense of place and a call to action, winner of two national book awards.

Rich Josephson

 Rich Josephson currently serves as Director of Planning Services for the Maryland Department of Planning, where he is responsible for overseeing planning assistance to local governments, land and water resource planning, and infrastructure planning. His primary focus is preparation and implementation of the State’s first sustainable growth plan.


Prior to his employment with the State, he served as Deputy Director for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Department of Planning and Zoning.


He has also served as a planner, Zoning Administrator and Comprehensive Planning Administrator for the Office of Planning and Zoning in Anne Arundel County, where he directed a major update to the County’s General Development Plan and was responsible for preparationof 16 small area community plans.


He received a Bachelor of City Planning degree from the University of Virginia, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a member of the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.


Dru Schmidt-Perkins

Dru Schmidt-Perkins 

Executive Director


Dru Schmidt-Perkins became 1000 Friends of Maryland’s first Executive Director in 1998 after serving on the founding steering committee for two years. Prior to joining 1000 Friends she was the Maryland State and Chesapeake Regional Director of Clean Water Action for over nine years. Dru has over 28 years of experience on a broad range of energy, growth and environmental issues gained while working on the state and federal level.

Nelson Widell

 Nelson is Co-Founder of The Peninsula Compost Group, LLC (TPCG).  With over thirty years experience in the composting industry and a founding member of the US Composting Council, Nelson is  responsible for project development and marketing for TPCG..

Nelson began his career in the waste business working in his family’s construction company in 1970 specializing in the construction of major water and wastewater  facilities and biosolids composting projects.

 He then  began a collaboration with Dr. Eric Eweson(1897-1987) a Swedish fermentation specialist and compost pioneer in 1983 and helped form Bedminster Bioconversion Corp. which developed, marketed and licensed it’s rotary digester composting system in the US and other countries .

 Nelson joined Waste Options in 1999 and assisted in the development and operation of the Nantucket Island, Mass. recycling and composting facility which now has the nation’s highest recycling/diversion rate of 92% as well as the first carbon credit certification for landfill diversion through composting.

 He  also  provided consulting services to the composting industry until forming The Peninsula Compost Group in 2006 with his partner , Charles Gifford..  Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.

Boy Scout Venturing Crew 202


Over the last dozen years, co-ed Venturing Crew 202 has been one of the most active youth groups in the United States regarding environmental restoration, protection and outreach. A sampling of the activities of the Crew youth include tree plantings, maintenance of those plantings, bog turtle monitoring and habitat restoration, bird banding, invasive plant removal, stream monitoring, creation and manning of environmental and sustainability displays for public events, and hosting environmental leadership training retreats for high school students. As a result of these and other activities, the Crew has received considerable national and statewide recognition. These awards include the highly prestigious William Hornaday Award, an  Environmental Excellence Award from Sea World Busch Gardens, the Millard Tawes Award from the Maryland Department of the Environment, a Baysaver Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a Stream ReLeaf Award from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Margaret Rosch Jones Award from the Maryland Environmental Trust, a  Volunteer Service Award from Governor O'Malley,and most recently an Honor Rows Award from the Baltimore Ravens. The Crew has also been featured in magazines such as Boys Life and Maryland DNR's The Natural Resource.

Our Loyal Volunteers

Sally Long

Sally is Senior Director of Lifelong Learning & Program Support Systems for Carroll Community College, and she is actively involved in numerous organizations that support our community.  Currently Sally is vice- chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Inc. and president of Sustainable Living Maryland.  She has been active in Waste Not! Carroll since its beginning and an integral part of the preparations for Planet Carroll.  Sally loves to travel and is an avid gardener.  She also is fond of sporty cars

Eric Kazyak

Eric is currently a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Maryland - College Park. He is working with a team of researchers to develop aquaponics as a viable, alternative, and sustainable means of food production. He is also conducting research on the Stirling Engine to increase the efficiency of electricity production. He has worked extensively as a volunteer with Venturing Crew 202 planting trees, helping with environmental assessment, and educating the public on environmental issues. He is active in the University of Maryland Student Sustainability Committee, working to coordinate sustainability efforts on campus.

Claudia Lewis

Claudia is a teacher.  She has devoted 43 years to teaching young folks about science in a variety of disciplines and at various levels of education.  At UMBC she was involved with the introductory courses in biology and genetics; in CCPS she taught biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, earth science and freshman seminar.  As an adjunct for the Space Grant Consortium she developed computer laboratory experiences for other science teachers.  Currently she is an adjunct faculty member for Environmental Studies at McDaniel College. 

          Over the years Claudia has won a number of awards for teaching excellence,  she was selected twice as the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teacher in both  2000 and 2008.  In 1995 she was selected as the Secondary School recipient of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers Award for Excellence.  In addition, she was nominated multiple times by her students for inclusion in “Who's Who in American Education.” 

          As a volunteer Claudia works with Common Ground on the Hill, the Parent Guide Program for CCPS,  Department of Natural Resources T.E.A.M. (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) Program and the Venturing Crew 202.  Claudia is the current coach for the Crew's Envirothon Team.  Claudia is active with the League of Women Voters of Carroll County.


Paul Kazyak

Paul is a long-time Carroll County resident with extensive professional experience in environmental assessment. He has been working with Carroll County youth on environmental leadership and sustainability issues for more than 12 years. He is currently serving as staff for the National Conservation Leadership Institute and was named Environmental Educator of the Year by the National Science Teachers Association in 2008.

Karen Moody

I teach environmental science at Carroll Community College, and I'm an avid hiker.

Don West

 Don has been active in Carroll County environmental issues for many years.  He helped co-found the Maryland Heartland Sustainable Living Fair (now Sustainable Living Maryland), he co- found Waste Not! Carroll (trash advocacy) and he has lectured widely on issues in solid waste, the environment, green building and sustainability.  He runs a small construction company, is an adjunct faculty member at Carroll Community College, and lives outside of Westminster on a small farm with his wife Cindy, three children (not so much anymore) and menagerie of assorted critters, including their Dromedary camel, Lancelot.

Joseph T Wright

 Sophomore at McDaniel College

Double Major- History and Environmental Policy

Program manager of the musical outreach program,

and also a member of Environmental Action Club.

Jesi West

Psychology and Environmental Biology double major at McDaniel college
Administrative assistant for the Musical Outreach program
Member of the the Environmental Action Club (EAC) at McDaniel college

I am passionate about sustainable agriculture, especially using horses for low impact vegetable production and logging.  

Karly Ziegler

My Name is Karly Ziegler and i am currently a Junior at McDaniel College with a major in communication and a double minor in marketing and theater arts.

With Planet Carroll i am working on website building and "tweaking": while also learning about creating an environmental future that is sustainable.