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The Fund’s 2017/18 Board of Directors
- Janice Wiles, President Janice comes to Land and Cultural Preservation Fund Inc after almost 3 decades of land use planning and mapping, wildlife and watershed management, developing environmental education campaigns, and cultivating citizen participation and effectiveness in natural resource conservation in Brazil. She served as NASA’s liaison to the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology on a project studying land use changes in the Amazon Basin and their impacts on local, regional and global climate. She is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Frederick County class and served as a Sustainability Commissioner for the Frederick County Commission on Environmental Sustainability.
- Richard Wiles, Vice-President Richard Wiles is Vice President for Strategic Communications and Director of Research at Climate Central. Prior to joining Climate Central, Wiles was a co-founder and Executive Director of Environmental Working Group where he helped create, direct, and manage EWG’s pioneering research and communications operations. Before co-founding EWG, Wiles served as Senior Staff at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, managing committees on a range of issues from pesticides and children’s health to organic agriculture and western water issues. Committees managed by Wiles at the NRC produced a series of landmark reports that laid the scientific foundation for path-breaking children’s health protections in federal pesticide law, and the creation of national standards for organic food. Wiles has a BA from Colgate University and a MA from California State University at Sacramento.
- Ellis Burruss, Secretary Ellis Burruss graduated from the University of MD with a B.A. in English (and a strong minor in organic chemistry). He has lived in Brunswick for the past 31 of his 67 years. As an independent business owner during that time he has come to understand the issues facing small businesses in our community. He has shown his commitment to the community by volunteering his time and energy to these organizations: Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (former president), Frederick County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (2007 – 2011), Friends of the Library Brunswick Branch (current), Brunswick Planning Commission (2001-present), EastAlco Citizens’ Advisory Board (2000-2003), Police Chief’s Advisory Committee (2001-2003), Downtown Business Association (1989-92), Frederick County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (1990 – 96), Frederick County Recycling Committee (1988-90), Police Committee (1988-89), Downtown Revitalization Committee (1987-90), Brunswick Museum Board of Directors (1984-87), Brunswick Economic Team (1984-85, Brunswick Library Board of Directors (1982-84) and currently participates actively in Brunswick Main Street Brunswick Economic Development Commission. Ellis owns Bellwether Printing and formerly owned Benchmark Printing
- Karl Bickel, Treasurer Karl started a career in policing with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC where he served in central records, patrol, special operations and criminal investigations. His academic study was in both Law Enforcement and Corrections from Montgomery College, Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Justice from American University and a Masters Degree in Management from the Police Executive Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University. He served on the adjunct faculty of Montgomery College and American University and was an assistant professor at Allegheny College in Western, Maryland. Karl remained active directly in and on the periphery of the law enforcement field after leaving the police department managing a private investigations and security consulting firm, law enforcement specialist for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, conducting classified personnel investigations for a government agency, and serving as second in command of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office before 17 years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services from where he retired to run for sheriff of Frederick County in 2014. Karl lives in Monrovia and is actively involved with organizations Residents Against Landsdale Expansion (RALE) and Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County (AAFC). Previous volunteer service includes the Frederick County Executive’s Task Force on Ethics; Frederick County Ethics Commission; Frederick County Human Relations Commission; Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee, Montgomery County Public Schools; Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Montgomery College; Tech/Prep Security Services Advisory Board, Frederick County Public Schools; and, Frederick County Substance Abuse Advisory Council.
- Kimberly Mellon is a local community advocate on matters of planning and zoning, good government, and the safety and welfare of citizens. She attended college in Oklahoma; relocating to Lombard, IL to assist her spouse Jeffrey, in obtaining his Ph.D. in Chiropractic care. Together, in 1983, they chose Frederick County, Maryland as the best place in the U.S. to raise their family and begin a small practice serving the primary healthcare needs of the community. Kimberly has served the community as a healthcare administrative staff member in several hospital systems and healthcare practices. She has provided federal contract oversight to include managerial and customer support, along with quality assurance auditing at Fairchild Controls in Frederick, Maryland. She is currently employed as an administrative secretary performing procurement, travel and personnel services for the intramural research program at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services, at Ft. Detrick.
- JoAnn Coates-Hunter JoAnn has over 30 years of experience in outdoor and indoor education and administration. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Earlham College and School of Religion, and holds a teaching certificate from Brown University. Outdoor adventure camps, farms, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, as well as community centers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Rhode Island, and Maryland all enriched and continue to bring joy to JoAnn’s life. JoAnn is currently education and facilities director for Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center. Environmental and social justice work with children and adults through a variety of organizations occupies most of her time, after time spent with her family. JoAnn’s hope is that more citizens take action for environmental or social sustainability – be it a new gardening or farming technique, an energy saving act in the home/school/business/farm, a letter or phone call made to a business or governmental body, or a plan for a community garden or food and nutrition program.
Community FARE Advisors: Janice Wiles, Karen Buchsbaum, JoAnn Coates-Hunter, Lisa Orr, Karin Tome, Karl Bickel
Friends of Frederick County Advisors: Ellis Burruss, Karl Bickel, Kimberly Mellon, JoAnn Coates-Hunter, Richard Wiles, Jack Lynch, Janice Wiles, Michele Rosenfeld, Matt Seubert,
Stream Link Education Advisors: John Smucker, Lisa Baird, Lisa Orr, Jack Lynch, Matt Seubert
Community Renewable Energy Advisors: Rebecca Rush, Rich Maranto, Lisa Orr, Richard Jefferies, Ellis Burruss,