Lisa Alexander has served as the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Executive Director since 2013. As Executive Director, she has created a visionary Master Plan that will transform ANS’s iconic headquarters at Woodend Nature Sanctuary Headquarters into a living laboratory for the study of restoration and ecological balance in our increasingly urbanized region. Lisa plays a leading role in setting diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion goals for environmental organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Prior to stepping into the role of Executive Director, she served as both Deputy Director and Director of Environmental Education at ANS. Lisa launched the ANS GreenKids Program, an environmental education partnership with public schools that has served more than 30,000 school children in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia since its inception in 2005.
Ms. Alexander previously worked on numerous, nationally-based educational programs and outreach efforts. She served as an Educational Resource Specialist in the National Digital Library of the Library of Congress, the Director of Product Development for Delta Education, the Science Product Manager for the School Division of Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, and as National Science Consultant for Scott, Foresman and Company.
Lisa is the 2008 recipient of the Montgomery County “Outdoor Educator of the Year” award and was honored by The Washingtonian magazine as a 2009 recipient of their Green Award for her work with GreenKids. She serves on the steering committee of the Choose Clean Water Coalition and was a member of the 2015 Rock Creek Park Green Ribbon Panel.
As an artist living in a log cabin overlooking Watts Branch, she watched the slow degradation of forest, native plants and wetlands and became an activist for clean water 30 years ago. In efforts to promote citizen involvement in water quality, she helped initiate the Audubon Naturalist Society stream monitoring program. Through a grant from Montgomery County DEP she created a watershed education slide show called "Living Waters" which the County Council subsequently helped turn into a video in the mid 1990's. Under the County Executive she has served as Chair of the Water Quality Advisory Group and later served on the Forest Conservation Advisory Committee. In 2000, she worked on the Potomac Subregion Master Plan revision and has represented the Sierra Club at both County and State levels. She is Co-Chair of the Legacy Open Space Advisory Group and recently was part of a working group developing the Countywide Park Trails Plan. She currently serves as Vice-Chair and a founding member of Conservation Montgomery and President of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association. Ginny loves poetry. As a confirmed tree lover, she wanders in forests, leads hikes as well as tree and wildflower walks, and at times, writes articles about nature for local publications.
Ken Bawer is Vice President of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association and a Weed Warrior Supervisor with Montgomery Parks. He has worked with others on revisions to the Ten-Year Water & Sewer Plan and is interested in most green issues, especially stormwater management.
Joyce Breiner, CC-P
Joyce Breiner is co-founder and Executive Director of Poolesville Green, Inc, a local non-profit, educating the community about sustainable living in relation to climate change founded in 2010. Successes include: 1) conducting largest Electric Vehicle show on the East Coast annually since 2012, 2) organizing the EV showcase at Montgomery County GreenFest annually since 2014, 3) advocating for the Poolesville Solar Array, and 4) organizing numerous other energy/environment community education programming events focused specifically on reducing one's carbon footprint.
She is a Climate Change Professional (CC-P), Certified by the Association of Climate Change Officers and the State of Maryland having completed the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy Training in 2019. She is a Climate Reality Leadership trained speaker on Climate Change, a member of Poolesville MD’s Sustainability Committee, active member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC and advisor to Solar United Neighbors of Maryland (organizers of the Montgomery County Solar Co-ops) and One Montgomery Green. Joyce is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Montgomery program and is also retired from a 29 year career as a FAA Air Traffic Controller.
The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent nonprofit that serves as the central connection point for local stakeholders committed to improving the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system. MCFC's four Working Groups convene 100+ stakeholders monthly to identify local food system challenges and develop collaborative, feasible strategies to address these issues. Our Environmental Impact Working Group implements strategies to protect and improve the local environmental resources of Montgomery County related to agriculture and food, primarily through increasing food waste composting capacity, determining the local market opportunity for compost, and advocating for public policy changes and public programs that support healthy soils through food waste reduction efforts and composting initiatives.
Heather oversees the day-to-day function of the Food Council, supporting the Council Members, Working Groups, Internal Committees, Board, and Staff in their efforts, as well as connecting with local food system stakeholders. Heather spent the first decade of her career in higher education administration and student services, including leadership roles at MIT, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia. Prior to her work with the Food Council, Heather also served as President of a number of local volunteer-driven community-based organizations in Montgomery County. Heather holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M. Ed. from the University of Virginia. Heather serves on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, CKC Farming Advisory Board, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Local Food Distribution Workgroup Advisory Committee, Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group Advisory Team, Montgomery Advocacy Committee, and the Nonprofit Intersector Collaboration Leadership Team.
Environmental Impact Working Group participants include representatives of the National Restaurant Association, Montgomery County Civic Federation, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Sierra Club of Montgomery County, Bethesda Green, Community Food Rescue, Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming, Zero Waste Enterprises, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the Compost Crew, and the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture.
Diane Cameron served as Conservation Program Director for Audubon Naturalist Society from 2008 to 2016. She is a watershed protection advocate who led the 2013-2014 campaign to Save Ten Mile Creek. With degrees in geology and environmental engineering, Diane served as a Senior Scientist on the Water Program staff of the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1989 to 1998. Diane co-founded the Stormwater Partners Network in 2005 and chaired it from 2005 to 2016; it’s now led in 2018 by Caitlin Wall of Potomac Conservancy and Eliza Cava of Audubon Naturalist Society and is comprised of 36 organizations supporting clean water in Montgomery County. Diane serves on the Boards of Conservation Montgomery and Friends of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir. Her hobbies are native tree propagation; hiking; singing; cooking; and quilting.
Henry “Hank” Cole
Hank Cole is an environmental and atmospheric scientist and consultant. The principal thrust of his work as an expert has been to support the efforts of local groups, NGOs, attorneys, working to protect communities and the environment. In recent years he has served as an expert witness for several Montgomery County organizations, including in the successful opposition to Costco's mega-gas station at the Westfield Mall. In this capacity, he testified on the air pollution impact of the gas station at many hearings (Hearing Examiner) and also helped Marc Elrich grapple with scientific matters involving air pollution. He has been active in Prince George's County as a Patuxent Riverkeeper Board of Directors. His expertise is also with work on issues ranging from the closing of a coal ash landfill, to expert testimony in opposition to several fossil fuel power plants. A brief bio on Hank can be located at: https://henryscoleinc.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/environmental-sciences/.
Diana Conway is a retired attorney, 28-year resident of Montgomery County and a widely respected activist on land use, zoning, environmental issues and education. Among her environmental roles, she is a founding member and current board member of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. She is a founding member of the C&O Canal Trust, founding member and current board member of the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition and an appointed member of the environmental transition teams for Marc Elrich and Ike Leggett. She has been a member of the county Zoning Advisory Panel, Sustainability Working Group, Potomac Subregion Master Plan and member and chair of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. She has worked to prohibit synthetic turf fields or tire-based playgrounds on County property; prohibit use of County funds for those purposes. Her political activism has been acknowledged in the media. She is the First VP of the Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County, was a 15-year board member of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association, and is a member of DoTheMostGood, D1Neighbors and Glen Echo Heights Mobilization. She was Western county field captain, Jamie Raskin for Congress; campaign chair, Bill Conway for Council and campaign chair for Beth Daly for Council. A mother of three children, Diana has been a PTA president and 8-yr board member of her children’s school PTA, a founding member and 4-yr board member of the Hoover MS Parent Foundation, a 5-year board member of St. James’ School, and founder of the Chinese Immersion parent alliance; and liaison to MCPS.
As an angry Vietnam combat veteran, Jim quit teaching at MIT's Sloan School of Management and labor arbitrating in 1982 to work full-time on nuclear disarmament, by way of Harvard, Harvard Business School for an MBA and Cornell for his PhD. He played a major role in stopping US nuclear testing, (but failed to stop the first Gulf War.) He was then involved in 10 years of building a progressive coalition like Progressive MD in AZ, including winning public funding there for state elections. He spent six years organizing young veterans nationally. Over the past eight years, Jim has worked on climate change since we can't make progress on anything with no human civilization. In the last 37 years, he has founded and led several national, state and local organizations including Peace Action and US (now People's) Action. He raised $28 million in the process.
In 2016, Jim and his wife moved to Bethesda trailing twin granddaughters. It took him six months to convince the Council to declare a climate emergency, set a new goal of eliminating 80% of GHG by '27 and call for a mobilization to reach that goal. Jim set up the MOCO Chapter of The Climate Mobilization to get that resolution passed and implemented. Jim and his colleagues played a critical role in electing Marc Elrich and getting the County Work Group Report.
His skills are mainly big-picture, initiating and fundraising. Therefore, he is helping to set up a MOCO Chapter of Extinction Rebellion (XR), as part of that new international movement. His goal is to do large-scale non-violent direct action, as needed, to pressure the County to implement the Resolution and deal with this existential threat.
Susan has a Master’s degree in Public Health-Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from UCLA and before devoting herself to working on climate change issues, she created medical school curricula, managed health risk assessments and wellness programs, and was a project management and evaluation consultant. She's a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer-Tanzania and she has worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Susan is very familiar with the work the County does in the areas of climate change and other aspects of environmental/sustainability. She was on numerous Sustainability Working Group committees and involved with the creation of the County Climate Protection Plan. She was the interim Lead for the Montgomery County Sierra Club (MCSC) Stormwater Management Program and also for the Zero Waste Program and she leads the MCSC Composting Program. She was involved in the development of the Composting Strategic Plan Bill and the work to create the Plan. As a volunteer and as a consultant, she has worked with the County on energy efficiency programs, both residential and commercial, and she was on the Benchmarking Program Working Group. She has analyzed and worked on the adoption of the 2012 IGCC, and assisted the County with the development of the My Green Montgomery website.
She has two daughters who attended MCPS schools and she also volunteered for the MCPS School Energy Recycling Team program. She's managed tree planting programs for MCSC and her local schools and she has run the neighborhood annual park and stream cleanup for the past 10 years. She served 2 terms on the Board of the Aspen Hill Civic Association and was involved in the effort to oppose a Walmart in Aspen Hill. She's attended Planning Board hearings on issues related to Ten Mile Creek, Walmart and a variety of other issues and she’ll be tracking the work on the updating of the M-NCPPC General Plan. She's served on the MCSC Political Committee for two terms and she currently serves on the County Food Council Policy Committee. She's a Master Gardener and Master Composter and she provides the training on composting and compost use for MC Master Gardeners and she provides workshops for residents. She's a member of the MC Food Council and she Co-Chairs the Environmental Impact Working Group. Recently she worked with Kate Medina, Charles Koiner Urban Farming, to secure two small grants from MCSC to launch the first County Composting Education Hub on their farm. She and her husband care for a 3,000 square foot organic vegetable garden that is primarily in their front yard where they also grow fruit and native plants. She is part of a group of 18 friends who own and care for 81 acres adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park. She and her husband are working on starting a MC based non-profit business designed to provide an online tool to help public interest groups promote events and to serve as a networking base for building community.
Amanda Farber is a native of Washington D.C. and has lived in Bethesda, Maryland since 2000. Her background is as a pediatric occupational therapist working in schools and early intervention throughout the D.C. area. She became an activist involved in urban tree canopy issues after watching and documenting the decline of tree canopy in her neighborhood and the down county area. Events sponsored by Casey Trees and the Montgomery County Weed Warrior Program helped build her awareness and advocacy skills. Over the past few years, she has organized several neighborhood tree planting projects resulting in the planting of several hundred trees and advocated to different County agencies on a number of tree canopy related-issues. She has been a strong advocate of including better tree canopy and green space requirements in the County planning process and is a fan of the County's Tree Montgomery program. Amanda was honored to receive the Bethesda Green Award for Individual Leadership in 2016. Amanda appreciates the importance of addressing the issues involved with preserving and improving urban tree canopy, urban parks, and storm water management. She believes the best advocacy involves education, enthusiasm, use of social media, photo/video documentation, historical imagery, and by always looking for the most creative solutions. She has also recently become involved with issues surrounding the proliferation of artificial turf. Amanda also serves as Co-Vice President of the East Bethesda Citizens Association, serves on the board of the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents, on the Planning Board's Implementation Advisory Committee for Bethesda, and on the board for Conservation Montgomery.
By training Michal Freedman is a lawyer and epidemiologist and recently retired from a research career as a cancer epidemiologist with the National Cancer Institute. For the past four years, as vice chair of the Sierra Club Montgomery County, she has advocated to make Montgomery County a model local jurisdiction for cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). She attended numerous stakeholder meetings on building energy use and testified before the County Council and the Planning Board on plans and bills related to the budget, staffing, financing mechanisms, benchmarking, solar mandates, and other topics. She also helped lead the Sierra Club interview process in election cycles for the county (2014, 2018). From her earliest involvement, she advocated primarily for ensuring adequate staffing and financial resources for DEP to meet the “old” less rigorous climate goals. Of late, her main focus has been on effective and fair policies for transitioning to net zero buildings in the county.
Over the past 15 years, Kit has served as Advocacy Director, past President, Board, and active member of the Stormwater Committee with the Friends of Sligo Creek. She is Past president and currently with the leadership group of the Takoma Horticultural Club. Kit is founder and former co-director of the National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy. She has been a principal of Gardener’s Adviser, helping homeowners understand and plan for their garden needs. She holds a Horticulture Certificate from the Graduate School USA and is a Master Watershed Steward, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Level 1. Kit has worked a lot with the DEP, Montgomery Parks, Stormwater Partners, and others to evaluate, design and refine both the Montgomery County and Maryland stormwater policies and requirements. She was previously the director of several national civil liberties and rights groups and with the staff and board of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA. She was a member of the National Lawyers Guild for 30 years and held several national leadership positions.
Lauren Greenberger is president of the Sugarloaf Citizens Association and a Montgomery County Zero Waste Task Force member. Her career includes 25 years in research and program development in public health in Africa. She is currently, owner of a landscape design firm and the Daybreak Farm, raising beef cattle. Lauren holds a Master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in landscape technology from Montgomery College. She is a certified professional horticulturist.
Wendy Howard is the Executive Director of One Montgomery Green, and the owner of WH Consulting a green/environmentally friendly computer firm providing sustainable IT support services and training for PCs and Macs. WH Consulting specializes in streamlining IT systems to conserve natural resources and increase productivity. In her role as Executive Director of One Montgomery Green, Wendy has been instrumental in increasing One Montgomery Green’s outreach and promoting Montgomery County, Maryland as a “visibly green” sustainable community.
One Montgomery Green is a collaborative, convening organization founded to promote the development of a sustainable, green economy and to address unmet needs and complement other green initiatives through…
● Modeling and promoting sustainability in our county;
● Educating citizens and the business community about new sustainable initiatives from all sectors of society as well as government programs;
● Sponsoring and supporting sustainable initiatives that will support a green economy;
● Documenting and measuring the county's progress in greening the economy.
Silver Spring resident Caren Madsen is an environmentalist and a realist. She is interested in strategies that will protect the environment, consider impacts to human health and sustain the economy. She is one of the founders of Conservation Montgomery and board chair. In the past, she served on the Montgomery County Forest Conservation Advisory Committee and the Forest Conservation Task Force in. She led the Trees Matter coalition in 2013 to win passage of two landmark county tree laws. A former journalist, she is an advocate of preserving trees in the County and developing solutions to preserving tree canopy and protecting local watersheds.
Caren has served on other boards and volunteer positions with Friends of Sligo Creek, the Sierra Club and the Montgomery County Civic Federation. She was part of the original Stormwater Partners coalition. Her career included 26 years of public service with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior. At the national level, she has worked on climate change and air quality, nonpoint source pollution, Superfund, industry-generated toxic substances and development of offshore renewable resources. Caren was named as one of the “40 Environmentalists who made a difference in 40 Years” by the Montgomery County Council in 2010. In 2018 she served as a field director on Marc Elrich’s campaign for County Executive and was the environmental adviser to the campaign. She served on both the Leggett and Elrich environmental transition teams. She’s married, has a daughter in college, and generally likes animals better than people. She’s currently a consultant to the NOAA Science Advisory Board and teaches yoga and Pilates.
Amy Maron is the Zero Waste Lead for the Montgomery County Sierra Club Group. She is a Bethesda resident and parent of a Walt Whitman high school student. She is an active PTSA volunteer and an adult ESL volunteer teacher with the Washington English Center. Maron has a 20-year career in public policy, including as Washington, D.C. representative for Sierra Club, environmental legislative assistant and special projects director for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), a GAO analyst, and a policy consultant for several national environmental organizations. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, specializing in environment and energy policy.
Kathleen Marie Michels, PhD is a neurobiologist and public health scientist and administrator. Dr. Michels has been active in the environmental community in Montgomery County since the 1990s and helped start Friends of Sligo Creek, Green Wheaton/ One Montgomery Green, Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition and is currently part of the Sierra Club Maryland Public Health Committee. She has been an active participant in the Maryland Native Plant Society and the Stormwater Partners Network and has a long involvement with MCPS schools on natural habitat landscaping and other environmental issues.
Dolores Milmoe has been a County activist since 1985 when she joined Marc Elrich and others in opposition to a proposed “boondoggle” mall in Silver Spring. Co-founder of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance in 2001, a nonprofit whose mission is the protection of the nationally recognized Agricultural Reserve in Montgomery. From 2001- 2012, she was the Maryland Conservation Advocate for the Audubon Naturalist Society, lobbying and testifying in Annapolis, Montgomery and D.C. Milmoe has worked on myriad land use and environmental issues ranging from the protection of the C&O Canal, the proposed Costco Gas Station in Wheaton, the push for an outer bridge from Virginia, helping to create the County’s Food Council, and consulting on a multitude of ill-conceived and environmentally damaging proposals across the county and in Washington DC. Along with Caroline Taylor, Milmoe helped gain the Federal Sole Source Piedmont Aquifer designation for the upcounty to better protect our groundwater. She also co-directed the film “This Place We Call Home” profiling the Agricultural Reserve.
Sarah Morse is the Executive director and founding member of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, an environmental stewardship group for the Little Falls watershed located in lower Montgomery County. The group was founded in 2008 and has hosted over 300 community work days, trash pick-ups and invasive weed removals. We have restored 3 meadows and worked with neighborhood associations to install rain gardens. We are excited that there will be a new Stream Valley Park in our area and that the Willett Branch will be naturalized. When this project is completed it will be a national model for urban stream development. Our big issue is working with Planning and DPS to ensure that there is a robust stormwater management plan for the redevelopment adjacent to the new park.
Bruce Morton is an elected Executive Committee member and Communications Chair of the Montgomery County Sierra Club. He is a member of the Maryland Sierra Club Transportation Committee, for which he chairs the committee on Beltway Lane Expansion Prevention. He was a planning committee member of the 2018 MoCo Rise for Climate Event. As part of the MoCo Climate Coalition he developed a Climate Score Card and Climate Test.
Adam M. Roberts is the new Executive Director of Bethesda Green, focusing on community environmental advocacy and projects and incubation of start-up businesses run by thoughtful and inspiring eco-entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Bethesda Green in January, Adam spent more than a quarter century in international wildlife conservation and related ecosystem/environmental protection advocacy and non-profit strategic planning. His work focused significantly on conservation of imperiled species in Africa and Asia, where he maintained offices and on-the-ground programs.
Herb Simmens, a resident of Silver Spring is a full-time climate author and advocate. Prior to moving to the county, a decade ago he was chief smart growth planner for the state of New Jersey for 10 years, ran a climate nonprofit and was county administrator in Atlantic County, New Jersey. His book on climate, A Climate Vocabulary of the Future is the first book to create a new vocabulary for the climate change era.
Julie Taddeo is the co-founder of Safe Grow Montgomery, a coalition of over 40 local environmental and health groups that advocated for the successful passage of the Takoma Park Safe Grow law of 2013 and the county's Healthy Lawns Act 52-14 of 2015. We continue to work together to end exposure to non-essential lawn pesticides in Montgomery County, especially its parks and playing fields where our children are most at risk.
Caroline Taylor has worked on environmental and agricultural issues for much of her professional career. Since 2009, she has served as the Executive Director of Montgomery Countryside Alliance, working with a dedicated board to protect and promote the Montgomery County, Maryland's nationally recognized 93,000-acre Agricultural and Open Space Reserve. More on current work: mocoalliance.org
Prior to the Alliance, she served as the Executive Director for FARM (For a Rural Montgomery) with successes such as securing the federal EPA designation of the Reserve's groundwater aquifer as a protected Sole Source Aquifer. As assistant to the general counsel at National Wildlife Federation, Caroline worked with a talented team of conservationists and litigators on a wide variety of cases and issues such as Exxon Valdez oil spill, spotted owl/old growth, climate change, wolf re-introduction, oil and gas leasing, and hydro-electric dam challenges.
Caroline holds a BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She lives with her family in the Reserve and gets in dirt and the river regularly.
Sylvia S. Tognetti is President of Friends of Ten Mile Creek, chairs the Water Committee of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, and is Water Program Lead for the Chapter's Montgomery County Group. These groups all participate in the Montgomery County Stormwater Partners Network and the Choose Clean Water Coalition which coordinates activities among partners at the state and Bay-wide level. Professionally, as an environmental consultant, she has a perspective informed by national and international as well as local experience pertaining to the use of natural or green infrastructure for their value as ecosystem services which include water quality and other co-benefits. Last year she was on a team of the National Academy of Public Administration that produced a national study on water affordability, for which her main contributions were the chapter on innovative solutions, including selected case studies, and the overview of the relevant aspects of the Clean Water Act and related legislation, which illustrates the highly fragmented nature of water governance. The report was based on extensive interviews with public officials at all levels of government as well as representatives of utilities, trade associations and non-profit stakeholder organizations. More recently, she was on a team of the Ecologix Group which produced a report on the relationship between forests and water quality in Montgomery County watersheds upstream from the WSSC water intake, and their implications for water treatment costs.
Walter Weiss is a retired Navy Doctor and medical researcher. He founded the Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions in 2017, to bring together congregations who believe global warming is a moral issue. MC-FACS has members from 35 faith groups in our county. We work closely with a variety of faith and environmental groups on local climate action.
Woody Woodroof founded the Red Wiggler Community Farm in 1996. Red Wiggler is a certified organic 12-acre farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn and grow healthy food. The farm is made possible through a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Woody served on the Montgomery County Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Green Economy Task Force under Ike Leggett. Woody lives in the nearly net zero 800-square foot University of Maryland Solar Decathlon House that was donated to Red Wiggler in 2005.