SRLT Board of Directors

  • Nina Fisher, President
  • Patricia V. Melville, Vice President
  • Joan Renner, Treasurer
  • Lucretia Lawson, Secretary
  • Edmee Geis, At Large Member, Executive Committee
  • David Ballard
  • Bill Davidson
  • Richard T. Davies, CPA
  • John Butler
  • Jack Flynn
  • Scott MacMullan
  • Kristen Maneval
  • Kirk Mantay
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Liam O'Meara
  • Bonnie Persinger
  • Eve Terran


Nina Fisher, President

Current Term: June 2012-June 2020

Nina has worked as a science writer and editor since the 1980s. She spent several years on projects under contract to the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program as well as other state and federal agencies involved in the bay’s restoration. She also has written for many local publications, including, Chesapeake Family Magazine, and Nesting, often covering environmental topics and subjects of general interest.

Nina received her BS in geology and biology at Tufts University and her MS in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she spent many years working and teaching in Vermont, Alaska, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Maine before settling in Annapolis in the mid-1980s. Nina is also a certified Master Watershed Steward, involved in several restoration projects in local watersheds. She has organized her community’s Greenscape effort for the past 14 years, volunteered in her children’s schools, and helped with Annapolis Striders' events. She is an enthusiastic runner, but still laments the passing of her Ultimate Frisbee glory days.

Patricia V. Melville, Vice President
Current Term: June 2015-June 2020

Pat is a retired archivist, having worked at the Maryland State Archives for over thirty years. Her duties included the development of retention policies for government records, processing and description of records, and reference services. She compiled several guides to government records and participated in the project to make land records available online. She continues to engage in historical research, with a concentration on southern Anne Arundel County. Since retirement, she has pursued several volunteer activities. She works with Anne Arundel County archaeologists on various projects - participating in field work at dig sites, processing artifacts, and doing historical research. Other endeavors include volunteering at the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Calvert County Historical Society. She also serves on the board of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation and Calvert County Heritage Committee, and is president of the Bristol Civic Association. Other activities involve bird banding, reading, and hiking. In 2011 Pat placed her property in a conservation easement, held jointly by SRLT and MET. 

Joan Renner, Treasurer
Current Term: June 2017-June 2020

Joan has been employed by The Brick Companies (TBC) since 2001. She started as their Vice President of Finance and took over the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2003. As CFO, she is responsible for the development of the financial policies and procedures to ensure the Company’s assets are safeguarded and is responsible for negotiating and placing all long-term debt and the Company’s working capital line of credit. Prior to joining TBC, Joan was the Vice President of Finance and Development Resources, Inc., a Washington, DC-based company that specialized in third-party property management and development. In addition, Joan was a Certified Public Accountant with the firm of Beers & Cutler in DC. She has served as President of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate for Women’s Baltimore Chapter and was President of the Parent-Teacher Association at Crofton Middle School. During 2012, Joan and Lex Birney, TBC Chief Executive Officer, were recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the CEO & CFO Dream Teams.

Lucretia Lawson, Secretary
Current Term: June 2014-June 2020

Lucretia is a retired law firm administrator and accountant with DC law firms. She served on the organizing committee for SRLT’s First Annual Garden Party and has been a dedicated Walk for the Woods volunteer. She volunteers at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the joint replacement center and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Anne Arundel County. She serves on the board of directors of her homeowner’s association. A lifelong resident of Maryland she has lived in Annapolis for 25 years with her husband Robert. Her hobbies include gardening, photography and travel.

Edmee Geis, At Large Member, Executive Committee
Current Term: September 2016-June 2019

Edmée received her BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University and graduated from The University College, Dublin with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Her family was drawn to a property in Southern Anne Arundel County protected by agricultural easement on which they designed and maintain a working farm. Their green-built home utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system as well as solar panels. The grass-fed sheep share their ecosystem with free range chickens, woodland visitors, dragonflies, and oodles of tadpoles. Exposure to t e richness of Maryland's watershed and its inhabitants has inspired the whole family to become avid birders. Edmée feels most at home outside and whenever the day allows, can be found water gardening with native species, doing pottery and painting.  Edmee and her son were volunteers at the 2016 Walk for the Woods

Board Members

David Ballard
Current Term: June 2015-June 2020

David Ballard is the President of Champion Financial Planning Group, an independent financial planning firm located in Annapolis, MD.  He is a Certified Financial Planner who has been helping individuals and families meet their unique goals and objectives for over 18 years. He is passionate about financial stewardship, and works with clients to protect their assets by providing guidance that is objective, holistic and independent. Locally, David has been an impartial financial speaker on Fox News Channel and a contributor in the Washington Post’s “Ask the Experts.” He resides in Davidsonville, MD with his wife and two children.

John Butler 
Current Term: June 2018-June 2020

John has approximately 40 years of experience in computer programming and project management, predominately in the public service. John has served as a Computer Specialist with the National Library of Medicine and USDA Forest Service over the past 30 years. John has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation from Utah State University. In addition, John has volunteered with Maryland League of Conservation Voters in its lobbying efforts to strengthen the Forest Conservation Act in both the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. He has spent his lifetime enjoying activities in the natural outdoors where he appreciates the results of conservation efforts. He also enjoys sailing, kayaking and standup paddle boarding on the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. He is currently a member of the Eastport Yacht Club Environmental Committee.

Bill Davidson
Current Term: June 2018- June 2020 

Bill has 40 years of work in energy and the environment, mostly in public service. He retired last February from Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection where he led strategic planning, managed world-class facility operations and conducted leading environmental studies. Prior to his Montgomery County work, his career was always science oriented and centered on energy and the environment. For Maryland DNR, he managed the early years of the state's Chesapeake Bay Program. While at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, he authored several studies on energy and resource management, contributing to the agency's landmark study "Hazardous Waste Management." He has also worked in private research and development, creating a solar ice maker; his thesis work in industrial heat pumps is used around the world. Bill was the founding President of the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center and currently serves as Chair of its Finance Committee. He was also a founding Board Member of the Bay Ridge Trust and later led the Annapolis Roads project for the Trust. Bill has served two terms as President of his neighborhood civic association and currently manages erosion and special benefit tax budgets for the organization. Bill organized and continues to manage the Bay Ridge Adopt-a-Plot Program—an innovative means of citizen engagement in managing invasive forest vines effectively. Bill has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Environmental Management Systems from American University, and a Bachelor of Science in General Physical Sciences from the University of Maryland.

Richard T. Davies, CPA
Current Term: June 2014-June 2020

Richard Davies, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Baltimore office and has been a member of the Real Estate Consulting Group for nine years. He has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and valuation services. Richard specializes in historic rehabilitation and qualified low-income community investment transactions. His experience includes financial structuring, financial projection compilations, due-diligence, and support during transaction negotiations for various parties involved in a closing.  He has worked with and advised developers, community development entities, investors, and lenders on complex transactions that include multiple types of credits and other challenging structuring issues.  Richard’s tax credit transaction experience has included several hundred properties throughout the country.  He speaks at conferences and seminars nationwide on various tax credit programs. Richard has a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member and volunteer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and a volunteer for the Back River Restoration Committee.

John "Jack" Flynn
Current Term: June 2018- June 2020

Jack is the founder of Flynn & Associates. He is a consultant who brings over 35 years of experience as a congressional lobbyist, national union political director, state government commissioner, business owner and grassroots coordinator. His clients have included national unions, corporations and industry coalitions. In addition, he served as president of the National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. from March 2000 until February 2002. Before starting his consulting firm in 1996, Mr. Flynn was the legislative and political director of the 400,000-member International Union of Operating Engineers and a key participant in the lobbying and political programs of the AFL-CIO. He also served as Deputy Industrial Commissioner for New York State from 1978 through 1980. Mr. Flynn has worked in political campaigns at the national and state level. He is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys boating and fishing and is a strong advocate for environmental protection and remediation of the water, air and land that we are so blessed to have here in Maryland. Jack recently played an integral role in passing the first substantive reform of the Toxic Substance Control Act since its initial passage in 1976. Reforming and modernizing this critical legislation was an elusive goal sought by industry and environmental protection organizations. Mr. Flynn is a licensed industrial combustion engineer and served on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Codes and Standards Committee for medical waste incinerators. Jack has been a successful real estate developer, small business owner and pioneer in the use of computer technology to manage constituent groups.

Scott MacMullan
Current Term: September 2016-June 2019

Scott is a general practictioner and owner and founder of Scott MacMullan Law, LLC.  As a native of Anne Arundel County, Scott has been an active volunteer with the Community Foundation’s Great Give program and the Severn School Alumni organization. In law school, he was a Research Assistant to the preeminent Global Climate Change Law Professor, namely, Professor John Dernbach. During law school he published a law review article entitled, "A Chesapeake Compact to Combat Climate Change." He currently hosts "The Annapolis Podcast," a popular interview podcast that often features environmental topics.

Kristen Maneval 
Current Term: June 2018-June 2020

Kristen is the Senior Transactions Counsel at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She assists Prince George's Department of Parks and Recreation in acquiring land for trails, urban parks, agricultural reserve easements and buffers to the Patuxent River at Jug Bay. She holds a Bachelor's in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore. She has concentrated her legal career on land use, affordable housing, and real estate and natural resources issues with a focus on the nonprofit and government sectors. Her experience includes three years at a boutique zoning and real estate law firm outside of Philadelphia; 11 years as Assistant General Counsel at Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia; and 10 years as Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel at Maryland's Office of the Attorney General representing the Maryland Environmental Trust. She served four years as a commissioner on the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and previously served six years on the board of SRLT. Kristen is admitted to the bar in Maryland. She lives on the Severn River in Crownsville with her husband and two children.  

Kirk Mantay, PWS
Current Term: June 2017-June 2020

Kirk Mantay is the Director of Operations of GreenTrust Alliance, a regional nonprofit habitat conservation organization located in Annapolis, MD.  He is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist who has been restoring and preserving fish and wildlife habitat in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey since 1997.  Kirk is most excited about the protection and enhancement of pre-Columbian ecosystems, including American Chestnuts, pine savannas, bogs, and bald cypress swamps.  He has previously led habitat restoration programs for the South River Federation, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Ducks Unlimited (Kirk negotiated DU’s first two conservation easements in Maryland), and environmental consultants. Kirk lives in Baltimore with his wife and son, and enjoys bowhunting, bouldering, and saltwater fishing when he is not at work. 

Daniel Murphy
Current Term: June 2015-June 2020

Dan has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office since 1992. Since 2003, he has served as Chief of the Division of Habitat Conservation, specializing in coastal habitat protection and restoration.  Since 2003, his Division has worked with partners to target and fund the conservation of over 13,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Region. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins. Dan lives in Epping Forest on the Severn River with his wife Cindy and daughter Erin. 

Liam O’Meara
Current term: June 2017-June 2020

Liam grew up in and around the construction industry and has done little else since a young age. He spent many years working as a manager of infrastructure construction, commercial construction, and real estate development, but has found his true passion in working hard to restore our watersheds. He is the President of Environmental Quality Resources, LLC. When he’s not working, he spends his time with his family fishing, crabbing, and sailing on the Severn River. 

Bonnie Persinger
Current Term: June 2014-2020

A CPA, PMP, Master Watershed Steward, and Toastmaster, Bonnie was born in DC, raised in the South and has lived in Annapolis for 30 years. After a professional life as an artist, computer hardware designer, CPA, Implementer of Enterprise Financial software for associations throughout the US and Canada, and Legislative Auditor for Anne Arundel County, she currently encourages stormwater reduction in her community and teaches Project Management for the Watershed Stewards Academy. She is Vice President of Public Relations for the Annapolis Toastmasters. In 2005, as Treasurer of the Annapolis Roads Property Owners Association (ARPOA), she was a key player in their successful Community Preservation Campaign to protect a 33-acre property that drains into Lake Ogleton. She lives in Annapolis Roads on the Annapolis Neck with her husband, two border collie rescues, a husky, her gardens, and a nesting pair of American Bald Eagles.

Eve Terran
Current Term: June 2018-June 2020 

Eve is originally from California and moved to Maryland in 2017. She has worked for Accolade Inc. since 2012, providing advocacy and navigation through the healthcare system for insured members. Prior to that, she lived in Oregon for eight years, where she earned a master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Oregon, and subsequently worked in local government and non-profits, focusing on mediation, human rights and social work, with a focus on families in poverty. While she has always had a strong interest in environmental stewardship, she became very interested after renovating a home on a 2-acre wooded property in Gambrills, MD, and stewarding that land. She is an avid trail runner and enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with her daughter, who is an art student in New York City.