Environmental Committee

Environment > Meet the Chestertown Environmental Committee.

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Jon Hanley, Chair
Margo Bailey
Margo Bailey is the former Mayor of Chestertown serving for 20 years. She was one of the first Mayors in Maryland to sign the National Climate Protection Agreement. Subsequently she founded Chestertown’s Environmental Committee. The Town was the second in the State to achieve a Sustainable Maryland designation. Through the hard work of the Committee the effort to ban plastic bags was successful and Chestertown was the first in the State to do so.
Owen Bailey
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, Owen Bailey earned a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in English from Washington College. Bailey currently works for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy as the Facilities & Administrative Coordinator. Before joining ESLC, he worked at the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College for almost seven years. Owen is a Board member of the Friends of the Kent County Public Library, and was the Chair of the Chestertown Book Festival from 2012-2016.
Shane Brill
A Bay-wise certified Master Gardener, Shane studies ecological literacy and manages a small urban homestead in town. He works as a videographer.
Contact Shane about: beekeeping, conservation landscaping, gardening, and permaculture.
David Foster
An Environmental Engineer and Policy Analyst, David works to raise awareness on environmental problems and seeks to find cost-effective solutions. He has retired after careers with both the U.S. EPA and U.S. AID and currently chairs the Trading and Offset Work Group for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.
Contact David about: nutrient trading, environmental economics, and the role of trust in environmental management.
Carl Gallegos
Carl Gallegos, Ph.D., is an environmental and natural resources management specialist with extensive domestic and global experience resolving resource management problems in both the public and private sector. He retired after a career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Paper Co. Locally, he has prepared urban forest management plans for four communities in Kent County with Washington College Center for Environment & Society (WC-CES), plus a Chester River watershed management plan for the Chester River Association. He is skilled at program development, project management, organizing and conducting training, preparing environmental impact assessments, and creating partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Andy Goddard
Andy is an avid organic gardener and promoter of living and working sustainably, with an emphasis on keeping things local—particularly food. She has solar panels on her roof, 3 rain barrels, 2 rain gardens and 2 compost piles.

Elizabeth Gross
Elected for her first term on the Town Council of Chestertown (2014-2018), Elizabeth is a retired biological oceanographer and former Executive Director of an international oceanographic research organization. She is still active as a management consultant to this organization and responsible to the current Executive Director for the day-to-day management of about $2 million in funding for its international programs. With her husband, also a retired oceanographer, she co-authored a university-level text book of oceanography, published in 1996 and widely adopted in the U.S. and Canada. Elizabeth has extensive experience in the non-profit world, particularly in financial matters and the management of grants and contracts. She has been volunteer Treasurer of various organizations in Baltimore and Chestertown, currently of the National Music Festival, a large annual classical music event in Chestertown.
Ed Minch
Ed retired to Chestertown in 2008 with his wife Shelley. For 35 years he owned and operated the first residential energy efficiency company in the country using the instrumented audit, out of Wilmington DE. In addition, he trained others throughout the country on the topic and spoke extensively at national conferences. Today he enjoys woodworking, sailing, guitar building, traveling, and spending time with his 3 grandchildren.
Contact Ed about: energy auditing, lowering bills, and comfort problems.
Ruth D. Menefee
Since moving from Baltimore to Chestertown with her husband in 2003, Ruth has been an active participant in the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs. A member of the Chestertown Tree Committee since 2009, Ruth assisted in the Chestertown Rail Trail development and the review of environmental assessments related to the Chestertown Marina property. In 2016, Ruth was accepted as a board member of the Kent County Forestry Board. Having earned a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Cartography and emphasis in Urban Planning from UMBC Catonsville, she is currently seeking an Environmental Landscape Management Certificate at Anne Arundel Community College. Since 1985, Ruth has worked in several engineering and environmental consulting firms. In 2000 she started RDM Environmental, Inc., currently based in Chestertown. As an independent contractor for national clients Ruth conducts real estate due diligence including environmental research and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments of commercial properties. An active participant in competitive amateur football, Ruth participates in regional and national masters level tournaments and has also conducted football clinics since the late-1980s.
Bob Patterson
Bob is a Physical Therapist, owner of the Able Brain Center in Chestertown and former owner of Green Home Spaces construction.  An Environmental Committee member since its inception, he manages its Facebook page and is an avid recycler, tote bag shopper and composter. Five geothermal wells heat and cool his home.
Ford Schumann
David Sobers
David Sobers is an environmental consultant who worked for Montgomery County, Maryland, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, URS Corporation and independently in the United States as well as overseas. His projects include solid waste management, water and wastewater management, land use and energy.
Katie Walker
An Environmental Studies student at Washington College, Katie is currently serving as the SGA Secretary of the Environment. With minors in Anthropology and Earth/Planetary Sciences and a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies, she has enjoyed exploring the Chester and the Chesapeake on kayaks, canoes, crabbing boats, and skipjacks. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, where she earned her Gold Award building raised bed gardens and teaching environmental curriculum at Laurel Elementary School in Laurel, MD. One of her passions is sustainable and local food systems, which she gets to showcase through her Harvest Directory project at Washington College’s GIS Program, where she is employed as a Journeyman Leader and student project manager.