Our Approach

Sowing the seeds for a deeper understanding of the power of nature as a healing space for individuals and communities

Our Team

Board of Directors

Tom Stoner and Kitty Stoner, Co-Founders

KittyTom012crop2Tom Stoner is a co-founder, with his wife Kitty Ellsworth Stoner, of the TKF Foundation. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and as Founding director, chairman of the Conflict Resolution Clinic associated with George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) from 1982-1991. He co-founded Stoner Broadcasting System, Inc. and American Radio Systems which were sold in the mid-to-late 1990s. Tom developed and produced the radio program “Worldtalk” from 1987-1988.  He served as Trustee for Drake University, 1985-1988, Chairman of the United Way, Des Moines, 1968 and was founding director of the Greater Des Moines Civic Center, 1977-1979.

Additionally, Tom served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, 1964-1968 and was a participant in the United States-Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics information talks with the United States Information Agency, Washington, 1988.

Tom and Kitty co-founded the TKF Foundation in 1996. They live in Annapolis, MD.

Alden Stoner, Family Director

Chelle Stoner, Family Director

Jack Bloodgood – In Memoriam 1931-2015

Chuck Foster, Chief of Staff, Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

Staff

Erin Robertson
Executive Director
erobertson@naturesacred.org

At the beginning of 2018, Erin assumed the executive director position at the TKF Foundation, after having served as our director of enrichment grants. She is leading the Foundation at a pivotal time, as our attention shifts to our Nature Sacred Program. 

Inspired by the power of nature to transform individuals and communities, she believes that bonded together, Sacred Places can have a real impact on a city’s health and prosperity. As executive director, she is working to place a spotlight on the way urban green spaces can foster stronger cities in lasting, meaningful ways.

Prior to joining TKF, Erin was with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s development department. She also previously served as Legislative Director for the Majority Leader of the Maryland State Senate.

Erin is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and currently resides in Annapolis with her husband, four children, and golden retriever.

Elizabeth Dandy
Operations Manager
edandy@naturesacred.org  

Serving as Nature Sacred’s Operations Manager, Elizabeth supports our everyday activities, efforts and strategies. A true believer in the healing powers of nature and a lover of the outdoors, Elizabeth embodies the Nature Sacred ethos quite wholly. Further, she’s got the organizational chops from over 15 years experience working for fast-paced employers: an impeccable attention to detail, clear communications, a penchant for planning.   

At Nature Sacred, Elizabeth keeps our processes humming—enabling us to meet our goals—while also supporting Erin in her efforts to nurture and support our Sacred Places in the name of urban wellbeing and unity. 

A native Marylander, Elizabeth lives in Annapolis with her husband and 2 children and 2 dogs (a beagle and a chocolate lab). 

Advisors

Mary Wyatt
Nature Sacred Consultant

Mary has been key member of TKF since its genesis, and is considered to be one of our very first Firesouls. As TKF’s previous Executive Director, Mary worked closely with grantees in the creation of more than 130 Sacred Places. Hand in hand with communities of all shapes and sizes, Mary has helped craft our unique method of infusing nature into urban communities in ways that foster mindful reflection and community unity. 

Mary has been a member of Washington Regional Area Grantmakers (WRAG) and served as this organization’s Chair of the Green Funders Affinity Group for more than 10 years. A Certified Master Gardener, Mary volunteers in developing open, Sacred Places within her community. Mary has recently transplanted to Charleston, S.C., and is the proud mother of two grown daughters and one adorable dog.

mywatt@naturesacred.org 

Jay Graham
Design Advisor

Jay founded Graham Landscape Architecture in 1984. A University of Virginia alumnus with degrees in Architecture (BArch ’69) and Landscape Architecture (MLA ’72), a registered architect (since 1974), and a registered landscape architect (since 1976), Jay uses the dual training to interweave land and structure, respecting and enhancing the architectural elements, creating a perfect blend between indoors and outdoors. His most notable accomplishments can be summarized as creating relationships between people and places. A site’s cultural history and natural history are often inspiration for building the connections.

Jay’s 40 years of experience in the design of landscapes has included residential, historic, recreational, public, and commercial projects. Most recently Jay’s projects have included stewardship plans for estates in rural areas around the Chesapeake Bay and in the foothills of Maryland and Virginia. His designs for waterfront, country, and urban estates strive to be environmentally respectful and culturally timeless. He tries to ignite the clients’ interest and passion for land stewardship by heightening their awareness of the location’s unique character. His knowledge of history added to creativity and attention to detail has resulted in recognition and awards for his work.

Jay is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is actively involved in professional and community programs and has held leadership and advisory positions with the American Society of Landscape Architects, both nationally and locally. Jay has served on the board of the Neighborhood Design Center, The Washington Architectural Foundation, 1000 Friends of Maryland, the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and, currently, the Hammond-Harwood House Association. He is a speaker on issues concerning landscape design, such as “Architecture in the Garden,” “The Thoughtfully Furnished Garden,” “Art in the Landscape.” His talk for Horticulture Magazine’s 2005 symposia was entitled “Reading the Landscape.” In 2003 Jay was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

www.grahamlandarch.com

Holly Moring
Marketing Strategist

Holly Moring is a marketer with roughly fifteen years’ marketing agency experience working with K-12 schools, higher education and cultural institutions. She’s brand builder, storyteller and strategist. At TKF, she is helping strengthen our voice and message, across multiple mediums, and helping us discover innovative ways to empower communities to create Sacred Places of their own. Holly is the founder of Fresh Tonic Marketing—and works alongside her partner, Angela Walseng. holly@freshtonicmarketing.com 

Angela Walseng
Communications Strategist

Angela Walseng has more than a decade-and-a-half experience in communications, and has spent the past several years working with nonprofits and academia, and focusing largely on advocacy. On behalf of TKF, Angela is working to tell stories of the power of nature to help heal and strengthen individuals and communities, and to forge new creative partnerships and alliances that help further our mission of connecting people and nature throughout the US. angela@freshtonicmarketing.com

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    We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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