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

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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



Kathleen L. Wolf

Research Advisor
In 2010 the TKF Foundation invited Dr. Kathleen Wolf to serve as a research advisor for the National Open Spaces Sacred Places Award Initiative.

Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington (Seattle). She is also a primary collaborator in the Green Cities Research Alliance, a research program about urban natural resources stewardship that is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Kathy’s studies are based on the principles of environmental psychology. Her research and scholarly works are an effort to better understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. Dr. Wolf’s professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities. She is also interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning.

Dr. Wolf is a member or has professionally contributed to the Environmental Design Research Association, the International Society of Arboriculture, a technical contributor on human well-being to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the Transportation Research Board national committee on Landscape and Environment, and the Washington State Community Forestry Council. Dr. Wolf has presented her research throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.

An overview of Dr. Wolf’s research programs can be found at www.naturewithin.info. One major project is a web site – Green Cities: Good Health – that summarizes nearly 40 years of research evidence about the health and well being benefits provided by nearby nature in cities: www.greenhealth.washington.edu.


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.



Erin Robertson
Executive Director

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 fostering a core network of our Sacred Places.

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 greenspaces can foster stronger cities.

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.

Meg Schweitzer
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Growing up an Army brat, Meg and her family moved seven times before being able to call Maryland “home,” although her birthplace of Fort Bragg, North Carolina will always hold a special place in her heart. Upon graduation from Salisbury University in Maryland, Meg worked at various radio stations in the DC area in the web content/broadcasting field. Meg currently resides in Annapolis with her husband and their two dogs – a Pocket Beagle and a German Shepherd.

Elizabeth Housley
Contributing Staff Writer
Elizabeth is an environmental psychology research specialist. Her work contributes to education, research and ecological restoration surrounding our understanding of human health and urban green spaces. She has hiked through the woods with middle-schoolers as a park interpreter in her home state of Arkansas, collected user-based field data to design several NYC spaces, and designs health and environment projects in Seattle. For TKF, she contributes to our research briefings, our Open Voices blog and other written projects within the Nature Sacred Award Program. She is delighted to call lush Seattle her home.






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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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