Team


Alden E. Stoner

Chief Executive Officer


As CEO, Alden brings over 20 years of experience in building and marketing social impact organizations. Her expertise is rooted in creatively bringing together private, non-profit, academic and governmental entities to effectively change attitudes, behaviors, and policy. 

Prior to joining Nature Sacred, Alden mobilized organizations and the public around social issues, films, Fortune 500 brands, and start-ups. Most recently, she served as the VP, Marketing and Operations at Quantified Ventures, an outcomes-based capital firm, leading company-wide initiatives such as the creation of their first-ever impact report and B-Corp certification. Prior to that, she ran Social Impact at Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. There, she led a team to develop and execute award-winning campaigns to proactively address social issues, including the environment, health, and social equality.

Alden’s history with Nature Sacred runs deep. She served on the organization’s Board for nearly 15 years, contributing to the strategic planning and overall operations of the organization. She also co-directed and produced several short films about the organization’s National Nature Sacred Award winners.

Alden graduated with a B.A from the University of Southern California, Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a dual Masters in Global Media and Communication from USC and the London School of Economics. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and son where she gets her 20 minutes a day of nature by paddle-boarding on the Chesapeake Bay, forest walks with her kiddo, and Japanese wood carving.

Erin Robertson

Chief Programs Officer


Erin joined Nature Sacred in 2015, and has since created the Nature Sacred Network, a thriving coalition of Firesouls who convene, share, learn, and grow from each other.  It was from this Network and its collective strength that the potential to scale the organization’s outcomes was born. 

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 Chief Programs Officer, she continues to work to place a spotlight on the way these greenspaces can foster thriving and resilient cities in lasting, meaningful ways.

Prior to joining Nature Sacred, 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 and four children.   Erin gets her 20 minutes a day of nature by walking with (chasing) her children and golden retriever through the many beautiful parks in Maryland, coaching youth sports, and connecting with Firesouls and communities in Nature Sacred’s vibrant and growing Network of Sacred Places.

Elizabeth Dandy

Director of Special Projects


Serving as Nature Sacred’s Director of Special Projects, 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 and managing operations.

At Nature Sacred, Elizabeth keeps our processes humming—enabling us to meet our goals— and to nurture and support our Sacred Places in the name of urban well-being and unity.

A native Marylander, Elizabeth lives in Annapolis with her husband, 2 children and Chocolate Lab Griffin and Beagle Louie. Elizabeth gets her 20 minutes a day of nature by running with her dogs and attending her kids sporting events.

Megan Cooke

Director of Development


As Director of Development, Megan brings over 10 years of experience building supportive communities where the organization, donors, and the programs benefit from and grow together. Her career focus is connecting passionate people to the causes they care about so they can make an impact.

Prior to joining Nature Sacred, Megan’s storytelling, relationship connections, and creativity built and strengthened philanthropic communities at George Washington University, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Inova Health Foundation. Her breadth of experience includes individual and corporate giving of cash and non-cash assets, community relations, donor stewardship, event planning, and online campaigns.

Megan graduated with a B.A. from George Mason University and a M.A. from George Washington University. She gets her 20 minutes of nature each day by walking with her rescue dog and husband, gardening, and exercising outdoors.

Neha Srinivasan

Sacred Place Project Manager


Neha’s training in landscape architecture and environmental science combine with her talent for art and writing to make her a versatile thinker who can creatively solve complex problems. Whether she’s designing a small space or planning for a larger region, her aspiration is always to create resilient, sustainable urban spaces that honor the communities she works with, both human and natural. As the Sacred Places Project Manager, she leverages the entirety of her diverse skill set on projects that foster enduring positive environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic change.
  
Neha graduated with a B.S. in environmental science and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Neha enjoys reading, various forms of art, and dancing. She gets her 20 minutes a day of nature by taking as many of these activities outdoors as possible, soaking up every stray ray of sunshine spilling through her windows, and talking to her houseplants.

S. Rasheem

DEI Consultant


Rasheem is an artist, critical thinker and social scientist who serves to “move others to some positive action that will have a global impact on conscious choice.” We’re delighted to have her creative, community-centric expertise to lead our Board, our Team and our Firesoul Network with DEI Training.  Rasheem has also helped us craft art-based programming in Sacred Places with events and experiences that engage and inspire people in meaningful ways. 

Dr. Rasheem is an Independent Scholar and Social Scientist whose scholarship encourages a critical examination of society and culture through the lens of race, gender, and class. Her educational background is interdisciplinary, and includes a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, a minor in Sociology, a Masters’ in Nonprofit Management and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work. She has been a Principal Investigator on at least five different qualitative research initiatives and has spoken on the topic of equity at over 30 academic and professional conferences.

As an instructor, she has a commitment to helping adult learners gain deeper insight into an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and intersectional approach to the academic study of marginalized populations. Dr. Rasheem’s research practices epistemic justice through centralizing the experiential knowledge of marginalized populations through a qualitative research methodology. You can learn more about how she does this by visiting www.ShvillaRasheem.com . She also believes in the use of culturally relevant theoretical frameworks when studying various populations. Her work contributes to the growing body of literature at the intersection of race and gender.

Ron Ammon

Horticulturalist


As a master gardener and expert horticulturalist, Ron Ammon has been an integral part of Nature Sacred since our origin. His fingerprints are all over the organization: from the Nature Sacred model and process, to bench design, and overall ethos. We joke that Ron is truly like the sun—his presence alone uplifts and warms a room, and fortifies us with the nutrients our organization needs to thrive: horticulturally and spiritually.

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 Nature Sacred, 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.

Debbie Sineus

Intern


As a premed student at Howard University, Debbie brings a powerful combination of skills and interests to Nature Sacred: a strong belief in and understanding of science, a desire to help improve the wellbeing of others and a passion for travel and nature. In her role as intern, Debbie is working closely with our Nature Sacred Firesoul Network to update information, tidy up our databases and help us prepare for the growth and expansion ahead.

Kitty and Tom Stoner

Co-Founders, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board


Tom Stoner is a co-founder, with his wife Kitty Ellsworth Stoner, of the TKF Foundation, now Nature Sacred. They are Honorary Members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Additionally, they have received recognition for their work from the American Horticultural Society and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council.

 

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Tom has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and as Founding director, chairman of the Conflict Clinic associated with George Mason University, and founding president of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. He co-founded Stoner Broadcasting System, Inc. and American Radio Systems (NYSE) which were sold in the mid-to-late 1990s.

American Tower spun out of American Radio Systems (NYSE), which he also co-founded. Tom developed and produced the radio program “Worldtalk” the first talk radio connection between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War.   

Kitty has devoted her life to the field of health and wellness.  They have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who give them inspiration and faith in the future.
 

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

Ami Aronson

Board Member


Serving as Executive Director of the Bernstein Family Foundation, Ms. Aronson oversees the Foundation’s governance, fiduciary management, grant making and communications. She has played a leadership role in taking this historic family foundation into the 21st century through strategic planning, estate liquidation, mergers and acquisitions. 

 

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In addition, she remains visible in the community by engaging with community leaders in the Foundation’s three focus areas: Jewish causes, American democracy, and arts & culture.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Aronson worked on global and national public health issues such as women’s health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, violence prevention and nutrition education. She has more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating health communications programs. Her areas of expertise include entertainment-education, public-private partnership, special event production and materials development (print and video). Ms. Aronson has extensive international experience, having worked in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Ms. Aronson is a native of San Francisco, but resides in Washington, DC, area with her husband, two children and two dogs. She is active in her community serving on Advisory, Honorary and General Boards including Sixth and i Historic Synagogue, Global Advisory Council for World Learning, Environmental Working Group (EWG) and S&R Foundation.

Nichole Battle

Board Member


Since June 2013, Nichole Battle as served as the Chief Executive Officer at Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (“GEDCO”). She originally started her career with GEDCO in 2006 as the Director of Real Estate Development. As CEO, Nichole oversees the senior services, community services, and homeless and supportive services lines of business. 

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She also manages and staffs the real estate development and consulting business of the organization identifying new business opportunities, growing the real estate development consulting business, addressing financing and capital needs of existing portfolio, and completing the Stadium Place community—an affordable senior housing complex located on the former Memorial Stadium site. 

As CEO of GEDCO, Nichole is leading the organization on a path of sustainability, accountability, and growth as GEDCO is embarking on their 3rd strategic plan, rebuilding their organizational infrastructure, improving their service delivery to residents and clients, while building partnerships and serving the needs of the community. Ms. Battle has 20+ years of professional real estate and management experience in promoting and addressing community affordable housing needs in Ohio, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In her career, she has managed the development of over 500 rental and homeownership units in urban communities. Ms. Battle has extensive experience in community and master planning as well as experience in managing the land development process for urban residential communities.

With her affordable housing and community development background, Ms. Battle holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business, Masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves on the following boards: Arlington Housing Coalition of Baltimore, the Community Leadership Board of the Y of Central Maryland, University of Baltimore Real Estate and Economic Development Program Advisory Board, Secretary, Central Maryland Ecumenical Corporation, Waverly Main Street, Secretary and Chair of the Membership Committee of Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, and Vice Chair of Baltimore Community Lending and Baltimore Business Lending.

Nichole resides in Baltimore with her teenage daughter Kayla and dog Cocoa.

Dick Blackburn

Board Member, Treasurer


Richard Blackburn brings over 40 years experience in scaling organizations through a career handling the sale of media and communications properties. He met Tom Stoner, co-founder of Nature Sacred, through dealings with Stoner Broadcasting and worked with him through the sale of American Radio. 

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Richard brings a strong business background to the board and the efforts to expand Sacred Places to more communities in need nationwide. He has followed the Nature Sacred journey for two decades and in 2018 became a Firesoul for Nature Sacred’s Barton Park in Alexandria, VA. 

Scott Brickman

Board Member


Scott Brickman is the managing director of Long Grove Capital an investment firm which invests in a broad array of businesses. Mr. Brickman is the retired Chairman and CEO of the Brickman Group, the nation’s largest landscape services company which under his leadership grew from a handful of regional branches to 170 branches throughout the country employing over 12,000 associates. Mr. Brickman is Chairman of LandCare, and also serves as a senior advisor to Blue Marlin Partners, Kohlberg and Co., and the Conscious Leader Group.

Active in philanthropy with a focus on poverty, homelessness and education, Mr. Brickman sits on the board of Catholic Charities, The Don Bosco Cristo Rey School, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.

Edward Dunn

Board Member


Eddie is a strategic advisor with Brown Advisory—a leading investment firm—lending investment guidance to private and institutional clients. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Eddie practiced law with the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury. For Nature Sacred, Eddie lends executive insights and thoughtful acumen to help guide our organization forward. 

Chuck Foster

Board Member


Chuck brings over 30 years experience in conservation, education and nonprofit executive management. A lifelong Chesapeake Bay lover, Chuck served as the Chief of Staff at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Chuck has been a long-standing advisor to Nature Sacred, lending strategic organizational direction and guidance on future growth. 

Michael D. Hankin

Board Member


Mike is a partner of Brown Advisory, a member of the Executive Team and serves as president and chief executive officer. He is a director of both Brown Advisory Incorporated and Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company.

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As chair of the Baltimore Healthy Harbor Project and executive committee member of the Baltimore Waterfront Partnership and Management Authority, he has challenged the city to achieve a goal of making Baltimore’s Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020. He is a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University, trustee and vice chair of Johns Hopkins Medicine and chair of the board of managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He also serves as chair of Land Preservation Trust, is a trustee of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, and is a director for the National Steeplechase Association and Associated Black Charities. Mike also serves on the board of directors of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) and on the boards of directors of three private companies, Tate Engineering Services, Inc., The Wills Group, Inc. and 1251 Capital Group, Inc.

Mike earned a B.A. and M.A. from Emory University in 1979 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and he received a J.D. from The University of Virginia.

Lauren Marshall

Board Member


Healthy ecosystems and thoughtful, collaboratively designed places improve people’s lives. This is the central tenet that drives Lauren Marshall’s career as a professional landscape architect, certified arborist and a national leader for Urban & Community Forestry with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Healthy ecosystems and thoughtful, collaboratively designed places improve people’s lives. This is the central tenet that drives Lauren Marshall’s career as a professional landscape architect, certified arborist and a national leader for Urban & Community Forestry with the U.S. Forest Service.

Through processes embedded in community engagement and power sharing, she helps people weave natural infrastructure into the fabric of their communities, connecting them to the natural world from the tree outside of their front door that shades their sidewalk to the National Forest that provides their drinking water. To accomplish this aim, Lauren has taken on design and planning challenges across scales, ranging from designing vacant properties to maximize nature’s benefits, to building artisan and construction markets for salvaged and sustainably harvested wood products, to increasing landscape scale collaborative planning of our Nation’s forests.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences from Cornell University, and her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Pascal Mittermaier

Board Member


For the past 10 years, Pascal has been working in urban sustainability, helping to make cities across the world more resilient and livable places.   Cities – already home to almost 3/4 of humanity – are at the forefront of some of our greatest challenges, including climate change, ecology loss, human health emergencies, as well as inequity and exclusion.

 

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From 2014 – 2019, Pascal was the Global Managing Director, Cities at The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  He led a team focused on  bringing nature to global cities to help manage challenges such as storms and flooding, urban heat, and air quality.  Nature continues to be a remarkably powerful – and cost effective – way to make our urban centers more sustainable, resilient, and healthier places.  

Prior to joining TNC, Pascal was the Head of Sustainability, Europe, at Lend Lease, a global property company developing some of the most innovative green buildings and precincts in the world.   Sustainability-led projects included the 2012 London Olympic Village and the Elephant & Castle Regeneration on Central London, a Climate 40 pilot site.  

Before fully dedicating his career to sustainable development, Pascal worked for 20 years for Swiss healthcare company Roche.  From 2002-2007 he was the CEO of Roche Canada and from 2007-2010 CEO of Roche Italy.   

The intersection of healthcare and nature is one the main reasons for Pascal’s passion and enthusiasm for Nature Sacred!

Pascal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics and a BA in History.   He holds a MSc in Sustainable Development from DeMontfort University in the UK.   

Pascal is originally from Germany and now lives with his family in Boston.  

Fred Smith

Board Member


Fred Smith is the Director of Grants and Partnerships at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. He has an Associate of Science degree from Southern Union Community College, Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master’s degree in Public Administration—both from Jacksonville State University.

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Fred is also a graduate of the Alabama Association of Not for Profit Executive Leadership certificate program. He is a recent appointee to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable, a group that gives young civic and business leaders the opportunity to study issues and government policy in Alabama in conjunction with the research conducted by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. The group meets with public officials and other leaders to learn about and discuss issues currently affecting the state and local governments while also seeking solutions to the state’s problems.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as an Instructor for Gadsden State Community College and previously served as, the Director of Jacksonville State University’s Community Wellness program which received several local and state commendations for its contributions to community programming. He completed the Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers in 2016 and has also participated in Foundations on the Hill held in Washington D.C. Fred also has a previous connection to the Foundation. He has written grants to, received grants from, and successfully managed grants for the Foundation and has served as a volunteer grant reviewer. In addition to managing the Stringfellow Health Fund competitive grants program, Fred also conducts grantee site visits, manages our poverty project to align our grant making with the Community Needs Assessment, and is coordinating the 100th anniversary celebration of Susie Parker Stringfellow’ s will in 2020.
Fred met his lovely wife Rochelle while they both attended Jacksonville State University. They have two daughters, Eden and Zion, and they reside in Jacksonville Al.

Chelle Stoner

Board Member Emeritus


Chelle Stoner is a true renaissance woman, working as a independent film producer, entrepreneur, and real estate professional. Chelle brings her vast experience of writing, producing and filming documentaries, as well as her creative problem solving skills to Nature Sacred.

Jack Bloodgood

In Memoriam 1931-2015


As a leading architect, art enthusiast and editor, Jack Bloodgood embodied the concept of “design thinking” long before it became a trend as in recent years. He innately understood how architecture and landscape should be designed to serve its users—its people and communities—in meaningful, impactful ways. Jack always fought for those in the greatest need—and played a leading role in helping craft, articulate and build what Nature Sacred is today.  

Lanshing Hwang

Design Advisor


Lanshing is a principal of Symbiosis, a scientist by training and a passionate advocate for sustainable landscapes.  She is a true believer of interdisciplinary collaboration.  Her experience encompasses master planning, site design and project management.  Throughout her career, she has worked on projects both in the United States and abroad. 

Her work includes a wide range of institutional campuses, schools, parks, public gardens, streetscapes, ecotourism destinations, commercial landscapes and planning projects from less than an acre to 40 square miles.  She is interested in delivering engaging landscapes as the result of clear and succinct design.

Naudy Martinez

Design Advisor


Through her work in non-profits and now local government, Naudy Martinez, has partnered with hundreds of organizations nationwide to customize and transform spaces that reflect the vision of the community. She brings over 10 years of experience in project, grant, and volunteer management, holds a bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, and is inspired by the possibilities of using public space design to create social equity and positive change.

 

Naomi Sachs

Design Advisor


Co-author of Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, founder of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Dr. Naomi Sachs has influenced much of the Nature Sacred design ethos and processes. It was used extensively by Dr. Fred Foote (Firesoul) to inspire the design of the Green Road, for example. 

Full bio here.

Vernon Hustead

Design Advisor


Vernon Hustead is the founder of Hustead Landscape Architecture, an active ASLA member for the last 25+ years and has served as landscape architect for our Sacred Place at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup.

Full bio here.

Joan Floura

Design Advisor


Principal and Founder of Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Joan Floura brings nearly three decades experience working with public and private clients. For Nature Sacred, Joan has served as landscape architect for the Sacred Places at the Intersection of Change in Baltimore and the Baltimore Community Mediation Center garden.

Full bio here.

 

Jack Sullivan

Design Advisor


Serving as Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and associate professor at the University of Maryland, Jack Sullivan led the design process for the Sacred Place at the University of Maryland, and the design of the Sacred Place at the Green Road, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

Full bio here. 

Jay Graham

Lead Design Advisor


Jay Graham, founder and principal at Moody Graham Landscape Architects and Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has partnered with Nature Sacred for many years, serving as our design advisor for the Nature Sacred Awards program and landscape architect for our Sacred Place at the Light House Shelter in Annapolis.

Full bio here. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee


Lauren Marshall, National Program Manager, Urban & Community Forestry at U.S. Forest Service


Nature Sacred Board Member

Healthy ecosystems and thoughtful, collaboratively designed places improve people’s lives. This is the central tenet that drives Lauren Marshall’s career as a professional landscape architect, certified arborist and a national leader for Urban & Community Forestry with the U.S. Forest Service.

Through processes embedded in community engagement and power sharing, she helps people weave natural infrastructure into the fabric of their communities, connecting them to the natural world from the tree outside of their front door that shades their sidewalk to the National Forest that provides their drinking water. To accomplish this aim, Lauren has taken on design and planning challenges across scales, ranging from designing vacant properties to maximize nature’s benefits, to building artisan and construction markets for salvaged and sustainably harvested wood products, to increasing landscape scale collaborative planning of our Nation’s forests. She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences from Cornell University, and her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan.

 

 

Eugenia South, MD, MSHP


Dr. South is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, as well as the faculty director for the Penn Urban Health Lab. She has dedicated her career to improving the health and wellbeing of the urban poor. As an emergency physician, she provides care for a diverse population with complex medical problems and witnesses first-hand how neighborhood environments impact health. As a researcher, Dr. South works to identify and address up stream causes of poor health. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical and social attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular and mental health, chronic stress, and violent crime. She develops and tests neighborhood level, place-based and person-based interventions.

Alex Smith, Founder, Division Street Landscaping


Alex Smith founded Division Street Landscaping in 2017. He manages day-to-day operations, working with clients, and securing new partnerships. In his previous position as the Director of Operations for the Baltimore Tree Trust he planted over 7,500 trees and created Urban Roots Apprenticeship, a workforce development program that trains men and women with barriers to employment in basic landscaping and tree care.

 

Michelle Shin, Marketing Coordinator, Envision Health


Michelle is a Marketing Coordinator at Envision Health with a passion for creating healthier, happier, and more sustainable communities through effective and inclusive storytelling. Prior to joining Envision Health, Michelle worked at Quantified Ventures, an outcomes-based financing firm that drives health, social, and environmental impact. While at Quantified Ventures, she co-led the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and helped implement its equity and justice initiatives. 

 

During her free time, Michelle loves to go on urban bike rides, play with her kitten Boots, and tend to her indoor garden. 

Naomi Sachs, PhD, ASLA, EDAC


Nature Sacred Design Advisor

Naomi Sachs is a Nature Sacred Design Advisor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland. She is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network (www.healinglandscapes.org) and Co-editor of the peer-reviewed Health Environments Research and Design Journal. Naomi has published and presented nationally and internationally on the positive role of nature in human health and well-being. Among other publications, Naomi is co- author with Clare Cooper Marcus of the book Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces.

 

 

 

David Greenberg, President & CEO, The League for People with Disabilities


Firesoul, The League for People with Disabilities

David A Greenberg has been President and CEO of The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore since 2007. The League is a 93-year-old nonprofit serving more than 4,000 individuals a year through social, medical, recreational and educational programing for individuals with all types of disabilities. The League in home to beautiful Nature Sacred therapeutic gardens with two distinct water features located in NE Baltimore near Morgan University.

Previously Mr. Greenberg was a vice president at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital responsible for ambulatory services. Mr. Greenberg holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University, Baltimore; and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the American University in Washington, D.C. He is a registered nurse in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Greenberg is a Class of 2014 Leadership Maryland, a graduate of the 2011 Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program and is a graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership Baltimore County. He is currently a Commissioner on both the (Baltimore City) Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities as well as the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. He is a board member of both Maryland Association of Community Services and Rotary Baltimore.

In 2014, Mr. Greenberg was awarded the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEO Award. Mr. Greenberg has been a licensed Registered Nurse in Maryland since 1977.

 

 

Yinka N. Bode George, Environmental Health Manager at National Caucus of Environmental Legislators


Yinka N. Bode-George is an environmental health advocate passionate about creating health equity, environmental justice, and sustainable development through public policy and community building. As the Environmental Health Manager for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Yinka works to create healthy people and healthy environments by eliminating environmental threats to human health through engaging a network of state lawmakers.

Before joining NCEL, Yinka was the Public Policy & Program Manager for Maryland Philanthropy Network where she cultivated opportunities for Maryland philanthropists to improve community conditions. She has served as Program Manager for Maryland Environmental Health Network, where she partnered with community advocates and state lawmakers to advance policies that promote environmental health and justice for all Marylanders. Yinka received her Master of Health Science degree in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

"Today I became someone different. I made something very special come alive. A place where we could sit, think, get outside and get our minds together."

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