Our Directors have diverse professional and personal backgrounds - farmers, activists, scientists, business professionals, and artists. They all share one common goal...

a desire for a healthy Chester River.

Board of Directors

Brennan Starkey, President 
Starkey Farms Company specializing in spinach and grains, President

Robert Ingersoll, Vice President, Kent County
Silver Hill Farm, Owner and farmer; U.S. Coast Guard, former Captain

Ben Tilghman, Vice President, Queen Anne's County 
The Hermitage, Owner and farmer, a family-run farm since 1659

Austin Reed, Treasurer
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, retired; boating enthusiast

Thomas Pierson, Secretary
Washington College, GIS lab; sailing enthusiast


Richard Budden
Coldwell Banker, senior realtor

Scott Budden
Orchard Point Oyster Co. LLC, President

Rebekah Hock
Kent Center, Transition Coordinator and Development Associate

Toby Lloyd
Turnrow, LLC, President; USDA, former Chief of Farm Programs

Andrew McCown
Echo Hill Outdoor School, Associate Director

Matt Nielsen
Corsica Farm, Operator and organic farmer; Homestead Farms, operations

Gail Owings
Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc., Executive Director

Vic Pfeiffer
Retired HR executive

Brook Schumann
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, nurse. Crow Farm and Vineyard

Brennan Starkey, CRA Board President

Brennan Starkey, CRA Board President

Advisory Committee

Renee Bench
Benchworks, former Vice-President

Louisa Duemling
Chesapeake Bay Foundation,Trustee; DuPont Corporation, former Director; The Nature Conservancy; former Director

Caroline Gabel
Shared Earth Foundation, President

Alan Griffith
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Honorary Trustee; Bank of New York, Vice Chairman, retired

Loring Hawes
Securities attorney and former Assistant Attorney General of Maryland, retired

Edward Nielsen
Corsica Farm, Owner and organic farmer

Ford Schumann
Infinity Recycling, President; professional musician

Marilee Schumann
Professional pottery artist and instructor

John Seidel
Washington College, Director, Center for Environment and Society

Robert Simmons  
Former Queen Anne’s County Commissioner