A Board of Directors governs the organization. Each director brings unique prospective, knowledge, and experience to the organization. Our directors are geographically diverse, represent farmland preservation, cave conservancy, the practice of law, fiscal management, and professional experience at the local, state, and national levels in conservation work.
Jonathan is currently serving his second term as the Board President. He is employed at Bailey & Glasser LLP. Jonathan focuses his practice on consumer rights litigation, class actions, and complex litigation. His consumer rights litigation work includes claims involving predatory lending, telemarketing, loan servicing, and illegal debt collection activities. He has successfully litigated these cases on behalf of borrowers in West Virginia. Jonathan’s class action work focuses on advancing the rights of consumers and individuals not only in West Virginia, but across the nation. Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University and was a Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding senior, and earned his J.D. from West Virginia University as a member of the Order of the Coif. He enjoys trail running, reading, travel and tennis.
Rod has served for over a decade on the WVLT board and is currently the organization’s Vice-President. He retired from the military to take up farming in Monroe County, WV. He is a tireless advocate for farmland protection and maintaining the character of our rural communities. He is the Vice Chair of the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Authority; Treasurer of the West Virginia Association of Farmland Protection Boards; Secretary of the Indian Creek Conservancy; and a member of the Monroe County Planning Commission, Monroe County Farm Bureau, and Bluegrass Ruritan. Rod enjoys travel, reading, hiking and watching sports.
Skip is the WVLT’s current Treasurer. He is a tax member with the public accounting firm of Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC, and works with for-profit and not-for-profit entities providing accounting and consulting services, primarily related to federal, state and local taxation. He has previously served on many different boards, but is currently only serving on the board of WVLT. His hobbies include photography, kayak touring and high-end music reproduction.
Jackie is employed at the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General. She is a former board member of Mountain State Justice and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy where she also served as an officer. For 18 years Jackie also represented the public interest as a member of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Advisory Council. Her hobbies include her pets, reading, spending time in Pocahontas County, WV, travel and photography.
Calvert is a long-time board member and former president of the West Virginia Land Trust. She also serves on the boards of the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on the Mideast Regional Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a former board member of NatureServe and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, former chairman of Sunrise Museums, and former Conservation Chairman of the Garden Club of America. She enjoys sports, hiking, birding, travel and reading. She is the mother of four daughters and one son.
Ted is a Wheeling, WV native. Upon graduation from Yale University, Ted and his wife Calvert moved to Charleston where they raised their five children. As the Co-CEO for Stone and Thomas Department Store, and as a member of Charleston City Council and board member of Charleston Renaissance Corporation, Ted was at the forefront of efforts to revitalize downtown Charleston. In his retirement years, he continues to work tirelessly to promote land conservation and environmental causes. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including but not limited to The Mountain Institute, The Nature Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Sunrise Museum, The Clay Center, and United Way. He enjoys hiking, birding, skiing and snowshoeing. In his spare time, he and Calvert travel extensively having visited all seven continents at least twice.
Dave currently serves as the Executive Director of the Woodlands Development Group, a Community Development Corporation serving three counties in the rural mountains of north central West Virginia. In this capacity he manages programs related to community planning, housing construction, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, and small business lending and support. Dave also brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit organizational development, strategic planning, land use planning, and water resource protection. Dave is a graduate of Kenyon College with a B.A. in English. He is a Certified Planner, and has completed several continuing education courses in sustainable and land use planning, negotiation strategies, and research methodologies.
Chap is a Senior Manager at Arnett Carbis Toothman PLLC and one of the WVLT’s founding board members, serving terms as the organization’s President and Treasurer. He now chairs the organization’s Land Protection Committee. He is a Certified Public Accountant in West Virginia, a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, and a Certified Treasury Professional. He earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting cum laude from West Virginia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Charleston.
He works in the Financial Institutions Group at Arnett Carbis Toothman, providing auditing and management consulting services to community banks in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. His membership in professional organizations includes the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, for which he has served as President of the Charleston Chapter and Chairperson of the Financial Institutions Interest Group, the Association for Financial Professionals, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Chap’s other community activities include Rotary Club of Huntington as well as service on the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments, and the West Virginia JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy.
Nathan Fetty is the managing attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the WVU College of Law. A native of Spencer, West Virginia, he is a graduate of the WVU College of Law and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He previously held a Skadden Fellowship. His background includes work in environmental and land use law, coal mine health and safety, and consumer protection. He resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Harris received a bachelor’s in chemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 1972, conducting research and teaching graduate and professional students. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the WVU School of Medicine, where he still gives lectures to first year medical students. Through grassroots efforts in Trout Unlimited, Dr. Harris has been an advocate for environmental protection and wilderness designation to protect cold water fisheries, especially in West Virginia. He has served as Chairman of the National Leadership Council of Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization. He is also currently a Director of the Board for the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation, a mitigation fund established as a permit condition for the Longview Power Plant (Monongalia County). The Foundation provides grants to support trout habitat and also renewable energy projects in West Virginia. Larry is also a member of Morgantown’s Green Team and is an appointed member of the West Virginia Governor’s Public Advisory Council of the Department of Environmental Protection. He is based in Morgantown.
Bren is the Litigation Director at Mountain State Justice, Inc., a non-profit legal service firm that primarily represents low income consumers in foreclosure and predatory lending cases. He is also a Board Member of Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Manna Mean, Inc., and a vestry member for St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Charleston, WV. His hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, running, golf, and softball.
Craig chairs the WVLT’s Finance Committee. He is the Executive Director/CEO of the West Virginia Investment Management Board where he is responsible for the overseeing investment of the State’s long term assets including pension funds, employment security funds, as well as miscellaneous other funds for various other State agencies. He is a Director and Vice President of Bridge Valley Community and Technical College. He is an avid cyclist and rock climber.