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.
Andy is the WVLT’s current Vice President. He is also the Industrial Park and Regulatory Affairs Leader for Dow Chemical’s West Virginia Operations. Andy also serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam and United Food Operation. Throughout his life, Andy has treasured spending time in many of West Virginia’s special places, from catching crawdads in small creeks to contemplating the Milky Way from Dolly Sods. His hobbies include hiking, running, skiing, paddle sports and photography.
Gabe is the WVLT’s current Treasurer. He is also the audit director and partner with the public accounting firm of Blair and Company, CPAs, and works with not-for-profit entities and individuals providing accounting, consulting, audit, and review services, and specializes and HUD housing and federal grant recipients. He has previously served on different boards, but is currently only serving on the board of WVLT. His hobbies include tennis, live music, fishing, and traveling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2001, Joy M. Oakes been a leader with the National Parks Conservation Association based in Washington, D.C. Joy serves as Senior Director in the Mid-Atlantic region, overseeing NPCA’s activities in five states and the District of Columbia.
Because clean water is essential to the health of the more than 50 national parks in the Chesapeake watershed and their community neighbors, Joy helped found the Choose Clean Water Coalition in 2009, now with 200+ organizations working together for clean water policies and practices. She was a leader in establishing the “Scenic Wild Delaware River,” a partnership with community leaders along the middle and upper Delaware River in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to preserve and promote the nature, history and culture of this region anchored by national parks.
Joy has worked to advance clean air protections throughout her professional career. Soon after joining NPCA, she helped establish and, for a time, led NPCA’s “clean air for parks and people” campaign to defend and strengthen Clean Air Act protections. Joy was a leader in the Healthy Air Campaign in Maryland, which in 2006 secured the nation’s strongest state legislation to reduce air pollution including carbon dioxide from power plants.
At Harpers Ferry, Manassas, New River Gorge, Valley Forge, Wilderness battlefield, and elsewhere, Joy has led successful campaigns to preserve nationally significant lands in and adjacent to national parks, and to contest inappropriate developments near and inside national park boundaries. She was a leader in the campaign to establish Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia, site in August 1619 of enslaved Africans’ first landing in English North America, and in May 1861 of the beginning of the “contraband” movement of self-liberated enslaved people seeking protection behind federal lines during the Civil War. She has led publication of “Making Connections” reports at multiple parks to engage community leaders in articulating the economic and quality-of-life benefits supported by the national park that anchors that region.
Prior to joining NPCA, Joy worked for the Sierra Club for 16 years, first in California and then in the Appalachian region. In the 1990s she led a campaign to preserve a richly biodiverse and culturally significant forest in Maryland downstream of Washington, D.C. The campaign catalyzed enactment of Maryland’s landmark “Smart Growth” program, and created the 2,200-acre Chapman Forest State Park and a related natural area. In 1997 Joy helped found the Coalition for Smarter Growth in Washington, D.C., which works for better communities with less traffic in the greater Washington region.
Joy has deep roots in rural Virginia culture with an ongoing interest in regenerative agriculture. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a degree in religion. She and her husband, Tom, have two sons. Joy enjoys being with her family, exploring and learning about history, culture and the natural world, and gardening for native plants and animals. Her volunteer activities include being a leader in a successful campaign to preserve the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia, and volunteering at church.
Lewis has a passion for the family farm and its deep history. Following graduation from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, he worked on a thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In order to secure a more financially stable career, he pursued another long-standing family tradition — the practice of law. Following his graduation from Ohio Northern University’s Petit College of Law, he practiced law in Lexington for seven years. He then moved back to his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia to become the Vice President of Operations for several land holding companies, and ultimately help revive the family farm and its salt-making practices. Food and cooking have become a passion for him, and something he truly enjoys sharing with his children and with his wife Paige Stith Payne. Paige and Lewis have been married for 16 years and have a son Davis and a daughter Cameron.
Nina has been a resident of Charleston since 1965. She is active with various environmental activities in the community, other nonprofit board positions over the years include The Nature Conservancy, Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center, CAMC Foundation, and the Clay Center. Nina has horses, chickens and a couple of “pound puppies” in her backyard. She is passionately dedicated to clean air and clean water and is a compulsive recycler!
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.
John has a background in Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, bringing these expertise to our board of directors. He has served on other boards including: Tygart Valley Lions Club, Elkins Pool Committee, Mountaineer Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Elkins Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. John has been an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide since 2010 for Elk River Touring Center in Slaty Fork, WV. He’s also an avid waterfowl hunter that trains retrievers and loves to introduce young hunters to the sport. He has coached for over 40 years and continues to coach the Randolph Area YMCA Swim team (RAYS). He has been a member of the Canaan Valley Resort’s Courtesy Patrol for more than 20 years. John has been married to Jean Lowry Schmidt since July 1981, with two adult children and one grandchild.
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.