Board

Bruce Abel
Sr. Vice President and COO, C.R. Daniels, Inc.
Ellicott City and Queenstown, Maryland

A Maryland native, Bruce is an avid outdoorsman who has spent much of the past 45+ years on the Wye River, and has hunted, fished, crabbed and boated throughout  the Midshore area. As a resident of both Western and Eastern Shore, Bruce appreciates the balance necessary to support efforts to reclaim the health of Midshore rivers and bays.  Having worked with the American Lyme Disease Association, Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and supported a wide variety of local, regional, and national environmental concerns, Bruce contributes a broad understanding of how environmental issues impact recreational sportsmen, watermen and residents on a financial as well as quality-of-life basis.

Bruce holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and in Master of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. Bruce joined the Board in 2015.

William A. Anderson, II
Sherwood, Maryland

Bill Anderson is an environmental lawyer of over 40 years’ standing. He cut his baby lawyer teeth on the Clean Water Act starting in 1973, then known by the more pedantic title of Federal Water Pollution Control Act. He has witnessed and participated in its implementation ever since. A founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council once accused Bill of knowing more about that act than any other living human being. While in active, full-time practice, Bill served on the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section (now known as the Section on Environment, Energy & Resources) and co-chaired the Committee on International Environmental Law, as well as subcommittees of the ABA Business Law Section. He served on the Board of Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria, Inc. and of the Bright Angel Foundation, and was pro bono General Counsel to the Tropical Forest Foundation. A graduate of the University of North Carolina (A.B.), the John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.P.), and Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude), Bill has been listed among Best Lawyers in America and Washington, DC SuperLawyers for as long as he can remember. He retired from full time practice in a law firm in January 2014, and now shares a fate with many other lawyers: most of his clients don’t pay him. Bill and Jane, his beloved wife of 33 years, share 6 children and 11 grandchildren spread from St. Augustine to Seattle. At home in Sherwood, they enjoy an English cocker spaniel, one calico cat (the other one’s hers), a half dozen chickens, 10-20,000 honey bees and a kaleidoscope of wildlife on the banks of Dun Cove.

Meta Boyd
Wye Mills, Maryland

Meta moved to the Eastern Shore in 2012 from Baltimore, where she and her husband (an Eastern Shore native) had lived for 40 years. While in Baltimore, Meta served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and The Women’s Hospital Board, specifically in the areas of finance and ethics. She also served on the Board of Trustees of The Garrison Forest School, co-chairing the development committee for eight years. Throughout the years, she has taught in various capacities: French and Italian at the Berlitz language school, SCUBA, and GED tutoring for adjudicated male youth in Baltimore City through a Living Classrooms Foundation program called Fresh Start.

A lifelong SCUBA diver and outdoorsperson, she has been keenly aware of the degradation of our seas and wild places. Helping fellow man become connected to his or her natural environment (and thus care for it) has become a top priority in her life. After helping the MRC educational team teach in the Talbot County schools in 2013, Meta found her home for meaningful work on the Eastern Shore. She became a board member in 2014.

Nick Carter (Emeritus)
Maryland Critical Areas Commission for Caroline County
Retired, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Goldsboro, Maryland

Nick Carter has been a Board member since February, 2009.  Nick spent three decades as a biologist and aquatic scientist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and has an intimate familiarity with the Choptank River.  His writings have been influential on a number of significant projects including the restoration of Poplar Island.  He lives in Denton, actively patrols the upper Choptank, and is a member of the Caroline County Critical Areas Commission.

Dr. Thomas Fisher, Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
Cambridge, Maryland

Dr. Fisher joined MRC’s Board in February, 2009.  He is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on the ecology and water-quality of the Choptank River, as well as on all of our local tributaries including the Miles and Wye Rivers.  Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and his doctorate from Duke University in 1975 in Biological Oceanography.  After two post-doctoral appointments, he joined the faculty of the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in 1978, where he is now a full professor. Dr. Fisher specializes in terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients and how they affect aquatic systems, nutrient recycling, and primary production of aquatic systems.  He has been studying the Choptank River since 1979 and has authored dozens of peer reviewed scientific publications.

Brice Gamber
Prior President of Talbot Creekwatchers
Retired, Managing Director of The Chubb Insurance Group
Easton, Maryland

Brice Gamber, a graduate of Washington & Lee University, retired as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The Chubb Insurance Group. He lives on Irish Creek where he has been active in the Choptank River watershed as a member of the Talbot County Creekwatchers and served as President during 2009 and 2010.  Brice is also Vice Chair of the Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee to the Department of Natural Resources.

Jeffrey Horstman
MRC Executive Director
Miles-Wye Riverkeeper
Queenstown, Maryland

Jeff joined MRC’s board in June, 2010, was elected chairman in June, 2011, and served as such through 2013, providing key guidance and support in building MRC during its formative years.  He grew up near Queenstown on the Wye River and is a 1982 graduate of Washington College with a BA in Political Science. While attending college, Jeff worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources helping to integrate Wye Island into a state holding.  He and his wife, Beth, built a successful pension management company which he later sold to Susquehanna Bank, where he stayed on as chief operating officer of its Retirement Planning Division.  During this time he continued with his conservation interests, serving on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s President’s Advisory Council and as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, as well as other boards.  Currently he serves on the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. board, the Aspen/Wye Fellows board and the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corp’s program board. Jeff’s family has long been committed to stewardship of the Wye River, and donated large tracts of land along its shores for conservation purposes–land that became the Aspen and Wye Institutes, the University of Maryland Agricultural Resource Center and the Wye Research and Education Center.  He and his family live on the Wye River.

Melanie Jackson
Graduate Student, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory
Cambridge, Maryland

Melanie Jackson joined MRC’s Board in January, 2017.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2012.  Following graduation, Melanie served a term as the watershed ambassador for the Hackensack River, NJ, which is an AmeriCorps program, working alongside the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Hackensack Riverkeeper. In 2013, Melanie left her home state of New Jersey for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory to study algae blooms and nitrogen pollution for her Master’s degree. After completing her Master’s in 2016, Melanie is now working towards her doctorate specializing in oyster reefs and how they remove nutrient pollution.

Timothy D. Junkin, Esq.
MRC Founder
Easton, Maryland

Tim Junkin founded MRC in 2008 and served as Executive Director from 2008 to 2015. He continues in an active role and serves as Advising Consultant. He is an attorney with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award winning writer with three books under publication (all centered around the Choptank River-Eastern Bay area), and a teacher. His books, in chronological order, are The Waterman, Good Counsel, and Bloodsworth.  He has also published numerous magazine and newspaper articles.  He co-founded and for two decades served as the managing partner of a private law firm in Washington D.C.  Tim obtained a B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1973, and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977, where he graduated as a Law Fellow. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.  Tim founded MRC (previously the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy) in the fall of 2008 and served as its director until 2016.

John Kelly
President, Kelly Benefit Strategies
Hunt Valley, Maryland

John is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, President of Kelly Benefit Strategies, and Chief Innovation & Strategic Planning Officer of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc. (KELLY), the parent company of KBS. John pioneered KELLY’s unique Total Benefits Solution® technology, payroll product, and consultative approach to serving employers and their employee benefit needs.  John is also a cycling enthusiast, and promotes cycling by sponsoring a regional club and a men’s professional team, all in an effort to bring awareness to health and wellness as the primary solution to America’s healthcare challenges.  He is an active board member of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, a member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors, and serves as an elder and Bible teacher at Grace Fellowship Church.

 

Alfred Sikes
Retired, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Easton, Maryland

Al Sikes’ career has spanned law, business, and government. On the federal government level, Mr. Sikes held the post of Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in President George H. W. Bush’s administration.   From 1986 to 1989 he served in President Reagan’s administration as the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Commerce Department. Mr. Sikes’ career began in his home state of Missouri where he served in state government as an Assistant Attorney General and later headed the Missouri Department of Consumer Affairs, Regulation, and Licensing. He is the founder of the Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation (READ), which uses a distinctive combination of personal and direct instruction in teaching at-risk children to read at grade level. He chairs the Board of Trustees of The Trinity Forum and serves on the Board of Directors of the Easton YMCA and the Academy Art Museum. He lives on the Miles River.

Colin Walsh
Easton, Maryland

Colin has been a denizen of the Eastern Shore for most of his life, and presently lives on the Miles River.  An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he is enthusiastic about the preservation of our community and environment.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Daniel Watson
Easton, Maryland

Dan Watson, a 20 year resident of Easton, operated a small commercial real estate development and consulting firm in Baltimore for 40 years, and also was the major financial backer and CFO of a successful healthcare IT company. A long-term supporter of efforts to protect the environment, Dan encountered many real world environmental issues integral to the real estate development process in urban and suburban settings.  Retirement afforded Dan the opportunity to become actively involved in environmental issues as a board member of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, which he joined in 2014.  In particular, Dan hopes to help apply financial criteria to rational prioritizing of conservation efforts.  Dan is also active with Talbot Mentors. Dan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in American Studies and received his MBA from Wharton.

Peter Welling
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Peter joined the MRC Board in January 2014 after enjoying over 30 years hunting along the Wye River and fishing the Chesapeake Bay. He is a graduate of Williams College and The Marshal Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 2000 he left the practice of law to take over the family farm in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He cropped 200 acres, bred thoroughbreds, and raised grass fed Red Angus Beef.  He created a riparian buffer along the Red Clay Creek that runs through the farm, planting over 7,000 trees.  Peter is a life long member of the Swiftwater Preserve near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, a club dedicated to maintaining its wild and scenic water classification and its sustainable wild trout population. He was the first summer intern of the Stroud Water Research Center and is a past Board Member of the Red Clay Valley Association.