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706 Forest St, Ste. G
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-975-0224
Fax: 434-975-1367

Louisa Office:
39 Industrial Dr.
Louisa, VA 23093
Phone: 540-967-5940
Fax: 540-967-2557


Thomas Jefferson Water Resources Protection Foundation (Foundation)

Foundation Members: (left - right) Mike Van Yahres, Joy Matthews, Charlotte Rea, Tara Boyd, (Susan McSwain- no longer a member), John Easter, Deborah Murdock, McChesney "Ches" Goodall, III, Steve Murray, John Conover, Nick Evans, David Stone, Dr. Richard Collins. Not Pictured: Mark Monson, Andy Wright.

The TJSWCD Easement Program is administered by The Thomas Jefferson Water Resources Foundation (TJWRPF), or Foundation. Founded by the TJSWCD in 2003, the Foundation provides the resources to ensure that the District will be able to meet the long term administrative and custodial duties of holding easements in perpetuity. The Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of the TJSWCD. The Foundation is governed by its own Board of Directors who are appointed by the local governing bodies of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties, the City of Charlottesville, and by the TJSWCD Board of Directors. This Board ensures that the interests of all member localities are adequately represented. The financial resources of the Foundation, acquired through easement holding fees and other contributions, are set aside in investments to support the TJSWCD Easement Program well into the future.

The Foundation Board of Directors meets quarterly, on the third Wednesday of the month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the TJSWCD Charlottesville office. Please contact Martin Johnson ( to confirm meeting dates and times.

Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Collins, TJWRPF President, is professor emeritus from the University of Virginia Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. He was the founder and Director for 20 years of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in the School of Architecture at UVA. He has extensive environmental mediation experience in addition to his teaching and publications in the field of environmental planning and resource protection. He is a resident of the City of Charlottesville.

John Conover, Treasurer of the TJWRPF, has 26 years of experience as a small business owner, which informs his practice of consumer and housing law at the Legal Aid Justice Center, where he helps to direct clinical programs at UVA's School of Law. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia, and a Master's degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He is a resident of the City of Charlottesville and is a former President of the Rivanna Trails Foundation.

John Easter lives in Fluvanna County with his wife and twin sons. He was born in Richmond, Virginia and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UVA and a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He runs an expanding beef cattle and horse farm and is a part-time commercial pilot as well as a real estate broker. Mr. Easter is retired from the U.S. military (Air Force and Army). He served as a Director of the TJSWCD from 2004 through 2007 and presently serves as an Associate Director. He is on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Trail Foundation, and is active in the Rivanna Conservation Society and the Fluvanna County Historical Society. In 2003, he and his wife, Laura, created a forested "riparian buffer" along the James River.

McChesney "Ches" Goodall, III, has been an independent consulting forester since 1985 specializing in managing private forestland under a conservation minded land ethic to produce multiple benefits. Presently, he is Coordinator of the Albemarle County ACE ("Acquisition of Conservation Easements") Program - a 5 year old program that voluntarily purchases open space easements from farmers and landowners in Albemarle County. Mr. Goodall received his BA from Duke University in 1979 in plant ecology and a Master of Forestry from the Duke University School of the Environment in 1983 with an emphasis in silviculture and forest ecology. He received Wetland Identification and Delineation Certification in 1998 from N. C. State University. He currently serves on the Board of Forestry, and the Board of the Ivy Creek Foundation. Mr. Goodall is a certified Tree Farm inspector, a member of the Virginia Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters and the National Association of Realtors.

Joy Matthews, Secretary of the TJWRPF, is a resident of Albemarle County. She says "It is a great pleasure to help protect our vital natural resources in a positive hands-on way. My involvement with the League of Women Voters Natural Resources Committee over the past ten years has taught me that we cannot take our water, land and forest resources for granted. We must be constantly building our understanding of what makes healthy ecological systems and then working to foster them through protection and proper management. The easements promoted and administered by the Foundation are a direct means to do this, and I will enjoy learning and supporting the Foundation in this work." Ms. Matthews first became involved with the TJSWCD, nine years ago, when she and her husband purchased 59 acres in Northern Albemarle for a retirement home, and immediately felt the desire to be good stewards of this land. This led them to place their land along Buck Mountain Creek in a riparian easement. The TJSWCD staff took them through the process, and then went the extra mile by organizing, with the Matthews and a neighboring landowner, a tree-planting day with 75 volunteers. Matthews has been a supporter of the District for several years and she brings a wealth of experience with her to the Foundation.

Mark Monson, Vice President of the TJWRPF, represents Louisa County on the TJWRPF board. Originally from Fairfax County, Mr. Monson has lived in Central Virginia since 1978. He holds a BS degree in biology from George Mason University and an MS degree in public administration from George Washington University. Mr. Monson has worked for Virginia state government for 30 years. Presently, he is the Deputy Director for Administration with the Department of Health Professions. Active in a number of community organizations, Mr. Monson also serves Louisa County on the Industrial Development Authority and the Clean Community Commission. He has 2 grown children and lives along the South Anna River in southeastern Louisa County with his wife, Nancy.

Deborah Murdock studied art history at Vassar College. Later she worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources documenting and photographing historic homes and structures in Fluvanna, Cumberland and Albemarle counties. In 1975-76 she edited a special Bi-Centennial series for The Daily Progress. In 1976 she began a real estate career specializing in the marketing of historic homes and properties. She has served on the boards of Historic Green Springs, Inc., Preservation Piedmont, APVA-Preservation Virginia and the Fluvanna County Historical Society. She enjoys cross-country skiing, beagling and fox hunting. She is the mother of two children and is married to retired Professor of Chemistry, Robert Bryan.

David Stone is the County Forester in Louisa County for the Virginia Department of Forestry. He is a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters and a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Forest Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Stone has extensive work experience across the country in forest management, water quality, land conservation, urban forestry, logging, reforestation, and wildland firefighting. He came to Virginia to work as a forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry in 1993 and has been the Louisa County Forester since 1997.

Brian Wagner is co-founder and serves as the principal biologist of Ecosystem Services, LLC, a private ecological restoration and environmental consulting company based in Louisa, Virginia. Mr. Wagner has 25 years of progressive experience in the environmental restoration and environmental consulting industry. His affiliations include Historic Green Springs, Inc., Thomas Jefferson Water Resources Protection Foundation, South River Science Team, Virginia Wilderness Committee Scientific Advisory Panel, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Regulatory Advisory Panel revising Virginia’s stormwater regulations and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Nutrient Trading Certification Regulatory Advisory Panel. Brian lives on a 40-acre farm with his wife and two children in western Louisa County.

Tara Boyd

Andy Wright

Steve Murray

Mike Van Yahres

Charlotte Rea

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