Thomas Jefferson Water Resources Protection Foundation (Foundation)
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.
Board and Staff
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.
Nick Evans is a geologist working primarily in hydro geologic analysis of groundwater resources. He holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Virginia Tech. Mr. Evans is a member of the Virginia Citizens for Water Quality, the Rivanna River Basin Roundtable and the Wintergreen Nature Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. He lives in northern Albemarle County with his wife and two children.
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.
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Deloris Bradshaw, TJSWCD Administrative Assistant, began working with the TJSWCD in July, 1990. She is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Marshall University. She served as Recording Secretary for the Albemarle County Planning Commission for 14 years and has been employed in office administration for 30 years. She and husband Pete have two children and divide their time between a farm at Kents Store in Fluvanna County and a home in Charlottesville. firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Johnson, TJSWCD Conservation Specialist, joined the District in November 2004. After earning a B.S. in biology from Bates College, he taught middle school science and mathematics for two years in Liberia, West Africa with the Peace Corps. In 1977 he moved to Tokyo, Japan where he taught English as a Foreign Language for 21 years. Martin and his wife, Hiromi, moved to Charlottesville in 1998, where he earned a Master of Education in science education from the University of Virginia. Martin worked as the Education/Information Coordinator for the Culpeper SWCD for 5 years, publishing a newsletter, creating and maintaining a web site, and making presentations in schools. Martin's work with the Thomas Jefferson SWCD includes mapping and monitoring easements, erosion and sediment control inspections on construction sites, working with the Albemarle County Illegal Discharge Detection and Elimination Program, offering information and technical advice to homeowners about rainwater harvesting options and providing watershed education for local schools. Working with the District combines a lifelong interest in the outdoors with extensive experience in education and communication. email@example.com
Emily Nelson, Senior Conservation Specialist, joined the staff of the TJSWCD in August, 2003. She is a native of Central Virginia who grew up in Charlottesville, and Albemarle and Nelson Counties. She received a BA degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2001. Before joining the District, Emily spent a year as an environmental educator with the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, reaching children across the state with conservation themed programs using non-releasable native Virginia wildlife. Emily's primary responsibility is to administer the District's Agricultural Cost Share Program and provide technical assistance for that program. She also provides support for the District's Education and Outreach Programs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyson R. Sappington, TJSWCD District Manager, has been employed by the TJSWCD since 1986. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Rutgers University (Cook College, 1980) and a Masters of Science in Natural Resource Economics from Virginia Tech (1983). Her work experiences include: Economic Assistant for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) serving on Pueblo Indian Reservations in New Mexico, Resource Economist for the USDA Economic Research Service, and an assistant manager for a Southern States dealer. She has received additional training in stormwater management, urban erosion and sediment control, agronomy, wetland delineation, and NRCS engineering systems. She is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, received their Commendation Award in 1990, and was selected as a Berg Fellow participating in the 1993 Forum for Public Conservation Policy. Ms. Sappington, her husband Larry, and their two children reside in Orange County, where they operate a sawmill and dry kiln. email@example.com