Board of Directors
Charlie Conklin, Vice President of Operations
Retired Bethlehem Steel Corporate Manager. Gunpowder Valley Conservancy member since 1990. Current Board Supervisor of the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District. Active in church missions for restoring creation. Enjoys being in nature and working with various local and state boards and committees to help preserve and restore our natural inheritance and agricultural resources. Believes the world is enriched when we plant trees so that those who come after us can watch them grow.
Jim Martin, Board President
Director of Research and Development at McCormick and Company, Inc., Jim has worked to drive positive environmental change and encourage social responsibility as both a member of the Corporate Sustainability Team and Chair of the Technical Innovation Center Team. He enjoys running, biking, and hiking in the beautiful northern Baltimore County landscape he calls home and feels deeply committed to protecting and preserving the Gunpowder Valley watershed for future generations.
Trained as an industrial designer, John worked as an architect, house builder, custom woodworker, and wooden boat builder before moving to Maryland to retire. He has been a member of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy for over a decade and served as Board Secretary for much of that time. With nine rain barrels on his own property, John is an ardent proponent of sustainable living and watershed preservation who loves hiking with his wife along the upper Gunpowder.
Patricia Novak, Vice President
Pat is a Master Naturalist and Habitat Steward. In addition to her work at the helm of the membership and development committees for the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, she is President of the Cromwell Valley Park Council. Pat’s commitment to the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's goals of preserving the environment and extending land conservation throughout Baltimore County is consistent with her interest in environmental education, 40 years as an educator in the Baltimore County Public Schools, and passion for the natural world.
Brandi is a lead manager with T. Rowe Price and joined the GVC board in 2016. She studied Biology at the University of Utah and holds both B.S and M.S. degrees in Finance from Penn State and Loyola University, respectively. A 10-year resident of Baltimore, she spends her time outdoors cycling, sailing, and hiking with her Aussie sidekick, Maisie. She also enjoys writing and playing music. Having grown up in St. Mary’s County, she has a passion for the Chesapeake Bay and believes in the importance of preserving its surrounding environment.
Matt is a Principal at SC&H Group, a CPA and Management Consulting Firm based out of Baltimore. He is a graduate of Towson University and has lived in the Baltimore area for over 15 years. Spending time running, biking, and hiking in the Gunpowder region sparked his interest to become involved in preserving this fragile part of the county. Matt joined the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy in 2016 with a commitment to helping the organization develop and expand its presence throughout the region. He appreciates the importance of preserving the natural landscape of Gunpowder Valley and is attracted by organization’s goals and enthusiasm towards its cause.
Edward W. Stuebing, Ph.D. Treasurer, Founder and Past President
Retired Physical Sciences and Life Sciences Research Program Manager for Joint Services Chemical and Biological Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground. Founded the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy in 1989 and served five years as the first President. Treasurer ever since. In retirement, Ed enjoys playing trombone in a jazz big band and a symphonic concert band, and doing his best to keep up with the wonderful people who are the living, breathing, working, and playing Gunpowder Valley Conservancy.
In 2016, Purnell received the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Community Leader of the Year award for significant achievements including but not limited to - coordinating and leading numerous community workshops (tree planting, rain barrel and more), contributing hundreds of hours of volunteer service, leading the effort to Bay Wise certify the Miramar Landing community (the first of its kind in Baltimore County,) and being a member of the GVC Clear Creeks Steering Committee. Purnell is also the President of Miramar Landing HOA, represents his community at the Essex Middle River Civic Council, volunteers for Young Life, and is a big brother to kids in need. He has been the owner of a small computer company since 1987. He grew up fishing on the bay which contributed to his love of the outdoors.
Nina Beth Cardin
Nina Beth Cardin, a Conservative rabbi, is the Founder and Director of the Baltimore Orchard Project, an organization dedicated to strengthening food security and building healthier connections between neighbors, land and place. She is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (an interfaith environmental organization) and is the Sustainability Consultant for the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. Nina also founded and directed the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, which has morphed into the Baltimore Jewish Sustainability Coalition at the Pearlstone Center.
Justin is a partner of the private law firm Timmerman, Beaulieu, Hinkle & Esworthy, LLC based in Towson. When not involved in the litigation process, Justin enjoys spending time outdoors including hiking with his wife and two young sons. Justin and his family are currently building a home on their property that is in a conservation easement in White Hall, which encompasses a portion of the NCR Trail and Little Gunpowder Falls. Justin is committed to sustainable living and preserving natural resources. He became active with the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy in 2016.
Dorothy, retired from Sparrows point after 15 years, is now an active minister. She is very active in her Bowerman Loreley Beach community as Vice President of the Community Association. Additionally, she is President of Greater White Marsh County Council and a Board Member of The Restoration of Bird River Group.
Inna Kolomiytsev is the Marketing & Business Development Director of Baltimore-based law firm of Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP where she manages the firm’s marketing and communication initiatives for all practice areas for the full-service firm. She received her MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and is a graduate of Stevenson University where she received a B.S. in Business Communication. She enjoys splitting time between the plethora of urban attractions, and running, biking and outdoor sports, and is passionate about protecting and educating the community on the region’s diverse natural environment.