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Profiles and Progress: PROFILES

Board Members

Grant Smith

Grant Smith joined the board of the Land Trust in 2001, upon his retirement from a 38-year career in the U.S. Department of State, where he rose to the position of Ambassador. After working on baseline surveys and monitoring of conservation easements held by the Land Trust, he became secretary of the board, and was elected president in 2005. In that capacity he has negotiated easement documents, cooperated closely with the Farmland Protection Boards and the Civil War Preservation Trust, visited congressional offices, and represented the Land Trust at meetings of the Coalition of West Virginia Land Trusts and of the national Land Trust Alliance. In 2015 he was elected to the Members Committee of Terrafirma, the national organization that provides legal defense insurance for land trusts. Grant and his wife, Renny, have been landowners in Jefferson County since 1988 and are members of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Jefferson County Historical Society. Grant holds a bachelorís degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He can be contacted at 304-876-2583

Bonnie M. Stubblefield

Bonnie joined the Land Trust Board in 2005, retiring after 30 years of government service from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where she held numerous science and leadership positions, including Regional Director, Eastern Region, and Associate Director for Science. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics, as well as degrees in Geology and Oceanography. Her career provided her with an in depth knowledge of living and non-living natural resources and a holistic approach to the study and understanding of watersheds and ecosystems, such as the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration in South Florida and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration. She is a resident of Berkeley County and was a member and vice president of the Berkeley County Planning Commission from 2005-2006. In addition to being vice president of the Land Trust, she is a member of the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, and was a member of the Project Team for the Opequon Creek Watershed. She can be contacted at 304-274-2350.

Barbara Humes

Barbara is a native of Martinsburg and graduated from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University). She has a Masterís Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland and has had a career as an educator in Prince Georgeís County, Maryland, and has consulted on numerous information management projects. Barbara recently retired as a program officer with the U. S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Barbara resides in Harpers Ferry and serves as secretary and records manager for the Land Trust. She has participated in many areas of community service including chairperson of the Elks Run Study Committee, chairperson of the scholarship committee for the Harpers Ferry Womanís Club, member of the Jefferson County Youth Board, and the Harpers Ferry Historic Foundation. Also, she has served on the Harpers Ferry Planning Commission, as a municipal liaison to the Jefferson County Planning Commission, the Harpers Ferry Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee, Jefferson County Envision Jefferson 2035 Steering Committee, and serves as water commissioner for Harpers Ferry.

Terry Rieman Camilletti

Terry is a lifelong resident of West Virginia. Originally from Charleston, she graduated from West Virginia University in 1975 and West Virginia University College of Law in 1978. She lived in the northern panhandle of West Virginia from 1978 until 2006. During that time, she was a partner in the law firm of Schrader, Byrd & Companion, PLLC, where her practice was primarily banking and real estate related matters, employee benefits, and charitable organizations. She sat on the board of several charitable organizations in Wheeling and was on the Board of Directors of Security National Bank & Trust Co. and also was a member of its Trust Committee. Terry retired from the practice of law in 2006 and now spends most of her time at the Woods in Berkeley County. In addition to her regular board responsibilities, she handles monitoring of the nine easements in Berkeley County and the three in Morgan County.

Gavin Perry

Gavin Perry joined the Board of the LTEP in 2010, bringing valuable expertise in architecture and environmental design. Gavin graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Degree in Architecture. After additional study in England, he moved to Jefferson County in 1975 and has lived in the county ever since with his wife Patricia and three children. Gavin is a retired Architect and is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional). Gavin worked for large international engineering firms for over 30 years working for the Federal government on project throughout the US and overseas, including Building and Facility Design, Master Planning, Sustainable Site Design and high performance green building renovation projects in Washington DC.

After joining the Board, Gavin assumed the annual monitoring responsibilities for the Land Trustís easements in Jefferson County. With over 40 easements, the monitoring work load was very large and growing for one person, so Sam Donley took over early spring monitoring, and other board members agreed to help out as needed, with Gavin providing the overall coordination. Annual monitoring of each easement is a major role of the Board to be sure the conservation values and wishes of the Grantor are maintained into the future.

Samuel J. Donley, Jr.

Sam Donley was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1936, but spent all of his time when not in school on the farm at Molerís Crossroads and lives in the house that his grandparents obtained in 1892 and where his father and most of the other seven children were born.

Sam graduated from Virginia Tech in 1958 with a degree in Agronomy and served in the Army and Army Reserves retiring as a Captain.

The Donley family farm was dairy and Sam continued to dairy farm expanding successfully into grain crops, pork and sheep production. In order to raise his family, it was often necessary to subsidize the income with outside employment and found himself substitute teaching, vocational education teaching, crop insurance adjuster as well as working for several agriculture industry businesses.

Sam has been a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau for fifty years, served as a member of the Jefferson County Planning Commission for twelve years, is currently on the Board of Directors of Elmwood Cemetery-Shepherdstown and the Board of Directors of Eastern Panhandle Land Trust.

Sam has continued his agriculture education as classes have been offered through the Extension Service and is considered a good farm manager using progressive methods.

Robert White

Robert White, an Army veteran, has worked as a teacher, surveyor, engineer and travel agent. Also, he has worked with planning commissions since 1975. More recently he has worked on farmland protection in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. For three years, he was Executive Director of the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board. Currently, he is a voting member of Morgan County Farmland Protection Board. He resides in Berkeley Springs.

Professional Assistance

Lavonne Paden

Lavonne was the past president of the Land Trust and left the board to assist the Canaan Valley Institute and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in instituting land protection efforts throughout the state of West Virginia. Lavonne is a CPA and financial institutions consultant with over 20 yearsí experience. She began her career with an international accounting firm, auditing a variety of commercial, governmental and nonprofit institutions. From 1984 through 1990, Lavonne was the Vice President and Controller of the Acacia Group, a $1 billion diversified financial services company in Washington, D.C. In 1992, she took a two-year professional fellowship assisting the U. S. congress through the General Accounting Office in their oversight of the financial services industry.

Since 1993, Lavonne has consulted for both regional and national financial institutions in developing reporting systems and performing financial studies for management. Most recently, she assisted a Washington, D.C.-based insurance group, providing medical malpractice insurance for doctors and hospitals, to successfully complete a $10 million public stock offering.

Lavonne has researched and written about the preservation of land, including estate planning, conservation easements, and land use issues. She is interested in land planning issues, tourism and the promotion of public awareness of land protection. Lavonne was instrumental in the 2001 legislative forum which resulted in the drafting of the real estate transfer tax mechanism to fund the county Farmland Protection Boards. She was a member of the Berkeley County Planning Commission from 2001 to 2004. She then served as the Executive Director of the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board, where she assisted 15 counties in starting Farmland Protection Boards. After that, she became Director of the WV Agricultural Land Protection Authority, which became operational in 2005.

F. Mark Schiavone

Mark prepared the first Baseline Documentation Reports for the Land Trust and returned to that role in 2014.

He started his career in high school when he took a position as seasonal naturalist for the Maryland Park Service Ė at the time he was the youngest park naturalist in the service. Afterwards he pursued several degrees in biology and conducted basic research into how the basic body plan of plant embryos are laid down. Research led to an interest in computers, which opened a new career path as a developer of database systems. His major clients in that phase were institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the US Department of Education, and the National Weather Service.

Databases were the cause of the next sharp turn when he accepted a position as the Impact Fee Coordinator for Jefferson County Government. He created that program and managed it for eight years, and during that time took on the responsibility for the county IT program and finally the county budget, which he managed for 4 years. He returned to consulting, doing baseline studies for Berkeley and Jefferson Counties and authoring five books on database programming and using Microsoft Word to create complex documents.

In January 2015 he accepted the position as Executive Director of the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board. In addition to his duties in that position, he continues to provide consulting to other conservation groups. Recent project clients have included the Farmland Protection Boards of Jefferson, Berkeley, Hampshire, and Pendleton Counties of West Virginia, the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Authority, and the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle.

Rodney Bartgis

Rodney was an early board member on the Land Trust, and a native of Berkeley County. He left the board in 2001 and served for many years as West Virginia State Director of the Nature Conservancy. He is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund.

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