SERC Advisory Board

Chairperson, Tom E. Lindley, Esq.
of Portland, Ore., is a partner in the law firm Perkins-Coie LLP. He has nearly 30 years of experience specializing in environmental and natural resource matters, including water quality, endangered species, audits and litigation.

Vice Chair, Nicholas Penniman IV of Naples, Fla., and Baltimore, Md., is the retired Senior Vice President, Newspaper Operations, of Pulitzer Publishing. He also worked as general manager and later publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 20 years. In addition to the SERC advisory board, he serves on the boards of the Everglades Foundation, the National Recreation Foundation and the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee, and previously chaired the boards of American Rivers in Washington, D.C., and the Gateway Parks and Trails of St. Louis.

David A. Armstrong, Ph.D., of Seattle, is a professor at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS), which he directed from 1998 to 2012. His research focuses on crab and shrimp resources in Washington through the Bering Sea. Dr. Armstrong has advised numerous federal and state agencies and been involved in several major legal questions in Washington concerning crab resources and the potential impacts of human activity.

William (Bill) H. Bohnett of Hobe Sound, Fla., is president of Whitecap Investments LLC. He previously worked as a partner in the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in New York City, where he specialized in corporate and securities matters. He is a member of the Smithsonian's National Board and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness, a D.C.-based nonpartisan nonprofit working on competitiveness issues.

Emeritus Member Francis H (Frank) Chaney II of Lothian, Md., is chairman of the board of Chaney Enterprises in Waldorf, Md., the largest sand, gravel and concrete production company in the state. He is also president of the Chaney Foundation. The Chaney family has resided in Maryland for nearly 300 years and are deeply involved in civic, philanthropic and cultural communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

Kevin Compton of Wye Mills, Md., is president of Tudor Farms, Inc., a reserve encompassing 6,600 acres of pristine land on the Delmarva Peninsula. He works to advance innovative approaches to conserving wildlife habitat as well as fish and game management and conservation. Mr. Compoton is also involved in efforts to manage invasive nutria and a complex array of salt marshes, farmland and forested areas.

Vice Admiral Derwood "D.C." Curtis, of Annapolis, Md., is a retired 3-star Admiral. In his final assignment, he served as third commander of Naval Surface Forces and 15th comander of the Pacific Fleet's Naval Surface Force, where he was responsible for more than 160 surface force ships based around the world. In his post-naval career, he served as Vice President/Chief Operations Officer for SABREE Construction, Inc. (2012-2015) and now serves as Director of Business/Strategy Development for SBG Technology Solutions.

Harold Denton of West River, Md., is the former president and CEO of General Land Abstract Co., Inc., a title insurance company he founded in 1981. He grew the company to a $4 billion-a-year firm to become the largest title agent in New Jersey when he sold it to First American Financial in 2004. Today he owns a 110-acre horse farm in southern Maryland, where he has restored a historic home. He and his wife are active horse breeders with three stallions. He is also an avid boater and competitive sailor.

Kay P. Dryden, Esq., of San Francisco, Calif., is CEO and President of Energy Dispute Solutions, LLC (EDS), providing strategy consulting, regulatory expertise, mediation and arbitration of complex business disputes for global corporations, with a focus on traditional and alternative energy companies and utilities.

Diane Ebert-May, Ph.D., of East Lansing, Mich., is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. She also served with the Ecological Society of America and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jeanne M. Grasso, Esq., of Chevy Chase, Md., is a partner in the law firm Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in maritime and environmental law. Her practice involves issues confronting manufacturers, vessels and cargo owners from the state to international level. She is also president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Women's International Shipping and Trade Association.

Kyle B. Lukins, Esq., of Bainbridge Island, Wash., is the vice president-general counsel and secretary for Carrix, Inc., headquarted in Seattle. Through its subsidiaries, Carrix is the largest independent marine terminal and intermodal rail terminal operator in the Americas. Mr. Lukins is responsible for managing the company's legal affairs, including business transactions, litigation and regulatory matters.

Midgett S. Parker Jr., Esq., of Annapolis, Md., is a partner in the law firm Linowes and Blocher LLP and specializes in real estate and business law. He has won many major land use cases and lobbied federal, state and local officials on tax legislation, affordable housing and land use regulations. Parker chaired the SERC advisory board from 2007 until 2010.

C. Jason Payne of Mill Valley, Calif., is a managing partner and founder of Mainsail Partners, a private equity firm based in San Francisco that manages over $150 million in funds from leading institutions, executives and entrepreneurs.

John Schwieters of Annapolis, Md.,is senior executive and member of the Executive Committee of Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. He also serves as director of Danaher Corporation and Choice Hotels. Other positions include president of Watergate East, Inc., a cooperative housing corporation; president of the Washington Ballet, treasurer of the United Way of the National Capital Area and advisory board member of George Washingotn University Law School.

John C. Stamato of Davidsonville, Md., is founder and president of Ribera Development, LLC, in Annapolis, Md. Mr. Stamato has been involved in land development in the mid-Atlantic region for more than 16 years, specializing in subdivision, infrastructure and environmental approvals for residential, commerical and mixed-use development projects.

last updated February 2016