Advisory Board


Chair Nicholas Penniman IV, of Naples, FL, and Baltimore, MD, is retired Senior Vice President, Newspaper Operations, Pulitzer Publishing, 1986-1999; Publisher, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1986-1999; and General Manager, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1979-1986. He has a B.A. in Religion from Princeton University and a M.A. in American Studies from Washington College in St. Louis, MO.  He is a member of the boards of the Everglades Foundation (2009-present), National Recreation Foundation (2004-present), and Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee (2013-present). He was board member (1988-1997) and chair (1995-1997) of American Rivers, Washington, DC.  Mr. Penniman was also board member of the Vermont River Conservancy (2001-2005) and board member and chair (1998-2002) of the Gateway Parks and Trails of St. Louis.

Vice-Chair William (Bill) H. Bohnett of Hobe Sound, FL is President, Whitecap Investments LLC, specializing in venture capital, real estate and equities investing. He was a partner of the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in New York City who specialized in corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on investment company and investment adviser representation. Since 2010 Bill is a Member of the Council on Competitiveness, a D.C.-based non-partisan non-profit working on competitiveness issues and since 2012 has been on its Executive Committee. He is an advisory board member of the World Policy Institute in New York City and a member of the Board of Directors of The Synergos Institute, a New York City-based non-profit that works with foundations, NGOs, governments and multinational corporations globally to combat poverty, and is the Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee. Bill has been a Board member of City Harvest, a New York City non-profit food rescue and distribution organization, a member of the National Council of Environmental Defense, a Visiting Fellow of the World Resources Institute and a Board member of The Island School, a secondary school emphasizing sustainable development principles. Bill was an early investor and member of the Board of Directors of GeoCities, an internet community company which went public in August 1998 and subsequently merged with Yahoo! He is a 1970 graduate of Princeton University and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1974.

Past Chair Tom E. Lindley, Esq. of Portland, OR, is Of Counsel with the national law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, and a former partner and Chair of its Environmental, Energy & Resources (EER) practice. Tom has been recognized for "innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems,” and his achievements include helping to conceive and create the nation's first watershed-based multiple source NPDES permit; the nation's first statutory Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) protections; the nation's first multiparty, multispecies Candidate Conservation Agreement; the nation's first statutory environmental audit privilege; Oregon's water quality trading law; and the Oregon Sustainability Act.  Tom is active in the evolving areas of ecosystem and natural resources damage (NRD) credit banking and water quality markets and trading. While Tom served as chair of his firm's national EER practice (2007 to 2016), his team earned top-tier national recognition from Chambers USA and Best Lawyers, and in 2015 was selected as the environmental law practice of the year by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  Tom has been a member of SERC’s Advisory Board since 2007 and has served as its Chair from 2010 to 2012 and from 2015 to 2017.

Past Chair Midgett S. Parker, Jr., Esq. of Annapolis, MD, is a Partner in the law firm Linowes and Blocher LLP based in Annapolis MD. His practice involves counseling a variety of clients on a broad range of issues from government regulations to internal operations, and in commercial real estate law. He has won numerous major land use cases before local zoning officers, boards, commissions, and councils. Mr. Parker has lobbied federal, state and local officials on administrative matters as diverse as tax legislation, affordable housing, and land use regulations. From 1989 to 2001, he served as the Legal Counsel to the Prince George's County Personnel Board where he authored hundreds of personnel grievance decisions. He is Chair of the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation, and has served as Chair of the Board for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and served on numerous philanthropic boards, including the Annapolis Community Fund.​

David A. Armstrong, PhD, of Seattle, WA, is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries (SAFS) University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a member of the University faculty for over 30 years and Director of SAFS for 14 years from 1998 to 2012. During that time he worked with faculty to affect major change in direction, organization, and quality that has resulted in world-class ranking of the department. Dr. Armstrong’s research is focused on crab and shrimp resources in Washington State through the Bering Sea. He and students assess habitat requirements of juvenile stages of commercial crab including Dungeness, king and snow crab. Environmental issues tied to invertebrate resources have included impacts of dredging and means of mitigation, oil spill response, habitat loss and effects of exotic species on commercial fishery production, effects of pesticides in coastal estuaries, long-term trends in populations explained by factors such as climate change, and shift in interactions between predator and prey. Dungeness crab recruitment in both Puget Sound and in estuaries along the outer coast has been a central focus of his program for over 25 years. He has advised and consulted for a number of federal and state agencies and organizations, and has been involved in several major legal questions in Washington state relative to crab resources and possible adverse human effects on stocks, and ways to allocate use of the resources to different groups such as tribes, recreational and commercial fishers based on federal court cases. He received a BS in Biology from UC Irvine in 1970, an MS from Oregon State U in 1974, and a PhD from UC Davis in 1978.f 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.

Emeritus Member Francis H. (Frank) Chaney, II, of Lothian, MD is Chairman of the Board of Chaney Enterprises, Waldorf, Maryland, which is 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 the Chaney's are deeply entrenched and widely respected in civic, philanthropic and cultural communities throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic States. Founded in 1940, Chaney Enterprises is a major regional concrete and aggregate company with location throughout Maryland. Mr. Chaney and the Eugene Chaney Foundation are generous supporters of hundreds of non-profit organizations with interest in the environment, health and education and have provided gifts to many organizations including Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Very Special Arts/Maryland. Mr. Chaney serves on the Community Fund of Anne Arundel County and on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.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.

Harold R. Denton, of West River, MD is the former president and CEO of General Land Abstract Co., Inc., a title insurance company he established in 1981 in New Jersey.  He grew the company to a $4 billion a year firm to become the largest title agent in New Jersey when he sold the company to First American Financial in 2004.  Mr. Denton grew up in the Midwest, joined the Navy, and then graduated from the University of Michigan.  He currently has several real estate investments in Fairfax County, VA, and owns a 110 acre horse farm in southern Maryland, where he has restored an historic home.  He also owns a home in Florida.  In 2009, Mr. Denton was one of the leaders of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center fundraising campaign.  He is an avid boater and competitive sailor along the east coast.  He and his wife are active horse breeders, own three stallions, and are sponsors of the Marlborough Hunt steeplechase races in southern Maryland.

David DeVos, of Lincolnshire, IL is Chief Sustainability Officer of PGIM Real Estate (formerly Prudential Real Estate Investors) of Madison, NJ and Chicago, IL.  He is responsible for developing and guiding a global sustainability strategy for a $63.7B real estate portfolio and leading PGIM Sustainability Councils in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including collecting and monitoring environmental metrics at 900+ properties across 16 countries.  Previous positions include Director of Corporate Sustainability and Director for Architecture for Kohl’s Department Stores. He has bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Environment.

Kay Dryden, Esq. of San Francisco, CA 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.  Prior to EDS she served as a managing partner of Mitchell Madison Group, a spin-off of McKinsey, specializing in strategy consulting, business development, and business process reorganization for Fortune 100 companies.  She practiced law for 25 years, serving as EVP and General Counsel for three San Francisco-based companies in succession; LucasFilm, Charles Schwab, and Del Monte Foods.  She is registered as a securities principal, options securities principal, and financial and operations principal.  Kay is currently a trustee of the Nationwide Mutual Fund Group, a family of 120 funds with $80 billion in assets, affiliated with Nationwide Insurance.  She is on the board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and has served on the boards of Golden Gate Bank, Nollenberger Capital Partners, and Online Financial Solutions, Inc. and the advisory board of Wells Fargo Bank.  Throughout her career, Kay has served in leadership roles on the boards of professional organizations and non-profits including the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Bar Association, Bay Area General Counsel Group, City College of San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Art Institute, Ansel Adams Center, and the San Francisco Zoo.  Kay is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School and has completed the executive management programs at Stanford University and Wharton School of Business.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Charles Ferguson, and their twins, Spencer and Caroline. 

Diane Ebert-May, Ph.D. of East Lansing, MI is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. She provides national leadership for promoting professional development, evaluation and improvement of faculty, postdoctoral teaching fellows, and graduate students who actively participate not only in their own discipline-based research, but also in creative research about teaching and learning. She served on the Education and Human Resources Committee for the Ecological Society of America, the National Research Council Committee on Evaluating Undergraduate Teaching, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an advisory board member of the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of scholarship on Engineering Education.

Jeanne M. Grasso, Esq., of Chevy Chase, MD is a Partner in the law firm Blank Rome LLP in Washington, DC specializing in maritime and environmental law.  Her practice involves issues confronting manufacturing facilities, vessels, and cargo owners on an international, federal, and state level, including issues associated with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Maritime Transportation Security Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  Ms. Grasso's professional associations include the Advisory Committee for the Annual Clean Gulf Conference, the American Bar Association, and the Maritime Law Association Maryland Bar Association. She is President of the Washington DC chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association. 

Kevin Krick, of Fairfax, CA, is Director of Safety, Security and Environmental Response for Matson, based in Oakland, CA. He is responsible for all safety and security programs for the Matson companies, Matson Navigation and Matson Logistics, including all vessels, terminals and employees across the continental US, Alaska, the South Pacific and China. Prior to his position with Matson, he was Head of Security & Environment for the Americas, focusing on all aspects of security and environmental policy for the world’s seventh largest container shipping company, including 150 ships and 5 terminals. Former positions include Senior Advisor on Maritime Policy for the U.S. Maritime Administration and Assistant Director for Security and Accident Prevention for the Pacific Maritime Association.  He is a captain in the U.S. Navy and fully U.S. Coast Guard licensed as a merchant marine officer (Chief Mate any tonnage, Master 1600 tons), and Rear Admiral (inactive) in the U.S. Maritime Service. Mr. Krick has a B.S. degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Master of Maritime Policy from the College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware. He is an active leader in the Boy Scouts in his community.

John Schwieters, of Annapolis, MD is senior executive and member of the Executive Committee of Perseus L.L.C., a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. He has held that position since 2012 after serving as senior advisor from 2009 to 2012, and vice chairman from 2000 to 2009. From 1989 to 2000 Mr. Schwieters was managing partner, Mid-Atlantic Region, Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a director of Danaher Corporation and Choice Hotels International, Inc. and within the past five years has also served as a director of Union Street Acquisition Corp. and Manor Care, Inc. until it was acquired by the Carlyle Group in 2007. Mr. Schwieters has also served as: President, Watergate East, Inc., a cooperative housing corporation; President, Washington Ballet; Chairman, Greater Washington Board of Trade; Vice Chairman, Greater Washington Research Center; Treasurer, the United Way of the National Capital Area; Executive Committee, Federal City Council; Chairman of Development Campaign, Samaritan Inns; Board of Trustees, Trinity College; Treasurer, Community Foundation of the National Capital Region; Treasurer, 2012 Coalition; Advisory Board, The George Washington University Law School; and President, Greater Washington Society of CPAs. Mr. Schwieters holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an L.L.B. from The George Washington University.

James Toomey, of Annapolis, MD is the creator of the daily comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, which is syndicated to over 250 newspapers in 20 countries and six languages.  Jim's cartoon books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.  The conservation message in his comic strip earned him the Environmental Hero Award in 2000, presented by NOAA "for using art and humor to conserve and protect our marine heritage."  He was given the award again in 2010.  Jim has also repurposed his cartooning skills into filmmaking, and has produced several award-winning short videos for clients such as the United Nations, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the World Resources Institute.  He has given talks at a variety of venues, from his April 2010 TED Talk, to the Royal Society in London, to Harvard University.  Jim has been featured in many of his client newspapers, as well as Wired Magazine, National Public Radio, and Discovery Channel's Shark Week.  Mr. Toomey has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University, a Masters in liberal arts from Stanford and a Masters in environmental science from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Updated September 2019