Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Brad Leahy, Board Chairman
Brad Leahy is Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Blades of Green, Inc., a company providing lawn care and pest control services in Maryland. He joined Blades of Green 25 years ago after graduating from High Point University, majoring in business/finance with a minor in computer information systems. His experience spans over areas of field operations, employee recruiting and retention along with cultural changes in a high-growth atmosphere. As Chief Financial Officer, he has gained significant experience in financial management. He is an active member of four Peer Groups and participates in mentoring other small businesses. He has developed the Green Service line to offer true organic products for lawn and pest control.
Betty Davis, Board Secretary
Betty Davis is a CPA, recently retired partner and current consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP. In her capacity at EY, Betty trained and mentored staff, pursued new business and focused on the financial reporting for real estate, leasing, and alternative energy transactions for public companies under SEC guidelines. Prior to joining EY in 1999, Betty was employed by an investment subsidiary of PEPCO for over 15 years, most recently as VP and controller. She was responsible for the company’s audited financial statements, and for compiling the company’s annual budget, five-year strategic plan, and was a voting member of the company’s investment committee. Betty graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Crownsville with her husband, Jim. They have two daughters, Casey and Brennan.
Edward Herold, Jr., Treasurer
Ed Herold heads a financial services organization, providing a variety of accounting, tax and planning services to small business owners and individuals. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Frostburg State University and a M.S. in taxation from the University of Baltimore, and is a member of the AICPA, MACPA and Tax Division of the AICPA. Ed has worked with the SPCA of Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis Lighthouse, St. Jane Frances, Mission 14 and Frostburg State University. A life-long athlete and world traveller, Ed competes in marathons, duathlons, triathlons and century bike rides, and recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ed currently resides in Annapolis with his dog, Sam, an 11-year-old golden retriever, where he is developing several book ideas focused on his adventure to Kilimanjaro, his Mom’s journey with dementia, and life as a business owner from his dog’s perspective.
George Blevins is the Sales Manager for Maryland-based Victor Stanley, a leading site furnishing manufacturer. He joined the company in 2010 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in marketing. In addition to his work at Victor Stanley, he is also on the board for the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and fills two officer positions on the Urban Design Professional Practice Network for the National ASLA. George grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and spent much of his childhood on the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers that feed into it. He now resides in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife Amanda, and daughters, Samantha and Ava.
Julie Crudele is a fundraising and marketing professional with expertise in international development, environmental organizations and national nonprofits undertaking capital campaigns and ambitious fundraising efforts. She is a partner consultant with Capacity Partners, based in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Development and Communications at CEDPA, an international organization serving women and girls. Other positions include Executive Vice President of the Jane Goodall Institute and Vice President of Communications and Development at University Circle in Cleveland. She was President of the Board of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park, a board member of the National Bonsai Foundation at the National Arboretum, and Chair of Leadership Development and Nominating for Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. Julie is a graduate of Cleveland State University and earned two master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University in International Health and Medical Anthropology.
Noel Gasparin is the facilities manager for the Key School in Annapolis. Over a career of 24 years, he held several supervisory positions at the George Washington University as Grounds Operations Manager and Landscape Designer. Noel attended West Virginia University and has won several Green Star Awards from the Professional Grounds Management Society. He is a member of the Professional Grounds Management Society, and the Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association.
Named as one of Maryland’s top producing Realtors, Kristi Neidhardt has been establishing “raving fans” of her real estate business since 2003. She is not only thoughtful, but also an expert negotiator, successful, energetic, proactive and ethically works toward looking out for her clients’ long-term housing and financial needs. She has been recognized as the Top 1% of all Maryland Century 21 New Millennium Realtors, Top 1% of all Anne Arundel County Realtors, and Top 10 of all the Century 21 Mid Atlantic Realtors (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Virginia, New Jersey), and Top 1% in sales volume in the United States. Kristi now lives in Annapolis with her husband, Chad (owner of Chad’s BBQ in Edgewater) and two dogs. She is an avid boater, advocate for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, has dedicated eight years to non-profit fundraising and event management, and is a devoted member of Rotary and Woods Church.