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, Brad 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 Treasurer
Betty Davis is a CPA, recently retired partner 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.
Marcia Verploegen Lewis, Board Secretary
Marcia Verploegen Lewis has retired from her career in public policy but remains involved in many community matters. Her employment history includes 12 years of service in the office of Senator Chris Van Hollen, Director of Partners for Open Space, Deputy Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland, and as a Government Relations Consultant with Gally Public Affairs, specializing in the environment, health and education issues. A graduate of Virginia Tech, she has served on many organizational boards including Eastport Yacht Club Foundation, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, St. Mary’s Parish Environmental Stewardship, St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees, Oak Hill Academy Board of Trustees, MIT’s D-Lab, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Remote Area Medical Volunteers – Canada, Maryland Association of Nonprofits, Patuxent Riverkeeper Board, Hospice Cup, Inc., Anne Arundel County Commission for Women, and the Junior League of Annapolis. Marcia is the recipient of the Junior League’s Tilghman Bowl for Outstanding Community Service and the YWCA TWIN Award (Tribute to Women in Industry).
Robert “Bob” Agee, an International City Managers Association credentialed manager, has served in a number of government roles including City Administrator for the City of Annapolis, Assistant County Executive for Anne Arundel County, State Legislative Staff Analyst, Policy Development and Implementation Assistant to the Mayor, Policy Development and Implementation Assistant to Mayor, and State Legislative Staff Analyst. Bob served on numerous boards, commissions and organizations including Governor’s Wetlands Commission, Arts Council, Dredge Disposal Commission, Anne Arundel County Committee for Historic Trust, National Aggregates Association Board, and Thomas Point Lighthouse. Bob was instrumental in the development of the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park.
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. Julie 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.
Tim Hamilton is Business and Marketing Manager for the Maryland Park Service, where he develops public-private partnerships to further the mission of 75 parks in the system. Since 2012, he has also been the owner of Shiny Object, LLC, a marketing and advertising agency that specializes in small to medium-sized businesses. Prior to that, Tim spent nine years as Marketing Director for Homestead Gardens, one of the largest garden centers in the United States. Tim has worked in media and marketing for 27 years, with a career that has spanned broadcast news, radio consulting, writing, market research, advertising, and brand development. He was an adjunct instructor at Saint Francis University in 2015 and 2017, where he taught Digital and Social Media Marketing at the 300 and 400 levels. Tim has presented to dozens of business and non-profit organizations to assist them in understanding and utilizing advertising, branding, event-based marketing, public relations, and social media to brand their services or products.
Tim has served on several boards of directors in the past and presently, including the Saint Francis University Alumni board for the past ten years as Marketing Chair, the East Coast Garden Center board for nine years as Marketing Chair, the Maryland Tourism Board, and the Historic London Town & Gardens.
Diane Holland is an attorney, currently serving as Legal Advisor to a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She previously served as Senior Advisor at the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau; and Vice President, Law and Policy at USTelecom, a Washington DC trade association. Prior to joining USTelecom, Diane served in multiple leadership roles at the FCC, including Deputy Associate General Counsel, Associate Bureau Chief, and Bureau Chief of Staff. Diane is a long-time champion for the environment, and has authored two children’s books: Easy to be Green (2010) and God is Green (2011). She also is a Master Watershed Steward in Anne Arundel County. Diane is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S.), Howard University School of Law (J.D.), Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.).
Lynn Stack is a marketing communications specialist and writer with an aptitude for bridging strategic thinking and creative expression. She provides innovative solutions for corporate and nonprofit clients across a diversity of sectors, and is currently co-producer of the documentary series, “True North™, Honest Stories of Finding Home.” Lynn began her career in New York’s publishing industry, holding positions at Scientific American and various Hearst and Condé Nast magazines. She later developed radio and cable TV promotional campaigns for Group W Satellite Communications before serving as Communications Director at Waters Design Associates, where she contributed to the development of a proprietary web-based initiative for IBM. As Associate Creative Director at Brann Worldwide, Lynn created acquisition and retention programs for technology, financial services and pharmaceutical clients. Dedicated to supporting local communities and the environment, her articles have appeared in regional magazines and news outlets. Lynn has two daughters, and resides in Annapolis with her husband and two dogs.