Kristen Hughes Evans, Executive Director
Kristen Hughes Evans founded Sustainable Chesapeake to serve as a bridge between farmers and the environmental community – and to bring innovative solutions to water quality that are grounded in practicality to the region. She works with stakeholders throughout the Chesapeake Bay region to bring new technologies to farms, such as manure-to-energy systems with the potential to provide new sources of revenue for excess nutrients, and manure application technologies that reduce loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to surface waters. She also works in support of collaborative efforts focused on addressing farm-scale and regional nutrient balance, such as the Virginia Nutrient Management Leadership Team, the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum, and the Delmarva Land and Litter Change Team.
Prior to working with Sustainable Chesapeake, Ms. Evans served as a Virginia Staff Scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where she worked with partners throughout the Commonwealth to bring resources to innovative agricultural projects and cost share programs. Prior to her work with the Bay Foundation, Ms. Evans worked as a project manager with Sustainable Conservation where she collaborated with San Joaquin Valley dairy farmers, Cooperative Extension, and other regional partners to expand the use of conservation tillage for dairy forage crop production.
Ms. Evans is a certified nutrient management planner in both Maryland and Virginia and holds an M.Eng.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the National University of Ireland, as well as an M.S. in Marine and Estuarine Environmental Science, a B.S. in Biological Resources Engineering, and a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland.
Roy A. Hoagland, Esq., Board Chair
Roy A. Hoagland has over 25 years working on Chesapeake Bay restoration issues. His extensive experience in nonprofit advocacy with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation ranges from directing the legal and litigation efforts of the Virginia office to serving as the Foundation’s Vice President for its multi-state and federal advocacy programs. Currently, Mr. Hoagland is the principal of HOPE Impacts, LLC (www.hopeimpacts.com), a private firm partnering with non-profits, foundations, and governmental agencies on complex issues facing Chesapeake Bay restoration. In July of 2014, he was appointed as a visiting professor of practice and director of the William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic.
An author of numerous articles on Chesapeake Bay matters, Mr. Hoagland has directed initiatives focusing on a wide range of water quality policy and environmental law matters, including but not limited to wetlands protection, pollution reduction, citizen standing and engagement, nutrient trading, land conservation, and oyster restoration. While Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Mr. Hoagland led the Foundation’s efforts to establish Bay-specific funding provisions in the federal Farm Bill as well as its work to establish the precedential Bay-wide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by the federal EPA.
A graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Maryland (Carey School of Law), Mr. Hoagland holds a Bachelor of Science with majors in biology and English and a Juris Doctor in law.
Dr. Ingo May, Treasurer
Dr. May has 33 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army, as both a Captain and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He served as the head of the Army Research Laboratory’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) in Maryland. In this position, he directed over 400 scientists and engineers. In this position Dr. May was actively supporting environmental stewardship programs at APG.
Dr. May has also served in numerous leadership positions associated with data exchange agreements, technical committees, special review groups such as the DoD/DoE Joint Munitions programs, OSD panels, and executive committees for University Research Initiatives. Dr. May has authored or co-authored over 70 reports and publications and has presented over 100 technical papers to national and international scientific organizations.
Dr. May has served as a consultant employee at SAIC for the last 10 years after his retirement from the Army. He has also served as consultant to the Office of the DDR&E (OSD), the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition and Logistics, Army R&D organizations, the Institute for Defense Analysis, as well as other defense industries. He also served as Vice-President of Hicks and Associates, Inc., an SAIC subsidiary.
Dr. May is an accomplished racing and blue water cruising sailor, who with his crew, won the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association’s Northern Bay High-Point Award six times, the Governors Cup, Atlantic City Race Week Overall, and Annapolis Race Week. He has sailed and raced several times to Maine, Nova Scotia, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Bermuda, the Caribbean and spent two winters in the Bahamas with his family.
Dr. May graduated with honors from Gannon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. He received a Master’s Degree from Western Reserve University, and in 1967 he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.
Robin Jones, Secretary
Robin Jones is a Richmond, Virginia area native with over thirty years of experience in project management. Ms. Jones currently works with Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy managing efforts to promote energy efficiency and energy education such as high performance buildings, energy analyst training and biomass to energy initiatives.
Ms. Jones is also a founding member of the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum, a collaborative effort focused on promoting solutions for water quality in the Shenandoah Valley that support the long-term viability of animal agriculture in the region.
Ms. Jones graduated with a Bachelor in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and was subsequently awarded a Master of Urban Planning at University of Virginia and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
Prior to his retirement in May 2013, Bob Monley served for nine years as the General Manager for Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. (FPPC), where he was responsible for managing a federal grant program aimed at evaluating alternative nutrient management methods appropriate for the farm. During his tenure, Mr. Monley oversaw the implementation of 45 innovative, farm-scale projects located in critical watersheds across 20 different states. During his career, Mr. Monley built his extensive technical and management expertise by serving heavily regulated businesses in the mining, defense and nuclear utility industries. Prior to joining FPPC in 2004, he was plant manager response for operation of the nation’s largest commercial fuel fabrication facilitation for Westinghouse in Columbia, SC. He has a B.S. and Masters in Engineering.
Stephen Versen currently serves as a Project Manager with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) where he provides business development assistance to the agriculture and forestry industries. Mr. Versen connects prospective new businesses with financial resources, business planning tools and logistical resources that help establish new businesses that grow markets for Virginia agricultural and forestry products, and that create jobs and new revenue sources for farms and communities in Virginia. He serves as the agency’s primary contact for bio-energy projects and is the point person for the new Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development fund.
Mr. Versen’s former work experience includes the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, where he assisted communities with their downtown revitalization efforts as an administrator of the Virginia Main Street program. Prior to that he worked for the City of Staunton’s Department of Economic Development.
Mr. Versen graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and received his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Former Board Members:
Sustainable Chesapeake would also like to acknowledge and thank our founding Board Members for their service:
Dale Gardner served as a founding member of Sustainable Chesapeake’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. Professionally, he served as the Chesapeake Agricultural Program Coordinator for Water Stewardship Inc. where he worked with farmers develop individualized continuous environmental improvement plans that make sense for the farm and improve water quality.Prior to joining Water Stewardship Inc. in March 2009, Mr. Gardner was the Executive Secretary of the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association. During his tenure as Executive Secretary, Mr. Gardner was actively engaged in environmental issues. He helped to found the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum, a collaborative group of producer, state agency representatives and environmental groups all working to reduce the nutrient impact on the Chesapeake Bay. He also served on the advisory group for the Mid-Atlantic Water Program. Mr. Gardner is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He was a partner in his family’s purebred Holstein farm in Bridgewater, Virginia for 25 years.
Jane Corson-Lassiter was a founding member of Sustainable Chesapeake’s Board, and served as the organization’s Treasurer from 2013 to 2016. She currently works as the District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Virginia Eastern Shore office. Prior to her role as District Conservationist, she worked on detail from USDA with Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. to identify, demonstrate, and evaluate the performance of farm-scale thermal manure-to-energy systems. Ms. Corson-Lassiter also previously served as Coordinator for the Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council. Her 20 years’ experience also includes promotion of conservation practices in agriculture with the Eastern Shore, VA Soil and Water Conservation District and wetlands protection and outdoor facility site planning and design with the Army Corps of Engineers in Florida and Pennsylvania. Ms. Corson-Lassiter has been recognized for her conservation efforts in agriculture by the Association of Virginia Potato and Vegetable Growers, and for environmental education programs by the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society. Ms. Corson-Lassiter holds a B.S. in biology from Brandeis University, an M.L.A in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. in agriculture and life sciences from Virginia Tech.