Our Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated individuals who share a common desire to advance the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s mission and goals. Our volunteer leaders use their diverse backgrounds and experience to guide the work of the Foundation as we seek to fulfill our vision of a world where all people are connected to nature and inspired to take actions that sustain our world.
Bernard “Bud” Wareham, Vice President
Bill Couper, Secretary
Severna Park, Maryland
Fredric T. Walls, II, Treasurer
Riverdale Park, Maryland
Kent L. Hibben
David Sloan, Jr.
Ft. Washington, MD
Dan has 25 years of public and private sector experience developing programs and managing projects in the areas of sustainability, environment, energy, emergency preparedness, and health and safety. He is a 16-year employee of Logistics Management Institute where he is currently a senior consultant. Dan spent 10 years in key positions as a board member with Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and Lutheran Housing Services. His affiliation with AFF began as a stream cleanup site leader in 2002. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010, and has served as Secretary and Development Committee Chair. Dan earned a BS degree in Geology from James Madison University and an MS degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a Professional Geologist, Project Management Professional, and LEED Green Associate.
Bud has been living in the Moyaone Reserve for over 50 years and brings first-hand knowledge of the history of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Moyaone Reserve. As a teenager he helped cut and hang tobacco, baled hay and herded cattle at Hard Bargain Farm. His father, Bernie Wareham, was the first Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the “Wareham Lodge” was named in his honor.
Heavily influenced by his father’s commitment to community service Bud has continued to be an active and dedicated resident, serving the Moyaone Association as president, Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee for more than 20 years, and Chair of the Pool Committee.
Bud’s career has included more than 30 years with the federal government and a decade in the private sector as a computer programmer, systems analyst, database administrator and project manager. In addition, he served our country in the US Air Force in various overseas assignments.
Recently retired, Bud and his wife are enjoying their time together traveling and spending quality time with their children and grandchildren.
Bill Couper spent 40 years with Bank of America and its predecessors, the last 17 in leadership roles as President of the Baltimore region (1995 – 2000), Greater Washington DC (2000 – 2005) and the Mid-Atlantic region (2005 – 2012). In those roles he was responsible for aligning the many line of business teams to deliver the full resources of the Bank to clients and customers. He was also the senior leader in those markets for philanthropy, sponsorships and volunteerism.
He had senior roles in Risk Management (2001 – 2005), Business Banking (1995 – 2001) and Consumer Banking. He has extensive experience with change management through the mergers of American Security Bank with Maryland National Bank (1987) and Maryland National Bank with Nations Bank/Bank of America (1993).
In addition to his leadership roles with the Bank, he chaired the following organizations: Maryland Chamber of Commerce (2001 – 2003), United Way of the National Capital Area (2003 – 2005), the Greater Washington Initiative (2004 – 2006), the Greater Washington Board of Trade (2008) and the Virginia Bankers Association (2011 – 2012). He also served on many other non-profit boards in Washington, Baltimore and Virginia, and led fundraising efforts for United Way of Central Maryland (1997), the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Annual Fund (1999) and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore (1997) and the National Capital Kidney Foundation Ball (2009).
Bill continues board affiliations with Goucher College, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, MedStar Health, the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation and the University System of Maryland Foundation, and continues to be active with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
He has received the following recognition: the Montgomery County Chamber (Business Leader of the Year 2005), Maryland Business Hall of Fame (2009), City Year Lifetime of Idealism (2012) and Washington Business Hall of Fame (2013).
He is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and completed programs at the Defense Language Institute (Certificate in Portuguese) and the College for Financial Planning (Certified Financial Planner).
Fred is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Foundations and Endowments Specialty Practice since joining SunTrust Bank in 2011. In this role he advises and personally oversees the prudent investment of $300+ Mil of foundation and endowment funds for national and international clients domiciled primarily within the National Capital Region. He also serves as member of SunTrust’s Regional President’s charitable giving committee for grants and community development outreach in the Greater Washington and Baltimore markets. Prior to joining SunTrust Fred worked as Senior Vice President and Market Director of Institutional Investments in the Greater Washington area for the PNC Asset Management Group for seven years. Fred began working in the financial management industry in 1988 and has worked for Prudential Financial, Smith Barney Investment Advisors and Sturdivant & Co. in a variety of roles. Fred received his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Investment Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Howard University. Fred has been an active member of several boards including the DC Police Foundation, Levine School, Imagination Stage, National Park Trust, and Aljira Inc. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Zanes Cypress is a Managing Partner at the United States Investment Management Company. In this role he conducts securities analysis, portfolio management, and is a member of the firm’s equity research and capital deployment committees. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at the management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition to his time in the private sector, he worked in state government as an investment consultant from 2009-2013 within Maryland’s Governor’s Office. For his work in public service, his was awarded with an honorary governor’s citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Zanes has presented to legislative bodies and at numerous conferences on his subject matter expertise on investment manager diversity and inclusion.
He is a past participant of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Creative Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance program and is 2008 National Urban Fellow. Zanes has a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from Coppin State University and holds a master of public administration degree from the City University of New York, Baruch College. In conjunction to his role at the firm, he is also completing a graduate thesis analyzing the influence of sovereign wealth funds on U.S. politics at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Abraham Haspel
Abe is the president of Cogent Analysis Group and an internationally recognized expert in energy and environmental matters and an authority on various American Indian matters as well. As a member of the Senior Executive Service between 1988 and 2008, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy (1993-2002), and Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Interior (2002 -2008), Abe has been a leader at the highest levels of the U.S. government in resolving many of the most daunting issues in these areas.
Abe was one of the lead U.S. negotiators between 1993 and 2000 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the negotiations that led to carbon trading and the Clean Development Mechanism provisions of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. He also led the revitalization of the 23-nation international Climate Technology Initiative between 1998 and 2000.
Abe has received numerous honors. Three times he was given the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the highest award given a career civil servant, and two times the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service, the second highest award given a career civil servant, receiving them from both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also received the Honor Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award the Department of the Interior grants, and twice received the Secretary of Energy’s Gold Award, the highest honor award at the Department of Energy.
Michael is a lobbyist and lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael Herman. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alice Ferguson Foundation for many years, including serving as Board President. During his service on the Board he has been extensively involved in raising funds for the “Living Building” at Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek.
Michael has been a practicing attorney since 1992 after he graduated from the Washington College of Law/American University. He also holds a BA from the University of Michigan. He specializes in business practice, litigation, land use/zoning, personal injury and government relations. He has previously served as a Maryland Assistant State’s Attorney and was the former Chief of Staff to the Prince George’s County Executive. He has also worked with several law firms as a paralegal, law clerk, associate and lobbyist.
In addition to his legal work, Michael is a former elected official where he served four terms on the Town Council, and one term as Mayor of the Town of Riverdale Park where he currently resides. He has always been actively engaged in community service. He was a Big Brother, founder and former President of the Riverdale Boys and Girls Club, and a current and former board member of numerous organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. He also serves on the Board of Joe’s Movement Emporium, a dance and performance non-profit in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
A life-long Moyaone resident and local activist, Kent serves as an At-Large Member of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association and as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee for the Moyaone Association. He has also previously served ten years as a member of the AFF board and as a youngster briefly lived in the Ferguson home before it was converted to office space. In his professional life, Kent serves as a US Department of Energy’s (DOE) HQ Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) subject matter expert and spokesperson on energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) issues. In addition to his tenure as Contracting Officer Representative, Kent worked as a legal assistant, program analyst and special investigator for the DOE Office of Hearings and Appeals. Prior to his federal career, he was a systems analyst, researching legislation and conducting applied research projects at a small business defense contractor in Aberdeen, Maryland, and spent the 80’s as an AFF Farmhand. Kent was a licensed stockbroker in a Co-Op Program during his studies at the University of Maryland, including a year of study in Germany. He graduated with Bachelor Degrees in Economics, French, German, and Linguistics.
Matt is President and Founder of Lone Rock Strategies, a lobbying firm that focuses on Indian affairs, forest management, natural resources and energy issues. Prior to forming Lone Rock, Hill served for 10 years as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith of Oregon who was a leading member of key Senate committees including Energy and Natural Resources, and Indian Affairs. During that time Matt took time off to serve in a leadership capacity in several statewide political campaigns in Oregon and Alaska. After working for Senator Smith, Hill managed federal environmental policy for Edison International, a Fortune 200 company that is the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the country. Matt graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service.
Stevenson is a semi-retired American diplomat (he still works part-time at the State Department), with more than twenty years of experience working in Africa and on African related issues. Since returning from Zambia in 1998 and retiring from the Foreign Service in 2003, he and his family have settled on the farm his wife grew up on near Hard Bargain Farm. Originally from Fauquier County, Virginia, Stevenson graduated from Harvard College in 1964, served two years in the U.S. Army and spent nearly two years in Vietnam as a development advisor. Along with his experience in the Foreign Service, he has also worked in Virginia politics, wrote for Virginia weekly newspapers and served as an elected County Supervisor in Fauquier.
Often referred to as ‘the Real Estate Agent for the Moyaone Reserve,’ Sheryl Romeo has lived in the community for more than 26 years. Her more than 15 years of experience in selling homes in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland has earned her, among other things, membership in the Distinguished Sales Club of the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors. She is also a Certified Distressed Property Educated® (CDPE), NAR Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Certified and Maryland Workforce Housing Certified. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Sheryl worked for 16 years at the National Headquarters of the American Institute of Architects. An avid and involved member of the community Sheryl has served as Secretary of the Friends of the Accokeek Library, volunteered at the EcoFarm and the Home Grown Coffee House and is a proud member of the National Colonial Farm & the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
David Sloan, Jr. is a proven advocate who has dedicated his professional life to bringing people together to advocate on behalf of the issues that matter to our county: jobs, opportunity, high quality education, affordable health care, and stronger, safer communities. As Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party, David worked to unite Democrats and build a party that reflects the diversity of our State. As a trusted aid to Governor Martin O’Malley, he advocated for issues that matter to Prince Georgians. As political director on President Barack Obama’s 2008 Maryland campaign, and Coordinated Campaign Executive Director for the 2012 coordinated campaign. David began his career in service to former Prince George’s County Council Member Dorothy Bailey and for former Council Member Major Riddick. He is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County and a proud alumnus of Parkdale High School. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, and enjoys singing with his band, 33 West. David serves as a member of the Accokeek Foundation Board of Directors.
Elizabeth Theobalds is the Assistant County Attorney for Charles County. She first became involved with the Foundation in 1996 participating in the Hard Bargain Players’ theater productions both on stage and back stage. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2010. Elizabeth Theobalds lives and works in La Plata. Through her involvement she continues to support the artistic, educational, environmental and historic preservation goals of the Foundation.
Jayson Williams is the President and CEO of Mayson-Dixon Strategic Consulting, a boutique business development and public affairs firm that specializes in strategic planning for government agencies, non-profits, political offices, and community developers. His career has included senior level campaign work for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski during her 2004 re-election and Congressman Ben Cardin during his 2006 senatorial election. After Mr. Cardin’s election to the U.S. Senate, Jayson began consulting for campaigns both locally and nationally.
Jayson’s work has also spanned the non-profit sector where he served as the Maryland Political Director for the Laborers International Union of North America, overseeing all of their local, state, and federal lobbying efforts as well as the organization’s public activism & business partnerships. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as a senior aide to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and was charged with helping him execute his vision for Prince George’s County for making the County the top economic engine in the Washington Region. Jayson was a part of the senior leadership team helping the County Executive build his government and work on key issues like ethics reform, the 1.2 billion dollar MGM Resort Casino, education reform, government reorganization and the administrations signature community improvement program called the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.
After nearly 4 years of service, Jayson was appointed by the County Executive to join the leadership team of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, serving in the newly created role of Vice President for Strategic Alliances. In that role, he oversaw business relations, special projects, and private investment for the Economic Development Corporation. Since 2009, Jayson has taught a political campaign management course as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University in Washington D.C., and over the past 13 years he has privately advised several of his friends, colleagues, and former students.
Mike moved to the Moyaone Reserve about a dozen years ago and is the owner of Phoenix System Management and Consulting LLC, a systems software development services company he runs from his home. He has been an active leader in the Accokeek community for many years, serving as President of the Moyaone Association for several terms. As president, he focused on building and improving relationships with local organizations such as the Accokeek Foundation and GACA as well as political ties with Prince Georges County and state officials and elected representatives in Annapolis. He has over 35 years of experience working in major corporations and as an entrepreneur. Mike commenced his career as an officer in the British Royal and Merchant Navies. He received an honors degree in Economics & Law from the University of Wales, holds an unlimited Master’s License issued by the UK government and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.