About The Alice Ferguson Foundation

Garden view of farmhouseThe Alice Ferguson Foundation was established in 1954 as a non-profit organization chartered in the state of Maryland. The Alice Ferguson Foundation’s educational programs unite students, educators, park rangers, communities, regional organizations, and government agencies throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to promote the environmental sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.

Mission

The Alice Ferguson Foundation’s mission is to connect people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices, and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship, and advocacy.

Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

 

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Board of Directors

View from the Farmhouse. Photo: Libby Campbell

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.

Steve Kim, President
Accokeek, Maryland

Bernard “Bud” Wareham, Vice President
Accokeek, Maryland

Kent L. Hibben, Secretary
Accokeek, Maryland

Michael Berger, Treasurer
Washington, DC

Tericke Blanchard
Washington, DC

Christy Goldfuss
Washington, DC

Nakita Reed
Fort Washington, Maryland

David Sloan, Jr.
Fort Washington, Maryland

Mike Williams
Accokeek, Maryland

Dan Jackson
Fairfax, Virginia

Daniel Donohue
Accokeek, Maryland

Kay Powell
Accokeek, Maryland

Kate Zabriskie
Port Tobacco, Maryland

Susan Jones
Accokeek, Maryland

Gail Dickert
Accokeek, Maryland

Jessica Semachko
Washington, DC

 


Steve Kim, President

Stephen Kim is a professional general contractor and owner of American Engineered Solutions, Inc. Steve has worked for over thirty-five years in the areas of business, commercial facilities maintenance, and residential and commercial construction and project management with twenty years’ experience in the field of luxury hotel engineering and facilities management. Prior to founding American Engineered Solutio

ns in 2014, he was a Director of Facilities with the The Ritz-Carlton and Westin Hotel companies where he oversaw the day-to-day operations as well as major facilities renovations and capital building projects. This included working with different ownership entities to reach consensus on all facets of multi-use budgeting including multiple departments’ budgets as well as 5 and 10 year capital plans. Steve was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in the area known as the Northeast Kingdom. He is a twenty-five year resident of Prince Georges County, and a 17-year resident of the Moyaone Reserve where he resides with his wife and two daughters. Steve is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and attended Bates College.


Bud

Bernard “Bud” Wareham, Vice President

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.


Kent L. Hibben, Secretary

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 served as Director of the US Navy Indian Head NSWC Acquistion Pillar Campaign, and is also a US Department of Energy’s (DOE) HQ Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Senior Policy Analyst. In addition to his tenure as a Federal Contracting Officer Representative, Kent worked as a legal assistant, program analyst, and special investigator for the DOE. 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. An ongoing Journeyman at the June Apple Dulcimers lutherie, Kent was also a licensed stockbroker in a Co-Op Program during his studies at the University of Maryland (UMD), including a year of study in Germany. He graduated with Bachelor Degrees in Economics, French, German, and Linguistics, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship at the UMD College of Engineering.

 


Michael Berger

Michael Berger, Founding Partner & VP Supply Chain of Elevation Burger, has led the rapid growth of Elevation Burger and its popular organic offerings to America’s fast-food lovers, first starting with organic grass-fed beef, and later expanding to include organic chicken and organic bacon. Under his leadership in establishing the Elevation Burger restaurant group, the chain has grown exponentially with locations around the world.  In addition to Michael’s role at Elevation Burger, he is an active voice in the organic and sustainable food industry having recently been named to The Organic Center’s Board of Trustees and Food Tank’s Board of Directors. Michael began his career at Brailsford & Dunlavey as a Project Manager where he focused on facility planning and project/program management for colleges, universities, municipalities and nonprofit organizations..

 

 


Tericke Blanchard

Tericke Blanchard, is a health policy and government affairs professional with extensive experience in developing and executing strategic initiatives and has more than fifteen years of healthcare sector and global experience across a broad range of functional areas including corporate affairs, public policy, consulting, biopharma, and journalism. Tericke currently serves as Associate Director of Government Affairs for BioMarin Pharmaceutical where, among other things, he assesses policy impacts of new legislation and proposed policy changes and prepares legislative environment analyses to provide insight to senior management. Previously he served as Senior Consultant for IHS Markit and was a Senior Manager of International Policy for Pfizer. An avid boater and member of the National Capitol Area Outrigger Canoe Club, Tericke has also served on several nonprofit boards, including Public Square which focuses on encouraging dialogue on political, legal, and social issues. He also received an International Affairs Fellowship through the Council on Foreign Relations.


Christy Goldfuss

Christy Goldfuss, former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), rejoined American Progress as the organization’s vice president for Energy and Environment Policy. While leading the CEQ, she advised on the creation of the National Environmental Policy Act climate guidance and she served as co-chair of the National Ocean Council, where she worked on a wide variety of issues.  Goldfuss drove the first family’s strategy for engagement in the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial. While at the White House, this included a focus on engaging younger generations in their parks and public lands. Prior to her work at the CEQ, Goldfuss was the deputy director of the National Park Service, where she helped lead efforts to set and meet strategic goals related to conservation and preservation of America’s natural and cultural heritage. She also created and directed the Public Lands Project at American Progress and worked on the legislative staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 


Nakita Reed

Nakita Reed co-founded Encore Sustainable Design, LLC to focus on good design, preservation, and making buildings more sustainable. She is a licensed architect skilled in the design of restoration and adaptive reuse projects. Mrs. Reed has been the LEED Accredited Professional on many new and historic buildings and is well versed in ways to incorporate sustainable features into new and existing buildings. She has experience working with various governmental agencies – from town and counties to GSA, the Navy and Veteran Affairs Administration. She is trained in multiple sustainability platforms, including LEED and Green Globes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Masters of Architecture, Masters of Science in Historic Preservation, and certificate in Ecological Architecture. She is involved in numerous preservation organizations and is on the boards of Preservation Maryland and the African American Heritage Preservation Group of Prince George’s County.

 


David Sloan, Jr.

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.

 


Mike Williams

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.

 

 


Dan Jackson

Dan has over 30 years of public sector consulting experience managing federal government programs/projects with focus on environmental restoration, high-performance sustainable buildings and emergency preparedness.  He is a 23-year employee of Logistics Management Institute where he is currently a senior consultant and capture manager. His affiliation with AFF began in 2002 as a stream cleanup site leader in Fairfax, VA. Elected to the Alice Ferguson Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, he has served as a member-at-large, Secretary, Development Committee Chair, and most recently as President.  Dan is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Inc (LFI) and a six-year board member with several distinction including Links for Leadership golf tournament chair, Northern Virginia Leadership Awards chair and emcee, 2009 Tourchbearer awardee, and founding member of LFI’s Emerging Leader’s Institute. 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 formerly a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate.


Daniel Donohue

Daniel Donohue lives on the same property he grew up on in Accokeek, Maryland.  The property is listed as Preserved Farmland thru the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District, part of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Trust and is a Certified Tree Farm under the American Tree Farm System.  He attended Prince George’s County Public Schools for 12 years and has a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (Virginia) and a M.A. from Central Michigan University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps (active duty {1973-1979} and reserve {1979-2003, called up Desert Shield/Storm}) from 1972 through 2009, to include sixty-nine months after 9/11, 24 months were overseas.  He worked for Mercantile Bankshares (now PNC Bank, N.A.) from 1979 to 2000 and then for County First Bank (now Community Bank of the Chesapeake) from 2000 to 2003. He is a member of the Prince George’s County Forestry Board, the Prince George’s County Council Agricultural Resources Advisory Committee and is a Prince George’s County representative on the Southern Maryland Agricultural Resources Development Commission.  He presently raises a few stock/grass-fed Black Angus cattle and hay.


Kay Powell

Kay was the Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation from 1979 – 1999. She managed the foundation’s Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center on the Potomac River which served more than 10,000 students per year.

Under Kay’s direction the foundation developed outreach activities that promoted environmental preservation in the Potomac Watershed. The Potomac River Cleanup, now in its 31st year, has grown to include over 150 sites. Bridging the Watershed, a partnership that Kay fostered between the National Park Service, the foundation and the public schools marked its 20th anniversary in 2018. During her tenure the financial resources of the foundation increased significantly with careful planning, budgeting and grant writing. The National Park Service has recognized Kay’s preservation efforts with its highest citizen award, Honorary Park Ranger. 

After leaving the foundation, Kay served on the board of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), a national organization of health care professionals that uses a mind-body approach to understanding and improving human functioning. Additionally, as a Life Coach she taught a weekly class in “Coping Skills” to relatives and friends of patients at the Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She guided ACEP in fundraising, marketing and outreach programs. Kay has lectured overseas about non-governmental organizations and helped formed partnerships between business, government and community.

She is president of PEO Chapter U, which supports women’s education through scholarships, grants and loans. Kay and her family moved to the Moyaone in 1968. She is writing a soon to be published memoir After Alice, sharing her experiences of living in Accokeek and helping the Alice Ferguson Foundation become an award-winning environmental center. She enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with her 3 adult children and grandson.


Kate Zabriskie

Kate is currently the President of Business Training Works, headquartered in Port Tobacco, Maryland. A veteran of the learning and development industry, Kate has worked with corporations large and small to develop their corporate cultures, articulate their missions, visions and values. In addition to her strategic work, she’s a dynamic classroom trainer skilled at developing one-of-a-kind interactive activities and participant focused training programs.

Prior to founding Business Training Works, Kate brings skills from her diverse professional background to the AFF Board, including her work as a staff consultant with Andersen Consulting, LLP (now Accenture), and as a Manager in artist relations at the Franklin Mint.

 

 

 


Susan Jones

Sue Jones is originally from Alexandria, Virginia but has been a long time resident of the Moyaone.  Sue earned degrees in psychology and fine arts from George Washington University. She formerly owned the local favorite, B&J’s Carryout. Prior to her life as an entrepreneur,  Sue worked for the US Navy as a Representative for the State Department in Northern Ireland.  There, she worked as the liaison for the military and dealt with local affairs. Sue also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, and was part of the team that worked on the research that led to the first air pollution laws.  Sue also worked for the Department of Energy and Environmental programs overseeing research grants for US laboratories. In addition to her other experiences, she was a real estate agent for a few years and currently manages properties in the area. Sue now lives between Alexandria and the Moyaone.


Gail Dickert

Gail is the current Executive Director of Frog Pond Early Learning Center in Alexandria, MD. As the Executive Director, she works with staff, families and local community supporters to uphold the Frog Pond mission, remain fiscally responsible, and engage in fundraising, volunteer strategies, board relations, teacher training and enhancement projects. She joins the AFF Board with an extensive background in non-profit engagement through the American Red Cross and faith-based organizations, combined with a deep sense of social justice and a love of nature.


Jessica Semachko

Jessica is currently a Legislative Aide to Congressman David Trone, of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. A former political director of SEIU Local 1199, she is now the campaign manager for Congressional District 4 candidate Dereck Davis. Jessica’s portfolio includes work on issues such as labor, food access, and immigration.