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.

 

Fredric T. Walls, II, President
Washington, D.C.

Bernard “Bud” Wareham, Vice President
Accokeek, Maryland

Zanes Cypress, Treasurer
Baltimore, Maryland

Bill Couper, Secretary
Severna Park, Maryland

Michael Berger
Washington, DC

Tericke Blanchard
Washington, DC

Christy Goldfuss
Washington, DC

Kent L. Hibben
Accokeek, Maryland

Stephen Kim
Accokeek, Maryland

Kim Pexton
Clifton, Virginia

Nakita Reed
Fort Washington, Maryland

David Sloan, Jr.
Fort Washington, Maryland

Liz Theobalds
La Plata, Maryland

Paul Tukey
Potomac, Maryland

Mike Williams
Accokeek, Maryland

 


Fredric T. Walls, IIfwalls
, President

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.


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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.


 

Zanes Cypress, Treasurer

Zanes has more than 10 years private and public-sector experience driving strategic initiatives and managing programs in the areas of financial services, corporate social responsibility, and public administration. For the past five years, he held various managerial roles at both Morgan Stanley and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to this, he worked as a public administrator in local government. In Maryland, he served as an investment consultant for then Governor Martin O’Malley; and a liaison officer for Tom Perez when he was Secretary of the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation. In Washington, he served as a program officer and special assistant to the CEO of the Port of Seattle. When he first graduated from college, he worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Presently, Zanes serves on the advisory council of the AnBryce Foundation. In addition to this, he is also an ambassador to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and a Rising Leaders Council member at the Meridian International Group.

Zanes is a past participant of executive education Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford’s Summer Institute for General Management. He is a past National Urban Fellow and holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in management and economics from Coppin State University. In addition to this, he is presently completing a graduate thesis at Dartmouth College to receive Master of Arts in Economic Geography.      


Bill
Bill Couper, Secretary

Bill Couper spent 40 years with Bank of America and its predecessors, the last 17 in leadership roles as President of the Baltimore region, Greater Washington DC 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 held senior roles in risk management, business banking, and consumer banking, and has extensive experience of change management through the mergers of American Security Bank with Maryland National Bank in 1987 and Maryland National Bank with Nations Bank/Bank of America in 1993.

In addition to his leadership roles with the Bank, he chaired the following organizations: Maryland Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the National Capital Area, the Greater Washington Initiative, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Virginia Bankers Association. He also served on many other non-profit boards in Washington, Baltimore and Virginia, and led fundraising efforts for United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Annual Fund and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore and the National Capital Kidney Foundation Ball.

Bill continues board affiliations with Goucher College, 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 was recognized as the Montgomery County Chamber 2005 Business Leader of the Year, and has been awarded with the Maryland Business Hall of Fame in 2009, City Year Lifetime of Idealism in 2012 and Washington Business Hall of Fame in 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).

 



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.


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Kent L. Hibben

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.

 



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.



Stephen Kim

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 Solutions 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 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.



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.



Kim Pexton

Kim Pexton is a division leader with internationally recognized green building and sustainability consulting firm Paladino and Company. Kim is a LEED Fellow with more than 20 years of building industry experience, including work on more than 500 projects that have earned various levels of LEED certification. She is an internationally published author on the development and implementation of green building practices, and served on the DC Green Code Advisory task force. Kim leverages her experience in developing solutions that meet the challenges of corporate sustainability and social responsibility, environmental management programming, and supply chain transparency. Additionally, Kim assists organizations in strategic sustainability and climate resilience planning that pushes beyond rating systems to true innovation. Principal, ALL-KAPS Consulting LLC, 2015-2016; Director of Sustainable Construction, HITT Contracting, Inc. (2005-2015); Sustainability Director, James G. Davis Construction (1995–2005).


 
dsloanDavid Sloan

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.


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Elizabeth Theobalds

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.

 

 


Paul Tukey

Credited with spearheading the movement against utilization of synthetic chemical pesticides on lawns, Paul Tukey is an internationally recognized and honored sustainability consultant, entrepreneur, author, publisher, lecturer, filmmaker, television host and producer.

A dynamic leader of several high-profile organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and a sought-after consultant and public speaker, he currently develops sustainability protocols for the Glenstone Foundation near Washington, D.C.

 


Mike Williams
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.