SERC Advisory Board

Chairperson, David E. Longnecker, M.D., of Washington, D.C., is executive director of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, and the Robert D. Dripps Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he served as the director of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He is the editor of eight medical textbooks and numerous scientific articles. In addition, he works with the Institute of Medicine to advise NASA on medical risks, medical care and health-related matters associated with human space flight, including eventually the exploration of Mars.

Vice Chairperson, V. K. Holtzendorf of Shady Side, Md., retired as director of Advanced Research for Life Sciences and Technical and Scientific Computing after 22 years with Hewlett Packard (HP). While there she served as HP's technical computing consultant to Celera Genomics, which succeeded in mapping the human genome. As a licensed 100-ton boat captain and co-owner of the vessel Richard Lee, Holtzendorf is an advocate for the Chesapeake Bay and West/Rhode River watershed.

Former Chairperson, Tom E. Lindley, Esq. of Portland, Ore., is a partner in the law firm Perkins-Coie LLP. He has nearly 30 years of experience specializing in environmental and natural resource matters, including water quality, endangered species, audits and litigation.

Former Chairperson, Midgett S. Parker Jr., Esq. of Annapolis, Md., is a partner in the law firm Linowes and Blocher LLP and specializes in real estate and business law. He has won many major land use cases and lobbied federal, state and local officials on tax legislation, affordable housing and land use regulations. Parker chaired the SERC advisory board from 2007 until 2010.

David A. Armstrong, Ph.D., of Seattle, is a Professor at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS), which he directed from 1998 to 2012. His research focuses on crab and shrimp resources in Washington through the Bering Sea. Dr. Armstrong has advised numerous federal and state agencies and been involved in several major legal questions in Washington concerning crab resources and the potential impacts of human activity.

Francis H (Frank) Chaney II of Lothian, Md., is chairman of the board of Chaney Enterprises in Waldorf, Md., the largest sand, gravel and concrete production company in the state. He is also president of the Chaney Foundation. The Chaney family has resided in Maryland for nearly 300 years and are deeply involved in civic, philanthropic and cultural communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

Kevin Compton of Wye Mills, Md. is president of Tudor Farms, Inc., a reserve encompassing 6,600 acres of pristine land on the Delmarva Peninsula. He works to advance innovative approaches to conserving wildlife habitat as well as fish and game management and conservation. Mr. Compoton is also involved in efforts to manage invasive nutria and a complex array of salt marshes, farmland and forested areas.

Harold Denton of West River, Md., is the former president and CEO of General Land Abstract Co., Inc., a title insurance company he founded in 1981. He grew the company to a $4 billion-a-year firm to become the largest title agent in New Jersey when he sold it to First American Financial in 2004. Today he owns a 110-acre horse farm in southern Maryland, where he has restored a historic home. He and his wife are active horse breeders with three stallions. He is also an avid boater and competitive sailor.

Diane Ebert-May, Ph.D. of East Lansing, Mich., is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. She also served with the Ecological Society of America and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jeanne M. Grasso, Esq. of Chevy Chase, Md., is a partner in the law firm Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in maritime and environmental law. Her practice involves issues confronting manufacturers, vessels and cargo owners from the state to international level. She is also president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Women's International Shipping and Trade Association.

Kyle B. Lukins, Esq. of Bainbridge Island, Wash., is the vice president-general counsel and secretary for Carrix, Inc., headquarted in Seattle. Through its subsidiaries, Carrix is the largest independent marine terminal and intermodal rail terminal operator in the Americas. Mr. Lukins is responsible for managing the companies legal affairs, including business transactions, litigation and regulatory matters.

C. Jason Payne of Mill Valley, Calif., is a managing partner and founder of Mainsail Partners, a private equity firm based in San Francisco that manages over $150 million in funds from leading institutions, executives and entrepreneurs.

Joyce Pratt, of Arnold, Md., is an experienced senior executive who has served in the national security community for 38 years. She has held senior positions in the CIA, the Intelligence Community, the U.S. Congress and the private sector. Ms. Pratt has received numerous awards, including the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement and recognition as a CIA Woman of the Year. She also serves as a member of the ARCS Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math to undergraduate and graduate students.

Terence F. Smith of Shady Side, Md., is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over four decades. He earned two Pulitzers while working for The New York Times and two Emmys for his work on the broadcast "48 Hours". Mr. Smith is now a special correspondent for The NewsHour. He reports on national politics, international affairs and environmental issues involving the Chesapeake Bay and ocean policies.

John C. Stamato of Davidsonville, Md., is founder and president of Ribera Development, LLC, in Annapolis, Md. Mr. Stamato has been involved in land development in the mid-Atlantic region for more than 16 years, specializing in subdivision, infrastructure and environmental approvals for residential, commerical and mixed-use development projects.


last updated December 2012