The Maryland Native Plant Society

2019 Board of Directors

President: Kirsten Johnson

Vice President: Karyn Molines

Treasurer: Sujata Roy

Secretary: Anne DeNovo

Board of Directors

Vanessa Beauchamp
Carole Bergmann
Allen Browne
Michael Ellis
Marc Imlay, Ph.D.
Beth Johnson
Kerrie Kyde
Liz Matthews, Ph.D.
Brett McMillan, Ph.D.
Christopher F. Puttock, Ph.D.
Rod Simmons
Jil Swearingen
Michelle Wenisch

Election Ballot (pdf) - Members only file

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Meetings are typically the second Monday of the odd numbered months



President: Kirsten Johnson, Baltimore City. Current President; Past President, 2009-2017; Marilandica editor; retired attorney; Master’s Degree in biology, lifelong interest in natural history.

Vice President: Karyn Molines, Calvert County. Current Vice President and Membership Chair; Past President, Secretary, Fall Conference Chair; Southern Maryland Chapter. Division Chief, Calvert Co Nat. Resources Div.

Treasurer: Sujata Roy, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Instructor for Spring & Summer Wildflower Identification and Botany for Naturalists, Grad School USA/ANS; certificate in Natural History Field Studies; Field trip leader for ANS; Naturalist with Montgomery Parks; interested in habitat preservation.

Secretary: Anne DeNovo, Montgomery County Field trip coordinator and field trip leader for MNPS. Attorney with practice in elder law, wills and estates. Montgomery County Weed Warrior and Weed Warrior Supervisor. Long-time wild edible and medicinal plant enthusiast.

Board of Directors

Vanessa Beauchamp, Baltimore County Current Board Member; Plant ecologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University. She received a B.S. from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University. Her research looks at the effects of invasive plant species and habitat restoration practices on native plant communities. She has conducted research in forest, wetland, and riparian habitats in the mid-Atlantic and throughout the western United States. At Towson, she teaches Botany, Wetland Ecology, Community Ecology and an introductory course in Ecology and Evolution.

Carole Bergmann, Montgomery County Current Board Member; Past President; Forest Ecologist/Field Botanist for M- NCPPC, founder of Weed Warriors; Montgomery Co Forestry Board member; Maryland Invasive Species Council Member; Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Board Member; Grad School USA Natural History Field Studies instructor; Conference, Education, Botany and Habitat Stewardship, Nominating Committees; field trip leader for MNPS and ANS.

Allen Browne, Montgomery County Current Board member; retired Informaticist, National Library of Medicine, NIH; MS & PhD-ABD in sociolinguistics; certificate in Natural History Field Studies, Grad School USA/ANS.

Michael Ellis, Prince George’s County Current board member; M-NCPPC Vegetation Management Coordinator, Department of Parks and Recreation. Associate Wildlife Biologist, field trip leader, iNaturalist Curator, Founding President of The Wildlife Society at UMD, Stewardship Field Supervisor for Sierra Club MD Chapter. Prince George’s/Anne Arundel Chapter.

Marc Imlay, PhD, Charles County. Current Board member; Past Vice President; Conservation Biologist; Habitat Stewardship Committee Chair of the Sierra Club MD Chapter; biological control Chair, Mid- Atlantic Invasive Plant Council; Conservation Biologist, Park Ranger Office, Natural & Historical Res Div., M-NCPPC.

Beth Johnson, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; past Treasurer; tax professional / Enrolled Agent with IRS; interest in Lepidoptera and Odonata.

Kerrie Kyde, Montgomery County New Board member; Invasive Plant Ecologist for Maryland’s Natural Heritage Program at MD DNR from 2004 to 2017. She served as the Chair of the state Invasive Plant Advisory Committee from its inception until 2017. She created the citizen science data collection effort Statewide Eyes, designed to increase the volume of invasive species data available to Maryland land managers. She was a founding member of the Maryland Invasive Species Council and the founding president of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council. She holds an MS in Environmental Biology from Hood College. Now retired from DNR, she is catching up on her native plant ID skills and stewarding her own little piece of land.

Liz Matthews, Ph.D., Montgomery County Current Board Member; Botanist for the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program. She completed a dissertation at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she studied alluvial plant communities; as part of her doctoral work, Liz sampled the best remaining examples of floodplain vegetation in the North Carolina Piedmont and produced a comprehensive vegetation classification for these plant communities. She also co-developed a tool to link vegetation descriptions, such as those in the U.S. National Vegetation Classification, to riparian restoration efforts in Northern California. Following her graduate work in North Carolina, Liz worked with Dr. Susan Mazer at the University of California, Santa Barbera and established the California Phenology Project, an ongoing Citizen Science-based plant phenology monitoring program. In her current position with the NPS, Liz leads the forest vegetation monitoring program, which tracks forest vegetation at >400 monitoring sites distributed among eleven National Park units in the National Capital Region.

Brett A. McMillan, PhD, Baltimore City Current Board Member; Upper School Science Teacher, The Bryn Mawr School. MS, U FL Research on invasive plant impact on central FL understory plants. PhD, Old Dominion U. PhD research on environmental variables/plant distribution, dunes of barrier islands on the eastern shore of VA.

Christopher F. Puttock, Ph.D., Prince George’s County Current Board Member; Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 2012 President, Botanical Society of Washington; Executive Director of Chesapeake Natives; Board Member, the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation. Broad interests in landscape restoration and wetland plants. Trained in plant systematics, currently working on the pea family of southeast Asia.

Roderick Simmons, Northern Virginia Current Board Member; Plant Ecologist. Research Associate with the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Member of the Virginia Botanical Associates; works with the VA and MD Natural Heritage programs. Past President, Botanical Society of Washington; Past President of MNPS, field trip leader for MNPS and VNPS. Natural Resource Manager, City of Alexandria.

Jil Swearingen, Prince George's County Current Board member; Invasive Species Consultant, In the Weeds. Founder, past president, and board member, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council. Creator, Weed Busters, Weeds Gone Wild website, and WeedUS Database. Co-Creator, Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States, Mid- Atlantic Early Detection Network and phone app. Lead author, 'Plant Invaders of Mid- Atlantic Natural Areas’. M.S. Biology, George Mason University, 1988, research on myrmecochory - ant transport of seeds of spring ephemeral wildflowers.

Michelle A. Wenisch, Montgomery County New Board member; Soil scientist/ agronomist and environmental attorney (US EPA). Special interest in soil biology, particularly mycorrhizal fungi in agroecosystems and forest ecosystems. Weed Warrior Supervisor, focused on reclaiming wildlife habitat and educating people about the importance of the “first trophic level” ̶ i.e., the green plants ̶ on which all life depends. Amateur entomologist. Native of Michigan, the Great Lakes State.

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