The Maryland Native Plant Society

2021 Board of Directors

President: Christopher F. Puttock, Ph. D.

Vice President: Sujata Roy

Treasurer: Lauren Hubbard

Secretary: Jil Swearingen

Board of Directors

Vanessa Beauchamp
Carole Bergmann
Allen Browne
Judith P. Fulton
Karyn Molines
Cassie Sherman-Marks
Rod Simmons 

Upcoming Board Meetings


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; retired 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.

Treasurer: Lauren Hubbard, Montgomery County Current Board Member; Owner of Native By Design, LLC. With a particular interest in the preservation of genetic diversity in native plant populations, Lauren has served on the founding board of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative and has launched a project called Butterfly Bandwagon to promote the use of native plants in home landscaping. Lauren is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, Weed Warrior, and Master Gardener. She has worked with Howard Ecoworks, Muddy Branch Alliance and Urban Ecosystem Restorations providing program support, community outreach, and grant writing and managementservices that support ecological restoration and stewardship.

Karyn Molines, Charles County Current Vice President and Membership Chair; Past President, Secretary, Fall Conference Chair; Southern Maryland Chapter. Division Chief, Calvert County Natural Resources Division. Received her BS in Zoology from University of Maryland, College Park, MS in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins University and Certificate in Natural History, Grad School USA/ANS.

President: Christopher F. Puttock, Ph.D., Prince George’s County Current Board Member; Chair (2019-2021) Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG); Executive Director (2009-2011, 2013+) Chesapeake Natives, Inc. (CNI); Board Member (2006+) Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation (HCAF); Research Associate (2008-2020) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution; President (2012) Botanical Society of Washington. Broad interests include local ecotype native species, landscape restoration, pollinator habitats, and wetland plants. PHD in Plant Systematics – Gardenieae (Rubiaceae), flora writer in Asteraceae, and currently working internationally on environmental solutions mitigating an overheating world.

Vice President: Sujata Roy, Montgomery County Current Treasurer; 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: 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.

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