MEET OUR TEAM
Beth Burnam, RLA
As a landscape architect for 30 years, with over 10 years in land conservation, Beth facilitated the protection of over 10,000 acres of Virginia working lands. At the Brandywine Conservancy, she managed complete-streets projects, trail design, a volunteer reforestation program, and a Green Stormwater Infrastructure initiative. Beth is passionate about conserving land and experienced in community outreach, education, estate planning, and coalition building. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, gardening, and lives in Wilmington.
Board of Directors
Board Member Joe Carabetta has been active with the Cecil Land Trust from its inception. Joe is a retired Engineer from Aberdeen Proving Ground with a BS degree in AG Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Joe and his wife Diane Carabetta are graduates of the Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy and reside in Perryville. Joe is active in Cecil County politics and is also active with the Sons of American Legion and is Vice President of Turkey Point Light Station.
Tom grew up on a farm in Chester County, spending summers in Cecil County. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he settled in Cecil County, worked for the Sheriff’s Office and together with his wife Holly, raised 3 children in North East. Tom brings his enjoyment of biking to his work for the Cecil Land Trust. He organizes the annual Cycle for Cecil ride, which raises awareness about, and funds for, the preservation of farm land in the County.
Charles has been a member of the Cecil Land Trust since 2011 and has been vice-president for the past four years. He is the owner of Stoney Batter Farm in Colora, where he and his wife Deborah have lived for the past 26 years. The farm dates back to the early 1800s and was recently protected through the Cecil County PDR program. Charles and Deborah hope that through placing their farm under conservation easement, they will forever preserve the rural lifestyle that they have come to love.
Virginia is a teacher of English and the Director of Sustainability Programs and Curriculum at West Nottingham Academy in Colora. Previous to her relocation to Cecil County, Virginia was the Executive Director of Otsego Land Trust in Cooperstown, NY. Virginia and her husband, Kevin, live in Colora and support the protection of the healthy lands and clean waters in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
Bill has been with CLT since its inception. He is a dairy farmer in the Colora area. His family farms are under easement with CLT, MET and MALPF. He has been active in politics and conservation projects. He enjoys reading and minor mountain climbing. “CLT started with the creation of Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program. The Fair Hill Rural Legacy Area seemed to be a real opportunity to fund land preservation in Cecil County so I signed up to help.”
Tom recently joined the CLT board and thoroughly enjoys working with people who have such an intimate connection to the land that they grew up on. Tom grew up in a military family, so didn’t live in any one place for long. He began exploring Cecil County through his love of cycling, and is very pleased to play a small part in helping to preserve the character of Cecil County, which he has called home for the last 26 years.
Sarah is a life-long resident of Cecil County. She became interested in animals, particularly horses, at a young age. She earned her Bachelors in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech and completed her degree in veterinary medicine (with an equine emphasis) at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently practices at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City. Sarah wishes to protect open space and the agricultural character of Cecil County from encroaching development of neighboring counties.
Doug is a lifelong resident of Cecil County. He grew up on a farm near Rising Sun and now runs Airlie Farm, a small family operated farm whose lamb is pasture raised and locally processed in a USDA inspected facility. See Airlie Farm lamb at the Havre de Grace farmer’s market. Doug’s family is active in 4-H and many other local organizations.
Edwin Merryman is the proud father of Louis and Jane and grandfather of Liam, Josephine and Bennie. Edwin and his son Louis together operate a thoroughbred horse breeding operation, the Anchor and Hope Farm, which sits on the cliff above Port Deposit overlooking the scenic Susquehanna River, originally established in the mid-17th century. Edwin trains race horses out of a barn at the Fair Hill Training Center.
Bob Porter was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, and has been a Cecil County resident for more than thirty years. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Bob’s professional experience includes Army service and running his own sheet metal and HVAC companies. Bob has belonged to many community organizations over the years, including the Elk Creeks Preservation Society and the Cecil County Arts Council. Bob’s interest in agriculture comes from part-time farm work he did as a teenager.
Jeremy is a 12th generation Cecil County native, and grew up on a small Standardbred horse farm outside of Chesapeake City. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs & Regional Planning from the University of Delaware and is the City Planner and Main Street Manager for Harrington, Delaware. Jeremy is active in a variety of community organizations on the Upper Eastern Shore and is a passionate advocate for the preservation of the County’s agricultural lands and rural economy.
George Spence is lifelong resident of North East and an Army veteran. He grew up on a dairy farm that transitioned to a hog farm and while he had several jobs off the farm, agriculture has always been very important to him. George is committed to keeping agriculture alive in Cecil County because access to fresh, local food is important to community health.
Sally spent her formative years running barefoot through cow pastures and picking bagworms off her family’s Christmas trees. Her love of nature and the outdoors transformed into a desire to conserve the rolling hills of western Cecil County when she returned from college and found the landscape decimated by development. As a member of the Land Trust and a mother of three, Sally hopes to preserve the unique agricultural identity of Cecil County for generations to come.
Cycle for Cecil Committee
Thank you also to the CLT Board of Directors for helping to secure event sponsors and pitching in during the event.