The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recently elected five new board members during its annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. The new members are:

  • William F. X. Band, a Bay pilot for 23 years who serves on Maryland's State Board of Pilots. He is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College. He is also a former board member and was vice president for Maryland.

  • Thomas Blackburn, executive vice president of Chesapeake Paper Products Company/Chesapeake Forest Products Company of West Point, Va. He is a graduate of Clemson University, and is active in professional and community organizations, inc luding the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Governor's Economic Council. He is also a member of the VIMS Marine Science Development Council.

  • David Carroll, former Maryland Secretary of the Department of the Environment and the Governor's Chesapeake Bay Coordinator. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has also served on a number of citizen advisory boards. He is currently consulting on a variety of environmental projects.

  • John R. Detweiler, a Realtor and developer in the Harrisburg area. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College. He has been past president and Realtor of the Year for the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors and is active in many community and professional organizations. His environmental activities include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

  • Marshall Kaiser, president and CEO of Safe Harbor Water Power Corp., Conestoga, Pa. He is a graduate of Bucknell University. He has 27 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Awards that he has accepted for Safe Harbor are the Chesapeake Bay Program award for the restoration of migratory fish habitat and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission award for commitment to migratory fish restoration.

Also, the board elected new officers. John T. Kauffman was elected president; Walter L. Pomeroy was elected Pennsylvania vice president; Susan Taylor Hansen was elected Virginia vice president; Dennis L. Taylor was elected secretary; and Michael R. Marino was elected treasurer. Kent Minichiello and Joseph A. Tiernan retained their positions as vice presidents of the District of Columbia and Maryland, respectively.

Since its inception in 1971, the Alliance has worked to bring together diverse interests in search of common solutions to Bay problems. Its mission, duplicated by no other Baywide organization, is to act as a neutral forum for the discussion and analysis of Bay issues and to promote public involvement in policy-making. The Alliance fosters dialogue regarding Chesapeake Bay issues through projects such as the Countryside Stewardship Exchange and stakeholder roundtable discussions on various topics. Alliance outreach programs include the Bay Journal, Watershed Watch and the Chesapeake Regional Information Service - or CRIS - Hotline.

For information on the Alliance, call the CRIS Hotline, 1-800-662-CRIS.