The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay elected six new members to its Board of Trustees at its annual meeting May 9 in Queenstown, MD. They are:

  • Jeb Bittner, a lifelong resident of Maryland and president of Pulte Homes’ Maryland Division. He was a founding member of the Home Builders Association of America Land Development Council and is past president of the Baltimore chapter of that organization. Bittner is a member of the Development Committee for the Children’s Home at Johns Hopkins.
  • John Chlada, a resident of Centreville, MD and environmental services manager for Perdue Farms in Salisbury, MD, where he directs all aspects of environmental affairs for the company’s 12-state, 17-plant operation. While working for the Maryland Department of the Environment, Chlada oversaw the development of pollution prevention policies and coordinated pollution control strategies. He has received the Governor’s Citation “Service Beyond the Call of Duty” and the U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.
  • David Cottingham, counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. Cottingham has extensive experience negotiating resource management issues and balancing a variety of concerns in environmental policy. He currently coordinates interagency issues involving the interaction between endangered species, western water obligations and Native Americans, particularly for salmon and and California water management. He has participated in negotiations on the Columbia River hydropower operations and the completed San Francisco Bay–San Joaquin Delta Agreement. While with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he coordinated negotiations on sea turtle protection between shrimpers and environmentalists and worked on bowhead whaling negotiations with Alaskan natives and the International Whaling Commission.
  • Dr. David Raymond Forney, of DuPont’s Stine Haskell Laboratory in Elkton, MD. Dr. Forney’s 23-year career in agricultural research has focused on sustainable agriculture and the development of safe and effective herbicides. He managed DuPont’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, MD, a 3,300-acre site of diverse habitat and agricultural land that is monitored for runoff and its effects on natural resources. He is chair of Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore Tributary Team; is active with the OECD Pesticide Forum; is active in national and regional Weed Science Societies and is presently chair of the Weed Society of America’s Sustainable Agriculture Committee. Forney has also served on the governor’s Agricultural Non-Point Source Initiative Committee.
  • Howard G. Graeffe, a resident of Mayfield, PA and chief executive officer of the National Institute for Environmental Renewal, which is involved in several Pennsylvania watershed initiatives; is developing a hazardous materials monitoring system; and is renewing several brownfield sites. Graeffe has been a featured speaker at the Chesapeake Bay Conference on Land Planning, the Conference on Industrial Site Recycling and the Applied Research and Cleanup Technology Colloquium Conference. He has lectured on the application of information technologies to education and training and has taught at the Wharton Evening School Division of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University for Continuing Education and the Main Line Evening School. Graeffe has also provided testimony to the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Sub-Committee on Rural Development for the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Charles McElwee, a resident of Binghamton, NY and a natural resource specialist with the Broome County Soil & Water Conservation District. McElwee is chair of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, a grass roots organization of 10 New York and three Pennsylvania counties that takes a multistate approach addressing pollution issues relevant to water quality, natural resources and the quality of life in the watershed. He is also active with the Broome County Environmental Management Council, the Broome County Water Quality coordinating Committee and the Susquehanna Riverwatch Network.