Executive Director
Hali Plourde-Rogers

Hali moved to the Eastern Shore in 2012 with her husband, a native of Onancock. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Between getting her degrees, Hali worked in marketing and communications. She joined the VES Land Trust staff in 2012 as Stewardship Manager. 

VES Land Trust Office
P.O. Box 1114
Exmore, VA 23350
Office: 757-442-5885
Email: director@veslt.org
Board of Directors
President
John Edmund Tankard III

Ed Tankard owns Tankard Nurseries, a wholesale nursery in Exmore, Va. and is serving his second term on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Ed was a founding member of the VES Land Trust and lives on an eased farm, Seaview Farm, with his wife, Amy, and two girls, Jean and Michaux. The family shares a love for the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding, biking and surfing.

 

“Serving on the VES Land Trust board has been extremely fulfilling because we have protected beautiful land that is valuable to our farming and fishing industries. This has been a great way to make a long term, tangible improvement to our community. I am confident that all the different species of animals that depend on natural habitat and clean waterways would thank us if they could. We have been given dominion over the earth and we must live up to our obligation of stewardship.”
Vice President
Karen Terwilliger

Karen Terwilliger directs her small consulting firm, Terwilliger Consulting, Inc. in Locustville, Va. where she serves both private and public landowners, agencies and organizations as facilitator, planner, project manager and coordinator for a diversity of projects and processes targeting effective conservation, communication and synergy. She is a wildlife biologist who has worked with a diversity of public and private sector clients across the country as a natural resource manager, strategic planner, facilitator and project coordinator for 30 years. She has worked on global issues with the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and as a NATO fellow on Sustainable Management of Coastal Ecosystems. Karen serves on multiple federal, regional, and state natural resource committees, boards, and wildlife recovery teams and has been an active leader in her professional societies and conservation efforts.

 

Karen received her B.S. in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and M.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University. She is an alumni Fellow of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute and completed mediation training at UVA IEN and the Mediation Center of Charlottesville, Va.

 

“My personal and professional goal is to reconnect people to nature for positive change and stewardship of the precious natural world that surrounds and sustains us.”
Secretary
Meriwether Payne

Meriwether Payne, born and raised in Norfolk, Va., admits to being a "come-here.” She considers herself blessed that her parents had the foresight to buy the family farm near Locustville, Va. when she was a child. After getting a degree in biology from Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., Meriwether began working in horticulture. She moved to the Shore permanently in 1992 and started a wholesale nursery. In 2005, she donated a conservation easement on her portion of the family farm. In 2006, her wonderful brother and sister (Ben Payne & Ruth Acra) donated easements on their parcels next door. After leaving the nursery in 2006, Meriwether worked part-time and concentrated on putting her farm to good use. She currently has 3 bee hives, a 2-acre native wildflower field and is transitioning 12 acres of farmland to organic certification. Meriwether’s favorite pastimes are being on the water and fishing. Meriwether has her 6-pack captain's license.
Treasurer
Timothy T. Brown

After retiring as President of Old Dominion Peanut Corp., a confectionary manufacturer, the Brown family relocated to their farm on Hunting Creek, which is under easement with the VES Land Trust. Since then, Tim has dedicated his efforts to restoring habitat for wildlife and waterfowl. He serves on the Conservation Program Committee for Ducks Unlimited and the Board of the Barrier Island Center. This is Tim’s 8th year on the VES Land Trust Board of Directors. Tim is instrumental in planning the VES Land Trust annual Oyster Roast.

 

“My passion for conservation has been very rewarding with the VES Land Trust because one can clearly see the direct benefits of preserving farms on the Eastern Shore.”
Board Members
Cameron McIntyre

Cameron McIntyre was born in Beaufort, S.C. in November 1968. As a teenager, he visited the Shore on vacation and fell in love with the landscape, particularly Pitts Neck, where he lives now with his wife, Adele, and two boys. Cameron has lived on the Shore for 24 years.

 

Formally trained in life drawing, figure and landscape painting at the University of South Carolina and the Gibbes museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., Cameron has been painting for nearly 30 years. His tonalist impressionist landscapes reflect his love for color, sparse design, and the peacefulness of the pristine environment surrounding his farm on Bullbegger Creek. Cameron is also a renowned decoy carver. He has been carving full-time for 25 years and his decoys are in major collections all over the United States and Canada.

 

When he’s not painting or carving, Cameron enjoys hunting, fishing, creating wildlife habitat, and building and walking nature trails with his family.

 

Cameron and Adele donated a permanent conservation easement on their farm in 2006. In 2012, Cameron agreed to be the subject of our first Easement Donor Profile, which is featured in Piedmont Environmental Council’s book, For the Love of the Land. In January of 2014, Cameron joined the VES Land Trust Board of Directors.

 

Having traveled and explored extensively, Cameron feels Virginia’s Eastern shore is the last largely undeveloped coastal area on the Atlantic Seaboard. He is involved with the Land Trust because he feels the Eastern Shore deserves special consideration.

Carl Nordstrom

Carl Nordstrom, a New Jersey native, and his wife, Linda, fell in love with the Eastern Shore of Virginia In 2006. After commuting on weekends to renovate their home and gardens outside of Exmore for three years, Carl moved down permanently in 2009, with Linda following two years later.


Carl received his B.S in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and a Masters of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for 27 years preserving valuable natural resources in New Jersey for the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and a local municipality. For seven years following his retirement from Parks and Forestry, Carl was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association, where he sought to protect the interests of the state’s nursery and landscape industries. Throughout his 34 years of employment, Carl had the opportunity to interact with all levels of government and numerous non-profit organizations as well as serve on their Boards of Directors.


His hobbies include boating, fishing, gardening and antique automobiles.


“One of the most important tasks each of us has during our brief stay here on earth is to protect the rich and diverse wonders of the world for future generations to come.”

Thomas J. O’Connor III

Tommy O’Connor, a Suffolk, Va. native, first fell in love with the Eastern Shore in 1971. As an avid duck hunter and fisherman, the Shore was a perfect fit for Tommy. After 35 years of being a successful peanut broker, he moved to his home in Capeville, Va. to better oversee his latest endeavor, Ocean Cove Seafood. His stewardship in protecting waterfowl habitats began and has turned into a lifelong involvement with Ducks Unlimited, serving on local, state and national boards. He is also committed to helping conserve natural land through his association with both The Nature Conservancy and the VES Land Trust. Tommy’s farm is protected by a VES Land Trust conservation easement. He enjoys his role as a board member of the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust and is proud of their accomplishments.

David H. Turner

David Turner was born and raised on the Eastern Shore where he has been a wildlife sculptor for 30 years. His favorite subjects are the diverse and numerous creatures native to this area. David and his family have several properties on the Shore protected by the VES Land Trust.

 

"I am involved with the VES Land Trust because I believe that it has a positive impact in preserving and protecting the essence of the natural and rural environment of the Eastern Shore."
Jeffrey K. Walker

Jeff Walker is an Eastern Shore native from Nassawadox, Va. He holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Virginia Tech. Jeff served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Commander. Jeff also flew for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and was a captain with Continental Airlines. During his high school, college and navy reserve days, Jeff remained active in his family farming operation.

 

Jeff was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004. He serves on the Public Service Authority, the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, and the Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission; is Chairman of the Northampton County Affordable Housing Committee; and is a founding member and on the board of The Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust. Governor Warner appointed him to The Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees in 2004 and again in 2005. Jeff’s home and farm are under easement with the VES Land Trust.

 

“I thought it was important to have an organization available to assist land owners who wanted to preserve their land as open space for future generations.”