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 Bachelor of Arts 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 and has been the Executive Director since 2017. Hali is currently a Fellow with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
Arthur is a native of the Eastern Shore. He has a background in business working in a variety of corporate roles around the world. For the last ten years he has been a full-time farmer running the Copper Cricket Farm in Machipongo. In addition, Arthur has been supporting Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) and is currently the president of CBES. He brings a background in sustainability and land planning from both his farming and CBES experience.
Ed Tankard owns Tankard Nurseries, a wholesale nursery in Exmore, Va. and serves on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Ed is a founding member of the VES Land Trust. He values protecting land because of the role it plays supporting the farming and fishing industries on the Shore and its importance to wildlife. He lives at Seaview Farm, a VES Land Trust protected property, 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.
Karen Terwilliger directs her small consulting firm, Terwilliger Consulting, Inc. in Locustville, Va. Her goal is to reconnect people to nature for positive change and stewardship of the precious natural world that surrounds and sustains us. Karen is a wildlife biologist and 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 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.
Captain Meriwether Payne is the owner and operator of Seaside Ecotours. She first came to the Eastern Shore as a child when her parents purchased the family farm near Locustville, Va. She has a background in biology and horticulture. In 2005, she donated a conservation easement on her portion of the family farm to VES Land Trust. In 2006, her wonderful brother and sister donated easements on the remaining family lands also to VES Land Trust.
After retiring as President of Old Dominion Peanut Corp., a confectionary manufacturer, the Brown family relocated to their farm on Hunting Creek. Tim and his wife, Susie, were the first to donate an easement with VES Land Trust. Since then, Tim has dedicated his efforts to restoring habitat for wildlife and waterfowl. He serves as a Board member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation. He is active with Ducks Unlimited and is a past Board member of the Barrier Islands Center. Tim is instrumental in planning the VES Land Trust annual Oyster Roast Dinner.
John Graham provides forensic litigation consulting services for a publicly traded consulting firm. He first explored the Eastern Shore in 2001 and purchased his home in Mappsville in 2002. He permanently protected his property with VES Land Trust in 2006. John relocated to the Shore fulltime in 2010. He enjoys doing his part to protect the legacy of the land and historic house. At the beginning of 2018 John joined the VES Land Trust Board of Directors.
Cameron McIntyre visited the Shore as a teenager and fell in love with the landscape, particularly Pitts Neck, where he lives now with his wife, Adele, and two boys. 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. 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. Cameron and his family enjoy hunting, fishing, creating wildlife habitat, and building and walking nature trails. Cameron and Adele donated a permanent conservation easement on their farm in 2006.
Carl Nordstrom, worked for 27 years preserving valuable natural resources in New Jersey for the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and a local municipality. He served as the Executive Director for the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association. He and his wife, Linda, fell in love with the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They commuted on weekends for three years renovating their home and gardens outside of Exmore. Carl moved permanently in 2009 with Linda following two years later. Carl enjoys boating, fishing, gardening and antique automobiles. He is motivated to protect the rich and diverse wonders of the world for future generations.
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 oversee 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.
Jeff Walker is an Eastern Shore native from Nassawadox, Va. He 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. He has a background in agriculture and was active in his family farming operation. He served on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, Public Service Authority, Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission, and Northampton County Affordable Housing Committee. He was a Virginia Outdoors Foundation trustee. He is a founding member of the VES Land Trust and his farm is permanently protected with VES Land Trust.
David Turner was born and raised on the Eastern Shore where he has been a wildlife sculptor for 30 years. His studio, foundry and gallery are all located at Turner Sculpture. He received the Ward Museum Living Legend Award in 2018. His favorite subjects are the diverse and numerous creatures native to this area. David and his family have protected several properties on the Shore with VES Land Trust.