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James Piper Bond

by Jody Couser February 13, 2019

James Piper Bond is president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation, a Baltimore- Washington, DC-based nonprofit that disrupts the cycle of poverty and makes our community safer, stronger, and healthier by meeting individuals where they are and giving them skills for life.

Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms inspires children, youth, and adults to achieve their potential through hands-on education, workforce development, health and wellness, and violence prevention programming, using hands-on, real-world…

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Heather Lockwood

by Carolyn Black December 13, 2018

Heather North Lockwood is the Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). She is a Marine Science graduate of Coastal Carolina University, and recently received her Masters of Science at John Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy. She loves learning as much as she can about oysters and in her free time enjoys reading and surfing in Virginia Beach.


How did you first get involved in oyster…

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Connor Tupponce

by Jody Couser October 6, 2018

Connor Tupponce,19, is a citizen of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe of King William, Virginia and is also an enrolled member of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Charles City. He lives in Glen Allen and is a second-year college student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College,  where he studies business administration. After completing his associate degree, he plans to attend Virginia Tech and study political science and public administration. He serves as…

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Mark Conway

by Jody Couser May 31, 2018

As executive director of Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT), Mark Conway runs a non-profit committed to restoring the city's urban forest and making Baltimore a healthier and more beautiful place to live, through increased tree plantings, community engagement, and advocacy.

Prior to joining BTT, Mark served Baltimore City as the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of CitiStat where he used data analytics and program management to advise the mayor on the management and…

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Alonso Abugattas

by Jody Couser May 9, 2018

Alonso Abugattas is a well-known local naturalist, environmental educator and storyteller in the Washington, DC area. He is currently the Natural Resources Manager for Arlington County Parks, Virginia and is the long-time co-chair for the Chesapeake Region 2 (Mid-Atlantic region) of the National Association for Interpretation, the professional organization for naturalists, environmental educators, historians and other professionals who interpret cultural/natural resources.

Alonso has been trained as a master gardener, was made…

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Karis King

by Jody Couser April 5, 2018

Karis King is the event and communications manager for the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), an Annapolis-based nonprofit carrying out large-scale oyster restoration projects in Maryland. She enjoys spending time outdoors and sharing the important role oysters play in a healthy and prosperous Chesapeake Bay. 

You have every oyster lover's dream job! What's it like being the publicist for such a mighty mollusk?

Oysters are silent, humble creatures so we really have to do all of the…

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