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Herndon Environmental Network Board of Directors Bios

HEN Board of Directors:

Christine Elrod
Christine is a NoVA native, but became a Herndon resident by chance in 2005. She and her husband decided to stay put and raise their family in the Town. Environmental issues have been on her radar ever since learning about soil erosion and recycling in elementary school. Christine is known among family and friends as recycling advocate with an avid interest in food and nutrition. She is an editor by trade (BA in English from Mary Washington) and works for a nonprofit Earth science journal.

Meghan Gallardo
Meg and her family have been Town of Herndon residents since 2006. Meg works as a tax consultant at PwC, where she is also on the Green Team Board of Directors leading alternative transportation initiatives. Meg has a BA degree in Sociology & Anthropology from St. Mary's College of MD, a BS degree in Accounting from George Mason University, and is pursuing her Masters in Taxation at American University. Meg is interested in grassroots sustainability efforts in the home and local community. She is excited to be a part of HEN and model the importance of community involvement for her two young girls.

Ann Marie Leshock
Ann Marie grew up in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. She had an Army ROTC scholarship at Washington and Jefferson College, where she majored in English and History. As a tactical Signal Corps officer, she has lived in Germany and Georgia. She and her husband, Nick, have two children, both of whom are in college. Her passion for environmental awareness began while taking an Environmental Biology course in college. She has a certified backyard habitat and a special interest in stream stewardship. She is a recent graduate of the Virginia Master Naturalist course. Ann Marie and her family have lived in Herndon for 15 years.

Cristina Lewandowski
Originally from Romania, Cristina moved here from New York in 2001. After a career in software development, she earned her Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2012. Cristina is passionate about trees and, as a Fairfax County Tree Steward, is involved in helping protect local parks from the threat of non-native, invasive plants. Cristina works for Casey Trees, a Washington D.C. nonprofit whose mission is to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation's capital. Cristina joined HEN out of a desire to connect local residents and organizations interested in environmental conservation.

Kim Paolucci
Kim Paolucci is originally from CT and moved to the DC Metro Area in 2004. Her husband and two dogs moved to Herndon in 2011. Kim's parents instilled her with a strong appreciation for the environment since she was a young girl. Composting, recycling and gardening were not options, they were simply a way of life that she continues today. Kim developed a passion for the ocean and estuaries, in particular, as she grew up spending a couple of weeks a year on the CT shore. Since moving to the DC Area she has been a strong advocate and supporter for saving the Bay. In 2006 she volunteered on a Dolphin Communication Project in Honduras, where she witnessed the effects global warming is having on our coral reefs and became very concerned. After the Global-Exxon spill, Kim realized she needed to pursue a career in Environmental Management and make a difference. Kim is currently working in the Insurance Industry while pursing her M.S. in Environmental Management from The University of Maryland University College.

Joseph Plummer
Joe ran The Three Birds Foundation for 4.5 years, and served as the Co-Director of The DC STEM Fair for 2 years. He is currently the Director of TEDxHerndon and the Chair of the Board of Advisers at SolarMill. And, he is finishing up a Masters of Natural Resources this spring at Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Arlington.

Barbara Welsh
Originally from Philly, Barb transferred to the DC area with her husband on a six-month 'temporary assignment'--17 years ago, and has been in the area ever since. She has always tried to have a positive impact on the environment when she could at home: recycling, turning off lights, choosing energy efficient appliances and bulbs. She has always had an interest in food, but since reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, has become more interested in how our food choices affect our environment. She has an interest in learning more ways to eat locally--with the added bonus of enjoying better tasting foods that leave a lesser impact on the environment.

Gwyn Whittaker
Gwyn Whittaker is a senior executive leader with a broad base of experience in technology companies serving the United States Intelligence Community (IC) who offers innovative strategic, business, and technical expertise. As founder and CEO of Mosaic, Inc., Whittaker created teams of senior technologists and strategists focused on efforts across multiple programs and agencies in the IC, with the specific focus of post-911 counterterrorism. Whittaker currently serves on the boards of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, the AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and Technology Management Associates as well as the Washington Humane Society. She is a second year Master Gardener.


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