Maryland Pesticide Education Network Board of Directors

Maryland Pesticide Education Network Board of Directors

Peter Beilenson, M.D., MPH, is the former president and CEO of Evergreen Health, a Maryland health insurance company. Before founding Evergreen Health, Dr. Beilenson served as Howard County Health Officer from 2007 to 2012 and as Baltimore City Health Commissioner from 1992 to 2005. He is the author of Tapping into The Wire, a book focusing on urban issues highlighted in the HBO hit series, The Wire.

Cleo Braver, Esq. is an attorney-turned-farmer and the owner of Cottingham Farm, an organic farm on the Eastern Shore. She is currently developing the Eastern Shore Food Hub Corp., which will aggregate and distribute within a 200-mile radius, the sustainably produced healthy foods grown by Maryland farmers. Ms Braver worked as General Counsel for a Baltimore corporation and also worked as an attorney in the non-profit world. She helped form the Environmental Committee of Talbot County Democratic Forum and serving as first Chair. That activism led her to give up being a "gentleman farmer" and becoming a certified organic farmer.

Alexandra (Ali) DySard is the Environmental and Partnership Manager for MOM’s Organic Market. From 2009 to 2013, she served as the City of Bellevue's Environmental Programs Coordinator and Assistant Park Ranger. Prior to that she worked as a Group Science Educator at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington.

Lorne Garrettson, M.D., is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. He has been involved in the management of poison control centers and the care of poisoned patients for over 40 years. Dr. Garrettson has served on the faculties of medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo, Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory University.  He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Toxicology, Clinical Toxicology and has served as chair of the Poison Prevention subcommittee of the AAP Injury Prevention Committee and as Chair of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 

Kristen Harbeson, M.A., is the MD LCV Political Director since 2015. Before that she served for five years as senior staff for Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee through the passage of landmark stormwater and septics legislation, as well as with issues including fracking, pesticides and other land-use concerns. After graduating with a MA in history and museum studies in 2000, Kristen moved to Baltimore to work at the USS Constellation Museum. Her passion for policy, however, led her to shift to advocacy work, first at Preservation Maryland and then the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In these roles she built coalitions and advocated for sustainable building practices and conservation, as well as for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Act.

George Harman, B.S.,A is an Environmental Consultant with 40 years experience in environmental program development and management, including state agency and private engineering firm service. He developed the statewide system for biological assessment of water quality and established the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, the first state programs in the U.S. for PCB and asbestos inspection and hazardous materials transportation safety, formed the State's first bioassay laboratory, served as MDE representative on the Governor's Pesticide Council, MDE's federal facilities coordinator and chaired the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Committee. George ran for Baltimore County Executive in 2014.

Richard Humphrey, M.D., has been on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for more than 50 years. He has held appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine, Oncology and Pathology in the School of Medicine and Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. He founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Diseases Research and Treatment Program. He was the Director of the Immunology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology until his partial retirement in 1999.

Carys Mitchelmore, PhD, is an Associate Professor for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD. Her expertise lies in aquatic toxicology and her research experience includes investigating the uptake, metabolism, fate and toxic effects of metals and organic pollutants. Dr. Mitchelmore is also co-author of the 2005 National Research Council (NRC) report “Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects.”

Bonnie Raindrop, B.A., works as a consultant in marketing communications and web project management. She previously founded and published Baltimore Resources Journal (1985-2000), Voices of Women Journal (1992-1996) and founded and organized a 30-member coalition to commemorate the 20th anniversary in Maryland, Earth Day 1990: The Chesapeake Campaign. She has organized large health & wellness expos and environmental expos and produced and distributed an annual legislative guide for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment in the '90s.

Roger Williams. M.Eng, as president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers is expanding local educational offerings in an effort to raise the survival rate of bees in the mid Atlantic region. Previously, he was with Cisco Systems Advanced Services supporting national telecom systems in South and Central America and the Caribbean.