Staff

 Kate Patton, Executive Director

Kate Patton has been Executive Director of LSLT since 2006. Prior to coming on as ED of LSLT, she owned and IMG_5222operated the Globe Theater, in Berlin, MD, for 17 years.

2018 received national accreditation recognition on behalf of LSLT

2017 Received the Worcester Green Award on behalf of LSLT for our pollinator festival and pollinator education and outreach.

2007 received the Aileen Hughes Award from the Maryland Environmental trust for an individual representing a Maryland land trust who demonstrated outstanding leadership in land conservation.

Between 2006 and 2019 LSLT protected on average over 600 acres annually; and currently steward over 21,000 easement acres across the Lower Shore.

Personally, Kate is a Master Gardener and has served on the board of the Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences; served on the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council as Vice President and President and currently serves on the Berlin Heron Park Advisory Committee and Berlin Bee City Committee.

Kate lives in Berlin with her husband, Steve Farr, and between them they share 3 children a dog and 4 chickens.

Her experiences in the business community include serving as President of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Worcester County Arts Council and she was instrumental in developing longstanding Berlin events, including the monthly Arts Night and the successful application for Berlin’s designation as an Arts and Entertainment District.In 2002 she received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Small Business in the Arts. Kate’s environmental background includes working with the citizen’s group Clean Water Action after graduating from the University of Richmond in 1986.

Kate can be reached at kpatton@lowershorelandtrust.org or 443-234-5587.

JOSH HASTINGS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Josh Hastings, a former Board member, joined LSLT after spending 7 years as the Policy Manager for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Josh grew up on a poultry farm and Maryland’s first certified organic farm, in Wicomico County, and previously served as the Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Maryland State Senate.

He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Salisbury University and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

In 2018, Josh was elected to the Wicomico County Council. He was appointed by Gov. Hogan to serve on the Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and he serves on the Salisbury-Wicomico Metropolitan Planning Organization, as well as the Board of Directors of Shore Up! Josh has spent the last 5 years on the Executive Committee of the Rural Maryland Council and he is a LEAD Maryland (Class VIII) alumnus.

Josh can be reached at jhastings@lowershorelandtrust.org or 410-251-5268.

Jared Parks, Land Programs Manager

Jared Parks is LSLT’s Land Programs Manager and came to LSLT after serving 11 years as Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Land Protection Specialist — and later as the Conservation Easement Program Manager.

While with ESLC Jared completed nearly 70 conservation projects and helped to preserve more than 12,000 acres of land. Prior to working at ESLC, Jared held multiple field-based wildlife research positions,  largely focusing on avian population ecology and habitat management, and has worked in Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

He has a B.A. in Anthropology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a Master’s of Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Originally from Chestertown, MD, Jared and his partner Tara now live in Wicomico County with their cat, Seide, and Australian cattle dog, Cooper.

Jared can be reached at jparks@lowershorelandtrust.org or 443-234-5587.

marianne pettis, stewardship coordinator

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Marianne Pettis joined LSLT in June of 2016 as the Stewardship Coordinator. Marianne previously worked as Director of the James and Anne Robinson Foundation and Assistant Director of the Howard County Conservancy in Howard County, MD.  She brings more than 25 years of experience in resource management, land conservation, environmental education and non-profit management experience.

Marianne holds a Master of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in Estuarine Ecology and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bates College.

In her free time, Marianne and her husband and son run a small beekeeping operation, selling local honey at the farmers market. Marianne enjoys exploring the region, especially by water, and has recently started enjoying the wonderful pastime of birding. Marianne and her husband and son currently live in Salisbury, MD.

Marianne can be reached at mpettis@lowershorelandtrust.org or 443-234-5587.

SUZANNE KETCHAM, STEWARDSHIP MANAGER

Suzanne Ketcham joined LSLT as Stewardship Manager in September of 2018. Previously, she completed a year with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps at the Maryland Department of the Environment in the Stormwater Management Division. There she worked on data management, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), and developing new educational tools to better communicate the benefits of innovative BMPs.

Suzanne graduated from Salisbury University in 2016 with a degree in Geography (GIS track) and Environmental Studies. During her time at Salisbury, she interned at the Lower Shore Land Trust. At LSLT, Suzanne works to identify conservation and restoration projects that deliver water quality and wildlife habitat improvements, while engaging new partnerships in conservation planning.

Originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, Suzanne returned to the Lower Shore from Baltimore City and now lives in Worcester County. She loves time spent in the water or nearby and enjoys learning more and more about the region.

Suzanne can be reached at sketcham@lowershorelandtrust.org or 443-234-5587.

Taylor Carty, Shorecorps outreach & Education member

Taylor joined LSLT in June of 2019 as our Summer intern while she completed her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University. She accepted an AmeriCorps position through ShoreCorps at Salisbury University and will be serving the next year here at LSLT as Outreach and Education Coordinator.

Taylor is a recent Salisbury University graduate who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts in the Public Relations & Strategic Communications track. Previously, she attended Harford Community College and gained her associate’s degree in Communication Studies in the Production and Announcing in the Electronic Media track.

Originally from Havre de Grace, Maryland, Taylor recently relocated to Somerset County with her partner Jordan. When Taylor is not in the office she enjoys spending time on the Wicomico River, visiting her family in Harford County, and watching Rugby.

Taylor can be reached at tcarty@lowershorelandtrust.org or 443-234-5587.

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