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 for 17 years. 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 University of Richmond in 1986.

Jared Parks, Land Programs Manager

The Lower Shore Land Trust is pleased to announce that Jared Parks has recently been hired as the Land Programs Manager, a newly created position with the organization.

Jared comes to LSLT from the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) located in Easton, MD. He spent nearly 11 years with ESLC first as a Land Protection Specialist then as the Conservation Easement Program Manager. While with ESLC Jared completed nearly 70 conservation projects preserving over 12,000 acres of land. Prior to working at ESLC, Jared held multiple field-based wildlife research positions largely focusing on population ecology and habitat management. He has worked in Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin and 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, Jared currently lives in Church Hill with his partner Tara their cat, Seide, and Australian cattle dog, Cooper. They plan to move to the Lower Shore in the coming months.

“I am excited for this new opportunity. I look forward to working with Kate Patton, the LSLT Board, and Lower Shore landowners to protect working lands and the natural resources in such an iconic part of the state.”

marianne pettis, stewardship coordinator

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Marianne Pettis joined LSLT in June of 2016 as our Stewardship Coordinator. Marianne previously worked for the Robinson Foundation and the Howard County Conservancy in Howard County MD.  She brings over 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 Bachelor degree in Biology from Bates College. Marianne and her husband are currently in the process of relocating to the Eastern Shore. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the region and playing in the water.

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