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.

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.

Kate can be reached at or 443-234-5587.


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, in Business Marketing and Political Science, and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Josh is a LEAD Maryland (Class VIII) fellow, the past Chairman of the Partners for Open Space, and he is in his second year as the Chairman of the Rural Maryland Council. He can be reached at 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 at 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 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 currently lives in Church Hill with his partner Tara their cat, Seide, and Australian cattle dog, Cooper. They are now residents of Wicomico County.

Jared can be reached at 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 for the Robinson Foundation and 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 Bachelor degree in Biology from Bates College. Marianne and her husband currently live in Salisbury, MD.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the region and playing in the water. Marianne can be reached at or 443-234-5587.


Suzanne Ketcham serves as LSLT’s Stewardship Manager and will work to identify conservation and restoration projects that deliver water quality and wildlife habitat improvements, while engaging new partnerships in conservation planning.

She has a degree in Geography (GIS track) and Environmental Studies from Salisbury University. Recently, Suzanne completed a year with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps at the Maryland Department of the Environment (Stormwater Management Division), where she worked on data management, stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), and developing new educational tools to better communicate the benefits of innovative BMPs.

Originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, Suzanne recently relocated from Baltimore City to Worcester County. She can be reached at or 443-234-5587.


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