ACLT Staff & Board of Directors
Greg Bowen, Executive Director
Greg Bowen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has over 30 years experience in land preservation and public policy. Prior to joining the staff, he volunteered on three land trusts and was on the ACLT Board for over 3 years. He is a member of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission and is chair of its Rural Economies Workgroup. Greg is a lifetime resident of Calvert County, growing up on a tobacco farm near the Patuxent River. His passion is preserving Calvert’s working landscapes and its ecological and culture assets.
Autumn Phillips-Lewis, Land Manager
Clara Brill-Carlat, Assistant Land Manager
Clara joined ACLT in 2021 as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member and was hired full-time in 2022 as part of the 5-year capacity grant. She grew up in Baltimore and moved to Massachusetts for school, graduating from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in geoscience. She loves hiking, running, and working on ACLT’s trails.
Miriam Gholl, Community Relations Manager
Miriam joined ACLT in June 2019. Prior to that time, she had been retired from the local Planning & Zoning Office, where she worked with Greg for over 30 years. Since retiring in 2011, Miriam had been a part-time social media marketer and webmaster for her husband’s business and spent a good part of the remainder of her time donating similar services to several local non-profits on a volunteer basis. Miriam provides staff support to the Outreach & Membership Committee and coordinates volunteers for events, hikes, etc.
Chris Riollano, Donor Relations Coordinator
Chris joined ACLT in 2023 to assist the Donor Relations Committee with fundraising efforts and to build relationships with members and donors. Chris is a part-time employee.
Janel Young, Office Coordinator
Janel joined ACLT in December 2014 as the Office Coordinator. She is in the office part-time, mainly handling accounts receivable and payable, but also assisting with various other projects as needed. Janel has a background in public relations and marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. When Janel is not at ACLT she keeps busy with her husband and three young kids – you might spot them at various community events.
Mary Hoover, SMCA Coordinator for ACLT
Mary joined ACLT as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern in 2021. After working closely with the Southern Maryland Conservation Alliance during her intern year, Mary was hired as full time staff to coordinate ACLT’s regional conservation partnerships, including SMCA and the three “friends groups” currently affiliated with ACLT. Mary grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and after attaining a degree in environmental science from Creighton University moved out east to pursue an environmental career.
2022/2023 Chesapeake Conservation Corp Members
Virginia ‘Ginny’ Murphy, Membership Coordinator
ACLT has relied on Ginny Murphy to coordinate the ACLT membership program since soon after its inception in 1986. Ginny knows many of our members personally and is in an excellent position to keep our database up to date and accurate. She is now a seasoned veteran, working on the third iteration of ACLT’s computerized database. Ginny says, “As for my work with ACLT, I believe deeply in its mission of preservation and I have had a special love for this area since my parents built our cabin at Scientists Cliffs in 1948. As Membership Coordinator, I feel I can at least help in some small way in getting people involved to help with our endeavors.”
ACLT Board of Directors
The ACLT is a nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors that meets bi-monthly. The corporation has an Annual Meeting of the membership each year to report on the business of the corporation and to elect new board members. The Board is served by five standing committees that oversee Land Preservation, Land Management, Outreach & Membership, Administration & Fundraising, and Budget & Finance.