Misty Boos, Director
Misty Boos received a Master of Environmental Planning degree from the University of Tasmania in 2006 and a BS in Sociology with emphasis on Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector working on research projects and in the field for many environmental organizations. She has been an active participant and leader for Wild Virginia outings and completed training as a Virginia Master Naturalist. She spends every free second outside with her dog.
Misty spent many years studying, travelling and living abroad and this time has given her a global perspective on environmental issues that she tries to apply to her efforts with us locally in Virginia. Misty particularly loves working with volunteers helping them apply their unique skills and experience to help further Wild Virginia’s mission.
David Sligh, Conservation Director
David Sligh has worked for 35 years to make the promises of our environmental laws real. He has consistently and successfully pushed private parties and government agencies to base their actions on science, law, and the public interest. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, a law degree from Vermont Law School, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Dave has worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Founder and Director of Virginia PEER – the state branch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Southeast Regional Representative for American Rivers, Upper James Riverkeeper, adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as a consultant and advisor to citizen groups around the country.
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Bette Dzamba, Chair Outings and Education
Bette Dzamba has loved hiking for as long as she can remember. She first became involved with Wild Virginia as a hike leader in order to share the fun of spending time “playing outside” with others. She believes that the more people spend time in wild places like the George Washington National Forest the more they will feel the value of such places and know the importance of protecting them.
In the winter of 2010 Bette and her partner David Sellers spent three months living in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park as volunteers for the Yellowstone Association Institute. They supported field seminars that the Institute holds at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Closer to home they are Virginia Master Naturalists and the trail maintainers for the Wildcat Ridge trail in Shenandoah National park.
Bette has a PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin. She currently works in the Cell Biology Department at UVA trying to understand morphogenesis: the cellular movements that create form.
Howard Evergreen, Treasurer
Howard Evergreen grew up in Miami, FL as a city boy never even seeing snow until he left to attend college. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in economics. Not wanting to be part of the corporate world, he became a counselor for “emotionally disturbed” teenagers in a year round wilderness school. Over time he worked as the cook, family counselor, business manager and assistant director, doing whatever was needed.
In 1977, he and his wife had a child and shortly (too shortly) adopted 2 brothers, and moved to West Virginia for a try at living on the land. The family moved to Charlottesville in 1989 and Howard took a job with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission managing a regional housing grant from which grew a couple of housing foundations. He became the director of the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation where he was able to put his business skills to good use creating a very successful non-profit. He has also served on the board of MACAA as treasurer and was a commissioner for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority for 6 years. After 25 years, he recently became voluntarily unemployed and is finding new ways to serve the community.
Jennifer Lewis grew up in Upstate New York, spending time on the family’s dairy farm and in the woods and creek at her parents’ house, developing a love and respect for the environment at an early age. Jennifer did her college summer internship with USPIRG in Richmond, canvassing for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, organized a protest outside of an Exxon Mobile for their refusal to take responsibility for the Valdez spill and was part of a successful campaign to ban motorized vehicles in Yellowstone.
After graduating SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Environmental Studies, Jennifer and her husband moved to Waynesboro, Va. Jennifer is currently Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board in Waynesboro and is President and Founder of Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group. Jennifer and her husband are fosters for rescue kitties, have an organic garden and love living in beautiful Virginia!
Laurie Miller moved to Virginia from Southern California to pursue a Masters degree from UVA in Spanish. Laurie taught public high school for four years before beginning a 25-year career in administration for several nonprofit environmental organizations in Charlottesville. In 2010, she completed an easement on 87 acres of land in Greene County – the property is now safeguarded from development, and forms part of an important corridor of protected land along the Rapidan River.
Laurie has served as a family advocate for Habitat for Humanity, and has translated for the University of Virginia Hospital’s language bank. She is a committed environmentalist and tries to keep her footprint small, and to volunteer whenever possible to keep Virginia green. Laurie loves to spend time outdoors – hiking, camping, and canoeing the rivers of central Virginia in pursuit of Class I-II whitewater.
Ernie Reed, President
Ernie Reed has been teaching continuously since 1973, currently for Charlottesville City Schools. He co-founded and for 15 years was the Director of the Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts, an alternative high school in Charlottesville which focused on environmental science, a sense of place, active citizenship and creativity.
For the last 5 years he has been the Council Chair of Heartwood, a coalition of over 50 grassroots forest protection and conservation organizations in the Central and Eastern United States. Ernie has a BSC in Economics from the University of Santa Clara and did his postgraduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He doesn’t get out often enough into the forests he has spent two decades protecting.
David Sellers, Secretary
David was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where fishing trips with his father to bass and bluegill ponds and the big Lake Michigan introduced him to the natural world. He came south to Charlottesville, Virginia with fellow Board member Bette Dzamba in 1997, after living in proximity to some of the more beautiful parts of the northern U.S., in Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
David enjoys frequent hikes in the Virginia mountains, and less frequently paddling the local streams and the tidewater areas around Chesapeake Bay. He first joined Wild Virginia after one of our hikes and now leads outings and is a member of Wild Virginia’s Outings and Education Committee.
David is also a Virginia Master Naturalist and a trail overseer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in Shenandoah National Park. David has spent his working career in the air pollution field, first for the federal government and state agencies, and now working as an environmental consultant in Charlottesville.
Deirdre Skogen, Vice President
Deirdre hails from Richmond via Caroline County, Virginia where she was born and raised on a 3rd generation dairy farm. Her fondest memories include building forts in the woods, hunting for arrowheads, and setting up a ‘laboratory’ at her grandfather’s pond to study trees, beavers, and any other critters that would allow. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Sociology from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton as a Loyalty Scholarship recipient and a member of both the Communication and Sociology honors societies. After briefly working for the YWCA advocating for and counseling victims of domestic and sexual violence, motherhood called her for her next adventure.
Deirdre joined the Wild Virginia Board after volunteering at the Cville Pavilion pouring beer, hunting for inspiring and educational conservation articles, and securing a high-profile advocacy booth at the Lockn’ Festival.
When not reviving furniture, chasing escaped dogs through the neighborhood, baking one of her (in) famous pies, social media posting for Wild Virginia, knitting with yarn, or providing taxi service to teenaged kids, she’s out with her husband, Joel, in the forests and on the rivers camping, kayaking, taking pictures, climbing hills and picking up rocks. After the kids graduate, Joel and Deirdre plan to move back to the country to begin homesteading with a vegetable garden, 2 goats, 3 chickens, 2 sheep, and 1 donkey.
Lil Williams [Elizabeth Kennon Williams, MD]
Lil has been a life-long lover of nature. She grew up in Richmond, Va, and spent her summers either on a farm on the Chesapeake Bay or in the mountains of North Carolina, at a camp that sent the 12-13 year old girls out on 5 day backpacking trips with only sleeping bags as nighttime covers since tents were ‘too heavy’ for us to carry! The air, beauty, and natural life of both the bay environment and the South Eastern forests, deeply informed her childhood.
She graduated from Antioch College with a multidisciplinary degree in Botany/Latin American Studies and Modern Dance. After studying History of Science at the University of Kentucky, Lil began medical studies in her late 20’s at the University of Virginia. During her 30 year practice in Pediatrics in Charlottesville, an area of special interest was adolescents, especially teens and young adults with adjustment concerns, depression, eating disorders.
Lil retired a few years ago. Combining her love for Nature and years of professional focus on the healthy and happy future for all children, she has found Wild Virginia to be a wonderful organization to volunteer for. Wild Virginia, by providing multiple opportunities for the community to engage with our beautiful forests and advocating for the vulnerable ancient and splendid forest ecosystems, plays an invaluable role in today’s challenge of the threatened natural world.
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