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Board of Directors

Evan Thalenberg, President & Co-Founder

Evan Thalenberg

Evan Thalenberg is a conservationist and attorney with twenty-five years of experience in environmental law.

After his oldest daughter was advised by her physician that her pregnancy could be adversely affected by swimming in the Bay, Evan and his family made a commitment to Bay restoration. The Chesapeake BaySavers was created in 2008 to take concrete steps, primarily through legislative action and community outreach, to accomplish long overdue advancement in creating a healthier Chesapeake Bay. It is our mission to serve as a legislative force for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and to educate the community in that regard.

Mr. Thalenberg obtained his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson and his JD from University of Baltimore. As an attorney, Mr. Thalenberg and his law firm have been engaged in the practice of environmental law for over twenty-five years and he has received many awards including the Maryland Association for Justice Advocacy Award for outstanding trial work in the area of toxic tort litigation. He has lectured on trial advocacy techniques to state and national groups including, but not limited to, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Maryland Bar Association. Mr. Thalenberg has appeared as a guest expert on radio and television throughout the country in regard to environmental law issues.

Evan Thalenberg is admitted to practice in Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court (Maryland) and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

Click here for interview of founder Evan Thalenberg on Voices of the Bay, WRNR


Brendan Gill, Vice-President

Brendan GillBrendan, a graduate of the University of Virginia, offers an extensive background in real estate management, brokerage and development. As President of MacKenzie Management Company, he divides his time between business development for asset management services, tenant retention, acquisitions and development, and the ongoing management of a very significant property portfolio.

During his tenure, Brendan has been integral in the development of nearly 800,000 square feet of commercial space for MacKenzie’s portfolio and third-party clients. In addition, he has extensive experience as a Tenant Representative for MacKenzie’s Brokerage division and has managed over 700,000 square feet of stabilized, income producing retail, office, and medical office projects. Prior to joining MacKenzie, Brendan was a member of the sales and leasing team in Cushman & Wakefield’s San Diego Office where he concentrated on tenant representation.

Brendan is a designated Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), one of the leading commercial real estate designations in the world. In addition, he sits on the board for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Maryland Chapter and is a founding board member of Chesapeake BaySavers, Inc.

Brendan lives in Eastport with his wife and three children.


Mark Murphy, Treasurer

Mark Murphy Mark J. Murphy, CFP® Managing Partner
With over a decade of financial industry experience, Mark is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Managing Partner with Private Wealth Partners, LLC. He began his career with Legg Mason Wood Walker in their Private Client Group. In 2006 he joined Smith Barney as a result of their merger with Legg Mason before joining Private Wealth Partners, LLC in 2007.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola College. While there, he served as Captain of their nationally ranked lacrosse team and received the scholar-athlete and leadership awards for the program.

In addition to his work at Private Wealth Partners, LLC, Mark has previously served as president of the St. Mary’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition to being a member of the BaySavers board, he currently serves as President of the St. Mary’s Royal Blue Club. He also is involved with Friends of the Annapolis Lighthouse Shelter, Fish For a Cure and the Bowen Foundation. He and his wife, Gail, live in Annapolis with their three children.


Nick Clark, Board Member

Nick ClarkNick Clark joins the board of Chesapeake BaySavers bringing along 10 years of banking experience with the 3 most recent years in commercial lending. He is currently a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager with M&T Bank’s Business and Professional Banking division out of Annapolis, MD.

Nick started his banking career with Bank of America after graduating from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a degree in finance and economics. He quickly moved from a sales associate to branch manager and was utilized as a sales process expert in revamping multiple local branches around the Anne Arundel market.

Nick joined M&T in May of 2007 as a commercial branch manager working with companies from start up to $1.5 million in annual sales. In his current role, Nick works with business up to $15 million in sales for lending, deposits, treasury management and merchant service’s new york pharmacy online verification needs. Nick’s approach as an advisor and partner to his customers helps unsure that he is meeting the ongoing needs of their growing businesses.

Nick’s passion for the environment dates back to his childhood where he grew up in Vermont and enjoyed outdoor activities throughout every season. He is a current resident of Kent Island and enjoys the benefits that the bay provides to the surrounding communities.


Kat Conley, Board Member

Kat is a fifth generation Washingtonian. She is the seventh of nine children, the mother of two, mother-in-law to one, and a proud grandmother of 3. Everyone still lives close by!

Except for her college years, Kat has lived in Washington her entire life. For the past 30+ years, she has lived in Bethesda. Families and homes have always fascinated her and in 1990, she decided to turn this fascination into a new career.

By 1991, Kat was “Rookie of the Year,” thanks to loyal friends who turned into her first clients. She has been recognized with “Top Producing” status ever since. Kat is organized, thorough, and timely; determined and competitive; she knows current market trends and works doggedly to keep her clients happy. Because of these traits, she has many repeat clients—even ones who compete to become the clients with the most transactions! Moreover, her past clients show their gratitude by referring new clients.


Linda Davis, Board Member

Linda Davis

Linda Davis, a 5th generation Annapolitan, is President of The Davis Group, LLC., a consulting specialist in business development, nonprofit branding, fundraising and high profile special events. Linda focuses her professional experience towards working with non-profit clients on donor strategy and relations, as well as fundraising and corporate partnerships. She has been on the board of Chesapeake BaySavers since it’s beginning working closely with the founders on creating a mission statement that accurately represents the good work of the organization. As part of the 501(c)4, Linda has lobbied before the Maryland State Senate on important bills that directly affect the Chesapeake Bay.

Growing up on Spa Creek and Lake Ogleton, in Annapolis, and raising her two children on the Chesapeake Bay, Linda and her husband, Chuck, have a deep appreciation for the value of working towards a clean and healthy bay. Linda spends much of her professional and personal time working with organizations to ensure these great waterways will be around for many generations to come.


Jane DeLashmutt-O’Mara, Board Member

Jane DeLashmuttJane DeLashmutt is an associate portfolio manager with FBB Capital Partners, a fee-only wealth management firm based in Bethesda, Md. Jane works out of the company’s Easton, MD office.

In 2014, after completing advanced studies in financial planning at Georgetown University, Jane became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®). Previously, she worked in commercial real estate finance and commercial banking.

A lifelong sailor and Chesapeake Bay native, she helped her St. Mary’s College team win two college sailing national championships and also was named an All-American sailor. She is a member of the board of directors for the Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation and the Easton Economic Development Corporation.

Jane lives in Oxford, MD with her husband, GK O’Mara.


Roy Hottel, Board Member

Roy Hottel is life Long Annapolitan who grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Bay Ridge. He and his twin brother, Rob, and sister, LeeAnn, have a great passion for the Chesapeake and all that it offers!

Roy is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he played lacrosse and earned his degree in Economics. Roy is a Vice President, Wealth Advisor here in Annapolis employed with Saunders Wealth Management. Roy is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC)



Chris Murray, Board Member

Chris Murray is Vice President of Chesapeake Real Estate Group (CREG), a full-service commercial real estate development, management, and brokerage company. He continues to further his education by pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate – a credential for real estate professionals who want to gain knowledge about environmentally-friendly design, construction and operations.

Chris is also an active member of NAIOP Maryland, the state’s commercial real estate development association and the Greater Towson Committee, which promotes investment in Towson through revitalization of property and infrastructure.

Chris grew up in the Chesapeake Bay community and still calls it home today. He currently lives in the Severn River community of Epping Forest with his wife, Cary.


Are you interested in serving on our board? Contact us at and let us know why you want to be a BaySaver!


Diana Muller, Executive Director









Marisa Sames, Education & Outreach Coordinator

Marisa is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she received a dual-degree in Bachelor of Science in Geography, Human-Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Business and Economics with a focus on Latin America. She studied abroad in Costa Rica where she participated in restoration efforts and had the opportunity to perform research on community awareness of climate change and the contrast in vegetation between primary and secondary rainforest succession.

At Shippensburg, Marisa served as President of the Geography and Earth Science Organization where she worked with the University’s Environmental Club and Farm Club. In that capacity she collaborated on Earth Day events, helped build the farm and established an off-campus recycling center at Bard Townhouses, where she worked as a Community Assistant. She volunteered at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island Virgina during school breaks, organized volunteer events, stream cleanups, hiking, and camping trips for students. Marisa was also a member of several university clubs and served on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences. During her last year at Shippensburg, Marisa interned with the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies where she lead environmental and cultural education programs for youth, including historic agriculture, water quality monitoring and macroinvertebrate studies.

Marisa joined the BaySavers team in December of 2015. Since her start, Marisa has formed numerous partnerships, executed a water monitoring initiative along Spa Creek, expanded AMM Chesapeake Champions Program to get kids outside and engaged in the environment, is in the process of becoming a Watershed Steward, grew fundraising initiatives, was vital in writing and passing bills to protect our oysters, and so much more!


Madelyn Darbie, Development Coordinator

Maddie graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics and a minor in Sustainability Studies with a focus in Chesapeake Bay Studies. Maddie interned on Capitol Hill as well as in Maryland’s First Congressional District for Congressman Harris of the Eastern Shore, where she gained valuable legislative experience. She was a Federal Fellow involved in the health and environment program. As a Fellow, she worked on environmental policy pertaining to Chesapeake Bay preservation and conservation. During her senior year, Maddie was a board member on the Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council. She worked closely with the Dean on initiatives aimed at making College Park a greener campus.

Maddie grew up in Kent Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and spent every spare second growing up on the water. She likes to tube, wakeboard, crab, fish and enjoy the beautiful Eastern Shores sunsets from the boat. Maddie’s passion is for educating coastal communities about how they can better conserve and restore the Bay. Having grown up in a community heavily affected by Bay policy, she knows firsthand the impact of limited education and outreach in Eastern Shore communities.


Chesapeake BaySavers encourages students in high school, college and graduate school to join our team in order to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the world of nonprofit organizations. We focus on their goals and passions to ensure they get the most out of their internship with us!

Erin Krauss, Advocacy Intern

Erin Krauss is currently a senior at Severna Park High School. She is the Recording Secretary of the Class of 2018, maintains Principals Honor Roll, and participates in National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Erin is committed to play volleyball at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the Class of 2022. She plans to study Political Science and Environmental Studies and hopes to attend law school. Erin aspires to help create and defend policies that preserve and maintain the natural environment.

Erin has lived in Maryland all her life and has seen the impact of the Bay on the environment and the community. She’s excited to work with the Chesapeake BaySavers to find solutions and take action to save the local waters and the animals that depend on it.



Madeline Sames, Event Planning & Fundraising Intern

Madeline Sames is a recent graduate from Catonsville High School where she was a student aid and a member of the Green Club. She will be attending college to pursue a degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology. Her main focus in the field is to help protect and preserve the declining shark population by putting an end to shark finning all over the world. In her time with BaySavers, she looks forward to learning about legislation and gain the skills necessary to save the sharks. She is very eager to make a difference and begin using her skills to make the world a better place.



Hannah Krauss, Social Media & Marketing Intern

Hannah Krauss is a junior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she is studying Environmental Studies, Anthropology, as well as Mathematics. At St. Mary’s she is a Student Ambassador for administrations, frequent member of the Dean’s List, and captain of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team. She is involved with the Anthropology Clud, Sustainability Club and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Hannah’s goal after graduation is to get her masters degree in Environmental Anthropology and later have a career dealing with environmental policy and non-profit work.

Hannah grew up near the Annapolis, where the Chesapeake Bay is her backyard! This has caused Hannah to see the importance of protecting one of the largest estuaries in the world.

She is very enthusiastic to be interning with the BaySavers this summer and is eager to improve the health of the Bay and it’s oyster population!

If you are excited by our mission, our great accomplishments and are interested in volunteering or learning more about our internship opportunities, please email!