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BaySavers Team

Board of Directors

Evan Thalenberg, Founder/President

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.

To that end, we assembled a group of dedicated and successful individuals as the Board of Directors and with great support from family, friends and the Annapolis community, the Chesapeake BaySavers have accomplished great things.

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 Vice President he will divide his time between business development for MacKenzie’s asset management services, tenant retention for MacKenzie Management’s portfolio, acquisitions and development, and the ongoing management of several properties.

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.

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, 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 fiancé, GK O’Mara.

Mark Murphy, Board Member

Mark MurphyMark 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, Benjamin, Lily and Drew.

Chris MurrayBoard 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.

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 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.

Isaac Meyer, Board Member

Isaac MeyerIsaac Meyer is the founder and Director of INM Consulting and specializes in the assessment and management of contract lobbying firms. Isaac was previously a contract lobbyist at Alexander and Cleaver, representing non-profit and corporate interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Prior to starting INM Consulting, Isaac oversaw nationwide government affairs for a $5 billion healthcare services corporation operating in 45 states.

Isaac is passionate about natural resources legislation focused on replenishing the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population and creating laws that protect our Bay’s assets. At Alexander & Cleaver, Isaac played a critical role in passing many natural resources laws on behalf of the BaySavers.

Isaac lives in Baltimore City with his wife, Ashley. He is a graduate of Towson University and is obtaining his MBA from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business.

If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact us at  and let us know why you want to be a BaySaver!


Marisa Sames, Executive Director

Marisa graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography Human-Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Business and Economics with a Latin America focus. 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. Marisa’s long-term goal is to own her own environmental institute where she can teach our youth about nature, the environment, and the many ways that we can make a positive impact.

At Shippensburg, Marisa served as President of the Geography and Earth Science Organization where she worked with the university’s Environmental Club to collaborate on Earth Day events and establish an off-campus recycling center at Bard Townhouses, where she worked as a Community Assistant. She volunteered at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station during her spring and fall breaks and organized volunteer events, stream cleanups, hiking, and camping trips for students. Marisa was also a member of several university clubs including the Environmental Club, Farm Club, and Adventure Club; as well as a member of 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 macro invertebrate studies.

Hannah Krauss, Summer 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 and great accomplishments and are interested in volunteering or learning more about our internship opportunities, please email