About Us

Our Mission

The Shenandoah National Park Trust touches every aspect of the park we all enjoy. We help protect what you love about Shenandoah National Park, while creating programs to inspire the next generation of national park stewards.

As the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park, the Trust invests in programs and initiatives which help ensure that Shenandoah remains a crown jewel of the Park Service, an economic driver for the region, and a national treasure for all to enjoy, for generations to come.



To protect Shenandoah National Park’s 200,000 acres of wild lands, wildlife and historic treasures from invasive species and climate change


To ensure national park access for all children, regardless of economic background, and inspire the next generation of preservationists and conservationists


To keep Shenandoah National Park a major economic driver for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation


To provide a preeminent national park an essential and trustworthy philanthropic partner dedicated to its future


Board Members

Dave Aldrich serves as Chief Executive Officer of Research and Engineering Development, LLC (RED-INC), a leading provider of Human Factors/Human Systems Integration and Irregular Warfare solutions to the Department of Defense. He joined RED-INC in July 2010, leading an acquisition of the Company by members of the management team and outside investors. RED-INC is located in Patuxent River, MD.

Prior to joining RED-INC, Dave served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Techrizon, LLC (formerly TELOS•OK). Based in Lawton, Oklahoma, Techrizon has nearly three decades of experience as a leading provider of software development and network integration solutions primarily to the Department of Defense. TELOS•OK, formerly a division of Telos Corporation, was acquired in March 2003 by members of management, employees of the Company and outside investors. Techrizon was sold to Stanley Associates in April 2007.

Prior to leading the acquisition of TELOS•OK, Dave was President and Chief Executive Officer of Telos Corporation in Ashburn, VA. He joined Telos in 1996 as Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, was named Chief Operating Officer in 1999, and President and CEO in 2000.

Formerly, Dave was a partner in the Financial Advisory Services Group, Corporate Finance, at Coopers and Lybrand LLP, specializing in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings. Before joining Coopers and Lybrand in 1991, Dave was a Senior Vice President at Dean Witter Capital Corporation, the merchant banking arm of Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., specializing in management-led, leveraged acquisitions.

Dave was raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and graduated in 1981 from Princeton University with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. Dave and his wife Jennifer have two children and reside in Huntly, Virginia.

AndrewVAndrew is a real estate developer and planning consultant based in Alexandria, VA. His work has emphasis in urban development and redevelopment of select Virginia population centers, allowing for the protection and preservation of the Commonwealth’s scenic rural areas.

Andrew received his BA from American University with a focus on environmental studies, and MS in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.  Interests include biographies of American innovators, hiking and working outdoors, and charitable contributions to several universities, the Mount Vernon estate, and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

A life-long Virginian, Andrew and his family have been visiting Shenandoah National Park for more than 40 years.  Andrew and his wife Susan, a librarian and children’s author, enjoy their time between residences in Alexandria and Charlottesville, Virginia.

NaussStephen E. Nauss, most recently President of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Inc., brings his outdoor passion as well as his business expertise to the Trust. Stephen is a native of New York, a graduate of Deerfield Academy 1968 (Mass.), and the University of Virginia 1972 (receiving a B.S. in Psychology). While in college he played four years of lacrosse during which the team garnered two NCAA championship titles. He and his family have chosen to make their home in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park, for the past 30+ years. Stephen enjoys many hobbies — like fly fishing, hiking, skiing, canoeing, camping, kayaking and golf –and much of his outdoor time has been spent in and around Shenandoah National Park.

Stephen and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Inc. have long been users, caretakers, and supporters of America’s National Parks and Forests. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Inc. is a 33-year-old retail business consisting of thirteen outdoor stores located in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. It provides products, support, and guidance to enhance a customer’s outdoor appreciation, experience, and safety. It has won many accolades and awards for its community involvement, marketing creativity, and operational sensitivities. For example, in 1999 Stephen was honored by the Outdoor Industry Leadership Awards as Retailer of the Year; and in 2002 Blue Ridge Mountain Sports received the National Trails for Tomorrow award, and a Dupont award for its work with the Rivanna Trails Foundation, a ten-year project creating a trail system that encircles Charlottesville, Virginia.

FredAndraeFrederick S. Andreae is lives in Bentonville, VA and is the founder of Frederick Andreae Architects in Front Royal. A member of the American Institute of Architects, his firm designs a wide variety of projects for both private and public clients and has received awards for work in passive solar design and reuse/preservation of historic buildings. He received his BA and MA from Yale University.

Fred is an active community volunteer who presently serves as the National Trust for Historic Preservation representative on an advisory committee for the new Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. He is also a founding member and President of the conservation activist group, Scenic 340 Project, Inc. which received a 2007 award from Scenic Virginia. He and his author/artist wife Christine, live in a house they built themselves on a farm that adjoins Shenandoah National Park and has been placed in permanent conservation easement. They have an enduring love of the outdoors and particularly enjoy hiking in the Park and kayaking on the Shenandoah River.

DonBaurDon Baur is a partner in the Washington, DC Office of Perkins Coie LLP, where he practices environmental, natural resources, and Native American law.  Don began his legal career as an attorney for the National Park Service in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, and later he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Don currently serves on the Board of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and on the Environmental Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute.  He is lead editor and author of the American Bar Association’s books on The Endangered Species Act:  Law, Policy, and Perspectives and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy.  He has served as an adjunct professor in environmental law at the Vermont Law School since 1998 and he serves as legal counsel to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Don is an active participant in activities in national parks around the country.  His first experience in the Shenandoah National Park came during a backpacking trip in 1978, while he was in law school.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Trinity College, where he graduated with a BA in History, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Don, his wife Phebe Jensch, and their son Christopher, live in Alexandria, Virginia and maintain a cabin on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Lake Superior.

MattBoyerMatthew Boyer is Vice President of Individual Giving at American Forests, the country’s first national conservation non-profit. Matthew has more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience, focusing primarily on major gifts and donor engagement.  He previously worked for the National Park Foundation, World Wildlife Fund and the National Park Conservation Association.

An avid hiker, Matthew founded a Washington, DC-based hiking club. He is also a camper and national park enthusiast, having visited more than 150 national park sites. An explorer by nature, he has traveled to some of the most remote places in the United States.

Prior to moving to Virginia in 1991, Matthew grew up in central Pennsylvania between the Bald Eagle and Nittany Mountains, where he spent his free time riding horses and was ranked as one of the top barrel racers in the state.

Shenandoah National Park is a special place for Matthew, as he has spent a great deal of time there with friends and family. Matthew lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his husband, Jim, and their two children, four dogs, a flock of chickens and a pig named Petunia.

MaggieB35Maggie Bullard serves as a Proposal Manager for SRA International, Inc., a leading government contractor based in Northern Virginia that delivers IT solutions and professional services to a broad range of federal agencies. Previously, Maggie served as the Marketing Manager for Perrin Quarles Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm specializing in air pollution regulation and climate change solutions for national and international government agencies. Maggie spent her early professional career in the outdoors, serving as a Community Action Programs Intern for the Potomac Conservancy, a whitewater raft guide and photographer for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and restaurant manager for a ski lodge in Alta, Utah. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the College of William & Mary in 2001 and her M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Utah in 2004.

Maggie is a native of Madison, Virginia. She grew up just ten minutes from Shenandoah National Park, where she enjoyed many hikes to the top of Bear Church Rock and cultivated her love for the outdoors. After eight years living out west in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, Maggie returned to Madison where she now resides with her husband Nick, son Chase, and daughter Maisy. They built their home in the woods, surrounded by land protected by conservation easement and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Maggie is a full time teleworker and enjoys trail running, hiking, biking, skiing, and walking the trails around her house with her family. She is also a volunteer Cross Country Coach for Grymes Memorial School.

PhebePhebe Cambata was raised in Manhattan. When she was a child, her parents would drive her from their small cottage on the Chesapeake Bay to the Skyline Drive. She loved those trips, particularly seeing bear and deer, and those early days contributed to her great interest in animals. Phebe has always been interested in animal welfare and environmental protection, and she has been active in her efforts to support these issues. In association with the African Wildlife Foundation, she has helped to save many elephants in Africa, and she is especially interested in the protection of mountain gorillas. Although a great traveler, she has lived mostly in Bath County, Virginia since 1980, and, of course, she has special feelings for the flora and fauna of Virginia. She is a member of the Explorers Club and has been active in protecting the wildlife of Virginia as well as manatees and dolphins in Florida.

The Cambata family business is involved in commercial aviation and does ground handling services for major airlines. The family also owns an FBO in Florida, and is in the cinema business. Phebe’s four children all are involved in various aspects of the business. Having lived in many parts of the world, Phebe now resides in Millboro in Bath County, Virginia.

DallasDave Dallas is an avid outdoorsman who describes fishing as his “irrational passion.” He also enjoys golf, photography, baseball, turkey calling and vacation travel. Dave, wife Susan, son Lee and daughter Rebecca all love the national park system. Dave explains, “We discovered years ago that we are at our best as a family in wild places that are spiritually uplifting.” He has visited 43 of the country’s 59 national parks and hopes to see them all.

Dave also is the managing partner of the Charlottesville office of Williams Mullen, a Mid-Atlantic law firm. His practice concentrates principally on strategic planning, business structurings and financings, mergers and acquisitions, management incentive and succession planning, large commercial and real estate transactions, and business dispute resolution. Dave also serves as outside general counsel for a variety of closely held businesses, including manufacturers, distributors, service providers, professional corporations and emerging technology companies. He has been named one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine every year since 2002 and a “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine since 2006. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America for Venture Capital law and Corporate Law.

Dave has been actively involved with professional and community organizations throughout his career and has served as a director or trustee for numerous companies and non-profit organizations. That practice continues today. Dave received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from UVA’s McIntire School in 1982.

Before attending law school, Dave worked as a consultant in Arthur Andersen & Company’s Management Information Consulting Division, where he designed, programmed, and installed custom information retrieval and reporting systems for government agencies and businesses.

JanetEdenJanet Eden grew up in Miami, Florida and has spent a lot of time traveling to feed her passion for our country’s national parks. In her late twenties she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia and fell deeply in love with Shenandoah National Park.

Family brought her back to Florida, but when Hurricane Andrew came through in 1992 and destroyed her community—including countless mature trees—she started a tree farm and planted replacement trees all around the area.  Janet returned to school at Miami Dade College in Horticulture and Landscape Design. She became a Certified Arborist for the International Society of Arboriculture.

Eventually Janet decided to once again leave her hometown and return to the place she had loved living—Virginia—with Shenandoah National Park in her backyard.  Janet has worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as a Garden Guide and she is a Charlottesville Area Tree Steward, working to promote quality tree care and appreciation for our area.

FewsterWendy retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy in 2010 after serving as a Supply Corps officer for 22 years, during which time she made multiple overseas deployments aboard a destroyer and destroyer tender and served in the Office of the Naval Inspector General.  She currently works for the non-profit FETCH a Cure as manager of the Pen Pals program, placing shelter dogs in Virginia correctional institutions for obedience training with inmate handlers, then adopting them out to the public.

Wendy graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Russian Studies, and from Michigan State University with an MBA. She is a past treasurer of Mary Munford Elementary School.  Wendy lives in Richmond with her son, Colby.  Her hobbies include running, traveling, wine tasting and exploring nature.

MaureenF2Maureen Finnerty dedicated her career to the national parks, serving for over 30 years with the National Park Service.  During that three decade span she spent 15 years in the Park Service’s national office in Washington, DC; three years in a regional office in Philadelphia; and 13 years in various national parks.

As Superintendent at Olympic National Park, Maureen played a key role in setting the stage for  the removal of two dams on the Elwha River.  With removal of these dams, the rivers are free flowing and salmon have returned to the waterways. Maureen also co-founded the park’s non-profit fundraising partner, Washington National Parks Fund.

Maureen culminated her career as Superintendent of Everglades National Park, where she oversaw the largest National Park Service restoration and co-founded the South Florida National Parks Trust. Maureen is a recipient of the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.

Maureen serves as chair on the Executive Council of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees and also serves on the Board of the Manassas Battlefield Trust.  She received her BA from Marymount College and her MAT from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Maureen is a master gardener and resides in Haymarket, Virginia.

AF-photoAndrew Forward is a property developer in Harrisonburg, VA, and has won numerous awards for his developments. The Valley Conservation Council named Andrew’s City Exchange property the best downtown redevelopment project, and the Virginia Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members placed the same project among Virginia’s three most significant commercial real estate transactions for 2006. Virginia Downtown Development Association awarded the Urban Exchange project the Award of Excellence in 2009.

Prior to Virginia, Andrew lived in South Africa and experienced the incredible changes to the new democracy. He also greatly  enjoyed the African outdoors. Andrew grew up in England, obtained his Bachelor of Science from James Madison University (JMU), and completed the Advanced Management Development Program from Harvard University. He is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and is on the External Advisory Committee for Research and Public Service at JMU. Andrew enjoys sharing his love for the outdoors his wife Lisa, daughter Gabriella, and son Alexander.

JamesGilliamKim Gilliam has been involved in the creation and direction of dynamic fundraising efforts for the past twenty five years. Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina with degrees in both Business Administration and English, Kim worked for several years as a VISTA volunteer in North Dakota in various community organizing roles. From 1988-2002 he was the Chief Development Officer for the Southern Environmental Law Center, based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  During his fourteen year tenure the organization grew from a $500,000 to a $5 million annual budget.  He was primarily responsible for building a nationally recognized individual major gifts program that grew to generate fifty percent of the organization’s annual budget.

Since 2003, Kim has managed a full time consulting practice working with boards and staffs of a national client base in developing fundraising plans and major gift and capital campaign efforts.  He does extensive training for both staffs and boards in fundraising across the US and Canada , and has worked as the lead major gifts training consultant for the Institute for Conservation Leadership in Washington, DC. The Institute recognized Kim as “one of the most successful major donor fundraisers working with environmental and social justice causes throughout the country”.  He is also a Senior Fundraising Associate for the Santa Fe based Training Resources for the Environmental Community.

Kim works from his home outside of Charlottesville, and when not traveling for clients, he enjoys a view of a flank of the Shenandoah National Park from his office window.

After teaching elementary school in Rockingham County, Virginia, Cindy has provided fundraising and event planning services to numerous non-profit organizations. She currently works for James Madison University as Stewardship Coordinator in the office of Donor Relations and is on the External Advisory Board for Research and Public Service at JMU. In this capacity, Cindy has helped develop and enhance educational opportunities for a diverse group of learners.

A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Cindy graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Sociology and is currently working on her Master’s of Public Administration.  She is also a student in JMU’s Non-profit Management Certificate Program. Cindy is past president of Peak View Elementary’s PTA and continues to participate as a board member of the group. She has also served two terms as president of the JMU Women’s Club. Cindy lives in Harrisonburg with her three sons, where they all enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.

Taylor-Odom_photoTaylor Odom is a partner at the law firm Luke & Odom and currently practices in Washington, Virginia. He also serves as legal counsel to the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority.

Taylor hails from St. Francisville, Louisiana, a historic town on the Mississippi River. Taylor attended Tulane University and was a student there when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. He spent one semester at Louisiana State University while Tulane repaired its campus. Taylor returned to Tulane when it reopened and graduated with a degree in Political Science.

After finishing his education at Tulane, Taylor moved to France to teach English. While in France Taylor learned to speak French fluently and since then has studied both German and Spanish.

Upon returning to the United States from France, Taylor enrolled in Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. While attending law school he met his wife, a Rappahannock County native. After graduating law school he moved to Virginia to join his wife in Charlottesville.

In his spare time Taylor plays tennis, continues to study languages, and has taken up squash. Taylor and his wife, Christina, currently reside in Albemarle County and spend many of their weekends in Rappahannock County enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.

KatrinaPowellKaty Powell is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches courses in autobiography, research methods, and writing, and where she directs the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has written two books about the displacement of families in the 1930s when Shenandoah National Park was formed, The Anguish of Displacement (2007) and Answer at Once: Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938 (2009). Studying the hand-written letters of displaced residents to the government, Katy’s research examines the ways that residents represented themselves to state and park officials as their relocations approached. In addition to these two books, she is working on a documentary film (with filmmaker Richard Robinson), which includes oral history interviews with descendants of displaced families.

Katy grew up in Madison County and has hiked most of the trails in the Shenandoah National Park. After completing a B.A. at Mary Washington College, an M.A. at George Mason University, and a Ph.D. at University of Louisville, Katy taught at Louisiana State University for six years. She now lives in Catawba, Virginia, a few miles from the Appalachian Trail, with her husband and son.

Todd Ruelle currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Fine Point Technologies, Inc, a New York City based software technology company. He also advises Cerberus Capital Management through the Communications Advisory Group on mergers and acquisitions and on corporate strategy. Todd is an accomplished public speaker and presenter on new technologies and their place in telecommunications.

Todd was awarded the 1996 WorldCom Group’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” designation, was a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” designation in 1994 and 1995. He was recognized in 1993 by President Clinton for creating the country’s first taxi service fueled by natural gas (Clean Air Cab Company) and was a Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Small Business. Todd is a participant at the World Economic Forum annually as well as its regional events. He is well traveled throughout the world with expertise in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In 2001, Bill retired from Unilever after 29 years of service.  Bill began his career with Unilever as a salesman and retired as Director of Operations and Communications, having overseen several of the committees involved in the merger of Lever Brothers, Chesebrough-Ponds and Helene Curtis.  Bill served as a member of the Company Environment Team, which for 20 years partnered with the National Parks Foundation to supply recycled plastic as plastic lumber to national parks.  The walkways around Old Faithful are among the Environment Team’s signature projects.

Bill and his wife Peggy reside in Crozet, VA, where he is Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the Crozet Library Project.  Bill received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas A&M, Kingsville.

GregY2Greg Yates founded Yates Properties, LC in 1987. He serves as Principal Broker for the firm, which owns and manages over 300 commercial and residential properties, and self-storage facilities in central Virginia.  Greg is also the owner of Deer Ridge Development, Inc., a real estate development company.

Greg graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in Economics.  He was elected to the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and served on its Planning Commission.  He is a former trustee of Wakefield School and St. Luke’s School.  Currently he is a board member of the State Theatre Foundation which is restoring a 1938 art deco performing arts center.

Greg and his wife Liz live in Culpeper with their daughter Jessica.  His son Cameron is a documentary filmmaker in New York City.  Greg’s hobbies include tennis, hiking, skiing and music.

Trustees Emeriti

Ethan Carr – Amherst, MA
Hullihen Williams Moore – Richmond, VA
John Reynolds – Crozet, VA
Peter Rice – Madison, VA
V.R. Shackelford – Orange, VA
Rebecca Trafton – Boulder, CO
Susan Dryden Whitson – Washington, VA

Advisory Council

Bill Bailey – Charlottesville, VA
Paul Cantrell – Charlottesville, VA
Frank Conle – Charlottesville, VA
Eduardo Katz – Charlottesville, VA
Peggy Quarles – Charlottesville, VA


Susan Sherman

Susan Sherman

Susan has dedicated herself to the nonprofit sector for over 20 years in the areas of environmental protection, education and public health. Over the course of her career, she has helped raise millions of dollars for these causes and has provided direct services in these sectors, as well. She has held leadership positions at the Southern Environmental Law Center at its Corporate Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia; Lexis-Nexis Law Publishing in Charlottesville; the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago; and others. Susan received her B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Environmental Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and she has completed coursework at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Jessica Green

Jessica Green

Director of Philanthropy
Jessica brings not only a love of the outdoors to the Trust, but also experience in fundraising, marketing, and program development in the nonprofit sector. Her passion for her connecting people to causes that are meaningful to them has led her to work with organizations including Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Virginia, and I Love A Clean San Diego. Jessica received her B.A. in Business from Hollins University, and her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She is excited to be back on the east coast, enjoying time with her friends and family from Richmond, to Roanoke, and along the Bull Pasture River in Highland County.
Julie Shuren

Julie Shuren

Donor Services Manager
Julie served previously as Assistant Development Director with Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, among other accomplishments, she implemented the first annual “Hike for Habitat.” Her background includes fundraising, public relations, marketing and grant writing. Julie grew up in a small town in upstate New York nestled between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York in Oneonta. She is an avid hiker and loves to share the great outdoors with her husband and two daughters.  
Lois Wallenhorst

Lois Wallenhorst

Data and Design Manager
Lois has lived in Charlottesville for 25 years and has worked in a variety of for-profit and non-profit settings. Her experience ranges from office management, database design and development and performance metrics systems, to the creation and development of marketing messages, websites and print media. She received her BA in Communications and Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Lois and her husband, Syd Knight, have two grown children and love outdoor activities of all kinds. Lois is a runner, gardner, cross-country skiier and always-fledgling artist. She is excited to be applying her skills and experience to the work of our National Park.
Rose Ann Smythe

Rose Ann Smythe

Communications Fellow
Rose Ann was born in France, traveled and moved around the US and Europe with her military family, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Special Education. Rose Ann has had the joy of living in properties that share boundaries with the Shenandoah National Park for the past 35 years, first in Rappahannock County, now in Page County. She comes to the Shenandoah National Park Trust with 25 years of experience in non-profit business management and development, having just retired as Executive Director of the Child Care and Learning Center. Her volunteer experiences include service on the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District’s Community Services Board, Rappahannock FEMA Board,  Rappahannock County School Board, the Headwaters Board, Rappahannock County School Sports Association Board, Virginia State Day Care Council, and the Save Our School Foundation. Her hobbies are hiking, writing, gardening, and reading. She and her husband, Jon, share their time between their home in Luray and their cabin at the top of Tanners Ridge.