Board of Directors
Blue Water Baltimore is proud to have a board of directors who are passionate about protecting and restoring our waterways.
Our board of directors are volunteers who set organizational policy, facilitate community outreach, fundraise, participate in volunteer events, and create and maintain the overall direction of our organization. They bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them on our team!
Chair: Fiona Newton, Johns Hopkins University
Vice-Chair: Kevin Shea, T. Rowe Price
Secretary: Dawna Cobb, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Treasurer: Mark Flanigan, Attorney and CPA
* Executive Committee Member
Kim Battista has been a self-employed medical illustrator with Battista Illustration for 20 years. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital “Art as Applied to Medicine” program in 1992. Kim has been on the board of trustees with the Creative Alliance and has been an active volunteer with them since their inception. She is chairman of the Building Committee (which maintains the converted Patterson Theatre) and has co-chaired the Alliance’s Art to Dine 4 fundraising series. She also recently helped with the summer art walk in South Baltimore. Reflecting her interest in water conservation, Kim was first involved with Blue Water Baltimore during the summer of 2011 when she and her husband built a green walk-out roof on top of their garage, which involved a water audit and storm water collection measures.
Mia Blom has a background in integrated communications and special events and currently works as a Marketing Manager for a national education provider. Her interest in sustainable development has led to volunteer work with youth initiatives, community gardening projects, and community organizing. As a Master Gardener, she is enthusiastic about educating people about greening initiatives and sustainable living. She is a regular volunteer at Herring Run Nursery.
Angus M Burton
Angus Burton has been on the water since he was a boy growing up in Ohio. Summers on Lake Michigan, many years at canoe camp in Vermont, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay all deepened his love and respect for the outdoors. Angus has lived in Maryland for over forty years and has volunteered for environmental groups such Trout Unlimited, serving on the national board, and the Irvine Natural Science Center where he served over twenty years, the last four as president of the board. Angus and his wife Dana have three children, all currently living and working on the west coast. They both work locally, Angus as a partner in an investment management firm and Dana in admissions at St Paul’s School for Girls. Summer vacations are spent in Maine mostly on the water, of course.
Born in Baltimore City’s Mercy Hospital, Holt is a graduate of University of Maryland – College Park and holds a masters degree from Towson University in Human Resource Development. As a human resources professional his work covers payroll, benefits, talent management, talent development, team building, and policy. His passions include volunteering, youth mentorship, small business consulting, and revitalizing Baltimore.
Dawna Cobb practiced law in the private and public sector for 22 years before becoming the assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2006. She served in that position until 2012, and returned to the UM Carey School of Law in 2013 to teach a variety of courses including negotiation and legal writing. She currently directs the Law School’s JustAdvice® Project, which provides brief free legal advice to Baltimore-area residents who can’t afford an attorney. Dawna is and has been an active member of numerous community and professional organizations including the Baltimore City Ethics Board, the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, The Goucher Prison Education Project, the Baltimore Orchard Project, the Charles Village Community Benefits District, and the Painted Ladies of Charles Village house painting contest. Dawna regularly picks up trash wherever she goes, which falls in lines with Blue Water Baltimore’s mission to create lasting solutions to Baltimore’s trash and litter problems.
Brian Dettmann is the President of Caledonia Capital Partners, LLC, a multifamily office focused on investing in and acquiring private companies. He was previously the Co-Head of Private Equity at Brown Advisory. Brian holds a B.S. from Iowa State University where he majored in agriculture and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Betamore, a Baltimore-based incubator and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.
Fran Flanigan *
Fran Flanigan served for 23 years as executive director at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Since 2001 she has been consulting on environmental affairs with agencies and organizations including the Maryland Port Administration, the Waterfront Partnership, Baltimore County, Maryland Department of the Environment and others. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is the recipient of several service awards.
Mark Flanigan *
Mark Flanigan has 15 years of experience as an attorney and CPA. He has a tax and business practice in Towson and is a Roland Park resident. Baltimore has been home his entire life. A passion for local volunteerism and early memories of sailing the Chesapeake with his grandfather are what inspires his interest in the Blue Water Baltimore mission.
Bill Howard is a university attorney, administrator and executive search consultant with a passion for the environment and watershed issues. He grew up in Northeast Ohio playing in streams and woods and learning about nature from his outdoor-loving mother. He has lived most of his life in Maryland, including Baltimore and Silver Spring. During his stint in Silver Spring, he co-founded and led a local watershed group and became active in larger Anacostia River advocacy and protection issues.
Robin Leone *
Robin Leone is an attorney at Saul Ewing focused on civil litigation and energy and utility law. Prior to entering the legal profession, Robin was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she supported the work of federal government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and both the U.S. Army Environmental Center and the U.S. Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence. Robin was a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, prior to the merger that created Blue Water Baltimore. She lives in Fells Point, five blocks from the water, and is dedicated to restoring the harbor to the great resource it was and can become again.
Fiona Newton *
Fiona Newton moved to Baltimore in 2003 from the United Kingdom. She was first inspired to volunteer for the Jones Falls Watershed Association (JFWA) after seeing the trash and debris that washed into the Harbor from the river each day. When JFWA merged with four other organizations, she helped with the creation of Blue Water Baltimore, initially leading the development committee and then the governance committee. Fiona became Board Chair in May 2015. She is currently the Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement for Johns Hopkins University, having worked as a fundraiser and strategist in the nonprofit sector for most of her career. She is passionate about environmental issues and improving the water quality in Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Inner Harbor. In her spare time, she teaches tai chi and qigong with Baltimore Tai Chi.
Daniel O’Leary is a Maryland Licensed Professional Engineer and Principal at ESD Associates, a water resources engineering and design firm in Baltimore. Dan has over 30 years of varied water related experience in Maryland as a designer, regulator, non-profit employee and expert witness. Dan brings to Blue Water Baltimore a seasoned, hands-on approach to understanding and working to solve problems faced by our waterways.
Matt Peters is a fellow with the University of Maryland’s Environmental Law Clinic, where he represents nonprofit organizations, community groups, and individuals seeking to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws. Prior to law school, Matt worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as program analyst. Matt is an avid sailor and shares Blue Water Baltimore’s commitment to protecting the harbor and its tributaries as a resource for all of Baltimore’s citizens.
Jessica Pierre-Louis is the Manager of Research, Evaluation and Reporting at Camden City, NJ School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Howard University and a Masters in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has over 10 years experience in data analysis, reporting and technology in both private and public sectors. She is passionate about youth mentoring, green living and economic development in under-served communities.
Wally joined the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) as an intern in September 2010, gaining valuable experience and insight into international business. Building on the positive experience of his internship, he rejoined WTCI in August of 2011 as the Assistant Manager of Marketing and Event Planning and is now the Director of Marketing, Business Development, and Events. Wally received his undergraduate degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. A Baltimore native, Wally currently resides in the Mount Washington neighborhood where he enjoys being outside, raising his two daughters, and serving as a Weekend Mentor for Bridges, an academic and cultural enrichment program for East Baltimore youth.
Steven Ragsdale was previously the Program Administrator for Health Equity Programs for Lifebridge Health. He directed operations of Lifebridge Health equity initiatives including hospital and community efforts focused on health disparities reduction, both within Lifebridge Health facilities and in the surrounding communities. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Presidents Diversity Leadership Council, Maryland Congress on Health and Economic Disparities and is a guest lecturer on the history of social determinants in Baltimore and applied systems design theory.
Patricia Rienhoff recently retired from a career as a residential realtor. Prior to real estate, she was a stay-at-home mom, active in the PTA and the classrooms. Patricia and her family live on a small farm in northern Baltimore County. She has been an outdoor enthusiast her whole life and is environmentally conscientious.
John Savage has 14 plus years of Energy & Risk Management experience holding a variety of risk related roles at Exelon Corporation in both its Constellation Energy and Baltimore Gas & Electric affiliates. He currently serves as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management for BGE. John was fortunate to grow up on the water near Rocky Point at the mouth of Back River. Many of his fondest memories involve exploring life along the Chesapeake and spending time with family near Hart Miller Island. He is a father of one young son and currently resides in the Riverside community enjoying how impactful the Harbor is to life in and around Baltimore.
Carlton Sexton practices radiology at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He played in the Jones Falls in the Greenspring Valley as a child, and continues to wade and canoe in its waters. He organizes stream clean-ups for the Ruxton Riderwood Lake Roland Area Improvement Association, where he serves on the board. He hopes and works for the day when our city will have a swimmable Inner Harbor.
Kevin Shea currently oversees environmental and community programs for T. Rowe Price, and has more than 18 years of experience in development and marketing. Kevin grew up crabbing and rowing crew, and is passionate about restoring the health of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the benefit of future generations. Kevin is the father of four boys who he hopes will have opportunities to appreciate the natural treasures he grew to love as a child.
Philip Spevak is a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he directs noninvasive imaging of congenital heart disease. He has also trained as an economist and has a degree in public health. He led the Roland Park Civic League for many years and is now leading a city-wide effort to bring fiber-optic technology to Baltimore.
James Stierhoff is a Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory where he works with individuals, families, endowments and foundations. James is a member of Brown’s Sustainability Development Team where he helps source and evaluate sustainability and ESG focused investment solutions for clients. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Towson University and his MBA from Loyola University Maryland. He is an amateur steeplechase jockey who won both the 2010 and 2012 Maryland Hunt Cup. James and his wife live in Baltimore County and are avid patrons of the outdoors. James was drawn to serve with Blue Water because of his desire to help restore and preserve Baltimore’s rivers and streams for future generations.
An accounting controller by trade, David Weis lived as a kibbutz-nick in Israel for 25 years until returning to Baltimore in 1999. David has been the financial controller at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) in northwest Baltimore for 17 years. David has organized a buying group with the Associated Jewish Charities and is working on a solar deal for the group. David and the BHC have recently worked together to install a rain garden in the parking lot of the BHC. He is interested in applying his knowledge gained working in the local not-for-profit business world and demonstrating good environmental and social stewardship by volunteering with Blue Water Baltimore’s Board.