Steering Committee

The VWL Steering Committee was formed to ensure that Virginia Working Landscapes maintains a strong presence in the local conservation community while promoting collaboration between partners and Smithsonian science.

Roles of the Steering Committee include:

  • Provide strategic direction, which includes regular reviews of VWL’s mission, vision and values
  • Active maintenance and delivery on strategic plans
  • Advocate for and promote VWL
  • Provide direction on VWL science and messaging
  • Contribute ideas for the fundraising and development efforts of VWL

Jonathan Duffy, Chair

George Ohrstrom II, Vice Chair

Beatrice von Gontard, Secretary

Cary Ridder, Treasurer

John Beardsley

John Jacquemin

Stephanie Ridder

Michael Sands

Jocelyn Sladen

Kate Wofford

Will Pitt, SCBI

Peter Leimgruber, SCBI


William McShea, Research Ecologist, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian

Thomas Akre, Program Scientist, Working Land and Seascapes, Smithsonian

T’ai Roulston, Entomologist, Blandy Experimental Farm/University of Virginia

Peter Leimgruber, Landscape Ecologist, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian