David Read Barker, PhD, Chair
David Barker says, “This huge mess at our stormwater pond was headache number one when I became president of my homeowners’ association in 2012. We soon got the pond fixed, but it took three years to learn that the pond drained into Back Creek by the SPCA’s driveway. We are at the top of the watershed! That’s how I got involved with the Back Creek Conservancy.
“My wife Lisa Borre and I moved to Annapolis in 1997. We ran a successful non-profit, LakeNet, out of a maritime office building in Eastport and kept our coastal sailboat at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard. The sailing bug bit us hard in 2005, so we refit an old Tayana 37 at Port Annapolis Marina and spent the next few years sailing to the Black Sea and back.
“My participation in the Conservancy is “Thanks” for this being such an interesting watershed.
Fred (Rick) Kissel, Treasurer
Fred “Rick” Kissel has lived in the Baltimore area since 1961—in Eastport on Back Creek since 2009. He says, “After experiencing the Bay slowly deteriorate, I became involved in the general movement to ‘Save The Bay.’ For 23 years, I was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where I participated in virtually all their programs, including Baltimore Harbor Pollution Patrols, which significantly increased my awareness of the Bay’s plight. Since moving into semi-retirement (as an electrical engineer) in 2009, I have become active in several environmental groups.” Among them are: the Annapolis Environmental Commission as vice chair; Arlington Echo as a Master Watershed Steward; Sierra Club’s Anne Arundel County chapter executive committee; and the Eastport Civic Association environmental action committee.”
Rick has been a sailor for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Lee Finney, keep their cruising catamaran at their home dock near the head of Back Creek.
Sarah Krizek, Secretary
Sarah is a lifelong Marylander, who grew up sailing and exploring the Chesapeake Bay. These early experiences on the water have created a passion for the Bay and a desire to share this with children of all ages. Sarah graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education. Sarah has worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education for more than 10 years.
In 2012, Sarah moved to Eastport and started working at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Back Creek. She now serves as the education director and hopes to inspire children to learn and protect the Chesapeake Bay. While away from the museum, you might spot Sarah with her husband Matt enjoying the local Eastport community or sailing on their 35-foot Kenner Skipjack.
Our newest board member, Betsy Love, has worked as a fundraiser, grant writer, program developer, project manager, entrepreneur, and now in retirement, as an environmental advocate for clean water and native habitat.
Over the last three years, Betsy has inspired environmental stewardship in a Chesapeake Bay watershed community and raised $1.3 million to implement a comprehensive watershed restoration project at St. Luke’s Church in Eastport. The project will clean polluted stormwater in a 28-acre urban stormwater pipe drainage area and provide significant reduction of nutrients and sediment from entering Back Creek.
Best management practices to be installed are upland treatment with curb cuts and daylighting of storm drains at multiple bioswale points, which feed a regenerative stream channel where additional stormwater will enter through other daylighted entry. The regenerative stream will connect to re-established tidal marsh and restored living shoreline while enlarging wetlands.
The project will increase community greenspace, contribute significant TMDL reduction credits for a local jurisiction, produce clean water habitat for aquatic species, restore a total of four acres to native tidewater habitat creating food & shelter for wildlife, and create teaching trails to inspire environmental stewardship.
Edward Morris says, “My first night on a boat was on Back Creek with my younger brother, Warren, when we were kids on our Uncle Douglas’s wooden Chris-Craft. Hearing and feeling the waves rock the boat and seeing crabs and fish at the bottom of Back Creek fascinated us. Later in life, my father-in-law, James H. Taylor, convinced my wife, Tanya, and I that cleaning his sailboat was fun. We spent many weekends aboard, cleaning and polishing by day and walking across the bridge to enjoy evenings downtown. Tanya’s dad, a member of the Seafarers Yacht Club until his death, convinced us to join the Seafarers, seriously increasing our addiction to sailing and cruising the Bay. Sadly, we’ve witnessed the Creek’s deterioration: discarded trash, fuel spills, raw sewage, red tides, and fish kills.
“We believe the Conservancy can inform interested parties of ways to prevent further harm and, eventually, restore the Creek.”
Ellen O. Moyer
Ellen Moyer was the first woman mayor in the City of Annapolis’s 300-year history. Selected three times as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Ellen has been recognized as an innovator and leader for initiatives to enhance community quality of life.
During her long tenure as a community leader, she moved the City to embrace an environmental ethic that culminated in 2009 with an International Livable City award. Through her initiatives, the City obtained a 42% urban tree canopy, a unique Public Land Trust, and award-winning Parks and Paths for People Plan with 20 street-end parks, Greenscape (an annual beautification volunteer project), an aggressive stormwater management program (including reduction of impervious surfaces and nickel-a-day for the Bay fee for clean water, and the first municipal watershed plan in 2011. The Nature Park on Back Creek is named in honor of her environmental action.
Recently, Ellen edited the Art in the City of Annapolis catalogue for AIPPC and drove 14,000 miles to Alaska and back. She lives on Back Creek.
Lorie Stout is a native Annapolitan who has lived around and played on the watershed of Annapolis her whole life. Because of her love of the water and desire to share her passion, she became one of the founding members of Annapolis Community Boating. Over the last eight years, she has continued growing ACB to provide accessible and affordable water access to the residents of the greater Annapolis area.
She feels that the Back Creek Conservancy is necessary to keep the waters appealing to the public, thus making them want to explore beyond the shorelines while keeping in mind that Annapolis has a robust maritime industry that can rival any in our country.
Elvia H. Thompson
As well as being co-founder of Annapolis Green, Elvia Thompson is a board member of the Spa Creek Conservancy and the Annapolis Maritime Museum; a member of the Anne Arundel County Steering Committee of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters; co-chair of the Anne Arundel County Commercial Recycling Advisory Committee; a member of the Eastport Civic Association’s eco-action committee; a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Class of 2011, and an Anne Arundel County Master Watershed Steward. Retired from journalism and a communications career in the federal government that included time at the Department of Defense and NASA, Elvia now heads a successful web and print design business in Annapolis, Stellar Presentations, Inc. She is an avid sailor.
Born in Annapolis and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, Scott Tinkler has always had the sea in his blood. Having learned how to build boats beside his father, after college at Salisbury State University, Scott came to what was then a small boatyard, Port Annapolis Marina in 1982. He began as a general yard worker and operated the marina’s Travelifts and crane. Over the years his duties expanded and ran the complete gamut of marina activities. Scott is now vice president and general manager of Port Annapolis in his 33rd year at the marina. Under Scott’s guidance, Port Annapolis became the first Certified Clean Marina in Maryland, received National Marina of the year honors in 2004, and has become one of the best facilities on the Bay.
Scott and his wife of 18 years have a 15 year old son. In the rare moments away from the marina Scott enjoys, family outings, home projects, time out on the water, and cheering for the local sports teams.
Stephen G. Ulmer
Stephen Ulmer is a sales executive with over 20 years of experience working for some of the world’s leading information technology providers such as SAP, PeopleSoft/Oracle. He has focused on public sector and international public sector, as well as internal team building and public sector partnerships.
Stephen has worked with many international public sector agencies in partnership to improve outcomes for constituents and has managed some of his companies’ largest public sector clients that have impacts on people all over the world, including agencies such as the United Nations, UNICEF, and the U.S. Department of State.
A resident of Annapolis, Stephen resides at King James Landing on Back Creek with his wife Frances. Both actively sail a 43-foot Beneteau called Pieces of Eight. Stephen has a strong connection to Back Creek and wants to preserve it for future generations.
When Molly Winans first arrived in Annapolis 25 years ago, she began to teach at Annapolis Sailing School at the mouth of Back Creek. A few careers later, from her desk as managing editor of SpinSheet and PropTalk Magazines (the local sailing and boating magazines), she still looks out on Back Creek every day.
Molly has been on the boards of and/or helped with communications for several local organizations, including the Eastport Business Association, Annapolis Community Boating, and Art Between the Creeks. As a sailor, kayaker, and paddleboarder, she gets up close and even accidentally “too personal” with the local waters. To make them a healthier place for kids of all ages to splash into remains a high priority for her.