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Nancy Everett

Nancy Everett is the owner of Boxwood Design LLC, a garden design and restoration business specializing in sustainable landscapes, four-season interest, and native plants. A member of the D.C. and Maryland Bars, Nancy was an attorney with The Rouse Company in Columbia, Maryland for 23 years, and from 1990 to 2005, she was senior assistant general counsel and the Company’s chief environmental attorney, responsible for transactional real estate issues as well as corporate compliance and ”greening” the company. She is currently counsel to Kelliher & Salzer, LLC, where she handles environmental matters. Nancy is also on the board of Red Wiggler Farm, a CSA that employs adults with disabilities to grow local organic produce. Featured in this year’s Catalogue for Philanthropy, Red Wiggler Farm is a pioneer in sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.

Nancy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University and was graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, she lives and gardens in a restored 19th century farmhouse in Bethesda.

Harry Furukawa

Biography to be announced.

Debbie Heimburger
Debbie Heimburger, along with her husband, David, owns the Hill High Country Store. In operation since 1946, it first served as a packing house for the largest apple and peach orchard in Northern Virginia; currently, it operates as a country store. Debbie and David established a mission to support local agriculture, and today the store carries a multitude of products from local and regional providers—all from within 120 miles of the store. A recent partnership with the Agro-Depot has helped create a strong market presence for local farmers and artisans.

Extensive travels as a child filled Debbie with a love of the outdoors and a respect for the country and its people. She currently provides mentoring and leadership to a team of design and construction professionals who develop sustainable facilities and preserve historic structures for local government. Through this work, Debbie is crossing boundaries and works to develop strong ties throughout the community.

Jason Holstine

Jason Holstine has more than fourteen years’ experience helping consumers, businesses, governments, and NGOs implement sustainability goals and projects. He is founder and president of the Amicus Green Building Center and Amicus Consulting Services, the D.C.-Baltimore region’s largest one-stop supplier of “green” building materials and expert support for consumers, builders, employers, and developers. Amicus’ SWEET Linx™ family of programs that helps organizations lessen the environmental impact of their operations and supply chains, employee benefits, curriculum, and fundraising. Prior to founding Amicus, Jason introduced the region’s first wind power utility offering and worked to create market transformation programs for Energy Star. His training programs have been utilized by the U.S. Department of State, the Transportation Security Administration, and Marriott International.

Jason currently sits on the Maryland Climate Change Commission and on the board of directors for the MWCOG Clean Air Partners program. He has served on the boards of both the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and GreenHome, and is a former chair of the Montgomery County Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee.

Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson brings more than thirty years of experience to the field of human resources management. She is currently Vice President of Human Resources at Post-Newsweek Media, Inc., where she serves as a member of the Executive Team and sits on various strategic committees throughout the organization. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, Post-Newsweek Media has published The Gazette, its flagship newspaper, for more than fifty years. In addition to producing The Gazette of Politics and Business and 35 other weekly community newspapers, the company also manages Comprint Military Publications, Southern Maryland Newspapers, and Comprint Printing. Donna is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and has served on numerous boards in the community. A native Washingtonian, she attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Damascus, Maryland for eighteen years.

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills brings more than sixteen years of strategic communications and marketing, digital media management, brand design, and CSR experience to the clients of Vivazu—a consulting firm that helps organizations maximize performance through integrated communications strategies and campaigns. Vivazu’s consultants provide companies with transaction communications, engagement and awareness programs (including eco-engagement), organizational and corporate communications, marketing communications, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. An award-winning marketing and business strategist, Sarah has delivered services to a variety of organizations and industries. As Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Internal Communications at Discovery Communications, Sarah led the company through several major transitions, including the launch of television networks, eco-engagement and corporate greening, and restructuring. Her work with Discovery’s green commitment initiatives led to Platinum LEED certification for the corporate headquarters and the launch of the first television network dedicated to living green—Planet Green.

Sarah holds an MBA from Shenandoah University and a BA in political science from George Mason University. She is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a former President and current advisor to the Executive Women’s Roundtable, and has served as a strategic advisor to businesses and community organizations in the US, Europe, Asia and North Africa. She currently supports the Eco-Leadership Award efforts of the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.

David Mizejewski

David Mizejewski is a spokesperson and media personality with National Wildlife Federation. He is a lifelong naturalist and holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University. David shares his knowledge of the natural world and his infectious enthusiasm on television, radio and in print media to help others understand and appreciate the wonders of nature.

David hosted and co-produced the series Backyard Habitat on Animal Planet and appeared in the mini-series Springwatch U.S.A. He regularly makes appearances on news and entertainment television programs on networks including ABC, NBC, HGTV, Sundance Channel, and CNN. He is a regular guest on The Martha Stewart Show. David does numerous radio appearances annually and has been featured on NPR, XM Sirius Radio and dozens of major market radio stations in programming running the gamut from morning commute shows to evening news to weekend talk formats. He has been interviewed and profiled in many print publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, The New York Times, U.S.A Today, The Washington Post, and countless local newspapers.

David is the author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, published in 2004 by Creative Homeowner and winner of the 2005 Publisher's Marketing Association Benjamin Franklin Award. He is also a contributor to Gardening How-To magazine, published by the National Home Gardening Club.

Sarah Roussous

Sarah Roussos, along with her husband, Peter, is the owner of Green Alchemy Herb & Mercantile Co., which provides herbs and herbal products to finer restaurants, “green” grocers, health food stores, institutions, and large grocers such as My Organic Markets. In 2007, the company was nominated as Best Agro-Business by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. She is also the founder of Agro-Depot™, an organization that connects regional farmers with interested merchants and restaurants. By the summer of 2009, Agro-Depot is anticipated to expand to several additional locations within the tri-state area.

Sarah obtained her degree as a Wellness & Education Therapist, specializing in Intergenerational Education and Community Wellness, from George Mason University. For more than thirty years, her life was devoted to teaching children, adults, and seniors with special needs and circumstances. As the Coordinator of Alternative Education, working with the Foster Care System, Sarah created and implemented programs that helped young people rebuild their lives following removal from abusive families. Ms. Roussos is currently working to complete her account of the rich stories told by regional farmer and artisans associated with Agro-Depot—a book entitled From the Soul to the Soul.

Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz brings more than 10 years of experience to human resource management and is currently the Director of Human Resources for Honest Tea. Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company with a mission to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and fewer calories than most bottled beverages. Honest Tea's product lines include: Honest Tea ready-to-drink bottled teas, Honest Ade organic thirst quenchers and Honest Kids drink pouches. All varieties are USDA-certified organic and many teas are brewed with Fair Trade Certified™ tea leaves. Honest Tea was founded in Bethesda, Maryland in 1998 and has been continuously recognized for its impressive growth and mission-driven business practices. In 2008, the company created and filled 30 new positions and took on a minority investment from The Coca-Cola Company, fueling further growth as Honest becomes the first organic and Fair Trade brand to move into the world's largest beverage distribution system.

Under Debra’s direction, Honest Tea has developed it’s highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduates and now offers an enhanced benefits platform for employees that includes individualized wellness coaching and healthy snack packs – all while maintaining the company’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture. Debra holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Rutgers College and lives in North Bethesda with her growing family.

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