Board of Directors

Ed Hatcher, Chair of our Maryland LCV Board, founded The Hatcher Group in fall 2000 after more than 15 years working in the media and legislative arenas. Based in the Washington DC area, The Hatcher Group is a national communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits to advance social change. Prior to forming The Hatcher Group, Ed worked at Burness Communications, where he helped manage national policy and outreach campaigns for several foundations. He served as chief of staff to U.S. Representatives Jane Harman (D-CA) and Robert T. Matsui (D-CA) and press secretary to U.S. Senator George Mitchell (D-ME) and U.S. Rep. Robin Britt (D-NC). He spent five years as director of congressional affairs for the American Electronics Association and three years as director of public affairs for the American Sociological Association. Early in his career, he worked as a reporter at United Press International and several North Carolina newspapers. He is a former president of the Association of House Democratic Press Secretaries and fellow at the Capitol Hill Historical Society. He is a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Center Advisory Council and holds a BA in English and history from Duke University, a MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and an MA in American history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maris St. Cyr is our Vice Chair

Mike Davis is our Treasurer

The Hon. Virginia Clagett

Verna Harrison Pelrine joined our board in 2016, and is principal of Verna Harrison Associates, LLC, a consulting and philanthropic advising firm, which focuses on providing guidance on collaboration and water strategy at the national level and in Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River and the Great Lakes. Between 2003-2014, as the first Executive Director of The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, she guided the establishment of the Foundation, managing the development and execution of its $65 million grantmaking in the Chesapeake region. She was co-founder and co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. For the previous 20 years she served as Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with responsibility for Maryland’s Forest, Park and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Police, Maryland Environmental Trust, and Tidewater Administration. During that period, she had lead responsibility for state-wide coordination/implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Program for three Maryland Governors and managed the multi-state process at the Cabinet level for many years. Earlier in her career she was Assistant Legislative Officer for the Governor of Maryland, Legislative Officer of the Maryland Department of Transportation, and staff of the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Melanie Hartwig-Davis, joined our board in 2014 and is owner and principal of HD Squared Architects, LLC, which has offices in Edgewater and Cheverly, MD. The firm’s primary focus is sustainable design and interiors. Melanie served on the Maryland LCV Ed Fund Board prior to joining this board. Ms. Hartwig-Davis is currently also on the Steering Committee for the Neighbors of Mayo Peninsula (NOTMP), as well as on the Advisory Board for the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design. Before moving to Anne Arundel County, she was appointed by County Executive Rushern Baker to serve as a Commissioner of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Other board participation includes an appointment by Gov. O’Malley as the Architect Member of the MD Board of Certified Interior Designers, the Environmental Action Commission (EAC) of the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, and advisor to the Process Transformation Team (PT2) during the formation of the Department of Permits, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). Ms. Hartwig-Davis is a graduate of Leadership Prince Georges and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008. She was the Architect and founding Member of the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee. To these roles she has brought a level of professionalism and valuable perspective that has earned her recognition such as the Alpha Rho Chi Metal for Leadership, Service and Merit from Mississippi State University. Melanie, her husband Lance Davis, and their three sons are members of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD and reside in Edgewater, MD.


Bob Fleshner, joined our board in 2017 and is an Executive Leadership Coach and ia passionate about leaving my children and their peers a world that they can live in. His favorite places in Maryland are Rock Creek Park in Bethesda, Camden Yards (when the Orioles aren't terrible) and Annapolis. He is married with two grown children.





Kitty Thomas

Lynn Heller

Candace Dodson Reed, joined our board in 2018 is the mother of an amazing college freshman. She serves as the Chief of Staff at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and prior to that she was Deputy Chief of Staff for Howard County Government. In 2012, she founded an organization called the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County. She is committed to and support organizations that represent values that are aligned with mine. She also co-hosts a podcast (that she thoroughly enjoys!) called Elevate Maryland.
Bonnie Norman