A Northern Virginia resident, Dana Krauskopf splits time between her suburban home and Central America, where she is founder and owner of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in Belize.
Conservation has been a part of her life and lifestyle since childhood. Having lived in several different states and countries, she has seen firsthand the negative affects of poor environmental policies both on humans and nature. As an owner of an eco resort she is keenly concerned about the health of our oceans and forests. Ensuring these habitats are healthy and sustainable is critical to human health, national security, food safety and air and water quality.
As a board member, Dana has become more aware of the sustainability challenges and opportunities here in Virginia. She considers working with our legislators and partners to help educate and shape sound environmental policies an exciting challenge. Furthermore, she is stimulated by the wealth of knowledge and dedication of the other board members and Virginia LCV employees.
Lori Keenan McGuinness is a retired attorney with more than 25 years of experience in law and as a nonprofit executive. In addition to Virginia LCV, she also has participated as a member of the following boards: Goose Creek Association (Fauquier co-chair), Middleburg Tennis Association, Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, and SAVI Inc.
Lori’s commitment to conservation stems from her belief that it’s fundamental to our existence and enjoyment of life.
As a board member, she enjoys having the opportunity to make an impact on state-wide conservation efforts to preserve the natural beauty and environment of Virginia.
Carey Whitehead is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
She also serves as lead program counsel to the Section 108 Loan Guarantee program and related Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grants, and serves on HUD’s Resilience Counsel. She helped author HUD’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and works on other issues in the areas of resilience, economic development, disaster response and recovery, homeland security, administrative and appropriations law, environmental law, and community development.
Carey holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, where she graduated cum laude in 2009 with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She served as an executive board member of Environmental Law (the nation’s oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues) and as a member of the Ninth Circuit Review.
Carey previously served as the executive director of the Virginia Conservation Network and worked for the Piedmont Environmental Council. She graduated as a member of the 2003 class of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters since 2010.
Sam Bleicher serves as an adjunct professor with the Georgetown Law School and is a former member of the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board.
This is the only planet we have, and Sam believes strongly that climate change, mineral and energy extraction, and agricultural land use threaten to make it uninhabitable for the population we have and expect. We need to create ecologically sustainable economic and social systems in which we and our descendants can not merely survive, but thrive.
As a Virginia LCV board member, Bleicher enjoys working to achieve our mutual goals with others who are committed to the same cause.
Les Cheek is a retired casualty insurance lawyer and Washington lobbyist active in Fauquier County and state-level conservation politics. He is vice president of Citizens for Fauquier County, a non-profit conservation advocacy organization; a founder of Fauquier Conservation Voters PAC; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Public Access Project, which is dedicated to the timeliness and transparency of political fundraising disclosure. In his spare time, Les tries to cope with the maintenance of a 38-acre horse farm he co-owns with his wife (and Connemara pony breeder) Marilyn. Their farm was placed in a Land Trust of Virginia conservation easement in 2013.
In an increasingly crowded world, Les believes it is essential that public policymakers recognize the importance of preserving rural landscapes, not only for popular relief from the stresses of urban density, but also for the production of the crops and animals we depend on for our survival. We need to make sure that conservation of open space does not become the enemy of production agriculture. We need to find a way to assure that eased farmland remains in productive use.
As a board member, Les most enjoys interacting with the sophisticated staff leadership of Virginia LCV, which increasingly focuses on the long-term implications of short-term policy decisions, and is refreshingly realistic about the League’s chances of prevailing on issues whose outcome is predetermined. Cheek also likes the variety of views represented on the Virginia LCV board and the willingness of its members to discuss their differences dispassionately.
Leslie Cockburn is a graduate of Yale (BA ‘74) and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (MA ‘76). Her career as an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker spanned thirty-five years.
In 1976, she won the Vogue writing prize in London and began working for NBC News and later CBS News 60 Minutes covering foreign affairs.
She began her documentary film career in 1980 at CBS Reports. She won an Emmy and Writers Guild award in 1981 for co-directing and writing The Nuclear Battlefield on tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. She went on to direct a CBS Reports on the tobacco lobby and to direct and serve as correspondent for several films for PBS Frontline, including Inside the Cartels, on the war between the Cali and Medellin cocaine cartels and The War We Left Behind, on the devastating effects of sanctions in Iraq. She directed and produced Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Killing Fields, on the return of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, that aired in 1990, and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the George Polk Award, the Columbia Dupont Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.
In 1997, Ms. Cockburn co-produced The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.
Ms. Cockburn has written three books and co-authored two more on foreign affairs among them Looking for Trouble, on her coverage of “six wars and a revolution”, including the war in Central America, the anti Duvalier revolution in Haiti, the wars in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq (both Gulf Wars) and the guerrilla and drug wars in Colombia. Her latest book (2013) is the political thriller Baghdad Solitaire, set in Baghdad in the fall of 2003.
In 1998, she became a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. With her husband Andrew Cockburn (Washington Editor of Harpers Magazine), she wrote for Vanity Fair, including stories in Baghdad, where she was the only Western journalist to interview Saddam’s sons, China, where she interviewed the Red Princes, and Iran, where she gained extraordinary access to the Ayatollahs in the holy Shia city of Qom. She and Andrew also wrote for the New Yorker on the Royal family, the Wahhabis and the opposition in Saudi Arabia.
Leslie has produced and directed dozens of segments for 60 Minutes, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Yemen and Russia between 1997 and 2011, winning the Emmy award for her story on Yuri Lushkov in Moscow and the Columbia Dupont Award, for a “prescient” story on radical fundamentalist groups in Pakistan in 2000. In 2009, she directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary American Casino, on the financial meltdown, which won the Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary. Leslie was invited to be a Poynter Fellow at Yale. In 2010, she won a second George Polk Award for her 60 Minutes story “The Price of Oil” on oil speculation on Wall Street.
In 2013 her novel Baghdad Solitaire was published by Asahina and Wallace. In 2014 she wrote a cover story on Hillary Clinton for British Vogue. In 2016, with co-writer Susanna Styron, she adapted Baghdad Solitaire for the screen. She is currently finishing a novel set in Afghanistan. In March 2016, she lectured on her fiction at NYU Shanghai.
In 2017-18, in the wake of the Trump victory, she ran for office. Leslie defeated five opponents to become the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives in the 5th district of Virginia. She lost in the general election by 6 points, having done better in her district than any Democrat since redistricting. Her campaign made the gerrymandered 5th district competitive and left a powerful field organization behind for all Democratic candidates. Leslie’s story of how she entered the race, “Thank you Mr. Trump”, was published in Vanity Fair.
She is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, the Explorers Club in New York, the Literary Society of Washington and is a founding member of the Frontline Club in London. She has served on the boards of the Piedmont Environmental Council in Virginia, the Krebser Fund in Rappahannock, the Washington Ballet, the Pen Faulkner Foundation and the Fund for Constitutional Government. This year she joined the board of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. (H.A.S.) and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. She runs the School Committee of the Manor House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Leslie is a skier, sailor, swimmer and hiker. She raises Red Devon cattle (George Washington’s favorite) for grass-fed beef and produces organic hay. She has created an ornamental garden dedicated to butterflies and bees.
Leslie has three children, four grandchildren, and lives with her husband Andrew in Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Steve Dahllof, now a resident of Fauquier County, spent 27 years with Ogilvy PR living in the
United States, Europe and Asia, working with international clients on public affairs, branding
and social marketing programs.
During his tenure at Ogilvy, one of the world’s largest marketing and communications agencies, he ran the Washington, DC, office and later was global lead of strategy before moving to Hong Kong to become CEO of Asia for the firm.
Steve’s non-profit experience includes working with March of Dimes, Save Our Children and The World Economic Forum on water and sustainability issues, among others. In addition, he has developed public education programs for The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
He was named "Creative All Star" by the industry.
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Steve was editor, then publisher, of Restaurants USA, a trade publication of the restaurant industry and authored over 40 articles on restaurant marketing. As a writer, photographer and graphic designer, his work has been featured in a variety of national publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Photography Today.
Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in international communications and cross-cultural analysis
from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he later served on the Board of Advisors.
Phil Hernandez is the Senior Policy Fellow & Counsel at The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, where he advocates for policy changes to advance racial and economic justice in Virginia, including through a stronger minimum wage, criminal justice reform, and a more accessible unemployment insurance system.
Previously, Phil served in President Obama’s White House Office of Energy & Climate Change. In that role, he was part of a team that helped to deliver historic new investments in clean energy technologies, ambitious new fuel economy standards, and the first-ever national standards to reduce toxic mercury pollution from power plants.
In 2019, Phil ran to represent the 100th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, a campaign in which he emphasized the opportunity the Tidewater region has to emerge as a national center of excellence on the issue of sea level rise and coastal resiliency.
Phil was a Gates Millennium Scholar, the first in his family to graduate from college, and holds a B.A. from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley. Phil is an active member of the Virginia State Bar.
Chris Miller currently serves as CEO/President of the Piedmont Environmental Council, which works with the citizens of a nine-county region to conserve land, create high-quality communities, strengthen rural economies, celebrate historic resources, protect air and water quality, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.
He believes sustainable use of land and natural resources is at the base of all environmental policy and the future of the world. Chris enjoys his role as a Virginia LCV board member because it keeps him in touch with the current politics of Virginia.
Jean Perin, a Middleburg resident, works as an interior designer.
She became involved with conservation efforts because she believes it is crucial to use our natural resources wisely, to support and promote sustainable farming practices, and protect our natural resources and historical heritage for future generations.
As a board member, Jean enjoys interacting with Virginia LCV who she calls a leading source in Richmond of effective and knowledgeable advice and education for candidates, elected officials and the public on a variety of issues, ranging from fiscally responsible land use policies that enable current and future Virginians to benefit from clean air, clean water, sustainable farming practices and good land use planning for our cities and countryside.
George Ohrstrom graduated from the University of Virginia in 1978 with a degree in English. The unemployment rate was high and with a gift for woodworking he apprenticed with a cabinetmaker. George started Opequon Woodworks in 1983 after moving to Clarke County; high-end kitchens, libraries, and furniture were his specialty.
In 1990 a large road project threatened his farm, and he started working with a small local watershed protection group.
The protection of natural resources became his passion and second career. By 2000, he had given up woodworking and was fully involved with Clarke County and many natural resources–protection nonprofit organizations.
In addition to being a Virginia LCV board member, George serves as a member of the board and the executive committee of the Piedmont Environmental Council; chair of the Clarke County Planning Commission; vice-chair of the Clarke County Easement Authority, the Berryville Area Development Authority; and president of the Friends of the Shenandoah River.
An avid fly-fisherman, George’s concern for water quality led him to found The Downstream Project to promote natural resource conservation through visual arts and the Web. Downstream’s inaugural documentary, “Shenandoah, Voices of the River,” premiered at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville in 2008. More recently, Downstream produced a beautiful video celebrating The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 40th anniversary and a short documentary for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation highlighting the innovative “Farmers to the Bay” initiative.
Dick Raines is president of CARFAX, a leading Internet consumer information business that tracks the history of cars. He has held that position since 1993. Prior to CARFAX, he managed various information services companies. Dick holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard College.
Dick is active in a number of conservation groups. In addition to his service with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, he is on the board of NatureServe. He has also been involved in international development and co-founded a rural drinking water nonprofit called Agua del Pueblo based in Guatemala, Central America.
Dick lives in Arlington with his wife Nancy. They spend a lot of time outdoors at their farm in Rappahannock County. They have three sons. Dick enjoys any excuse to be outdoors – birding, hiking, fishing, canoeing, walking his dog or riding his tractor.
Rebecca R. Rubin is the founder, president, and CEO of Marstel-Day, an international environmental consultancy established in 2002 to provide expertise to public and private sector organizations in the interrelated areas of climate, habitat, open space, water, resilient infrastructure/public-private partnerships and investment strategies, energy, land use and other natural resource conservation issues.
Prior to founding Marstel-Day, she served as director of the Army’s Environmental Policy Institute, after leading a variety of environmental studies and analyses at the not-for-profit Institute for Defense Analyses.
She was named by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change for Community Resilience and received the 2018 B’nai B’rith Humanitarian Award for her work in environmental resiliency, as did Congressman Eliot Engel and Ambassador Richard Schifter in their respective fields.
She serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy of Virginia and also as a General Board member of Virginia Forever, which advocates for increased funding for water quality improvements and land conservation across the Commonwealth.
She is the immediate past board chair (2015-2019) of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, which works to protect the 850+ million acres of America’s wildlife heritage in the Refuge System and also previously served (2014-2018) on Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board by appointment of the Governor.
Her articles have appeared in Roll Call, The Washington Post, Virginia Mercury, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Freelance Star, LiveBetter magazine, and other newspapers and periodicals. She has been interviewed by leading environmental publications and websites, including Environmental Business International and CleanTechnica.com.
She launched Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign and hosts its Vital Voices of the Environment interview series featuring environmental thought leaders. She is a participant in and co-author of National Academy of Sciences studies, including the 2017 Review of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
Ms. Rubin and her company have earned numerous other distinctions, including being named eight times to both the INC 500/5000 list and HOTFIRM list, and earning the Alliance for Workplace Excellence EcoLeadership Award for the past eight consecutive years. Other distinctions include the Rappahannock Sierra Club’s Living Green award, the Environmental Business Journal’s Gold Medal award, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fantastic 50, the Association of Defense Communities’ Private Sector Leader of the Year, and the American Planning Association’s Outstanding Federal Planning Program Award (twice).
Ms. Rubin has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MA in international security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.