A Northern Virginia resident and our newest board member, 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 retired attorney with more than 25 years of experience and a nonprofit executive. In addition to Virginia LCV, she also sits on the following boards: Goose Creek Association (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.
Sam Bleicher serves as an adjunct professor with the Georgetown Law School and is a 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.
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.
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.