The Maryland Native Plant Society

The Maryland Native Plant Society

2017 Officers and Board of Directors.


Kirsten Johnson

Vice President

Karyn Molines


Matthew Cohen


vacant (nominations welcome)

Board of Directors

Ken Bawer
Carole Bergmann
Allen Browne
Anne DeNovo
Cris Fleming
Jane Hill
Marc Imlay, PhD
Beth Johnson
Liz Jones
Brett A. McMillan, PhD
Stephanie Mason
Christopher F. Puttock, PhD
Sujata Roy
Rod Simmons
Tenley Wurglitz

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • Meetings are typically the second Monday of the odd numbered months

2017 Officers and Directors


Kirsten Johnson, Baltimore City. Current Co-President; Past President, 2009-2014; Marilandica editor; retired attorney; Master’s Degree in biology, lifelong interest in natural history.

Vice President:

Karyn Molines, Calvert County. Current Board Member and Membership Chair; Past President, Secretary, Fall Conference Chair; Southern Maryland Chapter. Division Chief, Calvert Co Nat. Resources Div.


Matthew Cohen, Montgomery County. Current Treasurer. Owner of Matt's Habitats, a certified Montgomery County Green Landscaping Business, which focuses on landscaping with native plants, rainwater runoff mitigation, edibles, and other environmental strategies. Matt also leads frequent field trips through his business and with MNPS.


Vacant. Nominations are being accepted

Board of Directors:

Ken Bawer, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Volunteer Weed-Warrior Supervisor with Montgomery Co. Park Dept.; Board member of Watts Branch Watershed Alliance; Board member of West Montgomery County Citizens Association; pursuing Certificate in Natural History Field Studies, Grad School USA.

Carole Bergmann, Montgomery County Current Board Member; Past President; Forest Ecologist/Field Botanist for M-NCPPC, founder of Weed Warriors; Montgomery Co. Forestry Board member; Maryland Invasive Species Council Member; Mid- Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Board Member; Grad School USA Natural History Field Studies instructor; Conference, Education, Botany and Habitat Stewardship Committees; field trip leader for MNPS and ANS.

Allen Browne, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Informaticist, National Library of Medicine, NIH; MS & PhD-ABD in sociolinguistics; certificate in Natural History Field Studies, Grad School USA/ANS.

Anne DeNovo, Montgomery County. New Board member; long-time wild edible and medicinal plant enthusiast; Montgomery County certified Weed Warrior and Weed-Warrior Supervisor; leads field trips for MNPS; an attorney practicing in elder law, wills and estates.

Cris Fleming, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Past President; Botany, Conference Committees; former instructor, plant identification courses, Grad School USA; field trip leader for MNPS, VNPS, ANS; author, Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area. Former field botanist/ecologist for the Maryland Natural Heritage Program.

Jane Hill, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; PhD in Botany with specialties in forest ecology, tree physiology and wood anatomy. Writer in botany and biology, most recently in the history of photosynthesis research. Main MNPS Facebook page administrator. Research Grants and Nominating Committees.

Marc Imlay, PhD, Charles County. Current Board member; Past Vice President; Conservation Biologist; Habitat Stewardship Committee Chair of the Sierra Club MD Chapter; biological control Chair, Mid- Atlantic Invasive Plant Council; Conservation Biologist, Park Ranger Office, Natural & Historical Res Div, M-NCPPC.

Beth Johnson, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Past Treasurer; tax professional/ Enrolled Agent with IRS; interest in Lepidoptera and Odonata; organizes the Howard County Dragonfly Count.

Liz Jones, Montgomery County. Current Co-President; Coordinator for the Audubon Naturalist Society's Blair Native Plant Garden; Grad School USA Certificate of Accomplishment, Natural History Field Studies; Field Trips Committee.

Brett A. McMillan, PhD, Baltimore City. Current Board Member; Upper School Science Teacher, The Bryn Mawr School. MS, U FL Research on invasive plant impact on central FL understory plants. PhD, Old Dominion U. PhD research on environmental variables/plant distribution, dunes of barrier islands on the eastern shore of VA.

Stephanie Mason, Montgomery County. New Board member; Senior Naturalist for the Audubon Naturalist Society; has taught Intro. To Spring Wildflower ID in the Natural History Field Studies Program, and currently co-teaches Eastern Forest Ecosystems in that program; leads many field trips, both locally and abroad.

Christopher F. Puttock, PhD, Prince Georges County. Current Board Member; Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 2012 President, Botanical Society of Washington; Executive Director of Chesapeake Natives; Board Member, the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation. Broad interests in landscape restoration and wetland plants. Trained in plant systematics, currently working on the pea family of southeast Asia.

Sujata Roy, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Instructor for Spring & Summer Wildflower Identification, Grad School USA/ANS; Earned certificate in Natural History Field Studies; Serves on NHFS Advisory Committee; Field trip leader for ANS and Montgomery Parks; interested in habitat preservation.

Roderick Simmons. Northern Virginia. Current Board Member; Plant Ecologist. Research Associate with the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Member of the Virginia Botanical Associates; works with the VA and MD Natural Heritage programs. Past President, Botanical Society of Washington; Past President of MNPS, field trip leader for MNPS and VNPS. Natural Resource Manager, City of Alexandria.

Tenley Wurglitz, Montgomery County. Current Board Member; Weed Warrior Volunteer Coordinator at Montgomery Parks. Pursuing certificate in Natural History Field Studies, Grad School USA and ANS. B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College; Master’s degree, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Board member, Friends of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir. Avid naturalist and hiker.

Directors Emeritus 

Lou Aronica, Tower City, PA
Director Emeritus. Past Treasurer and past Vice President; MNPS field trip leader. Physicist; native woody plant grower; long-time natural design landscaper.

Joseph Metzger, Jr., Frederick County
Director Emeritus. Past Treasurer. Field botanist; author of the Maryland Plant Checklist; field trip leader.

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