Blue Ridge Center
for environmental stewardship
preserve ~ experience ~ enjoy

Staff & Board Directory

The Blue Ridge Center is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and a committed volunteer base.



Darlene Lamoureux, Operations Manager (

Mrs. Lamoureux started with the Blue Ridge Center in 2005.  Her background is in Human Resources, having studied at the University of Maryland with a concentration in HR Management.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage daughter, dogs, horse, and other pets. 

Mrs. Lamoureux enjoys meeting the Blue Ridge Center's visitors and campers who enjoy hiking, bird walks, and the many other activities that the Center offers.  "I feel fortunate to work with an organization where nature, wildlife, and so many people benefit from what we do here at the Blue Ridge Center. To know that there is still a place in our area where you can truly enjoy nature at its best is a rare privilege that we should not take for granted."

 Board of Directors  

Greg Miller, Ph.D., President

Dr. Miller is the President of the American Hiking Society and has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and natural resources program development and a track record of public-private partnerships, fund raising and non-profit management. He has served as Executive Vice President at a global environmental consulting firm and Division Vice President at The Nature Conservancy.

Bill Newman, Vice President

Mr. Newman is a Senior Advisor with HC Project Advisors, who focuses on transportation, energy and environmental matters. He served as Vice President and Washington Counsel for Conrail for 18 years. Active in his community, he is an Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout advisor of Troop 128 after having been its Scoutmaster, serves on the board of Oxford House, and was a coach and Commissioner of McLean Youth Lacrosse. He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and has attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Joe Coleman, Treasurer

Dee Leggett, Secretary

Mrs. Leggett is the co-founder, with her husband Bob, of the Blue Ridge Center. She spent 20 years on active duty in the United States Army in various healthcare-related fields, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As President of DCL Consulting, Mrs. Leggett provides performance management expertise related to health care information systems development and operations for the Department of Defense.

Mrs. Leggett has learned to see what is around her in the natural world through her photography. Starting with butterflies in her front yard, she has developed a small nature photography business to share the beauty of nature, including the plants and animals at the Blue Ridge Center. She has served on non-profit Boards for American Rivers and Stop Hunger Now and on the Advisory Committee of the National Parks Conservation Association.  

Jeffrey Gill

Mr. Gill is a Sales Strategy Manager at Capital One Bank. He has over a decade of strategy consulting and financial services experience, including providing pro-bono consulting services for nonprofit organizations. He earned an MBA degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Economics & International Business from the Pennsylvania State University.

  Susan Krup Grunin, Ph.D.

Dr. Grunin is the CEO and President of Think Strategic Consulting, LLC., a management consulting company focused on executive coaching and Strategic Human Capital Management. In addition, she has more than 20 years of experience working with the Boy Scouts of America. She currently serves as Assistant Council Commissioner for the National Capital Area Council where since 2011 she has served as the Dean of the NCAC Commissioner College. Dr. Grunin is also an adjunct professor for UVA and UMUC and previously she taught the on-line graduate sustainability course on Human Behavior for Green Mountain College’s MBA program.


Nicole Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton is President of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. She leads the Annual Loudoun County
Butterfly Count and recently authored the book, The Field Guide to the Butterflies of Loudoun County. She has always had an affinity for Monarch butterflies and 
leads Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's Monarch Butterfly Campaign. Nicole also leads Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's Amphibian Monitoring Program and really enjoys teaching people about our local frogs, toads and salamanders.

She is also a birder, nature photographer and certified Virginia Master Naturalist.

Alissa Harris, D.C.

Dr. Harris is a chiropractor in Harpers Ferry, WV. She was first introduced to the Blue Ridge Center while looking for a great place to hold a women’s wellness retreat in her area. “The Blue Ridge Center was just what I was looking for”, she says. “It provided a great place to hold classroom discussions along with miles of hiking trails to get the women moving and enjoying the outdoors.”

When not working in Harpers Ferry, Dr. Harris enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking, kayaking and mountain biking. She also has a passion for teaching outdoor survival techniques geared towards keeping people safe in the backcountry. She even had the opportunity to train with Cody Lundin of the Discovery Channel’s, Dual Survival.

Dan Hodkinson

Dave Post

Mr. Post is a landscape architect and owner of PostModern Landscape Architecture, LLC in
Damascus, MD. He has designed many successful and award-winning projects over a 29 year
career, including the 136-acre Asbury Village retirement community (Gaithersburg, MD), Tucarora Creek Subdivision (Frederick, MD), and the historic Christ Episcopal Church (Rockville, MD). His work involves site planning, forest conservation planning and landscape design and he is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. Mr. Post earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 1983 and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is also an ISA Certified Arborist.

Mr. Post is Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 489 and Advisor for Venture Crew 489 in Germantown,
MD. He is also involved at the National Capital Area Council level as a member of the Camp
Snyder Committee, Woodbadge Staff member, Powderhorn Staff member, Montgomery
County Venturing and an Eagle Scout mentor.

Janet van der Vaart

Ms. van der Vaart is Assistant Director of The George C. Marshall International Center, a non-profit organization that offers educational programs and maintains the historic home of General George C. Marshall located in Leesburg, Virginia. Prior to her work in non-profit management, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for over a decade, specializing in humanitarian assistance operations management, U.N. agency relations, and bilateral coordination. She is Vice President of U.S. Trail Ride Inc., a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to maintaining the trails at the Blue Ridge Center and preserving and creating equestrian trails in Loudoun County, VA.

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

11661 Harpers Ferry Rd.

Purcellville, VA  20132



The Blue Ridge Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by donations

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