American Chestnut Land Trust
   Connecting people with the land

ACLT Staff and Volunteers

The ACLT has three employees, a full-time Executive Director responsible for land preservation, grant administration, long-range planning, and nonprofit administration; a full-time Land Manager responsible for stewardship of 3,000 acres managed by ACLT including management of the limited access Warrior's Rest Sanctuary; and a full-time Community Relations Coordinator responsible for planning ACLT events, representing ACLT at public events, publicity, and for volunteer coordination and fostering partnerships with the business, government and nonprofit community.

Much of the work of the ACLT is carried out by dedicated volunteers, including our volunteer office staff consisting of the ACLT Membership Coordinator, the ACLT Treasurer, and the Double Oak Farm Manager.

In addition to working in the office or on ACLT committees, ACLT depends on volunteers with an array of talents and interests to provide land stewardship and public education and outreach. Learn about the wide variety of available volunteer opportunities.

ACLT Staff

Greg Bowen, Executive Director

Greg Bowen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has over 30 years experience in land preservation and public policy. Prior to joining the staff, he volunteered on three land trusts and was on the ACLT Board for over 3 years. He is a member of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission and is chair of its Rural Economies Workgroup. 

Greg is a lifetime resident of Calvert County, growing up on a tobacco farm near the Patuxent River. His passion is preserving Calvert’s working landscapes and its ecological and culture assets. 


Pam Shilling, Community Relations Coordinator

Pam is very happy to be joining the ACLT team as Community Relations Coordinator.  With a focus on engaging the community in the mission of the organization, she has spent many years with a variety of non-profits planning events, designing online campaigns, and producing high-quality and creative marketing collateral.  Pam looks forward to bringing her years of experience and dedication to such a great organization in her own backyard.  Outside of the office, Pam can be found supporting the Prince Frederick Eagles Youth Football program with her husband and son and performing in community theatre productions with her daughter.

Autumn Phillips, Land Manager

ACLT has a new land manager as of May 2014! Autumn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Elizabethtown College in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University in 2014. Autumn spent two summers at Soberañia National Park in Panama where she conducted her master’s thesis research on the influence of tree-fall gaps on directional seed dispersal by small mammals in Neotropical forests. Prior to this, she did research on carbon sequestration at Elizabethtown College and worked at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Horticulture and Pollinator education and research programs. Autumn is excited to manage ACLT’s valuable land along the Chesapeake Bay and has a special interest in implementing new ideas and activities to further educate and connect people with the natural resources ACLT has to offer.

Janel Young, Office Coordinator

Janel joined ACLT in Dec. 2014 as the Office Coordinator. She’s in the office part-time, mainly handling accounts receivable and payable, but also assisting with various other projects as needed. Janel has a background in public relations and marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. When Janel is not at ACLT she keeps busy with her husband and two young kids-you might spot them at various community events. Janel also enjoys photography and runs a small portrait photography business.

Volunteer Staff

Virginia 'Ginny' Murphy, Membership Coordinator

For over ten years, ACLT has relied on Ginny Murphy to coordinate the ACLT membership program. Ginny knows many of our members personally and is in an excellent position to keep our database up to date and accurate. She is now a seasoned veteran, working on the third iteration of ACLT's computerized database. Ginny says, "As for my work with ACLT, I believe deeply in its mission of preservation and I have had a special love for this area since my parents built our cabin at Scientists Cliffs in 1948. As Membership Coordinator, I feel I can at least help in some small way in getting people involved to help with our endeavors."

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