Board and Staff

* Board of Directors *

amar Duggirala

—  President

Dr. Duggirala is a board-certified Family Physician practicing in Poolesville, Maryland since 2006 and has been owner/solo physician at Poolesville Family Practice since 2008. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University, his medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.  He has done research and instructing with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medical Schools. Also, he served as chief resident at Georgetown University in the Department of Family Medicine. He is also actively involved in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, serving as a medical director and member of several committees. Dr. Duggirala grew up all over the world, living on four continents by the time he was 8 and has called Maryland home since 1992. He also has a passion for electric vehicles and environmental & social advocacy. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing with his two sons.


Coulter Award with Th!nk-CropDan Savino

— Vice President

Dan Savino is a resident of Poolesville. He has been the Environmental Physics teacher in the Global Ecology Magnet Program at Poolesville High School since 2006.  He was recognized for excellence in teaching environmental concepts with the James B. Coulter Award and has formal training with CBF, NOAA and MAEOE.  Dan has worked closely with Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, Historic Medley District, Sugarloaf Citizens Association, and The Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission to coordinate service projects and field studies for his students.   Dan is an EV enthusiast and completed a conversion of a 1976 AMC Pacer into a fully electric car that he drives daily.  He is also an organic beekeeper and keeps hives in and around Poolesville.  Dan and his wife Kathy have also converted their residence into a green home including many efficiency upgrades, solar power, and waste management techniques.  In addition to the above activities, Dan enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, community service and anything that allows him to spend time with his wife, 2 children, and dogs.


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— Executive Director, Co-Founder

Since retiring in 2006 from a career as an Air Traffic Controller in the Federal Aviation Administration, Joyce has been intensely interested in issues regarding the sustainability of the planet for future generations. In 2009 at Joyce’s urging, Poolesville Commissioners listed “Green Initiatives” as one of the town’s four priorities for the year. Later that year, Joyce ran as a candidate for Commissioner in part from a belief that if one is willing to identify an issue, one also needs to work to provide solutions for that issue. She was instrumental in the early organization of the Creation Care Team (CCT) in 2008 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg MD. In 2010, Joyce co-founded Poolesville Green with Tim Whitehouse and Lee Erickson.  Much of what motivates Joyce is a desire to honestly answer that she did as much as she could when her son’s generation asks in future decades: ‘What were you thinking and what did you do?’ regarding the health of the planet. Joyce holds a Bachelor in Professional Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a licensed Private Pilot and aircraft owner and has been active in community efforts and education advocacy.  For Joyce and her husband, Dave, sustainability starts at home with enough solar panels for a 100% net-zero electricity household and electric cars for daily transportation.



—  Secretary

Bio coming soon…once position is filled


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 —  Director of Program Events, Webmaster, Treasurer
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An Information Technology Manager with extensive experience in running many successful projects. Jeff “JD” has more than 17 years with Lockheed Martin, supporting and leading large and small IT efforts. A former U of MD Police Officer, Emergency First Responder Instructor, Pistol Range Safety Officer and Scuba Dive Master. JD has a wide variety of other interests including Home Automation, Drone Helicopters, Science, Science Fiction, and Space Exploration. JD is a writer, photographer, videographer, and member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is the owner and operator of USA in Space, a Washington, D.C. area-based space interest website and the webmaster for Poolesville.Green. JD owned a Ford Fusion Energi, a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and is hooked on Electric Vehicles. His home has solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling. He organized and coordinated the highly successful National Drive Electric Week for the Town of Poolesville combining it with the Poolesville Day event for the past few years. He has helped and participated in several EV car events around the MD/VA/DC area. His main goal in life is to own a Tesla. One goal met. Now, the proud owner of a Tesla Model X!


Head Shot Rachel Epperly-2Rachel Epperly

—  Member of the Board
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President of Maid Brigade, Rachel has been in the service industry for 28 years primarily in the home and office cleaning. The cleaning industry has come a long way to improve green cleaning products and supplies to ensure more healthy indoor environments. Rachel’s passion is improved living quality, recycling, plastic reduction, and sustainable living. Now with Joyce’s encouragement, she just bought her first plug-in hybrid and loves it!

Christina Nanof

—  Member of the Board
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As a resident of, and an advocate for, the Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County, Christina Nanof’s passion is for sustainability as it applies to agriculture, as well as everyday life. She has a backyard homestead with an array of mostly-rescued farm animals, vegetable and pollinator gardens, and is both a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Waystop. Christina is a founding member of the Common Ground Farmers Market, the Ag Reserve’s only farmers market, that focuses on access to local, sustainably-produced produce, meat, cheeses, and flowers. In addition to her promotion of environmentally-responsible farming and living, she is a Poolesville Day Planning Committee, Friday on the Commons Committee, Poolesville Area Senior Center, and WUMCO volunteer as well as a Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce member. In her spare time, you can find her outdoors running along the river or hiking with her two young sons, husband, and dogs.


* Emeritus Board Directors *

Valery Nelson

— Past  President

A former Poolesville resident for 12 years, Valery currently works as a Senior Scientist for GeneDx, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD.  She has a Masters degree in Biology and also held an adjunct faculty position in the Johns Hopkins University Biotechnology Program for 5 years.  Valery’s connection to Poolesville Green began in a volunteer capacity, helping with events such as Poolesville Day and the Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Fair.  She has been an ardent supporter of the town’s efforts to increase household recycling, installation of the solar array and other initiatives aimed at increasing the quality of life in Poolesville and the surrounding area.  In her spare time, Valery enjoys power walking, swimming, Blues music and graphic design.


—  Co-Founder

Tim Whitehouse is an attorney and environmental consultant. After working for 10 years on international environmental issues, he now focuses his work on energy and climate change policies at the local and regional level. Prior to moving to Poolesville in 2007, he was Head of the Law and Policy Program at the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada. He began his career as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in water and wetlands issues. He loves oil painting and hiking and biking with his wife and three children.

Erika Blair

— Past Student Board Member

Erika Blair is a senior in the Global Ecology program at Poolesville High School.  She is a co-founder of Poolesville High School Green, a high school club that collaborates with Poolesville Green, leading community efforts such as recycling, cleanups, and promoting awareness in local schools.  Erika has also volunteered at Calleva and Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary.

Erin Speck

Erin is Assistant Professor of Interior Design at George Washington University. She has a Master of Architecture from Catholic University and Bachelor of Arts, Guelph University in Ontario, Canada. She is an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Her areas of emphasis are computer-aided design and drafting, lighting,preservation, and building technologies. She resides with her family on a farm in Dickerson.

Julie Halstead

Julie Halstead earned her MBA from Michigan State University in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management in 1984 and her BA in Biology from Kalamazoo College in 1979. She is currently self-employed as an independent consultant to the hospitality industry, and previously was Senior Director of Hotel Development Planning at Marriott International in Bethesda.

She enjoys teaching Spanish, having spent five years in Latin America, and has been a substitute teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools since 2006. Julie has lived in Poolesville for over 22 years, and loves being out in the country. She has three sons, the oldest of whom is a student of the Global Ecology Studies Program at Poolesville High School. Julie has been involved with her sons’ schools, athletic teams, and after school activities for many years, most recently working with Mr. Seely of LAND at Monocacy Elementary. She is an avid gardener, hiker and biker.


* Volunteer Staff *


Hisaho Blair

—  Education Lead & Grant Writer

Bio coming soon…