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Greater Sandy Spring
Green Space, Inc.
PO Box 92
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

About our Board of Directors


Bobby Berg lives in Olney, and he has been a resident of Maryland since 1983, which is long enough to have seen development change the landscape. For him, a good weekend is one that includes a long jog along a quiet road (not Route 108!) or a path next to a stream in the Rock Creek or Northwest Branch watersheds. Such jogs show that Montgomery County still has open space, but maps show that much of it is unprotected and could disappear in the next 10 years. All three of Bobby's children attended Montgomery County public schools and the University of Maryland. Bobby has served as a 4-H club leader, a Cub Scout den leader, and a Cub Scout pack committee chairman. He works as a physicist at the National Institute of Standard and Technology in Gaithersburg.

Steve Berry has resided in the Greater Olney Suburban Area for over twenty years. He is a lawyer in private practice with an office in Rockville, specializing in civil litigation, family law, estate planning & probate law, criminal & serious traffic offender law. Steve has been involved with our community through service as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, as a member of the committee that established endowment fund guidelines for the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, on the Board of Trustees for Friends House Retirement Community, on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation - Northern Area, as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Council Redistricting Commission, as a former president of The District 14 Democratic Club and on the Board of Trustees for the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Steve has served on the Board of Directors for Greater Sandy Spring Green Space since 2004. He is deeply committed to helping preserve the rural and historic character of the Greater Sandy Spring Community.

Sharon Dooley moved to Montgomery County more than 30 years ago. In business, she started as a nurse then moved into health care consulting, where she currently works in audits and compliance issues as well as fraud and abuse in Medicare. She is a Past-President of GOCA, the Greater Olney Civic Association, is a board member of Mobile Medical, and is Legislative Director of Upcounty Action, an advocacy group. She serves on the acquisitions committee of The Sandy Spring Museum. She is a past President of the District 14 Democratic Club and a Democratic volunteer. She is a vigorous supporter of the Agricultural Reserve, our threatened green spaces and forests, and an environment with clear air and clean water. She was a founding member of the Olney Farmers Market and served as VP for a number of years. Any spare time is spent reading or cooking.

Barry Newton is a consulting computer specialist, and a principal with Ashton Computing & Management Services. He has 28 years experience in the field, most recently with the National Institute for Standards and Technology. His family has lived in Sandy Spring since 1973. He has been active in PTA activities, and teaches computer-related courses for Adventures in Science, a volunteer-driven science education program for children and young adults.

Dale Ann Pearlman Dale Ann is a native New Yorker and resided in Stamford, CT for many years prior to moving to Maryland in 1992. She has lived in Olney since 2000. She has worked for 16 years as a technical team lead for a federal training center and as a legal secretary and paralegal. She has a strong interest in preserving green space wherever possible by seeking ways in which humans can respectfully co-exist with our wild neighbors and by planning growth responsibly. Dale Ann is motivated by seeing major changes in the county, such as the ICC and developments on previously wild land. She volunteers as a computer tutor, enjoys gardening, playing piano, and composing music.

Meg Pease-Fye grew up in southeast Idaho, where she learned to value the importance of maintaining the wilderness. She and her family moved to Rockville in 1993, to escape the disorganized chaos of Northern Virginia development. In 2001, the family moved to Olney to be closer to Sandy Spring Friends School and get away from the increased traffic in Rockville. A long-time Quaker, Meg is a member of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, and is currently acting as assistant treasurer. She is also a coordinator for the local Community Support Agriculture group and volunteers to coach her son's soccer team whenever possible. Meg believes in sustainable living, and is committed to conserving resources, protecting water supplies, and public health. She works at the Food and Drug Administration and has a Masters in Science in Biotechnology from John Hopkins University.

John Spears is a native of Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. His wife, Pamela, is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and is active in many Olney area civic groups, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Board of Montgomery General Hospital. They have one daughter, currently attending Towson University. Olney residents since 1996, John and Pam previously lived in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where John saw firsthand the consequences of unrestricted growth, as many new housing developments sprang up without much oversight. Witnessing the effects of haphazard growth in a formerly rural area prompted his interest in Greater Sandy Spring Green Space. John is employed with GE Capital Retail Consumer Finance.

Rachel Toker was raised in Montgomery County, and, after leaving the area for college and graduate school, she returned to the area in 2000. Rachel is Founder and President of Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Inc., an emerging urban conservation land trust created to work with landowners in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to establish, protect, and preserve new kinds of green spaces that serve multiple ecosystem functions (or eco-functions) on private lands. Although Rachel lives outside of the core GSSGS service area, she is very interested in promoting regional cooperation among local land trusts. Rachel has over fourteen years of experience in commercial and multi-family real estate development, public-private partnerships, the revitalization of underserved urban areas, and sustainability initiatives, including the development of green multi-family housing and commercial uses. With a background in transactional real estate law, she has experience representing private real estate developers, equity investors, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations. Rachel is also a LEED AP (BD&C) [ Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (Building Design & Construction)]. Rachel received her law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

John Weske is a biological and computer consultant who has resided in the greater Sandy Spring area since 1954. He formerly worked as a staff zoologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He does research on colonial water birds along the Atlantic Coast.


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