Meet the Co-Chairs
Dr. Bernadette Roche, co-Chair of Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners, is a Biology professor and Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Minor at Loyola University Maryland. As a child in the 1970, she experienced the first earth day and found her tribe. This love of nature was enhanced during her undergraduate years as a Biology Major at the University of Virginia, where she participated in summer courses and programs at the Mountain Lake Biological Station. Her dissertation work at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill involved research on plant-animal interactions at Mountain Lake, and there she cemented her interest in teaching ecology and evolution to undergraduates, in an effort to address the biodiversity crisis that is now recognized as the sixth mass extinction. Through her work with MEEP, she has become more involved in actionable environmental justice and would like to see MEEP continue to intersect with communities throughout Maryland to promote a healthy environment for all to share in. She worships and sings in the choir with her husband Bill Spare at the Church of the Transfiguration in Braddock Heights, MD, where she is also a member of the Vestry.
Dick Williams, Co-Lead of Greengrace, is mostly retired from a career of real estate planning and development, and green building/green infrastructure consulting. He is a LEED AP BD+C which accreditation was earned in January 2010, just shortly after he started his Veteran-Owned Small Business, DW GREEN Associates. Dick’s work includes the LEED Silver certification of The Fitzgerald, a transit-oriented mixed-use $75M apartment building in Midtown Baltimore. More recently, he guided St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis, in the LEED Silver Certification of its $4.1M Formation Building. He is a member of the Justice Committee of Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Hill. He is co-lead of the Justice Committee’s Creation Care Team where he served as the co-originator/project manager of the on-site 2,160 sq. ft. pollinator micro-habitat/outdoor classroom, dedicated in November, 2018, for nearby Mount Royal E/M School, Bolton Hill. Dick is a certified Baltimore TreeKeeper. Dick wishes to see Greengrace’s environmental resources footprint significantly enhanced for Diocesan churches and associated faith-based environmental non-profits.
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Co-Chair, Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners
Co-chair Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners