The Wicomico Environmental Trust champions a healthy environment for all.
Meet Our Board
Charlie Stegman, President
Dr. Charles Stegman is a Family Medicine Specialist in Princess Anne, MD, and has more than four decades of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1977. He is affiliated with medical facilities Edward McCready Memorial Hospital and TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Charlie is an avid Creekwatcher and serves on WET's Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, as well as cochairing WET's Annual Dinner Committee.
Kathie Wright, Treasurer
Carol Dunahoo, Secretary
Carol grew up in Salisbury and recently retired to Whitehaven after a legal career in Washington and New York. She served in several federal government positions, working on regulatory, legislative, and litigation matters and with other countries and international organizations, and also advised clients in private practice on policy and dispute resolution.
Madeleine became an environmental advocate as a child in California, writing letters to federal officials in support of the Sierra Club-led effort to stop the proposed damming of Marble and Bridge canyons on the Colorado River. Later, she worked on staff at the national headquarters of The Nature Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation. She has served on WET’s board 2008-2015 and 2019-present.
Mike is Professor Emeritus of Geography & Geosciences at Salisbury University, with teaching and research interests in soil genesis and hydrology, anthropomorphic effects on the biosphere, and environment modeling. His administration experience includes Chair of the Department of Geography & Geosciences, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Henson School of Science at Salisbury University. He continues an active research agenda, focusing on the land use change on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Aurelio is the cofounder and codirector of the Youth Environmental Action Summit, and the manager of development, partnerships, and outreach for Wicomico Public Libraries. He was born and raised in New Mexico, graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and now resides in Salisbury with his wife, Elise, and his furry son, a Bouvier des Flandres named Oxford.
Judith continues practice as an income tax preparer although she has retired from her main profession as a Nurse Practitioner. Her years of valuable experience with tax preparation offer great insight and assistance to WET's nonprofit status. She loves planting trees and her six grandchildren, who are the reason she plants.
Dr. Nyland is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Henson Honors Program in Science and Mathematics at Salisbury University. She is passionate about teaching, utilizing active learning techniques to encourage student engagement. Dr. Nyland directs laboratory analyses of Wicomico River Creekwatchers samples, overseeing the student volunteers and preparing the annual watershed report since 2021. Her dedication to environmental protection inspired an honors course on environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Her research focuses on the impacts of environmental exposures on mechanisms of immune modulation and risks for disease.
Linda joins WET with a strong background in local government, having held positions previously with the City of Decatur, Georgia, the New Orleans Transit Authority, the Town of Manchester, Connecticut, and most recently with Wicomico Public Library. Her positions and experience gained at the library help WET to further its strategic goals in identifying partners and funding resources.
Dan is a retired educator. He is an active Wicomico River Creekwatcher and the recipient of the 2017 John Grout Award for Environmental Stewardship. He volunteers regularly with organizations connected with K-12 students and programs that assist vulnerable adults living in our community.
Jean recently moved to Wicomico County from North Carolina, and is the Delmarva Regional Director for Society of St. Andrew, a national food rescue/distribution nonprofit. Jean grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota and has a degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.
Anne is presently raising her children and spending time on the things she cares about the most, such as WET's environmental priorities. Her professional interests and career have focused on university communications and fundraising. She is a proud alumna of Kent State University, for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is grateful to have the opportunity to focus on her family and retool for her future career.
Meet Our Staff
Susan Parker, Creekwatchers Coordinator
Susan grew up in the Salisbury area and graduated from Wicomico High School in 1973. She attended DTCC and holds an AS degree and a BS in Elementary Education. She led a prestigious 28-year career in journalism at The Daily Times in Salisbury. Susan joined WET's Board of Directors in 2019 and was later hired as the Wicomico River Creekwatchers Coordinator. She currently lives in Salisbury with her family and three cats, and enjoys crocheting, reading, music, and spending time outdoors.
WET board members plant bald cypress trees in Salisbury
WET was founded in 1989 by a small group concerned about the county’s environmental policies (or lack thereof). During WET's first five years, its principal efforts were directed at public education about environmental issues.
In 2005, the Board of Directors secured IRS nonprofit status and focused on the rapidly increasing county sprawl development.
In 2011, water quality and the health of the Wicomico River and its watershed were added to WET’s mission. WET worked with government and other NGOs to develop a watershed management plan for the Wicomico River. In 2016, WET stepped into the lead position of volunteer coordination, outreach, communication, and funding for the Wicomico Creekwatchers program.
In recent years, WET’s advocacy has included active engagement with issues related to waste management, clean energy, clean water, wastewater treatment, public health risks, and environmental equity.