Adkins Arboretum Announces New Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—FEBRUARY 10, 2011)

The Adkins Arboretum Board of Trustees has welcomed five new members. Pat Bowell of Queenstown, Mary Jo Kubeluis of McDaniel, Barbara McClinton of Baltimore and Neavitt, Mary Ellen Valliant of Centreville and Alan Visintainer of Denton joined the Board at its January meeting.

A New York native, Bowell has a background in business and extensive management experience, overseeing staff in offices worldwide before retiring from Zurich Financial Services in 2001. She is a member of University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners of Queen Anne's County and a longtime Arboretum volunteer and docent naturalist. Kubeluis, a retired nurse and realtor, has a long history of volunteerism. She is an Arboretum volunteer and docent, a Talbot County Master Gardener and a former president of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a leader for numerous children’s activities, including helping to establish and fund a youth swim team.

McClinton, a native of Washington State, holds a doctorate in child psychology, but an avid interest in gardening led her to a second career as a licensed landscape architect. She worked designing campus and residential site plans at Daft-McCune-Walker, Towson, until her retirement in 2007 and has since taught landscape design classes at the Arboretum. Valliant is a managing partner of Valliant and Associates, LLC and has more than 30 years’ experiences with leading financial services and banking firms. She serves on the boards of numerous Mid-Shore institutions, including Chester River Hospital Foundation and Centreville National Bank.

Visitainer is a former Caroline County planning director and is owner and president of Vitech Consulting Services, a firm that provides public school project planning services and grant management for school and library telecommunications and Internet access funding. He holds an advanced degree in urban and regional planning and is active in the Rotary Club of Denton and numerous other organizations.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Adkins Arboretum welcomed five new Board Trustees at its January meeting. Pictured left to right are Board President Alicia Siegrist and Trustees Alan Visintainer, Mary Jo Kubeluis, Barbara McClinton and Pat Bowell. Not pictured is new Trustee Mary Ellen Valliant.