Speaker Biographies

Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit


Nina Beth Cardin
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is the Chair of the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Founding Co-Chair of the Sustainability Initiative of the Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore, the Director of the Baltimore Orchard Project, and co-organizer of Sabbatical Economics���a faith-based environmental economics initiative grounded in the biblical concept of shemittah, the seven-year sabbatical cycle.  She also founded and directs the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network. Ordained in 1988 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, she served that institution in several capacities, including Instructor of Practical Rabbinics and Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School. She is a writer of several books and blogs when she can about environmental and tree issues.

Kim Coble
Kim Coble is Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Coble directs policy and manages a diverse team of scientists, land use specialists, lawyers, grassroots coordinators, and volunteers to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from University of Puget Sound and a Master's of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health and Toxicology from University of Washington. Coble joined CBF in 1993 as the Virginia Senior Scientist, where she provided scientific review on regulatory issues and lobbied for water quality legislation. In 1996, she moved to Maryland and became the Maryland Senior Scientist and eventually served as Assistant Director. In June 2003, she was named CBF's Maryland Executive Director, where she directed policy and managed a diverse team of scientists, land use specialists, lawyers, grassroots coordinators, and volunteers to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Kim has served on numerous task forces and statewide committees. In October 2011, Kim was promoted to be the Vice President of CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration Department. In this capacity, she now directs all the policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts throughout the watershed. Before joining CBF, Kim directed the water quality/hazardous waste section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Tacoma, Washington. She also managed a community arsenic exposure pathways study at the University of Washington Department of Environmental Health. She has consulted on a variety of environmental health projects.

Bob Faithful
Bob Faithful is Senior Warden at St. John's Episcopal Church in Centreville, Virginia and serves on the Virginia Diocese Stewardship of Creation Committee. He has been an Air Force Judge Advocate, and served 33 Years with the Department of the Interior in several roles:

  • Bureau of Land Management (service Alaska, Montana, Virginia and DC)
  • Leadership of Interior Environmental Justice
  • National Park Service Special Assistant
  • Director of Small Business

His education includes: B.A. in Political Science, Miami University (Ohio); Ford Foundation Fellowship for Sub-Sahara Studies (Uganda); and JD Northwestern University Law School.

Carl Hershner
Carl Hershner is the Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and a professor in the School of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary. Hershner has been extensively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program for most of his career. He has served that program as chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, and is currently leading an effort to design and implement a comprehensive adaptive management strategy for the Bay Program.

W. Shelton Miles III
Shelton Miles is a full-time pastor and a full-time farmer but has found time to make major contributions to water quality in Virginia. His passion is for Virginia's rivers especially the Staunton River. He has served as chair of the Roanoke River Basin Commission Citizens' Committee, chairman of the Staunton River Citizens' PCB Advisory Committee, chairman of the Citizens for the Preservation of the River (Staunton), and as a board member of the Roanoke River Basin Association. He also served as chairman of the State Water Control Board (SWBC) for six years. He was first appointed to the SWCB by Governor Warner and reappointed by Governor Kaine. He also served on several regulatory advisory committees for the SWCB prior to serving on the board. Shelton has an extraordinary ability to put people at ease and bring them together in consensus for progress on water quality issues.

Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II serves as Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nelson is married to the Reverend Gail Porter Nelson and the father of an 18-year-old daughter, Alycia Nelson. He is a third generation Presbyterian pastor, who, before coming to Washington, served as Founder/Pastor of Liberation Community Presbyterian Church (LCC) in Memphis, Tennessee. A third generation graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Nelson earlier earned a B.A. in Political Science/Urban Studies in 1981. In 1985, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. J. Herbert, as he is commonly known, serves as preacher, workshop leader, consultant and writer. He is a featured conference preacher at Montreat and Mo Ranch, in Highlands, Colorado; and Massanetta Springs Conference Centers.

Delegate Lee Ware
Delegate Lee Ware is a graduate of Wheaton College, taught history and government for 30 years, divided evenly between public and private schools, and recently concluded his career in education as Academic Dean of Benedictine College Preparatory. He served eight years on the Board of Supervisors of Powhatan County, and was the first public school teacher appointed���by Governor George Allen���to the Virginia State Board of Education. He has served in the Virginia House of Representatives since 1998, and is a ranking member of the committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources; Finance; Commerce and Labor���of which he is vice chair; and Rules. He and his wife, Kathy, a CPA, are parents of four grown children and they have four grandchildren.

Ralph White
Ralph White is the former manager of the James River Park System for Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. He moved to Richmond in 1978, and as a volunteer with the Sierra Club, applied his skills as a maintenance worker in the James River Park System. He was eventually hired as a naturalist and then ultimately the park manager. For decades he worked with the surrounding Richmond community to educate, advocate and restore the James River Park System to its current celebrated state. White has received numerous awards for his stewardship of the James River, and for his ability to grow, empower, and engage a growing urban community of James River advocates over decades. He received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club and, in fact, was the sole recipient for that year. The Distinguished Service Award nationally recognizes persons in public service for their strong and consistent commitment to conservation over a considerable period of time. In 2004, White was recognized by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine as "Best Trail Guardian" and the James River Park System was recognized as "Best Urban Park" in 2004 and 2005. The James River Association has awarded Ralph "Guardian of the River" award, Coastal Canoeists named Ralph "Conservationist of the Year," and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognized him for the "Spirit of the Sojourn Award" in 2004. In 1993, then-Governor Wilder awarded Ralph the "Environmental Excellence Award."


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