Board and Staff


Andrew Garte, Executive Director (2016-)

Andrew Garte

Leonardtown, MD (July 19, 2016) – The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) has employed Andrew Garte as Executive Director. Garte’s background as an environmental scientist and advocate will serve PTLT well as he liaisons with government and the public to preserve farm, forest, and open space land in the Patuxent River watershed.

“Andy has a real passion for land preservation that is evident in his work as president of the Scenic Rivers Land Trust in Annapolis,” commented Frank Allen, PTLT president “He saw Scenic Rivers through the transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff and a good reputation in the state. He has experience obtaining easements and running a business in the environmental field.”

Garte holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and is a writer and speaker on environmental issues who has led the startup and operation of two environmental service companies. His education, work as a fisherman, and over 25 years of practice working with government agencies, land owners, and facility operators will allow him to identify the factors and interactions key to advancing the work of the Land Trust.

PTLT’s mission is to sustain the region’s biodiversity and water resources through a network of protected landscapes. The organization recognizes that forest and farmland and the region’s unique historic and scenic character are vital to a healthy economy and citizens’ sense of well-being. PTLT acquires land and conservation easements by purchase or donation. The Trust has conserved over 5,000 acres of land in perpetuity, keeping it as farm and forest to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.

Annabelle Harvey, Programs Staff (2017-)

Annabelle recently graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in Environmental Studies and BS in Biology and is interested in preserving the rural and scenic Southern Maryland she grew up in for 20 years. With experience in promoting nonprofit missions and working with the public on environmental issues, Annabelle hopes to play a part in expanding the success of PTLT!
The Board, staff, and Friends of PTLT are already finding Annabelle an efficient, hardworking and pleasant addition to our Land Trust team.  We are so pleased she has joined us.  Since she grew up in the area, she has a commitment to making our community better, for now and the future.  Introduce yourself to Annabelle at the PTLT office, where you find her working Mon.-Thurs. 8-3:30 PM.   Contact: Annabelle Harvey

Board of Directors

The Land Trust is overseen by an all volunteer Board of Directors. A minimum of three and a maximum of fifteen trustees are elected to form the Board. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary serve as officers.

The Land Trust solicits Board members with expertise useful to its activities and with an interest in its objectives.

Contact PTLT:

Current board members:

Frank Allen, President


Bob Prine, Treasurer


Sarah Houde (2015-)


Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte (2017- )


Brenda Songy, Recording Secretary (2015-)



Robert Willey, Monitoring Coordinator (2017- )

Phil Hayward (2017- )

David Moulton (2017- )

Fabio Galli (2017-  )

Advisory Board Members:

Dick Wildes, Advisory Board PTLT

Summerseat Farm and Sanctuary


Dr. Tracy Harris, Advisory Board, V.P. College of S. Md, Dean of Leonardtown Campus

Dr. Maggie O’Brian, Advisory Board

Slackwater Winery

Anne Sundermann, Advisory Board PTLT (2017- )

Fred Tutman, Advisory Board PTLT (2017-), Patuxent Riverkeeper


Welcome Aboard PTLT’s New Volunteer Coordinator!

Paula Keeton has graciously accepted the volunteer position of Volunteer Coordinator for PTLT.  Please welcome her aboard.

Paula and her husband have returned to help her 90+ year old mom run the family farm here in St. Mary’s County.  Clearly Paula cares about keeping St. Mary’s County beautiful…the way she remembers it, and the way her mom cares about it also!

She will be asking all current volunteers to give a record of the hours volunteered for 2016 accounting purposes.  If you are eager to contribute to your/our community by helping to save open space in southern Maryland, please contact Paula,, and tell her what YOU would like to help with.  We aim to find volunteer positions that suit your interests.

Paula Keeton, PTLT Volunteer Coordinator


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