Blue Ridge Center
for environmental stewardship
preserve ~ experience ~ enjoy

Staff & Board Directory

The Blue Ridge Center is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and a committed volunteer base.



Darlene Lamoureux, Operations Manager (

Mrs. Lamoureux started with the Blue Ridge Center in 2005.  Her background is in Human Resources, having studied at the University of Maryland with a concentration in HR Management.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage daughter, dogs, horse, and other pets. 

Mrs. Lamoureux enjoys meeting the Blue Ridge Center's visitors and campers who enjoy hiking, bird walks, and the many other activities that the Center offers.  "I feel fortunate to work with an organization where nature, wildlife, and so many people benefit from what we do here at the Blue Ridge Center. To know that there is still a place in our area where you can truly enjoy nature at its best is a rare privilege that we should not take for granted."

 Board of Directors  

Greg Miller, Ph.D., President

Dr. Miller is the President of the American Hiking Society and has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and natural resources program development and a track record of public-private partnerships, fund raising and non-profit management. He has served as Executive Vice President at a global environmental consulting firm and Division Vice President at The Nature Conservancy.

W. Joseph Coleman, Jr., Treasurer

Joe has been visiting and leading hikes at the Blue Ridge Center for almost 20 years. Currently he serves as both the Treasurer and Chairman of the Conservation and Land Use Committee. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in 1995 and is currently its Acting President.  In 1999 and 2000 he led the campaign to create the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve and became the first President of the Friends of Banshee Reeks. 

When he is not volunteering with the Blue Ridge Center and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, he serves as the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Society of Ornithology.  He was the President of the Board of Directors of the Audubon Naturalist Society from 2003 to 2005 and on its Board from 2000 to 2006.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust of Virginia from 1996 to 2006, and currently serves on their Easement Acquisition Committee.  Since 1997, Joe has organized and compiled the Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count.

Dee Leggett, Secretary

Mrs. Leggett is the co-founder, with her husband Bob, of the Blue Ridge Center. She spent 20 years on active duty in the United States Army in various healthcare-related fields, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As President of DCL Consulting, Mrs. Leggett provides performance management expertise related to health care information systems development and operations for the Department of Defense.

Mrs. Leggett has learned to see what is around her in the natural world through her photography. Starting with butterflies in her front yard, she has developed a small nature photography business to share the beauty of nature, including the plants and animals at the Blue Ridge Center. She has served on non-profit Boards for American Rivers and Stop Hunger Now and on the Advisory Committee of the National Parks Conservation Association.  

Jeffrey Gill

Mr. Gill has 15 years of financial services experience both as a strategy consultant and industry professional.  He currently leads the Customer & Business Intelligence team at Capital One Bank. He earned an MBA degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Economics & International Business from the Pennsylvania State University.

He has served on the Board since 2012 with a focus on marketing and development. He enjoys hiking the trails at the Blue Ridge Center with his two daughters. Additionally, he volunteers as a mentor for college students and has provided pro-bono consulting services for nonprofit organizations. 

Alissa Harris, D.C.

Dr. Harris is a chiropractor in Harpers Ferry, WV. She was first introduced to the Blue Ridge Center while looking for a great place to hold a women’s wellness retreat in her area. “The Blue Ridge Center was just what I was looking for”, she says. “It provided a great place to hold classroom discussions along with miles of hiking trails to get the women moving and enjoying the outdoors.”

When not working in Harpers Ferry, Dr. Harris enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking, kayaking and mountain biking. She also has a passion for teaching outdoor survival techniques geared towards keeping people safe in the backcountry. She even had the opportunity to train with Cody Lundin of the Discovery Channel’s, Dual Survival.

Dan Hodkinson

Mr. Hodkinson is the Corporate Safety Manager for Sigma Space Corporation and the Field Operations Manager for the NASA Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He has been leading scientific field operations for NASA programs for the past 22 years. He has been responsible for field deployments, staffing, logistics support, construction, and safety for many of NASA’s foreign research projects throughout his career. Additionally, he is a safety trainer for a wide variety of field operations including tower climbing, 4x4 operation, chainsaw safety, jet boat operation, facilities inspection and maintenance, and first aid training.

Ben Lenhart

Mr. Lenhart is a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan. For more than 20 years he has taught Constitutional Law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center. He lived and worked for several years in Madrid, Spain and Mexico City, Mexico.

He serves on the boards of the Hillsboro Charter Academy and the Hillsboro Preservation Foundation, and he and his family live on a farm outside Hillsboro, Virginia, just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Center.  He is a lector and longtime parishioner at Sr. Frances de Sales.  He is a lifelong fisherman and an avid hiker, and he and his wife, Carol, and their four children enjoy hikes at the Blue Ridge Center and the nearby Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal. He is a native tree enthusiast and has planted more than 1,000 native trees in the last few years.


Henry Stribling


Janet van der Vaart

Ms. van der Vaart is Assistant Director of The George C. Marshall International Center, a non-profit organization that offers educational programs and maintains the historic home of General George C. Marshall located in Leesburg, Virginia. Prior to her work in non-profit management, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for over a decade, specializing in humanitarian assistance operations management, U.N. agency relations, and bilateral coordination. She is Vice President of U.S. Trail Ride Inc., a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to maintaining the trails at the Blue Ridge Center and preserving and creating equestrian trails in Loudoun County, VA.

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

11661 Harpers Ferry Rd.

Purcellville, VA  20132



The Blue Ridge Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by donations

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