Board of directors

Ben LloydBenjamin A. Lloyd, President

Elected 2008

A ninth-generation Harford Countian, Ben Lloyd grew up in Churchville and now resides in Norrisville near Deer Creek.  Currently, he works as Senior Budget Analyst for Harford County Government.   He is a member of the Harford Farm Bureau, the Harford Historical Society, North Bay Rugby Club, and Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church.  He is also a former member of the Harford County Environmental Advisory Board and former chair of the Harford County People's Counsel Citizens Advisory Board.  Ben is a graduate of C. Milton Wright High School (1998), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Towson University (2002), and a Master of Public Policy degree from UMBC (2005).  

 


Diane V. Jones, Vice President

Daine Jones

Elected 2013

Diane Jones is a programmer/analyst with the Social Security Administration. She lives on her family farm near Darlington and has enjoyed the preserved land of Harford County her entire life. She is an avid equestrian, birdwatcher, and traveller.


Linn Griffiths, Secretary

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Linn Griffiths is a is a Science Model Department Chair for Harford County Public Schools who received Maryland's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for 2007. 

Ms. Griffiths, before becoming a Science Model Department Chair, spent 9 of her 24 years in teaching at Fallston Middle School, 2 at North Harford High School, one at central office, and 12 years at C. Milton Wright High School, where she is the recycling coordinator and Envirothon coach. She is an adjunct instructor for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire for environmental graduate studies. Linn was named Secondary Conservation Teacher of the Year for the Northeast Region by the National Association of Conservation Districts, and is a Maryland Service Learning Fellow and HCPS Green Teacher of the Year.

Besides her extensive environmental knowledge, Linn brings extraordinary enthusiasm to HLT’s efforts to reach out to the public and connect people to the land.   Linn resides in Darlington with her husband, Peter, also a teacher at C. Milton Wright High. 


Michael Zeller, Treasurer 

mike zellerElected 2014

Mike Zeller has an extensive background in agricultural services and business operations, with a Masters of Business Administration from Bloomsburg University and over 10 years of employment in the agricultural sector, most recently as General Manager at Risser Grain. He currently works for Kinsley Construction of York, PA.  Although currently residing in New Freedom, he nonetheless has a lifetime of association with agriculture in Harford County and brings valuable insight to the Board.


Lee Depkin

Headshot 2 1Elected 2017

Lee’s involvement with HLT started in 2014 when he joined as our volunteer bookkeeper, a position he filled until 2016. He has also been integral to the success of our Harvest Moon Dinner & Auction event as the Event Facilitator. Both Lee and his wife Nina volunteer at the event annually. Lee and Nina reside in Forest Hill and are expecting their first child in October. Currently working with First Home Mortgage as a financial analyst, his business experience will be an incredible asset.

 


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Elected 2016

Dan Krug has been an active member since 2009, serving as a Land Steward with primary oversight of the Otter Creek Woods and Monk’s Creek properties. Dan and his wife Brittney, as well as his extended family, have been volunteers with the Trust in many capacities ove the years. He is also an avid hunter and fisherman and member of Ducks Unlimited. Dan has been committed to the Papa John’s franchise since he was 14. Now a managing partner of a store in Delaware, he brings valuable insight and resources to the Harford Land Trust.

 


Sam Martin

Sam Martin

Elected 2017

Sam Martin is a lifelong resident of Harford County.  He is a full time farmer and co-owner of Blue Valley Farms headquartered in Pylesville.  A dairy farm for years, Blue Valley now grows corn and soybeans on several thousand acres and is also a Pioneer Seed Dealer.  Many of the lands that they own and rent are preserved farms and Sam looks forward to becoming an active member of Harford Land Trust.


H. Turney McKnight

Elected 1991


H. Turney McKnight is a retired attorney and beef cattle farmer from White Hall, MD. He is President of the Sumner T. McKnight Foundation. Turney holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Turney portrait

He currently serves on the boards of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Chesapeake Conservancy. Turney is also a master of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club.


James G. Morris

Elected 2012

Jim was born in and has lived his entire life in Harford County. He grew up on the family’s dairy farm until his father’s untimely death when he was 8 years old. He graduated from North Harford High School in 1969. He obtained an AA degree at Harford Community and a BS in accounting from the University of Baltimore. He is a CPA (State of Maryland) and has worked in public accounting and private industry for 15 years. Jim has had his own accounting practice since 1994 where he performs tax, accounting, audit and review, and business advisory services.

Jim and his wife Sarah and have been married for 36 years and have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter. They live on a 32 acre farm where they have a small flock of dorset sheep ( a 4H project gone out of control). He’s a long-time member of Emory United Methodist Church and an active supporter of FCCAU, the organization which cares for the homeless in the county.Jim Morris


Jo Tyson

Elected 2013

Jo TysonJo Tyson taught in Harford County Public Schools for over 20 years.  Prior to teaching she was a mortgage officer at Commercial and Savings Bank in Bel Air, and was a commissioner with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.  She and her husband Jeff reside on their 75 acre farm in Pylesville.  She enjoys reading, golf and spending time outdoors on the farm.