Patty splits her work time between the Friends of Herring Run Parks and the Natural History Society of Maryland. A graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience (running a firm with her husband, Rich, and then working for the Baltimore Museum of Art), she became FHRP’s first coordinator in 2014. She manages all of FHRP’s day-to-day business, plans and coordinates events, handles communications, and represents FHRP to government agencies, community groups, and nonprofits. Her work has included everything from sourcing trash cans to managing teenage conservation corps members to winning grants from local and national groups.
Patty is a longtime resident of Arcadia, where she shares her home not only with people but with two cats and two turtles. She has an immediate bond with anyone who loves the park as she does.
Patty’s favorite thing about Herring Run: The boulders and rocks in the upper stream bed, the sandy shores in the lower portions, the trees, the meadows of milkweed, the wildlife, the history — both natural and social.
You can email Patty at email@example.com
Scott has been the Community School Coordinator for Afya Public Charter School since 2015. Through partnerships, Scott taps local resources to meet student needs and engages students in serving the community. He also coaches Afya’s soccer team, which has as its first order of business at every game or practice de-littering the Herring Run field where the team plays.
An avid hiker since his undergraduate days at Morgan State, Scott founded and leads a Boy Scout troop at Afya.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: Bringing Afya students into the park, especially to plant trees, as they did in 2016.
Board Vice President
Kevin has 40+ years of work experience in the public and nonprofit sectors with more than 20 years working for Baltimore City agencies. Recently retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department, he has successfully written grants and managed short- and long-term projects. He has served both as a staff and board member of local nonprofit agencies.
He was active for more than 30 years with the Lauraville Improvement Association and was one of the original organizers of the Lauraville Fair. He joined the board in 2018, and has already represented FHRP at events and meetings, led a Black Friday hike, and helped monitor the Shannon drive erosion.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: Spaces for organized and impromptu recreational activities as well as wonder places for quiet solitude. “In some of those quiet places you can hear Herring Run sing to you if you take the time to listen.“
Laura joined the Friends of Herring Run Parks Board in 2012 and served as President from 2013 through 2018. Trained as a nurse, Laura is particularly interested in the health benefits of the park. She is a member of the leadership team for a woman-owned business that offers technical assistance and training to providers working with marginalized populations. She has decades of experience writing and winning grants, a skill she has used on behalf of FHRP. She helped spearhead the board’s 2018 strategic planning process.
Since moving to Baltimore in 1985, Laura and her husband have lived in the City’s northeast section, for the past 15 years, in a house overlooking Lake Montebello.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: Watching the trees’ seasonal changes and seeing red foxes as she rides her bike on the park’s trails.
Richard joined the board as Treasurer in 2019, having just retired from 10 years doing the same job for the Friends of Wyman Park Dell. Before Richard and his wife moved to the Baltimore area to be near their daughter in 2002, they lived in England. Richard worked as a mechanical engineer in the chemical industry.
Richard and his wife helped many friends with their gardens, anything from design to weeding. Another of his interests is walking. He is exploring the rich variety of parks in and near Baltimore, not only Herring Run but Leakin, Patapsco Valley and others.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: The way
love of the parks brings out people's passion and energy.
Ellis is currently Grants Specialist with the Division of Research and Development at Morgan State University, where he has held several positions, including Director of the Morgan Community Mile Initiative. Since coming to Morgan in 2004, he has expanded and strengthened the University’s community involvement by participating in and working with neighborhood associations and other community stakeholders across the City.
Highlights of his career before coming to Baltimore include establishing a community development corporation for Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.; serving as a volunteer and an executive for the Peace Corps; and directing the Senegal country office of the nonprofit Africare.
Ellis helped found the group that became Friends of Herring Run.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: The existing paved biking trail. Adds Ellis, “I dearly hope one day soon it will connect with a trail along the stream through and beyond Morgan State.”
Amanda has been involved in Baltimore’s greening scene for over 20 years. She has managed programs for Parks & People, co-authored a community greening how-to book, helped found and direct the Baltimore Tree Trust, and developed the Baltimore TreeKeepers Program. She volunteers on the Baltimore City Forestry Board and is Co-President of the Flowering Tree Trails of Baltimore. She is certified as an arborist with tree-risk assessment qualification. For 24 years she has been a volunteer educator with the master gardener program of the University of Maryland’s Extension Service.
For fun, Amanda hunts down trees to measure for the Maryland Big Tree program. An alumna of Towson State, she lives in the Waltherson neighborhood. She joined the board in 2018.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: All of its wildness!
Bob Mayes is a longtime participant in the civic activities of the Arcadia neighborhood, and served for three terms as President of the Arcadia Improvement Association. Bob grew up in Belair-Edison, and he and his wife, Betty, have lived in the neighborhood for close to 50 years. Now retired, Bob worked as a structural designer. Among other projects, he helped rebuild the dome of the Baltimore City Hall. He is heavily involved with the Boy Scout troop based at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where he and Betty are members.
Bob uses his camera to document both the park’s beauty and conditions that call for remediation. He and Betty have been leading bird walks in Herring Run since 2017. He is a charter member of the board.
Favorite thing about Herring Run: Its natural beauty, which adds greatly to the attraction and value of our surrounding communities.