Assateague Island Alliance is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors (BOD). Each year, volunteer recommendations are made to the board for new members, replacing those who have served their term. Volunteers are typically individuals who have a passion for the island and who have demonstrated a willingness to “give back to others.” Their application is vetted amongst the board members and references are checked. Currently, the Board of Directors consists of:
Earl Blansfield, Director, hails from Havre de Grace, MD, but now lives in Delaware. Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force where he spent 21 years before retiring at Dover AFB, DE in 2002. He graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor degree in Human Resources and currently works at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD, as a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) analyst. He is married to Barbara and they have five sons, and five grandchildren. Earl’s appreciation for Assateague developed through Barbara’s love for the horses and his love of nature and wildlife photography.
Elizabeth Cullen, Director, is the Treasurer of the AIA Board and lives locally. Elizabeth is working diligently to analyze our costs and figure out cost effective ways to be effective as a Board as well as support the National Park Service.
Anne Ferris, Director, loves everything about Assateague Island and her favorite thing to do is drive the OSV looking for nature and, of course, the horses. She loves that the horses are wild, as nature intends them to be. Ann has volunteered with the Assateague Island Alliance previously in helping with the organization of the Foster Horse program and will be serving as the AIA Board Secretary.
Nancy Gaither, Director,fell in love with Assateague Island National Seashore on her first visit and can’t seem to stay away. She calls it her “Little Slice of Heaven.” In 2018, Nancy volunteered with the National Park Service and taught courses at the Visitor Center called “Horse Tales” and “The Secrets of Assateague.” Evaluations gave the sessions “rave reviews,” so AIA will be repeating them again in the summer of 2019. Of late, she has been a keynote speaker around Ocean Pines and Ocean City where she shares her passion for the island and teaches others about the past, the present and the wildlife that lives on it. She is semi-retired from wonderful companies such as Apple Computer, Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton and UnitedHealthcare where she has had adventures as Vice-President of Customer Support, Director of Training and more. She is the former Team Leader and Creative Team Director of the 6th place International Award winning chorus, Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus. Currently, at her business S.O.A.R.(Seizing Opportunities, Achieving Results), Nancy is consulting with major companies such as Perdue and Johns Hopkins University as an Executive Coach. Nancy is the President of the Assateague Island Alliance.
Ashlie Kozlowski, AIA Outreach Coordinator, began her career with a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology, which led to a 12 year career in Environmental Research and Education in various areas of the coastal mid-Atlantic region. Ashlie’s current position with AIA allows her to balance raising a family and expressing her passion for Coastal Ecology to help protect and preserve the naturally existing barrier island, Assateague Island National Seashore, for this and future generations. Ashlie is instrumental in helping the team find and apply for grants, as well as administer programs throughout the year.
Joe Lieb, Director, was born, raised and educated in Washington D.C. in a happy Catholic family with ten brothers and sisters. He visited Ocean City in 1962 and realized this was where he needed to live. Joe married his best friend, Pam Berg and moved to Bishopville where they grow organic produce on a small farm with a healthy apiary and a view of Ocean City. Joe has been on the Pony Patrol with Assateague Island National Seashore and is known by many for his dedication and received an award from the Park Service in 2018 for volunteering over 700 hours on the island. In this photo, Joe is installing on each picnic bench in National Park procedures for safely storing food. To quote Joe, “Life is good!”
Karen Roquemore Lockard, Director, was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and lived there until she began traveling the country in 1991 as part of a military family. She landed in Elkton, MD, in 1998 and has been there ever since. She is married to Louis Lockard, and they have three sons and three grandchildren. She works full-time in the medical device manufacturing industry at Terumo Medical, where she has been employed for the past 14 years. Karen’s first visit to Assateague was in July, 2013, and she has been in love with the island ever since. A few months after her first visit to the magical place, her father passed away, and the island became part of her therapeutic place to escape and heal. She and Lou are on the island most weekends, where most of their time is spent enjoying their favorite part, the OSV. They have developed a love of the horses, and have made many wonderful friends while on the island, always willing to give an individual their “first OSV” tour, all the while snapping photos. Karen is hoping to enjoy the island for many years to come! As an AIA Board Member, Karen has been organizing and tracking our inventory and working with others to create a compelling display for when we are out in the community.
Ivy Wells, Director, is the Economic and Community Development Director for the Town of Berlin. She also manages the Berlin Main Street Program. In addition to serving on the Assateague Island Alliance Board of Directors (BOD) she also serves on the BOD for the Community Development Network of Maryland; The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council and is a member of the group Tourism, Arts and Downtown Development( TADD). Ivy would live on Assateague if she could. (Wouldn’t we all?) Her love of the ocean, the horses, birding and nature makes her a wonderful asset on our board.