Steve Annand is a litigation attorney with over 45 years of experience in a variety of legal fields, including business disputes, tort litigation and environmental law. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, has a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from the George Washington University National Law Center. Steve’s environmental law practice has ranged from representing citizens’ groups and individuals in pursuing environmental claims, to representation of small and large businesses in addressing environmental concerns. He is an avid outdoorsman, including a hiker, cross-country skier, mountain climber, and sailor. He has an abiding interest in preserving and enhancing the environment, and in responding to issues associated with climate change in order to preserve our planet for ourselves and for our posterity. Steve is committed to promoting positive environmental goals and solutions, both professionally and personally.
Neal is a native West Virginian, having grown up in Charleston. He holds a B.A from University of Virginia and a J.D. from Washington & Lee School of Law. He has served in leadership positions in many nonprofits, including the United Way of the National Capitol Area, Friends of Music and Shenandoah Horse Park, Inc. He writes a blog called Panhandle Progressive on political and environmental issues. Neal and his wife Alice live on a small farm outside of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Elliot Hicks is a native and resident of Charleston West Virginia. He attended Washington & Lee University, and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He then graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1981. Elliot has practiced litigation and commercial law in several Charleston law firms, most notably Kay, Casto & Chaney and Spilman Thomas & Battle. Currently Elliot practices law as a solo practitioner mediator and arbitrator under the name Hicks Resolutions, and he started an environmental consulting company, Ellerbee Environmental + Technical.
Bill is the driving force behind The Downstream Project, a conservation communications nonprofit, supervising a production team of six creative and technical professionals, and is the principal liaison with all project partners. Bill is an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman with over 30 years experience in web and multimedia development. Bill currently serves on the board of Chesapeake Commons as immediate past chairman. He has lived in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with his wife, Libby since 1981. A charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown, Bill is very active in the local business and nonprofit community. Bill went to the Saint Albans School in Washington, D.C., and studied biology and pre-med at Tulane University.
David Lillard lives near Shepherdstown, W.Va. He supports nonprofit conservation organizations through alliance building and communications strategies. He serves on the board of directors of the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle and the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation, and is a cofounder of the American Conservation Film Festival and the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, where served as executive director in the early 2000s. David developed a passion for conservation as a teenager through frequent backpacking trips in the Appalachian Mountains, and remains an avid hiker and paddler. He spends as much time as possible enjoying West Virginia’s rivers and public lands. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston.
Charles F. “Chazz” Printz, Jr.
Chazz Printz is a partner with Bowles Rice LLP, where he practices business litigation and employment law. He was born and raised in the Eastern Panhandle and first interacted with nature as a Boy Scout. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and earned a law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He served 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Conservation Training Center and is currently active on the Boards of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Shenandoah Community Health Center. He and his wife live on a conservation-protected farm near Shepherdstown, but often escape to their cabin on Backbone Mountain in Tucker County, from which they also enjoy the outdoors.