Board of Directors
Carole Napolitano (President), a leadership consultant and executive coach, first became interested in preservation and environmental concerns when, as a high school teacher in Omaha, Nebraska, she organized students in a celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970. Carole and her family moved to an historic home in Round Hill in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in 1977 when the western part of the county was still largely pastoral. For Carole and her family the Blue Ridge has served as a stunning backdrop and a recreational resource … for hiking, rock-climbing, and glorious sunsets on the Bears Den overlook. A favorite memory for Carole and her husband, Stephen, is having stayed up till the wee hours any number of times waiting in high anticipation for a forecasted snowfall to make its way over the mountain from the west. Carole and Stephen have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Norman Myers (Vice President) has been in Loudoun since 1946, about when the Mighty Midget opened, the W&OD Railroad was still running, and Rt. 7 was a 2-lane road with no traffic signals between Leesburg and Tysons Corner, where the first stop sign appeared. Norman received his bachelor’s degree in math at American University. After graduation he taught high school math. He traveled for 3 years exploring other cultures but landed in Loudoun again. It was good: proximity to DC, Dulles Airport, Blue Ridge Mountains, Potomac River. He built a career in retail in Leesburg. In the 1980s as the county began to explode, he moved into real estate. In 1990 Norman transitioned from selling real estate to appraising it. This new career allowed him to combine his love of the countryside and its farms, estates, and mountains, with his mathematical background, retail background, and knowledge of Loudoun real estate. Now, principal of Myers Appraisal Service, he and his staff are responsible for, among other types of commercial and estate appraisals, helping with appraising conservation easements on over 4,000 acres.
Rebekka Prinz (Celebrations, Outreach and Communications Committee Chair) has never quite forgiven her parents for moving before she was born causing her to be from New York City instead of Orkney Springs, a town of 35 people in the Shenandoah Valley. She studied at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, and the University of Vienna and received her degree in Biology and Music. She has worked as an educator in a variety of settings including Loudoun County Public Schools where she currently teaches in a middle school autism program. Rebekka is currently a member of the Rust Library Advisory Board and is working to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science. She enjoys hiking, camping, and clogging, and has been known to stop off at the Appalachian Trail on the way to and from work for a quick hike in the boots that are always in her car just in case.
John (Jed) Shilling lives in Western Loudoun overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. He and his wife, Jane Pratt, moved out there from Washington DC after they retired. Jane was a very active environmentalist devoted to protecting mountains. She convinced Jed to take full account of environmental issues in his economic work in developing countries when he had worked for the World Bank. To protect their beautiful view of the Blue Ridge, Jane helped found the FBRM and was a major supporter and member of the Board until she died in 2013. Jed strongly supports her goals of protecting ecosystems in ways consistent with continued improvement in human welfare. Since he retired, he has worked with a number of NGOs committed to promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty around the world, including the Millennium Institute and The Mountain Institute. These activities have included programs with the Mountain Institute in Bhutan to help adapt to climate change in mountains, UNEP to promote the “Green Economy,” and WWF in China to provide alternative incomes to poor people in mountains after timber cutting was prohibited above the Yellow River.
Peter Weeks (Treasurer, Membership and Development Committee Chair) lives on the Blue Ridge near the village of Bluemont. From his vantage point looking across the valley to the Bull Run Mountains, he understands the need to protect this precious resource of open land while there is still the opportunity to do so. Peter is a member of numerous conservation groups, both internationally and locally. Planting trees is his practical expression of love of nature: besides planting hundreds of trees on his mountainside property, he is chairman of the Tree & Beautification Committee for the village of Bluemont.
James Remuzzi (Stewardship Committee Chair) is the president and lead resource manager for Sustainable Solutions, LLC a natural resource management company based in Shepherdstown, WV. Sustainable Solutions provides natural resource management services to private landowners, forestry associations, conservation buyers, non profits, NGO’s, investors, and State and Federal agencies to help generate ecologic, economic, and social returns from their land. He is a practicing forester with 15 years on the ground conducting Sustainable Forest management and restoration. James grew up on a farm in Clarks Gap, Virginia, that raised grass fed beef and timber. He is an expert in ecosystem service markets and is the architect of the www.baybank.org and www.landserver.com. He has presented nationally on the tools and mechanisms required for efficient and effective ecosystems markets. James is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling.