Board of Directors
Peter Weeks (President since 2018) 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.
Norman Myers (Vice President, Land Use Committee Chair) 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.
Beckwith Bolle (Treasurer), grew up on a large cattle farm in rural Augusta County, Virginia. It was through her family desire to preserve the land and the Virginia 4-H program that she learned and became involved with land use, preservation, conservation and best practices of farming. Beckwith is the Broker and Owner of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties, a real estate firm in the Historic District of Leesburg. She has served on numerous committees and Boards and continues to be heavily involved with the Realtor Association locally, state and nationally having served in many capacities including President of the Virginia Association of Realtors in 2019. She has been a vocal advocate for property rights, focusing on land preservation and affordable housing needs in Loudoun County. Active in her community, Beckwith served as a member of the Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Stakeholders Group, Loudoun County Economic Development Housing Advisory Commission, VHDA Affordable Housing Taskforce, as well the Board of Directors of the Ashburn Soccer Club where she served as their president for four years. A long-time resident of Loudoun County, Beckwith currently resides in Leesburg.
Patric Copeland (Stewardship Committee Co-Chair) lives on his 7th generation farm in Hillsboro that has been in the Copeland family since 1765. Concerned about the protection and preservation of land in Loudoun County, Patric placed his farm in a permanent conservation easement with the Land Trust of Virginia in 2003. He and his wife received the Friends of the Mountain Conservation Easement Award from the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountain in 2018. Patric has served on the board of the Land Trust of Virginia, was a member of the Easement Committee, and is currently on the LTV Advisory Group. Patric also served as President of the Preservation Society of Loudoun County from 2004-2006. In 2003 and 2007 Patric was actively involved in two organizations (Voters to Stop Sprawl and Voters for Loudoun’s Future) whose goal was to elect a board of supervisors that would slow growth in the County and preserve land in the west. Patric has worked for Fidelity National Title Group and Chicago Title as Vice President and State Agency Manager, and served as Secretary on the Virginia Land Title Association board. He holds a BA in History from Florida International University, and enjoys hiking, gardening, planting trees and maintaining the family farm.
Sarah Huntington is a portrait photographer in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. Her studio is in Paris Virginia, an hour west of Washington DC. In a reader’s poll, she has been voted “Best Photographer in Loudoun County” for ten consecutive years by two regional newspapers. Sarah is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. With a strong background in fine art she also shoots documentary and fine art photography. She shows and sells her work in her studio and at various galleries in the metropolitan area. Sarah is also a Teaching Assistant in Special Education at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. She is a strong advocate for environmental causes and has produced documentary videos for both the Friends of the Blue Ridges Mountains and the Goose Creek Association. She lives in the historic village of Paris, which sits in the Ashby Gap in between the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains where she deeply appreciates the significant beauty and history of this area and the vital need to preserve it .She and her husband Drew Babb have four children and six grandchildren.
Carole Napolitano (Education Committee Chair, Celebrations, Communication & Outreach Committee), 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.
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.
Lowell Smith’s life odyssey has been a persistent search for truth, first through scientific understanding, and subsequently through an application of this understanding to the promotion of fairness and justice in human affairs.
His search for scientific truth began as a plasma physicist employing his satellite-born instrumentation to study the relationship between the solar wind and the aurora Borealis/Australis. It matured as he managed research programs at EPA designed to provide sound science to inform political decision making in the public interest. Included was representing EPA on inter-agency working group’s that managed our national multi-billion-dollar acid rain and global climate change research programs and representing our nation’s environmental interests on delegations to international negotiations related to these issues.
Parallel to this striving to advance our formal scientific understanding of the natural and human-made world has been pursuing closeness with nature through high altitude expedition mountaineering to some of Earth’s highest summits, and an active role in leading national and regional environmental organizations in their efforts to protect and manage our important life-supporting resources.
Currently, in retirement, he chairs the Conservation Committee of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and serves on the Steering Committee of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance.
Juanita Tool (Education Committee) grew up on a small family farm in the Pacific Northwest among the Douglas Fir forests off Oregon’s Coast Range. She spent many hours hiking with her dog Charlies in the endless forests and taking care of her many 4-H animals. She graduated with a BS in Business from Oregon State University and lived in Anchorage Alaska before moving to the Washington DC area. For more than 24 years Juanita has nurtured her love for Loudoun County. Raising a family working in county government as a political aide, owning several small businesses, and managing community farmers markets has given her extensive knowledge and appreciation for Loudoun and has made becoming a Realtor a natural transition for her. Some of Juanita’s favorite activities are hiking on the Appalachian Trail with her border collie, Stetson, and supporting local agricultural businesses, especially attending local farmers markets and breweries!