• Crystal Dell: N/A
  • Jason Dudderar, Co-Chair: N/A
  • Ryan Haines: N/A
  • Karen Hecht, Co-Chair: 

    Karen Hecht has been the owner/manager of Winfield Farm in Carroll County since 1989.  Winfield Farm is an equine boarding, sales, and training facility.  Along with raising horses, Karen has three adult children who were raised on the farm plus two grandchildren.  In addition to her farm occupation, Karen is a licensed real estate agent, specializing in farms and larger tracts of land.  She currently is a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and the Carroll County Land Trust (on which she is a current board member). 

  • Debra Hoff:

    Debbie Hoff grew up on a dairy farm.  She married a fifth-generation dairy farmer, so she knows firsthand how important agricultural land preservation is.  Currently, her dairy farm represents about 1,400 acres in the program.  She works there every day with her husband, three daughters, and 30 dedicated employees.

  • Tom Irwin: 

    Tom Irwin grew up in Gamber in Carroll County and attended Westminster High School.  He graduated from University of Maryland College Park, majoring in Crop Science Agronomy.  Tom has worked with local farmers in Carroll and surrounding counties for over 20 years as a salesman and agronomist for local fertilizer dealers.  He is a Certified Crop Consultant and a Nutrient Management Consultant.  He currently serves on the Carroll County Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board.  Tom owns and operates a preserved farm outside of Taneytown with his wife, Kate.  They also operate a seasonal roadside produce stand in East Baltimore, which has been in business for 36 years.

  • Ralph Robertson:

    Ralph Robertson graduated from Francis Scott Key High School and then graduated from Catawba College with a degree in political science and history.  He is the owner and operator of Spinning Wheel Farms.  A dairy farmer for 35 years, Ralph also produces grain and beef at present in the Avondale Wakefield Valley area.  Ralph was the Director for MidAtlantic Farm Credit for 25 years, employed by Carroll County Government for 12 years working in the Agricultural Land Preservation Office, and Chairman of Carroll County Farm Museum Advisory Board.

  • Bob Shirley:

    Bob Shirley has lived and farmed in Carroll County since 1956.  He has been retired from the Maryland Extension Service for 20 years.  Bob is very active as a volunteer for 4-H and for the Farm Museum.

  • Bill Schrodel, Co-Chair: 

    Bill Schrodel grew up on a dairy farm in Frederick and earned a Bachler of Science degree in Dairy Science in 1982 from the University of Maryland.  He has a 255-acre farm operation with his brother in Kent County, where they are growing corn and soybeans.  His first action when starting up the operation was to construct a grain bin to store corn in under the Farm Storage Program with the Farm Service Agency.  Bill is also a Loan Officer at MidAtlantic Farm Credit, with 34 years of lending experience in the Mid Maryland area.  His loan portfolio is wide ranging, including nurseries, greenhouses, wineries, grain, dairy, horse, CSAs, and lifestyle farms.  He has worked with loan guarantees under the Farm Service Agency, as well as with the MARBIDCO program to fund farm purchases.
  • Kelly Zepp:N/A