Board of Directors
- Robert (Rob) Belcher, Chair
- Steve James
- John Martindale
- Wilmer (Wil) Sauerbrey
- Lawrence (Larry) E. Schmidt
- William (Bill) Williams, Jr.
- Jane L. Wolfson
- Doug DeSmit
- Elizabeth D. Weiss
- Larry Smith
- S. Tyler Wright
- Beverly A. Bareham
- Cheri H. Dorsey, Esq.
Emeritus Directors (Non-voting members)
Board Member Nominee
Robert A. (Rob) Belcher, Chairman
Rob is the founder and CEO of Sealtite Applicators, Inc., a commercial roofing company with a service area in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. After graduating from Friends School in Baltimore (Tom LaMonica was Rob’s lacrosse coach), Rob earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and computer sciences from Duke University in 1981. On springtime afternoons, Rob is a regular fixture on the Genesee Valley athletic fields where he coaches Herford High School’s varsity men’s lacrosse. He and his family live in the community near Genesee Valley. He has been an active member of the Genesee Valley board for many years and was elected chairman in late 2010. He was re-elected chairman in September 2011.
Steve is the vice president in charge of construction for James Keelty & Company, a 107 year old real estate development firm. He is on the board of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland, the Baltimore County Homebuilders, the Maryland chapter of the US Green Building Council, and is chairman of the Baltimore County Homebuilders’ Political Action Committee. Steve was raised in New Jersey, received a BA in education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), is married with three daughters and lives in Phoenix, MD. Steve has enjoyed watching his daughters participate in numerous athletic events at Genesee Valley for the past several years.
John is CEO and co-founder of Brothers Services Company, one of Maryland’s largest roofing and remodeling companies – serving both residential and commercial customers primarily in the Central Maryland area for 26 years. John earned his MBA from Loyola in 2004 and is an instrument rated private pilot and an avid golfer. A dedicated family man with five grown children, John has been blessed to be married to his best friend, Diane, for the past thirty years. John is an elder at Lifepoint Church, has served as President of the Remodelers Council, and has been a recipient of many awards including Remodeler of the Year, Future 50, Smart 100, and multiple years as Best of Baltimore (Roofing) and Best of Carroll (Roofing).
Wilmer J. E. (Wil)Sauerbrey
Wil is an Associate Broker at Long& Foster Real Estate Inc, the largest privately owned real estate company in the USA. He grew up in Maryland, and graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and the University of Baltimore with a JD in law. Several US patents were awarded to him while working as a Design Engineer. He then moved into technically oriented sales, which grew into an International Marketing position for custom engineered heavy load transfer systems throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Jacksonville Association, is a member of various Real Estate Boards, Oriole Dog Training Club, American Society of Naval Engineers and the American Legion. Wil lives on a small farm in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore County with his wife Ellen and their trained German Shepherd dog. He has been on the Board of Directors and associated with Genesee Valley since 1992.
Lawrence (Larry) E. Schmidt, Esq.
Larry is the president of the Baltimore County School Board and a partner at the law firm Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC in Towson, Maryland. He has been a practicing attorney in Maryland for over 32 years. Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC focuses on land use, real estate and complex litigation matters. Previously, Larry served as Zoning Commissioner/Hearing Officer of Baltimore County from 1991-2004. Larry is a 1975 graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore. In addition to his professional achievements, Larry has participated in numerous volunteer activities, including serving as a member of the Baltimore County Board of Education (2009-Present) (President: 2011-2012). He has also been an active volunteer for Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, Greater Towson Committee, and numerous other professional and volunteer organizations.
William (Bill) Williams, Jr.
Bill is the Senior Director of Stegman and Company, certified public accountants based in Baltimore. As the Senior Director in charge of the SEC practice section, Bill provides audit and accounting services to a broad group of entities including financial services, biosciences and other commercials entities. Bill is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Center for Audit Quality and, as a Certified Valuation Analyst, a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Dr. Jane L. Wolfson
Jane is a Professor of Biology and the Director of the Environmental Science and Studies Program at Towson University. Jane earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook. Her research on agricultural insects and agroecology took her to a series of research positions in Entomology Departments at the University of Kentucky and Purdue University. She moved onto academic environmental programs in the early 1990s and joined Towson in 1998. She is currently on the executive committee for the National Council for Science and the Environment and a board member of Maryland Agricultural Resources Council and North County Preservation, where she has been very active in the New Farmer Training Program.
Doug teaches at Gilman School in the Physical Education Department. His connection to Genesee Valley stems from his days as a student at Friends School of Baltimore, where he was coached by Tom LaMonica. Doug attended CalvinCollege where he received a B.S. in K-12 Physical Education in 1984 and a year later an M.S. in Physical Education from Indiana University. Doug has spent the last 30 years happily coaching and teaching. He is also founder of DeSmit & Sons’, Inc., a wood floor refinishing company that specializes in sports floors. Doug is excited to serve on the Board of Directors because he is dedicated to bringing educational experiences to youth and adults; he also knows the ability of the challenge course to positively affect lives since working at Genesee Valley as a facilitator in 2010 – 2011.
Elizabeth D. Weiss
Elizabeth is a registered architect, LEED AP, and Principal of Revolve Design Shop, LLC., specializing in commercial, residential and retail projects. After graduating from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland, and her Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. Elizabeth is a member of the AIA, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB), as well as the US Green Building Council. She earned a Certificate in Natural Building from the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont, where she advanced her interest in timber frame and straw bale construction, and continues to teach yearly workshops. In addition to her professional achievements, Elizabeth holds a USCG 50-ton Captain’s License and enjoys teaching sailing lessons in the Baltimore harbor with the Downtown Sailing Center during the summer. She has many wonderful memories of her experiences at Genesee Valley as a child, and is a strong believer in experiential learning and outdoor education.
Larry is the Vice-President for Business Development at Belts Logistics Services in Baltimore. Larry comes to GVOLC with a passion for keeping the values of Tom LaMonica alive and relevant, along with a recognition of how critically important leadership training and character development is for today’s youth. Larry lived the values Tom instilled in him during four years on the football team at Cornell University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1983, and during every day of his 30+ year career in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Larry became a decorated Veteran after Afghanistan service in 2010. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in 2012 – the same year he became a candidate for Congress in Maryland’s Second District. Larry has a ten year-old son, Nathan, whom he loves coaching in basketball and baseball. They live in Timonium.
S. Tyler Wright
Tyler is a Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Howard Bank, a full service community bank based in Columbia, MD. Tyler is a graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) where he received a BA degree in political science and history. Tyler is an active member of United Way’s Emerging Leaders United program and Business Volunteers Maryland GIVE program. He was also a former Board member of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber. In 2014, SmartCEO recognized Tyler as a winner of the Power Players Award for local bankers. Tyler was introduced to Genesee Valley through his involvement with Leadership of Baltimore County. Tyler grew up in Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and now lives in Timonium with his wife, Tracy, and two daughters.
Beverly A. Bareham
Bev is the founder of Beverly Bareham CPA, PA, a tax and accounting CPA firm in Lutherville, MD. Bev earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Villa Julie (now Stevenson University) and her Master’s in Taxation from University of Baltimore. Before opening her own CPA firm, she worked in private industry and also spent 14+ years in public accounting. She is a former board member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and actively contributes to legislative tax and business issues, as well as teaching continuing professional education seminars for CPAs. Beverly and her family live on Hedricks and have a great affinity for Genesee Valley. Bev is excited to join the board to help perpetuate the outdoor learning experiences GVOLC offers the community.
Cheri H. Dorsey, Esq.
Cheri focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and trust administration. Her goal is to have a warm ear and a kind heart as she helps individuals and families navigate the difficult issues of planning for disability and death. Cheri advises clients on basic topics such as powers of attorney documents, Advance Directive documents, Last Wills and Testaments and Revocable Living Trusts, as well as more complex topics such as life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts.
Cheri has experience assisting clients in fulfilling their charitable wishes, from entering into pledge agreements with organizations, to creating charitable organizations. She also has the unique experience of working with artists and art collectors, guiding them in achieving their goals for the continuity of their collections.
Cheri spends considerable time working with business owners with regard to their succession planning, particularly with respect to transferring interests in family businesses to the next generation through various gifting and other transfer techniques.
Holding the hand of the surviving spouse and other family members after the death of a loved one is one of Cheri’s strengths due to her ability to sympathize. She regularly handles the administration of trusts and estates, and often serves as a fiduciary with respect to those matters.
Jane is the Business Manager of Genesee Valley. She majored in early childhood education at both Villa Julia College and Towson University before she began working at Genesee Valley as a camp counselor in 1987. After working as a financial aid officer at Friends School in 1988 and 1989, Jane married Tom LaMonica in 1990 and has been Genesee Valley’s business manager ever since. Jane is active in many community organizations in northern Baltimore County and lives in the community near Genesee Valley with her three children, Jackie, Paul, and Sara. (Board term: Life)
Dr. Harrison Monk
Harrison grew up in Darien, Connecticut, earned his BS degree in biology at Colby College in Maine in 1966, and was awarded his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. A resident of Anne Arundel County since graduation from veterinary school, Harrison is a co-founder and partner of Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital in Annapolis. He belongs to the Maryland and American Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association and the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association. He has been the veterinary advisor to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and a member of the Anne Arundel County Animal Control Board. (Board term: Life)
Board Member Nominee
After a 3 year stint as a teacher and coach at St. Pauls School, I started in a sales position in a family owned property and casualty insurance agency, Warfield -Dorsey Co, Inc; after 10 yrs as a leading salesman, I purchased the agency and over the next 20 years quintupled its size. At age 55, with no children entering the business and no internal perpetuation, I decided to merge with a larger local competitor, HMS Ins Assoc, which has been a great partnership for me as I have eliminated management duties, and with 2 very able assistants focus on managing the insurance needs for about 50 long time clients. I was also a previous board member in the 90’s.