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Alisa L. Webb
Alisa has been a lifelong resident of Cecil County. She earned her Associate Degree from Cecil College and her BS degree in education from Towson University. She has taught science in Cecil County at both public and private schools for the last 28 years. Alisa has been married to her high school sweetheart, Steven, for 27 years and has lived and raised her family in Colora. Alisa has always been involved with her community through church, youth sports, and mentoring. She has had a passion for nature since she was a young child. Alisa embraced the outdoors and agriculture spending many hours on her family’s farm milking and helping keep up with the daily chores. Her enthusiasm and passion for nature has always been contagious. She joined the Cecil Land Trust as the Executive Coordinator in order to broaden the impact of her passion for agriculture and conservation.
Board of Directors
Sally spent her formative years running barefoot through cow pastures and picking bagworms off her family’s Christmas trees. Her love of nature and the outdoors transformed into a desire to conserve the rolling hills of western Cecil County when she returned from college and found the landscape decimated by development. As a member of the Land Trust and a mother of three, Sally hopes to preserve the unique agricultural identity of Cecil County for generations to come.
"As a lifelong resident of Cecil County, my involvement with the Cecil Land Trust is driven by my desire to preserve the rural legacy of our community for future generations. The land trust helps to promote this ideal through preservation and the advocacy of responsible growth."
Tom grew up on a farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he settled in Cecil County in the early 70’s. Tom retired from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 taking a job with Cecil County Public Library. He is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. Tom brings his knowledge and joy of bicycling to the Land Trust and helps to organize their annual Cycle for Cecil bicycle ride. He enjoys outreach programs, setting up displays and working with children to help them with planting activities. An avid gardener, Tom hopes to help children make a connection with the sources of their food.
"I am involved the Cecil Land Trust because I believe it is important to our county economically and environmentally to continue to produce food for our community. Local farms enrich the quality of life for all of our residents and visitors. On a personal level I enjoy preserving the history of my family’s way of life."
Sarah is a life-long resident of Cecil County. She became interested in animals, particularly horses, at a young age. She earned her Bachelors in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech and completed her degree in veterinary medicine (with an equine emphasis) at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently practices at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City. Sarah wishes to protect open space and the agricultural character of Cecil County from encroaching development of neighboring counties.
Jeremy is a 12th generation Cecil County native, and grew up on a small Standardbred horse farm outside of Chesapeake City. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs & Regional Planning from the University of Delaware and is the City Planner and Main Street Manager for Harrington, Delaware. Jeremy is active in a variety of community organizations on the Upper Eastern Shore and is a passionate advocate for the preservation of the County’s agricultural lands and rural economy.
Doug is a lifelong resident of Cecil County. He grew up on a farm near Rising Sun and now runs Airlie Farm, a small family operated farm whose lamb is pasture raised and locally processed in a USDA inspected facility. See Airlie Farm lamb at the Havre de Grace farmer’s market. Doug’s family is active in 4-H and many other local organizations.
Board Member Joe Carabetta has been active with the Cecil Land Trust from its inception. Joe is a retired Engineer from Aberdeen Proving Ground with a BS degree in AG Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Joe and his wife Diane Carabetta are graduates of the Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy and reside in Perryville. Joe is active in Cecil County politics and is also active with the Sons of American Legion and is Vice President of Turkey Point Light Station.
Courtney is a life-long resident of Cecil County. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from University of Maryland in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Studies, and currently works for GPI out of their North East office. Courtney enjoys being a part of sustainable development efforts through her work as an engineer, as well as being a part of land preservation efforts through her work with the Cecil Land Trust. She currently serves as the co-chair on the Education and Outreach Committee. Courtney, her husband Ryan, and son Everett live in Colora.
"Board membership is important because healthy growth within our county depends upon a balance of sustainable development and preservation. Establishing this balance requires continued education and a commitment to protecting our natural resources."
Hudson Benson is a Realtor serving residential and commercial clients in Cecil and Harford Counties. He has also owned a restaurant in North East known as the Port House Grill. A long-time resident of Cecil County, he lives in Fair Hill where he and his wife Karen raised two children and are active community members.
In addition to serving on the Cecil Land Trust board, Hudson has served on several other boards of directors including North East Chamber of Commerce (past board President) and the Restaurant Association of Maryland. He currently serves as president with Friends of the North East Creek. Recently, he was instrumental in helping the Town of North East with the acquisition of 60 acres of waterfront property which is slated to become a passive recreation park and nature preserve accessible to residents and visitors of the Town. Hudson holds a degree in biology and an MBA, is a USCG licensed boat captain (25T master), and is an FAA licensed airplane pilot and drone operator.
“Now more than ever everyone is learning how important agriculture is to humanity. The potential loss of a single source of global food output threatens the health and wellbeing of millions of people. By working with Cecil Land Trust I am helping to preserve irreplaceable farmland, keep our waterways clean, and promote the use of techniques that improve farm sustainability.”
Miranda has been a lifelong resident of Cecil County. She attended Cecil County Public Schools K-12 before moving on to earn her bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland College Park. Miranda is also an active CPA in the state of Maryland and has been licensed since 2021. Aside from serving on the Cecil Land Trust Board, Miranda can be found hiking/mountain biking around the county, participating in church/community sponsored events, volunteering with local organizations, or spending time at home with her husband Josh and dog Nala.
"Being a board member is important to me because Cecil County is home, and we must preserve what makes Cecil County unique. The farmland and waterways are the heart of this county."
Doug is a lifelong resident of Cecil County. He grew up on a farm in Colora, and now runs Colora Hay and Straw. He graduated form Williamson College of the Trades with a degree in machine tool technology. Doug is active in 4-H and many other local organizations. He is an active member of Community Fir Company of Rising Sun. Working alongside local farmers Doug is passionate about preserving local farmland.
Thank you also to the CLT Board of Directors for helping to secure event sponsors and pitching in during the event.