Governor McAuliffe Appoints New VOF Board of Trustees Chair

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently appointed Stephanie Ridder, of Flint Hill, Va., to be the new Chair of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Ridder grew up in Fairfax County and has lived with her husband, John Beardsley, on their VOF-protected farm in Rappahannock County for the past 34 years. They board horses, raise organic hay and are creating a pollinator meadow on the farm. Steph got her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. She worked for the Rappahannock Legal Services Corporation in Fredericksburg and then in Culpeper representing low-income Virginians. She is currently teaching at the George Washington University Law School. Steph has served on the boards of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Virginians Against Domestic Violence, and the Piedmont Environmental Council, among others. She is currently serving as the chair of the Child Care and Learning Center in Rappahannock and on the board of the Krebser Fund, an advisory board to PEC.

“As an easement donor herself, Ms. Ridder is deeply committed to VOF’s mission,” said VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph. “We look forward to her leadership as we work to achieve the Commonwealth’s land conservation goals.”

VOF is governed by a board of seven at-large trustees appointed by the Governor for four-year staggered terms. The Governor appoints a chair from among the seven trustees. The Board of Trustees meets at least three times per year to review easement projects and policy matters.

For a list of all trustees, visit http://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/about/board-of-trustees/.

Jason McGarvey is VOF's communications and outreach manager. He is based in the Richmond office.