Talbot Election Results — Updated

In updated election results from the Nov. 6 General Election for Talbot County, four Republicans and one Democrat appear to have been elected to the Talbot County Council. As of the close of voting on Election Day, Laura Everngam Price, Pete Lesher, Corey W. Pack, Chuck Callahan, and Frank Divilio are the winners. Results will not be final until absentee and provisional votes are counted over the next two weeks. Divilio has a lead of 257 votes over Democrat Keasha N. Haythe.

In the District 1 Congressional race, Democrat Jesse Colvin took the Talbot County vote by nearly 500 votes over incumbent Republican Andy Harris. However, district-wide, Harris won re-election handily, scoring 60 percent of the votes cast as of the close of polls Tuesday.

Incumbents also won in the General Assembly races for District 37B, with State Senator Adelaide “Addie” Eckhart gaining 61% of the votes in Talbot and more than 60% district-wide. Delegates Johnny Mautz of Talbot and Christopher Adams of Wicomico, both Republicans, were also re-elected by comfortable margins.

In statewide races, Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Attorney General Brian Frosh, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin were returned to office with substantial margins. However, in Talbot, Frosh trailed Republican Craig Wolf, 8,763 to 7,949. Two amendments to the Maryland State Constitution — one to restrict the use of funds raised by commercial gambling to educational purposes, and the second to allow residents to register and vote on Election Day — were approved by statewide voters.

The state Board of Elections did not release any results until after 10 p.m. Tuesday, due to polls in some parts of the state remaining open to accommodate voters still in line as of the 8 p.m. closing time.

For a complete list of Talbot County election results, see the Maryland Board of Elections website.

 

 

Vote Count in Talbot County 

 

 

Talbot County Council

 

 

Reflection on the Election by David Montgomery

It is an honor and a pleasure to be a resident and voter in Talbot County. The outcome of the County Council election, as reported on Tuesday night, is a credit to the common sense of Talbot County voters and to their willingness to pay attention to the substance of what their elected leaders do. Though I supported it, I did not expect the Coalition to be able to communicate the facts about actions of the previous Council majority so successfully.

With Laura Price and Pete Lesher coming in one and two in the voting, and the fifth seat a dead heat between a neophyte Republican and a frequent Democratic candidate, the message from the voters should be very clear: we do not want unrestricted development that changes the character and quality of life in our County, but we do want to continue the sensible policies of previous Councils. That is what I wanted, and it is exhilarating to see how many share that sentiment. I hope all five members elected to the new Council take that to heart.

National news is not so congenial. I was sorry to see good political leaders like Paul Ryan decide to leave the Congress, and the loss of the House of Representatives is painful even though not a surprise. That may make it difficult to pass any new legislation for the next two years, but as a died-in-the-wool conservative I have seen much worse. The Trump agenda was well-established with tax reform, rollback under the Congressional Review Act of midnight Obama-era regulations, and elimination of some of the key fiscal props of Obamacare. I am not particularly enamored of the President’s aggressive trade policy, though I do see fewer downsides than many of his critics. China’s aggressive claims over the South China Sea, attacks on Catholic shrines and congregations that the Vatican surrendered to their control and persistent theft of intellectual property need to be countered as President Trump has done.

The Senate remains securely under Republican control, and that means that any currently sitting Justice who leaves the Supreme Court in the next two years will be replaced by a Justice who respects and interprets the Constitution and laws passed by Congress as they are written. It may not be too much to hope that the dissipation of the “Blue Wave” will convince Democrats that the unprincipled efforts to derail the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh were self-defeating.

Winning the Senate also means that no matter what antics the House of Representatives might engage in under Democratic control, the President and his appointees will be immune to impeachment.

Since I adhere to the maxim that Congress governs best when it governs least, I am not unduly worried about the likely impasse we will face over the next two years. It would be very good for the country if enough moderates are returned to the Congress by both parties that reform of basic immigration laws could take place and Obamacare could be revised into a less costly and more voluntary system. The numbers are not yet in to see whether the Democratic majority will include more ignorant socialists like Ocasio-Ortiz or more centrists like those supported by WithHonor.

My greatest concern is that the Democratic majority in the House will still be dominated by the nuts on the far Left, the inciters of violence like Maxine Walters and leaders like Pelosi who put their hatred of the President above the good of the country. We may well be in for two years of unending investigations of the President, encouragement of mob rule, and motions for impeachment. I console myself that those gestures will be “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Actually, I have a more optimistic reaction, that such behavior, if it occurs, will ensure a second term for President Trump and a restored majority for Republicans in the House and the Senate.

Once again, the ability of Talbot County voters to see through the mud-slinging, character assassination and false accusations directed at Laura Price encourages me. She drew the most votes as of 0045 on Wednesday. If our example is a guide, voters can see through slogans and personal attacks and are willing to spend time thinking about serious questions about the policies that different candidates will pursue.

The outcome of the election also leads me to reflect on values and the loss of the House of Representatives. The Protestant theologian Stanley Hauerwas detested President Trump and Hillary Clinton almost equally. He argued in a recent article that it is never necessary to choose the lesser of two evils, and that the pursuit of justice and honor should not be abandoned just because we expect to lose. Good thoughts.

Hauerwas voted for a third, solidly conservative candidate who had not the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell (that I do believe exists) of winning. This is very different from the tendency of Catholic social thought since Pope Leo XIII to look for ways to be politically effective in advancing the common good, not to mention the role that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken in American politics, taking positions on everything from abortion and immigration to regulation of electric powerplants.

Hauerwas’s is a very appealing point of view, though I have argued (effectively, at least to myself) that in a fallen world it is necessary to be a political realist. Thus I can support a President of questionable character with whom I disagree on major issues as long as I am convinced that the common good is better served by his policies than those of his opponent. Inter alia, I think that most supporters of Bill Clinton made the same decision.

Where Hauerwas challenges my thinking is by reminding me that we cannot and should not expect government to solve the really big crises we face. His example is abortion: sure, we should vote against politicians who promote abortion. But might we not spend our time and money better by “serving at domestic abuse shelters or teaching students at local high schools or sharing wealth with expectant but under-resourced families or speaking of God’s grace in terms of “adoption” or politically organizing for improved education or rezoning municipalities for childcare or creating “Parent’s Night Out” programs at local churches or mentoring young mothers or teaching youth about chastity and dating or mobilizing religious pressure on medical service providers or apprenticing men into fatherhood…”

That is, it is possible to act directly and personally, admittedly at a greater cost of our own time and treasure, to introduce into the lives of specific individuals in our communities the kinds of grace that we mistakenly believe can be achieved through laws and government programs.

If this is the case, and the results of this election lead me to believe that Hauerwas has more insight than I like to admit, then it is necessary to work politically to ensure that we retain the freedom and ability to do these works of charity and express our fundamental beliefs publicly. That is why Supreme Court appointments are so important to me, to ensure that we retain not only freedom of worship but freedom to state our beliefs about public and private morality without fear or restriction and to assist our neighbors in the best way we know how.

But it also suggests that I do not care deep in my heart about the fine-tuning of tax policy or regulation of health insurance. The real crisis we face are not economic but rather are matters of faith and virtue: supporting our neighbors who are needy, preventing abortions one at time, being with the sick and dying, educating the young about the responsibilities of marriage and childbearing, bringing an understanding of virtue back into national consciousness, restoring a common heritage as a Christian nation.

We must be vigilant to preserve the space in which we do these things. That requires political involvement, to prevent laws from being passed that would allow bureaucrats to tell us who can be adoptive parents, how we can communicate the value of life from conception to its natural end, and what we may say about the morally acceptable forms of sexual activity.

I also believe it is important to resist accumulation of power and diversion of resources into national and even state programs when we could do better at the local and individual level.

We have wonderful examples of this in Talbot County. Our health department may not be in the most attractive of buildings, but we have many voluntary organizations and charities providing for needs of our neighbors. We have wealthy donors who fund capital improvements for public facilities and programs that serve community needs. This is called subsidiarity. But it requires limiting both taxation and spending by higher-level organizations, in order to have the resources and opportunity to act voluntarily and charitably to fill these needs.

To bring all this back to Tuesday’s election results. The triumphalism of the first two years of the Trump presidency, if any of us fell into that trap, are over. His policies were not repudiated, and what has been done will stand, but the temptation to expect Congress and the Presidency to correct the ills of our society is gone.

It is not a bad thing to be reminded of Jesus’s words that “my kingdom is not of this world.” We must care for each other, but not be seduced by the illusion of continuing progress and the attainability of perfection here on earth. That is the starting point of Hauerwas’s social thought. We are sojourners here, destined for somewhere else. We should follow Christ’s commandments in dealing with our neighbors, but not be deceived into believing that elections are somehow critical to bringing about the Kingdom of God.

Letter to the Editor: Follow the Money and See Bad Judgement by a Talbot County Council Member

Financial reports required by the State Board of Elections tell us a lot about donors who expect favorable treatment from County Council candidates.
The latest report confirms that Chuck Callahan has accepted $500.00 in cash from Jeanne Bryan, Inc.

This would be the same Jeanne Bryan whose company, Clayland Farm Enterprises, LLC, presently is suing Talbot County for $10,000,000 because of the County’s failure to zone her Darby Farm property, in Royal Oak, to permit development of a 400 unit subdivision.

Ms. Bryan’s company additionally is suing members of the Talbot County Planning Commission, in their individual capacities, for $10,000,000, with punitive damages on top of that, for their failure to support zoning that would accommodate that 400 unit subdivision.

So Chuck Callahan is taking campaign cash from an adversary who is suing the very entity that he has taken an oath to defend, and an adversary who is trying to bankrupt public servants on the Planning Commission actually appointed by Callahan and others on the Council.

This outrageous circumstance says a lot, and two things in particular. First, Mr. Callahan exercises extremely poor judgment when acting on his own. Second, Jeanne Bryan – the ultimate “special interest” – apparently believes she has good reason to want Chuck Callahan on the County Council, given her hopes for intense, inappropriate development in Royal Oak.

During the work up of the Comprehensive Plan Callahan, and Jennifer Williams, both proposed to eliminate all references to “smart growth” from that critical planning document.The uncontrolled growth for the Royal Oak area desired by Jeanne Bryan would make the discarding of all such smart growth principles quite convenient.

Thomas T. Alspach
Easton

Pipe Bombs, Part of a Larger Problem by Al Sikes

I get it; mailing pipe bombs is a problem, not treasonous. But, it is simply a manifestation of a much larger problem.

A far bigger problem is the deterioration of the political parties and the absence of responsibility. If political parties are to be judged by their biggest domestic priority, each has one.

The Republicans seem unequal to anything other than some new federal tax cut legislation regardless of our national debt, annual deficits and underfunded promises. Only if taxes are reduced to zero will the Republicans turn their attention elsewhere.

The Democrats understand zero, as their latest proposals tend to revolve around free college and medical care. It is striking that the traditional home of the blue-collar worker devalues careers that don’t require college degrees.

Now I grant you that I have overstated both Parties’ positions, but since campaigns are conducted on themes not white papers, I am just yielding to the way they present themselves. I almost forgot one campaign theme: it is the one built around how despicable the other Party is.

While political parties have long disparaged each other, today’s Party leaders have stepped up their attacks. After all, we live in a world of performance art, reality TV shows and non-stop noise as our phones buzz or tweet or ring or whatever. In a world of noise it is hard to get noticed, so stridency or worse seems to be the marketing choice of the day. And, if you really want to get noticed without having to work at it, start as a celebrity.

President Trump entered politics a reality show celebrity while the umpteen others that ran for the Republican nomination pushed around obsolete talking points. Now that we have a celebrity in the White House, who gained fame before he did more than quip about public affairs, almost half of the US Senate Judiciary Committee auditioned for a similar standing with outrage as their persona. They understood the Kavanagh hearings would draw audiences at a Super Bowl level.

Do I blame Donald Trump for the pipe bombs being mailed to high profile Democrats? No, I don’t. Yet, he is without peer when it comes to “rubbing it in,” as my Dad would warn against doing. And since he now holds power, there is no lack of imitators.

In the meantime, our political performance artists are trying to move the electorate around like objects in a board game. Except, this board game is real and the winning formula is not determined by a throw of the dice.

At the same time, the Fourth Estate (journalists) has largely chosen up sides. They too have become victims of “magnify and amplify.” Headlines have become ever more provocative regardless of the underlying story.

In this world of Magnifiers and Amplifiers, compromise has become a dirty word. When you weaponize the most necessary element in a successful political equation, the autocrat becomes increasingly tempting. The end result is government by Executive Order with ultimate resolution left to the Courts as the Congress cedes its power.

What we should expect is what we have—a very deep political divide, divisions that parallel our fiscal one. Not surprisingly politicians, whose first and last loyalty is to self, are happy to forget future generations that will have to pay for their excesses.

Now let me end by giving a shout out to the President. He sensed what the scripted politicians didn’t. He sensed that his often shameless approach would send the signal that he was indeed different. He also understands weakness and exploits it hourly. Beyond that he crafted a message, “Make America Great Again” that turned out to be brilliant. By dismissing such a sentiment, the elites played his game and lost.

Now that he has awakened garden-variety politicians, perhaps they should go to work trying to match expectations with resources, something he is not good at. There are a number of wordsmiths that can make such an effort ring clear and urgent. Trump owns hubris; maybe the winning formula can be found in truth. I sure wish John McCain was still around.

Al Sikes is the former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission under George H.W. Bush. Al recently published Culture Leads Leaders Follow published by Koehler Books. 

Letter to the Editor: Coalition Calls Out Ms. Williams On Strategy

The Spy published a Letter To the Editor yesterday favoring County Council candidates who support “the Average Guy.” That perfectly appropriate headline masked, however, an ugly and purposeful effort to rip a deep tear in the social fabric of Talbot County.

(The context is the political discussion between the Bipartisan Coalition–whose objective is to unseat Ms. Williams because of past policies and a pattern of voting against citizens’ interests—and Ms. Williams’s slate of 4 candidates going by the name of “Common Sense Talbot,” although pretending to be an independent citizens’ PAC. The Coalition is not named; the letter is crafted with phrases like “It has been said,” and “what some have labeled,” and so forth.)

That letter is the front end of a strategy that will play out over the next 9 days, but could easily create very lasting damage to our Community. It could be a pivot point: downhill if its purpose succeeds, or a regenerating turn for the better if its intentions are thwarted

The letter is designed to create a tribal, “them against us” framework of the ugliest sort for this County Council election, mirroring that cancerous posturing usually found in Washington DC, not Talbot County. The writer says in part:

“All you have to do is look at the players…,” meaning: do not pay any attention to what the Coalition is saying, or the evidence for their position they’re advocating. Just vote on the basis of identity.

…one side living as normal, middle class folks, while the other side lives in multi-million dollar homes on the water and drive expensive cars…
“…one side comprised of people who come from here, raise their families here [etc.]…and the other side who have recently retired here and have lots of time and resources to present their demands at public hearings.

And most reprehensibly, the letter writer says this:

“It’s been my experience that most of the people attending public hearings in mass are…wealthy retirees that came here from other places around the state and country and think that Talbot County citizens are too stupid and complacent to rebel against their desire to control this county.” [Emphasis supplied.]

If any voter believed the writer for a second—the Coalition is just rich people who want to control the County I was born in, and they all think I’m stupid and compacent—then of course you would vote for Ms. Williams, and also Divilio, Callahan and Pack!

But not a word of it is true.

So who wrote this letter? It was submitted to, and published by the Spy on Sunday, by Mr. William Cockayne. Shamefully, Mr. Cockayne does not reveal in the letter—and did not disclose to its editor—that he is the husband of Jennifer Williams. (As soon as the editor learned that fact, he pulled the letter. When the editor reached Mr. Cockayne and confirmed the relationship it was reposted with that clarification noted below.)

I have attended very many Council work sessions, meetings, and public hearings (some “in mass”) but had never till 3 weeks ago heard of Mr. Cockayne. I do not believe he has ever been to one meeting as he claims…but his wife, Ms. Williams, has been to them all. I believe one can reasonably ascribe Mr. Cockayne’s letter to Ms. Williams. I for one also believe the other members of that slate—whether or not they knew of the letter—fully understand and endorse the ugly “them-versus-us” strategy it reveals….and which is already showing up in Facebook posts as of this morning.

If anyone in our community thinks Talbot County voters are stupid and complacent, the caper of Mr. Cockayne’s deceitful LTE suggests it is Ms. Williams. Apparently she truly believes voters will fall for anything; that they will indeed have their heads turned by blowing the dog whistle of “them-versus-us;” and that they are incapable of looking at the evidence assembled at CountyOverParty.org and thinking for themselves.

Dan Watson
The Bipartisan Coalition For New Council Leadership

Letter to the Editor: Definite Shift in Voter Preference toward Country over Party

It was unfortunate that every voter in Maryland’s First Congressional District did not get to attend Sunday’s debate on the Mid-Shore between Representative Andy Harris and former Army Ranger and businessman Jesse Colvin. Patient voters began to line up in the blustery wind two hours before the debate, but attendance at Easton’s Talbot Public Library was limited to a capacity of about 200, so many were turned away. Voters who missed the debate will be able to access the 90 minutes on the sponsoring League of Women Voters website.

What you would have seen are two totally different candidates vying to represent the First District. One, Congressman Harris, came across as talking down to his constituents, occasionally lecturing them as though he knew better than those who had elected him, which drew murmurs of discontent several times from an audience obviously out of sync with the incumbent. Jesse Colvin, on the other hand, clearly was in tune with his audience, after months and tens of thousands of miles traveling the First District to meet thousands of them in in shops and on the docks, in Town Halls and in shopping malls.

One might presume that the audience was predominantly made up of Democrats but that is not true. There were many like this Republican and my wife, an Independent, who came because we truly wanted to compare the two candidates. We came early, knowing the small hall would be sold-out, and we are glad we did. What we saw was a definite shift in voter preference toward Country over Party, rather than blindly voting D or R because one always has.

What we witnessed was a young empathetic knowledgeable caring Servant Leader who wants to represent and advocate for all his neighbors in the First District, compared to an ideologue who clearly did not care for the concerns of most of his constituents. We have voted for Andy Harris three times, but not a fourth. It is clearly time for a change to a new generation of citizen leader, and we urge our First District neighbors to join us in wishing Representative Harris a happy and fruitful retirement.

Philip J. Webster
St. Michaels

Bipartisan Coalition Formed to Play Role in Talbot County Council Election

Four different community groups in Talbot County, from different areas and focused on different issues, have joined to form a bipartisan political movement committed to electing new leadership to the Talbot County Council this year. Dan Watson, Chair of the organization, explained that “The goal of our Bipartisan Coalition is good government and its sole and immediate objective is to vote out of office Jennifer Williams, the Council President and leader. The campaign has begun.”

Though this effort has just been announced, the Coalition is already publicly endorsed by a large number of prominent individuals of both parties (and independents), all deeply concerned about Ms. William’s harmful leadership on certain actions adverse to citizens’ welfare and the County’s long-term future. Judge John C. North II, the Honorary Chair, said, “The Coalition’s campaign will present fully the background and hard evidence that supports our effort to unseat the current leader of the Council. We will express our viewpoints in a civil and respectful manner.”

Issues which have riled many citizens, including members of the four founding organizations, include failure reasonably to regulate short term vacation rentals and attitudes towards sewers, zoning, and land use, where Ms. Williams has demonstrated actual enmity to the citizens’ long-standing vision that guides planning in Talbot: “a high quality of life…and rural character. Other important issues during Ms. Williams’ tenure involved development density in historic villages and the Councils’ approval of a sharp increase in permitted noise levels, which at one point the Council considered doubling.

Time and again only concerted action by engaged citizens and community groups has staved off the worst proposals. But relying on citizens continuously to play defense is no way to run a local government. The Coalition and its supporters are intent on unseating the Council President in order to open the door for voters to elect new leadership genuinely committed to the wellbeing of Talbot’s residents and their aspirations for Talbot County in the future.

The Bipartisan Coalition For New Council Leadership PAC, is an alliance of these independent groups: Neighborhoods Are For Neighbors, whose focus is on problems caused by the failure to regulate the exploding short term vacation rental (“STR”) industry in Talbot; Citizens For Sustainable Communities, concerned about the impact of excessive noise in the County; Talbot Preservation Alliance, an established entity that for 20 years that has worked to keep Council’s land use decisions true to citizens’ intentions; and Citizens For Managed Growth, a group focusing on historic villages. It was formed in 2015 when Royal Oak was threatened with the specter of a 100-acre farm being legally divided into quarter acre lots.

More information can be found at CountyOverParty.org

 

Ben Hallett and the Full Circle of Success for ACE Mentoring in Talbot County

There are a couple of ways that the ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore calculates the success and value of their work. It begins with how many students take part in the engineering mentoring program; the number of mentors that have volunteered; the annual projects they have worked on; and, hopefully, a fair amount of young people who have been inspired enough pursue careers in engineering.

Another measure of success can be the life experience of Ben Hallett.

The son of an engineer and a student at Saints Peter & Paul in high school, Ben signed up for the ACE program at his mother’s urging to test his interest in this specialized field. Predictably, Hallett was hooked from almost the very first day and used this growing passion to earn a degree in engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

In most cases, ACE would have been delighted to hear about this success story if it ended then but there was more to this journey. After college, Ben wanted to return to the Eastern Shore and though his former mentor’s help, was able to secure an internship position at Gipe Associates in Easton, and eventually led to a job offer to join that firm permanently. And now, after finding his sea legs in his new position, Ben has now signed up to be an ACE mentor himself.

This kind of “full circle” success story may be rare, but it does demonstrate the power that mentoring has, even in the complex field of engineering, in dramatically changing a young person’s future.

The Spy sat down with Ben last week to talk about ACE, his devotion to the organization, and the mentors that helped make his dream of becoming an engineer and able to return to his hometown to live, work, and raise a family on the Mid-Shore.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore please go here

Chestertown’s Larry Culp Becomes C.E.O. of General Electric

The Spy normally does not highlight corporate leader comings and goings, but it was hard not to mention that Larry Culp, one of Chestertown’s key players in the revitalization of its downtown as well as  graduate and recent chair of Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, was appointed to lead General Electric yesterday.

For those interested, the Washington Post has provided some key information about this dramatic move by G.E. as the Fortune 500 company seeks to reinvent itself.

For more information please go here

Spy House of the Week: Modern with a Twist of Swiss Miss

Talbot County’s rich architectural heritage includes this house designed by the well-known mid-century architect Royal Barry Wills. Born in Boston just before the end of the last century, he established his practice in 1925 and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1954. His traditional work was focused upon the style most associated with New England, the Cape Cod. He refined the deceptively simple design by being attentive to the proper “scale” or how each building part relates to one another to achieve elegance in design. What intrigued me about this house that was built in 1966 was how different it was with its Modernist style and a twist of Swiss Chalet.

The plan is zoned very well-a spacious entry opens to a rear wall of windows that overlooked the Talbot County Country Club golf course. The guest wing on the right and the living room/kitchen/dining wing to the left project beyond the rear wall of the entry to create a terrace shaded by a large tree and a stepped low wall with pots of colorful flowers marking the boundary of private hardscape to public landscape.

Like Wills’ Cape Cod houses, the focal point of the living room is an outsized central chimney that soars through the pitched ceiling. The rear wall was divided into a grid of picture windows with two operable units for ventilation opposite the massive chimney and simple mantel. The pitched ceiling continued through the loft above the kitchen/dining area behind the chimney and ended at a cantilevered balcony with a handrail detailed in the Swiss Chalet style. An enclosed breezeway connected the garage to the kitchen area.

The Master suite was located on the opposite side of the house from the guest rooms for privacy. All three bedrooms had pitched ceilings and each bath had a vintage late fifties vitreous china lavatory highly prized by collectors today.

At 1,700 sf, this house seemed larger due to its efficient floor plan, great flow and pitched ceilings. A unique opportunity to own a house by a well-known architect and to continue the stewardship of this special house on the prized Oxford Corridor!

For more information about this property, contact Joan Wetmore with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-822-2001 (o), 410-924-2432 © or JoanWetmore@msn.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.