Michael Carper serves as Principal of Conocarpum Advisors LLC, a privately held consulting services company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Conocarpum serves the needs of companies operating in the telecommunications, intellectual property, technology development and capital management industries. Mr. Carper also serves as President of United Wireless Holdings, Inc. based in Austin, Texas. Through his director and officer roles with United Wireless, he has full responsibility for the leadership and management of the operations, corporate development and legal functions for this group of data communications, mobile messaging and technology licensing companies.
Dave Markarian focuses on providing representation and pursuing solutions to optimize corporate value in complex competitive and regulated industries, including those focused on energy and technology. He serves as Senior Policy Advisor to EnergySavvy, a Seattle-based technology company and previously led teams at NextEra Energy, Inc. pursuing clean energy policy initiatives. His track record includes success in business, as well as in legal and governmental-regulatory arenas.
Ronnie Gathers was named The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, MD, in 2007. Prior to that, he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of Facility Operations for the department. Formerly, he was with M-NCPPC’s Montgomery County Parks Department and the U.S. Army Recreation Department.
Mr. Gathers has connected with Prince George’s County communities to develop strategic partnerships, and has worked with staff to emphasize customer service, community engagement, health and wellness programs, and services for youth and seniors.
Mr. Gathers holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Recreation from South Carolina State University, a Master's Degree in Administrative Management from Bowie State University and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is also a member of the National Park Trust Board of Trustees.
Fredric Walls is a Senior Investment Manager for the Foundations and Endowments Specialty Practice of SunTrust Bank. Mr. Walls has over 20 years of investment experience. Prior to his current position, he was with PNC Asset Management Group – first as Director of Portfolio Management, then as Senior Vice President and Market Director – leading the institutional investment team and serving as the senior investment professional for the Greater Washington region.
Mr. Walls received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Howard University and his MBA in finance with a concentration in investment management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent traveling with family to national parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Yellowstone. I am excited to join the NPT Board, working to preserve and protect these treasures, as well as creating the next generation of environmentalists," said Mr. Walls
Founding Principal of The Farragut Group, LLC an experienced, knowledgeable and well-respected team who provide comprehensive strategic advice and planning though the political and public policy processes of government.
Previously, Dr. Verstandig served as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores responsible for overseeing relationships with federal and state governments which impact the nation's pharmacies. Prior to that, Dr. Verstandig was the Senior Vice President at the National Association of Realtors and served as chief lobbyist with Congress and the Executive Branch. During his tenure there, Fortune Magazine recognized NAR as one of Washington's top 25 most powerful lobbying organizations.
Dr. Verstandig's public service career included a number of senior positions during the Reagan Administration including Under Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs at the Department of Transportation as well as Assistant to the President of the United States for Intergovernmental Affairs and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. Prior to the Reagan Administration, Dr Verstandig served as Chief of Staff to US Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI).
Prior to his careers in Washington, Dr. Verstandig received a Ph.D in History from Brown University and subsequently was a college professor and Academic Dean at Brown. He and his wife have two sons and reside in Washington.