The Maryland Turfgrass Council is a non-profit corporation governed by the Officers and Members of the Board of Directors. The Officers and Directors have one vote in all matters before the Council.

The officers include a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Past President. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by the same person. All officers are elected from the general membership to two-year terms, except the Past President.

There are currently nine Directors who represent different facets of the Maryland Turfgrass Industry. The Directors are elected from the general membership to three-year, two-year and one-year terms.

The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Council, employed to maintain membership records, publish newsletters and assist Council activities.

There are currently six Advisers who are selected by the Board of Directors, and who serve as non-voting members of the Board. They include faculty of the University of Maryland, personnel of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Agriculture Commission.

For more information about the duties of MTC Officers and Board of Directors, see the Constitution and By-laws.

2018 MTC Board of Directors

Executive Director

Vernon Cooper

MTC Executive Director

All States Turf Consultants; Owner/ Agronomist


Vernon has served on the MTC Board of Directors from 1975 to 2014 as an advisor and board member. Spring of 2014 he accepted the position of Executive Director. His goal is to continue the MTC's support of research by continuing to provide education in different venues, such as our new and improved MTC Turf News.


Jamie Roell

Anne Arundle County Recreation and Parks


Vice President

Geoffrey Rinehart

National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.


Past President

Bill Warpinski

Central Sod Farm, Owner



Cheryl Gaultney

MTC Secretary/ Treasurer


Cheryl has served the MTC since 1976. She is the guiding finacial guru of the Council.


Katy Cooper

MTC Treasurer


Three-Year Term

Ben Ellis

Golf Course Superintendent, Paint Branch Golf Course


MTC Committee(s): Media, Communications

Three-Year Term

Kimberly Bohn

Newsom Seed


Three- Year Term

Brandon Sands

Maryland National Capital Park and Panning Commission


Two-Year Term

Ryan Howard

Winters Run Golf Club, Golf Course Superintendent


Two-Year Term

Chuck Wilkes

Fisher and Son


One-Year Term

Doug Lechlider

Laytonsville Landscaping; Owner


One-Year Term

Les Phelps

Phelps Lawn Care; Owner


One-Year Term

Dave Nehila

Genesis Turfgrass


Dave Nehila started as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent after earning his two year certificate from the IAA at UMD.  After serving as an Asst. GCS at two different clubs, Dave worked in the golf course construction business for a couple of years before landing his first job a Golf Course superintendent.  Dave did two stints as a GC superintendent at two different clubs in the Baltimore area.  Dave then worked for a golf and sports field construction contractor.  From there, Dave served as the Baltimore Orioles Head Groundskeeper.  After three seasons there, he took an opportunity to work with Genesis Turfgrass, Inc. and has been with them for the past 9 years.  Dave’s current position allows him to work with all facets of the industry that he had previously worked in. 


David Coble

Ann Arundle County Recreation and 


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