About us

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Organized in 1982 as a simple spring cleanup effort, the founding members of the Prince William Clean Community Council quickly recognized the importance of education to long-term success. After a rigorous certification process, the Council became a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the undisputed authority on litter prevention issues throughout the world. Following our affiliation status, in spring 2012, the Clean Community Council became Keep Prince William Beautiful. Proud to be aligned with both an award-winning green community and a national network of over 1000 other environmental community organizations, renaming ourselves Keep Prince William Beautiful is an honor.

Our organization now administers several year-round comprehensive programs encouraging community involvement and environmental education and stewardship. Our hope is to engage community members through our outreach and education on environmental stewardship and sustainability, excite community members by developing within our neighbors and friends a sense of pride in their community, and empower community members to take action to keep Prince William County clean and beautiful.

Our Board of Directors: Officers

President

John Wheeler
Founder and CEO, Rising Tide Solutions, LLC

Vice President

Jeanne Jabara
Energy Education Coordinator, Prince William County Public Schools

Secretary

Keisha Strand
Senior Deputy Clerk, Fairfax County Planning Commission

Treasurer

April Thomas
CEO, Realtor Association of Prince William

Our Board of Directors: Members

Member

Katie Knight
Community Engagement Officer, Apple Federal Credit Union

Member

Dr. Charlotta D. Wells
Community Activist, Retired Lieutenant Colonel

Member

Benjamin Hazekamp
Financial Advisor, Whitlock Wealth Management

Member

Holly Morello
TDM Program Manager, OmniRide

Member

Tyler J. Blaser, Esq.
Attorney, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Member

Wendy Rogers
Communications and Events Specialist, IKEA

meet Our Staff

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Rico Fleshman

Executive Director

Rico Fleshman was appointed Executive Director in September of 2021. Born and raised in Virginia, Mr. Fleshman is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He has a rich professional history in business development and serving non-profit organizations and has worked on programs at the federal, state, and local government levels that provided employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and established congestion mitigation, environmental and air quality improvement programs. His lifelong love of nature, camping and hiking fuels his passion for environmental education and advocacy. Rico can be reached at rfleshman@kpwb.org.

 

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Kamala Espig

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Kamala is a Virginia transplant who cannot imagine living anywhere else. Ms. Espig is a graduate of the University of Maryland, as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburg where she earned her BS in Graphic Design. She has a diverse background in non-profit, marketing, graphic design, and IT. She has a passion for mentoring, animals, and muscle cars. Ms. Espig is a mother of two children, two dogs, one cat, one snake, and several fish. When she isn’t wrangling all of them, you can find her advocating for BLM, and many local youth mentoring programs or playing video games. You can reach her at kespig@kpwb.org.

Want to Join Us?

We are always looking for new general board members and committee chairs!

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Amanda Brown

Community Engagement Manager

Amanda grew up in Missouri where she developed a deep love for the environment. Ms. Brown is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy, with a focus on environmental ethics and sciences. With her previous work, she developed a strong sense of community involvement and client relations. Her passions consist of helping others, gardening, reading, and hiking. As our Community Engagement Manager, she hopes to inspire others to welcome a more environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Amanda can be reached at abrown@kpwb.org.

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Kezia Alves-Bradford

Environmental Programs Coordinator

Kezia Alves was born in Brazil and has since followed numerous adventures around the world. Passionate about women’s empowerment, social communications and climate change, she continuously challenges herself to be better not just for herself but for others and for the world. Kezia holds a Bachelors in Social Communication. She loves spending time in nature, hiking in the mountains and standing at the edge of cliffs. She is an adrenaline seeker. At home, she lives with her loving husband and three little pets that she treats like her children. Kezia is thrilled to be part of a nonprofit with the mission of serving communities by advocating for the environment. Kezia can be reached at kezia.alvesb@kpwb.org

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Grace Benevento

Programs Assistant

Grace has a passion for learning and helping others. Ms. Benevento is a graduate of Potomac Senior High School and attributes her move to Virginia as a very positive step. She has an immense love of travel and learning different languages and hopes to classify one day as a polyglot. She is also a cat lover. Grace hopes that as our Programs Assistant she will not only be able to educate and inspire people her age to environmental consciousness, but also challenge herself. Grace can be reached at gbenevento@kpwb.org.