Dept of Natural Resources Senior Management

​Joseph P. Gill

Joseph Gill Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Joe Gill Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in May 2013. Joe took over the agency’s leadership after having served 3 years as DNR’s deputy secretary and 14 years as the agency’s Principal Counsel.
 
After beginning his professional career as a Law Clerk with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Joe moved into private practice in 1983. In 1987, Joe joined the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, serving first as an Assistant Attorney General in Contract Litigation, and later as Deputy Counsel for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
 
Joe holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an A.B. in Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
 
An active member of his community, Joe serves on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Listening Hearts Ministries, and The Annapolis Light House Shelter.
 
Joe is the father of two daughters and lives in Severna Park with his wife, Patty Brown.
 
 
 

Frank W. Dawson III

Frank DawsonA recognized expert in Chesapeake Bay restoration, management and policy issues, Frank has more than 29 years experience in natural resources management.
 
Since 1991 Frank has held several senior positions at DNR, including Assistant Secretary for Aquatic Resources, Director of the Watershed Services Center, Director of Watershed Restoration, Chief of Tidal Wetlands, Chair of Anacostia Watershed Restoration Steering Committee and Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Living Resources Subcommittee.
 
Frank holds a Masters of Science Degree in Resource Management and Policy from the State University of New York, and a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Science, from the University of Delaware.
 
Frank lives in Arnold with his wife and three children.
 
 

Dave Goshorn

Dave GoshornDave Goshorn has worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since 1992, serving initially as a member of the Fisheries Service Striped Bass Project, and later as Chief of the Living Resource Assessment Program, where he was responsible for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation restoration, fish community assessments, Coastal Bays monitoring, and harmful algal bloom response.
 
In 2003, Dave was named Director of DNR’s Resource Assessment Service where he managed programs responsible for the monitoring and assessment of all state waters, the Maryland Geological Survey, and the Power Plant Assessment Program. Since August 2007, Dave has directed the agency’s Office for a Sustainable Future, with responsibility for moving Maryland toward a sustainable future by identifying and helping to implement environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices and processes into DNR programs, as well as programs cutting across all Maryland state agencies.
 
A Towson native, Dave received his Bachelors degree in biology from Bucknell University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware in 1989. He spent the next three years at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Ga., as a post-doctoral faculty member conducting research on juvenile Flounder and Drum.
 
Dave lives with his wife, Cynthia, and their three sons -- Ben, Alex and Chris -- in Arnold.
 
 
 

Mark L. Hoffman

Mark Hoffman was appointed DNR’s Assistant Secretary for Mission Support in August 2013. An expert in administration and finance, Mark has more than 28 years experience in the field.
 
Mark has worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since 1985, serving initially as a Chief of Data Processing, and later as Associate Director of Administration for the Wildlife and Heritage Service. In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Finance and Administrative Services for all of DNR.
 
Mark holds a Masters of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.
 
Mark lives in Sykesville.
 
 
 

Kristin Saunders

Kristin SaundersAssistant Secretary Kristin Saunders has been a member of the Department of Natural Resources DNR’s leadership team since 2003, serving first as Chief of Staff to the Secretary before taking over the leadership of the agency’s Land Resources division.
 
In her current role, she oversees policy and management of the 500,000 public recreation and conservation land holdings of Parks, Forests, Wildlife Management Areas as well as Land Acquisition and Planning, Engineering and Construction and the Maryland Environmental Trust.
 
Kristin has served on the Presidential Advisory Commissions for the War of 1812 Star Spangled Banner Trail and the Captain John Smith Trail; has been instrumental in the department’s initiatives for Harriet Tubman, the Conservation Jobs Corps, Sustainable Forestry and No Net Loss of Forests policy, and sustainable best management and conservation practices on public lands and facilities. She also Chairs the Stewardship Goal Implementation Team of the Chesapeake Bay Program
 
A public servant for 24 years, Kristin began her career in State Government in 1989, handling travel advance, constituent services, special projects and the Board of Public Works for Governor William Donald Schaefer. She served the Glendening Administration for two years as Board of Public Works liaison and Director of Cabinet and Special Projects office, before heading to the University of Maryland Baltimore in 1996 as Government Affairs Administrator.
 
In 1998, Kristin returned to work for her mentor William Donald Schaefer as the State Director for his Campaign for Comptroller and after his election, served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs.
 
Kristin holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park.
 
A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and lifelong Maryland resident, Kristin lives in Annapolis with her son, Elvis.