REP’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Martha Marks
Martha grew up traveling the USA and Western Europe as an Army brat in a family with deep southern roots. (Her career-officer father hailed from Louisiana, her school-teacher mother from Mississippi.) She first registered to vote as a Republican in 1968 and remains a registered Republican to this day. In 1978, she earned a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and linguistics at Northwestern University. For twenty years before becoming active at the intersection of environmentalism and politics, she taught at Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Illinois; at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She’s the co-author of three college Spanish textbooks: Destinos, Al corriente, and ¿Qué tal?, all published by McGraw-Hill.
In 1992, Martha energetically campaigned as a “Green Republican” and was elected to a two-hat position on both the Lake County (IL) Board and Forest Preserve District Board. During her ten years in that role, she championed the preservation and/or restoration of forests, wetlands, prairies, riparian corridors, and rural countryside. She and her colleagues of both parties aggressively protected habitat for native wildlife and gave people access to natural open space via a county-wide network of trails. She was such a respected conservation leader that the Sierra Club and the Lake County Conservation Alliance repeatedly endorsed her. And she still regards the many thousands of acres that were preserved and protected during her three terms in office as one of the best accomplishments of her life. She’s also still proud of this op-ed, Protecting rare plants protects us!, which the Chicago Tribune published on August 17, 1995, when REP was nothing more than a gleam in her eye.
In 1995, while still a GOP county official, Martha helped launch the national movement that eventually would become “Republicans for Environmental Protection.” In 1999, as part of that effort, she was one of the REP leaders who co-founded their “sister” foundation, now known as Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship. She is still a member of the CRS Board of Directors and also served for six years (2001-2007) on the Board of Directors of the national League of Conservation Voters. Her passion for nature shines through in her photography, including the image of Canyonlands National Park at the top of this page and other photos around the site.
To anyone who wants to better understand Martha and her motives for co-founding and leading REP, she recommends this speech, “Loving the Earth: A Bipartisan Affair,” which she gave in 2004 to the High Country Conservation Advocates in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Secretary Sam Booher
Sam is not only a lifelong Republican but also a lifelong “Green Republican.” He grew up in West Virginia, where he saw first hand the environmental damage caused by unregulated mining. He graduated from The Citadel, officially named The Military College of South Carolina, which led to a a career in the U.S. Army that included two years in Vietnam. He retired as a Lt. Colonel and moved to Georgia to dedicate himself to protecting the planet with as much diligence as he previously had protected the United States of America.
As a volunteer who has held several positions in the Georgia Sierra Club, including chapter chair, Sam is a well-known, outspoken advocate who frequently reminds the Republican Party, both in his home state and nationally, of its obligation to protect the natural earth and the animals and plants that God created to live on it. Throughout his adult life, he has been a fierce advocate for the conservation of wolves and other endangered species. On his Facebook page, as a true modern-day environmentalist, he identifies himself as “working to reduce CO2 and support a better climate for our only planet.”
Sam was part of the original team of enthusiastic volunteers who, as members of the Steering Committee, launched the Republicans for Environmental Protection movement in 1995-96. He is pleased to have served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of both Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship and Republicans for Environmental Protection.
Treasurer Stan Perrin
Stan is another long-term registered and self-described “Green Republican.” He learned about the Republicans for Environmental Protection movement in the ‘90s, signed up, and has been part of it ever since. His educational background is in communications, but he soon realized that he should have a specialized passion about which to communicate. The first Earth Day, a bipartisan venture, was held while he was in college. He quickly grasped the importance of protecting the natural world, and that became one of his passions.
Throughout his 37-year career in the insurance industry, Stan retained his enthusiasm for the environmental movement and volunteered for many environmental causes. He stood at street corners in his early 20s to receive “tag day” donations for a local environmental organization. More recently, in his 60s, he has worked various fundraising events for a different environmental organization, including volunteer staffing a used-book store. Along the way, seeing a connection between the environment of the planet and that of the human body, he started and ran a nutrition advocacy group. He also had a short stint in local politics, running for city council in his home town as the pro-sustainability candidate. Although he was not elected, the publicity he received helped to raise awareness of the problems caused by unchecked suburban sprawl. Ultimately, he was credited with helping to slow a once-hectic rate of development.
With a strong ethic of individual responsibility, Stan identified as a Republican for decades, until the Trump-dominated GOP became unrecognizable. He often donated to Republican candidates with sound environmental principles, including Senator John McCain. After joining Republicans for Environmental Protection when it first emerged, he helped to form and run the Illinois chapter.
In his personal life, Stan retains a connection to the land. In his youth, he did a lot of hiking. More recently, he has been feeding his family and others through a prolific organic garden. He is also gradually transforming the landscape around his house to include more pollinator-friendly and low-maintenance natural plants.