Before joining Chesapeake Conservancy, Mende owned and managed a small business for 12 yrs. She began to notice effects of over development and spoke out against several proposed developments in wetlands in her area. Being a lover of nature and wildlife, she planted numerous native trees and shrub host plants. Mende has continued her efforts and passion for nature here in Maryland as she and her sister have worked together to cultivate a pollinator garden along with native trees and shrub host plants. They also help support the monarch and swallowtail population. Mende is extremely excited to be part of and support the work of the team at Chesapeake Conservancy.