A native of central Illinois, Phil Stokes chose in 1992 to settle in the wonderful Virginia countryside west of Charlottesville. His interest in gardening broadened into an interest in conservation and in particular growing native plants to enhance wildlife habitat. Knowledge of local flora was learned from naturalists with Virginia Native Plant Society, Ivy Creek Foundation, PVCC, and attending numerous land conservation seminars.

Phil has been ICF's Treasurer since 2013 and is very qualified, with degrees in accounting and finance and extensive accounting experience. He also heads the Building and Grounds Committee, serves on the Jefferson Chapter VNPS board, and is an active member of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.