About Us

Blue Moon Rising – Located in Deep Creek Lake Maryland

Our Green Team is dedicated to cultivating economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

Blue Moon Rising (BMR) on Deep Creek Lake will be what we believe to be the area’s most innovative development to date. In partnership with Mother Nature, an #ecotourism retreat like no other is being created in the heart of Garrett County in Western Maryland. Using the landscape as a guide, natural structures that boast an ecologically tiny impact will be blended harmoniously with the wooded mountainside, overlooking Deep Creek Lake.

In 2008 founder Lisa M. Jan had the unique vision to integrate vacation rental properties with sustainable educational services.  Lisa was interested in exploring a new way of thinking about development that fostered an understanding for the natural environment- a built environment that preserves the existing.

As a center for sustainable education Blue Moon Rising is dedicated to cultivating economic, environmental, and social sustainability. We are currently developing programming to provide to our visitors to the area, as well as local residents. Visit our Programs page to learn more.

One cornerstone of BMR is that nothing goes to waste. Each and every tree that is taken down is carefully evaluated so that it can be reused elsewhere on the project. Whether as trim, a support post, or simply as wood to fuel the highly efficient masonry stove, these trees will be given a new life in the fabric of BMR. The dirt removed during excavating foundations was carefully sifted and mixed with clay, water, and lime to become the natural plaster coatings on interior and exterior straw bale walls.

The hallmark of Blue Moon Rising, the guiding principle in it’s every aspect, is to demonstrate that comfort and beauty need not be (and will not be) sacrificed for humans to live lightly on this, our only planet.

Meet the BMR Staff

Lisa M. Jan, Founder


Lisa is pursuing her dream of creating an oasis for the eco-tourist. After raising three marvelous daughters, Lisa relocated to the beauty and serenity of Deep Creek Lake, and began turning her vision into a reality.  

Elliott Perfetti, Operations Manager

elliottlikeaboss (1 of 1)Elliott, born and raised in the heart of Deep Creek spending summers on the lake and winters with wind burn and a goggle tan, is deeply in love with Garrett County. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and then spent the next few years working in the fields of residential automation and commercial energy efficiency. During this time he met Lisa and she introduced him to her vision of Blue Moon Rising and instantly he knew that this was the place for him. His passions for sustainability, environmental awareness, business development, eco-friendly construction and the economic future of his friends and neighbors are what drives his efforts in turning the vision into reality.

Bryan Barnard, Environmental Director

barnyard engine (1 of 1)Bryan comes to Blue Moon Rising as a lifelong native to Garrett County. He was born in Oakland and, except for short while attending Frostburg State University and chasing snow in the west, has spent the rest of his time as a resident of Garrett County. While at Frostburg he received a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science which opened opportunities in the Environmental Education field. He has worked as the Environmental Education director at the western Maryland 4-H center and as a guide for ASCI’s wilderness week working with local schools. His passion for environmental education and stewardship fuels his work at Blue Moon Rising as the Director of Environmental Education.

Maria Perfetti, Reservations & Programs

mariaMaria grew up in the northern end of Garrett County and graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in liberal studies. Artistic at heart, Maria will be leading a lot of the children and art workshops. When not at BMR she loves to spend time skiing and boating with her family.

Natalie Vanderbilt, Reservations & Programs

Rob Vanderbilt, Maintenance

robshovel (1 of 1)Rob was born in West Virginia and raised in New Jersey. Experience, reliance, and knack for quality craftsmanship make up some of Rob’s core traits. From landscaping, to fixing things when they break, to plowing snow, we rely on his motivation and determination to get the tough jobs completed. You can catch Rob on the state park hiking trails with his wife, 4 kids and grandson.

Sean Mastej, Maintenance

a sean chopSean is a proud resident of Friendsville, MD where he is an avid whitewater kayaker. Sean’s passion for hard work, nature, and community awareness is what makes him a crucial member of our team.