Mark Ackelson joined the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation as one its original staff members in 1980, served as its president 1994-2013 and retired to Emeritus status. The mission of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is the protection and restoration of Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Thanks in large part to the strong board and staff team’s efforts; this private, nonprofit, accredited conservation organization has helped protect nearly 150,000 acres of Iowa’s prairies, wetlands, woodlands, watersheds and trail corridors in 1,000+ transactions. Much of this work has involved the creation or use of innovative funding and partnerships.
He helped found the Iowa Environmental Council, the Upper Mississippi River Blufflands Alliance and the Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program coalition and served on the legislative committee for sustainable conservation funding. He also played leadership roles in the creation of local funding for Johnson and Polk Counties and also in the passage of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund constitutional amendment.
He was also an incorporating board member and past chair the Land Trust Alliance and completed two tours of duty on the board. He has also been the chair of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during his career including the 1998 Alfred LaGasse Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for leadership in natural resource conservation, the 2006 American Trails Advocacy Award, and the prestigious 2007 Kingsbury Browne National Conservation Leadership Award from the Land Trust Alliance.
Mark graduated with honors from the North Dakota State School of Science (Civil Engineering Technology) and with distinction from Iowa State University (Bachelor of Science, double major - Landscape Architecture and Forestry (Recreation Resource Development). He is also a 1997 graduate of Leadership Iowa.
David H. Anderson
David H. Anderson is an attorney specializing in environmental law and land conservation law. Recently retired, he splits his time among homes in Ketchum, Idaho; Lake Oswego, Oregon; and Santa Barbara, California. In his early career he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as General Counsel of the California Air Resources Board.
He is also a board member of the California Nature Conservancy, Wood River Land Trust (Idaho) and Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County. He is a former board member and chair of the Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara Planning Commission.
Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers serves as president, executive director and trustee of the Anschutz Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. She grew up in Kansas, with a ranching background that had been in her family for generations. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She owns and operates Crystal River Ranch, which is a prominent cattle and hay ranch.
Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers also has dedicated a good portion of her life to charitable work with nonprofit boards. She has received many awards, including one which she is particularly proud of - the Citizen of the West award (an annual award given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and who are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.) Not only was Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers the first woman to win the Citizen of the West award, she was also the first woman to be appointed to the nine-member executive committee of the National Western Stock Show where she currently serves as 1st Vice President.
Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers has served or is currently serving on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America- Denver Area Council, Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Police Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy of Kenya, and the National Stroke Association.Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers is interested in wildlife habitat and animal welfare, land preservation and international issues. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, travel and spending time with her three daughters and nine grandchildren.
Matthew A. Baxter is treasurer and a member of the NatureBridge Board of Directors. He is also treasurer and a member of the board of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, and he serves as a director and treasurer of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He also serves as treasurer and a director of the Endowment Board of Vista Vocational, a facility for emotionally impaired young adults. He is the founding trustee of the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, which is committed to the education and inspiration of physicians regarding medical care near the end of life. He has also served as an overseer of the Amos Tuck School.
After his retirement from business in 1999, Andy served as non-executive Chairman of Blackbird Holdings, Inc., an electronic trading system for interest rate and currency derivatives. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman and COO of Instinet Corporation, a company that became the largest electronic stock trading firm in the world.
Robert T. Blakely
Mr. Blakely retired in 2008 as Fannie Mae's executive vice president and chief financial officer. He has more than 30 years experience in finance, accounting, controls, and management. Before joining Fannie Mae, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer at MCI, where he oversaw the restatement and restructuring of the finance, accounting, and controls functions. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tenneco, Inc. and of Lyondell Chemical, and a managing director of Morgan Stanley. In addition, Mr. Blakely held a four-year appointment as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and served as a founding member of Standard & Poor's Issuer Advisory Council. He currently runs two companies that provide parts and supplies for NASCAR race cars. Mr. Blakely is passionate about land conservation and has a long-standing interest in the preservation of falcons. He and his wife Cindi currently reside in Houston, Texas, but also own a home in Matunuck Hills, Rhode Island, on easement protected property, where they enjoy spending time around the marshes and ponds in the area.
T. Anthony Brooks
Mr. Brooks has been involved in conservation efforts for many years, and more actively since moving to Wyoming in 1997. He was a member of the Jackson Hole Land Trust Board for six years, and President of that board for two years. Other commitments include class agent for Yale 1962 and a trustee of Kent School for ten years, as well as several organizations in the financial world.
Mr. Brooks served two years in the U.S. Navy and then spent thirty-three years in the investment banking industry, retiring in 1997. He is currently serving on the boards of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Ski Club, Jackson Hole Avalanche Center and works closely with NOLS. He and his wife Linda live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Their interests include many outdoor activities: skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and golf, as well as the privilege of living in a beautiful part of the country. They have one son and one daughter, and eight grandchildren.
Chris Buck is the President of the Board of The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, based in New York City. Prior to assuming his post with the Foundation, Chris was a senior television editor for the National Basketball Association. Chris currently serves on the boards of Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Scenic Hudson. He splits his time between homes in NYC and Garrison.
Lester L. Coleman
Les Coleman retired as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Halliburton Company at the end of 2002. Previously he held several other senior positions with the company, including Executive Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Halliburton, Les was general counsel of a natural resource company in Cleveland, Ohio and a partner in the law firm of Arter & Haden in Cleveland. Les is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan Law School and he attended the American University of Beirut.
Currently Les is a Director and the Treasurer of Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), Machias, Maine. Previously he was President of Great Auk Land Trust which merged with another land trust in 2009 to form DCC. Les served as President of DCC for two years following the merger. Les is also a Director of the Maine Sea Coast Mission and the Friends of Nash Island Light.
Les is married to Joyce K. Coleman. They have three sons and six grandchildren. They have homes in Maine and Dallas, Texas.
Joyce K. Coleman
Joyce is Trustee of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and a member of TNC’s Caribbean Board of Trustees. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Amigos de Sian Ka’an in Cancun, Mexico. Joyce, a Kalamazoo College graduate, served on the college’s Board of Trustees for 18 years; she continues as Emeritus Trustee. Joyce earned a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has received awards from TNC and the College.
Joyce’s leadership within TNC began in 1997. She works as a volunteer with a number of TNC programs and affiliates in Latin America with the vision of improving local fund raising and integrating them into the global organization. She has also been active in local nonprofit organizations.
Joyce is married to Lester L. Coleman. They have three sons and six grandchildren. They have homes in Maine and Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Colley is the Executive Director of The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF), The Trinchera & Tercio Foundation and The Orton Foundation. Ann has been Executive Director, VP of The Moore Charitable Foundation for the past 18 years. Ann works with the Board of MCF to make grants to over 196 grantees annually and currently works with over 90 environmental conservation organizations. In addition to conservation, the Foundations support cultural, educational, medical institutions and community programs in many areas - including San Luis Valley, CO, Brunswick County, NC and Oyster Bay Cove, NY.
Ann serves on the Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for The What Is Missing? Foundation, Riverkeeper and the Rainforest Foundation US. She serves on Oceana's Ocean Council, Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council in addition to serving on the National Council of the Land Trust Alliance. The Moore Charitable Foundation was instrumental in founding Waterkeeper Alliance and the Peconic Baykeeper program. Ann lives in New York City and is a single mother with two sons.
Mr. Colloredo-Mansfeld is a Partner and Director of Cabot Properties, Inc., a real estate investment firm based in Boston. Mr. Colloredo-Mansfeld serves on the Board of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. He is a Trustee of the Humane Society of Massachusetts and the Alces Foundation. He is an Honorary Trustee and former Chairman of the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Honorary Trustee of the McLean Hospital. He is a former Chairman and Director of the Boston Private Industry Council, a former Member of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Massachusetts State Board and also formerly served on the Dean’s Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He resides with his wife of 50 years, Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld, in South Hamilton, Mass., and enjoys spending time with their three grown children and ten grandchildren.
Ms. Craig has been a trustee of Meyer Memorial Trust since 1995. She began her career as a family law attorney and is passionate about Oregon. She is a founding board member of the Three Rivers Land Trust and served on the board from 1994-2002. Ms. Craig’s nonprofit interests include education and land conservation. She directed four successful bond campaigns in Lake Oswego for schools and parks. Debbie was also the former chair of the board of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and was instrumental in protecting it 25 years ago.
James C. Flood
Jim is a longtime seasonal resident of the Teton Valley and has been very active in the land conservation community there. He is a proponent of conservation and has worked very hard to help preserve the beauty and character of Jackson Hole. He is an avid skier, an equally avid fisherman.
Jim is a graduate of Stanford University and was in the banking business in California for many years before taking the reins of his family’s business - The Flood Corporation in San Francisco. Jim is very involved in the management of his family's 37,000-acre ranch in northern Santa Barbara County, which includes 1,000 head of cattle, 500 acres of grapes and the Rancho Sisquoc winery, a small venture that produces 10,000 cases of wine a year. He divides his time between San Francisco and Jackson Hole.
Mrs. Grigg is the president of Boxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, Inc. in Boxford, Mass., an all-volunteer land trust, which has helped protect over 1,200 acres of open space as well as maintaining over 100 linear miles of trails in town. Mrs. Grigg’s land trust was among the first 39 land trusts to be accredited by the Alliance! She is a member of the Boxford Conservation Commission, Boxford Land Acquisition Committee and the Boxford Community Preservation Committee. She was recently appointed to the ELCR (Equestrian Land Conservation Resource) Board.
Mrs. Grigg was President of the American Driving Society and recipient of the ADS President’s Award for her major contributions and many years of service to the sport. She recently retired after over 30 years of driving competitions; her horses having represented the United States in six World Championships in Europe. She spends her time gardening, traveling and working with local government and other land trusts such as TPL and ECGA to negotiate complex protection deals, including limited developments. Natasha and her husband Charlie, an artist, live on a horse farm in Boxford.
Mrs. Hart had a long career with the Exxon Corp. and is now retired from her own firm, Business Line Consulting Co., which she founded in 1986. Her career focused, in large part, on energy policy and analysis, including during her consulting years, on the development of new emission control technologies for diesel engines and power plants. Marjorie spent 30 years working in corporate planning and marketing for the Exxon Corporation. She was the first woman sent overseas by Exxon and the first woman in the executive dining room.
She currently serves on the boards of Scenic Hudson, where she was chairman from 1999-2004; the New York League of Conservation Voters; and she is a Vice Chair of the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy. She is an Emeritus Trustee of Teachers College Columbia University, and until recently, served on the Advisory Board of the Hudson River Valley Institute. Mrs. Hart is also a lifetime Cornell Presidential Councilor and former trustee, and a former member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Rivers and Estuaries Center on the Hudson.
Mrs. Hart received her Chemical Engineering degree from Cornell, and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Marjorie is married to Gurnee Hart, a former managing director of Scudden, Stevens and Clark, investment counselors.
Mrs. Hausmann helped found the Willistown Conservation Trust with Bonnie Van Alen and Kathe McCoy, as a spin off from Brandywine Conservancy. Alice was the Associate Executive Director from 1990-1995 and is still actively serving on the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Hausmann is the former Chair of the Land Trust Alliance and currently serves as Chair of the Natural Lands Trust, the largest regional land trust in the Delaware Valley. He is a former Board Member of The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and was Chair of its real estate committee for over a decade. Previously, Mr. Hausmann was on the Board of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Green Space Alliance and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. He was a founding Trustee of the Willistown Conservation Trust. He also is a principal in a not-for-profit organization that has successfully purchased and resold over $80 million of land to conservation buyers in the Willistown area.
Mr. Hausmann was a member of the Chester County Planning Commission and its Chair for a number of years. He was instrumental in developing Chester County's Comprehensive Plan which was awarded the American Planning Association's Outstanding Planning Award.
Mr. Hausmann was the Chair of Chester County Citizens to Save Open Space which was responsible for mounting public support for Chester County's $50 million Open Space Bond initiative, the first open space initiative in the region and the first county-wide open space initiative in Pennsylvania. President Bush Sr. awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award to Mr. Hausmann for his efforts in 1990. He has since served as an advisor to several other open space initiatives in recent years.
Mr. Hausmann was active in commercial real estate for over 30 years. Mr. Hausmann was involved in the development of two LEEDS certified "green" office buildings in the greater Philadelphia area. Mr. Hausmann graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. and has a M.B.A. from Rutgers University. He also served as a First Lieutenant in Vietnam.
Mr. Joerger is founder and president of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, which works with landowners and local governments to protect and preserve Sarasota County’s bays, beaches and barrier islands for future generations. The foundation holds conservation easements and owns nature preserves, educates on responsible land stewardship, and collaborates with individuals, organizations and communities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Joerger continued his education at Cornell by earning a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a doctorate in environmental information science with a minor in conservation and sustainable development.
Mr. Joerger began his conservation career in Albany, NY as the director of protection and project review for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, a public/private partnership aimed at protecting and managing the unique and endangered natural communities of the Albany Pine Bush. He later went on to become assistant state director of The Nature Conservancy in Newton, NJ.
Mr. Jones lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Maryanne Tagney-Jones. He worked at Microsoft for 18 years as manager and architect of languages, systems, and applications. Mr. Jones left Microsoft and developed Expedia.com with the goal of improving customer access to travel data. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. Mr. Jones is active in the Preston Community Club and is a former trustee of Groundwire, a nonprofit that provides technology assistance to environmental groups.
Ms. Tagney-Jones has worked on conservation issues and in Washington State environmental politics for 20 years. As the State Chair of Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) she worked extensively with elected officials, political professionals and volunteer organizations across the State to achieve conservation goals on both the state and local levels. Now Chair Emeritus of WCV Maryanne keeps an active eye on politics while shifting her main focus to open space preservation through her position as Vice-Chair of the Cascade Land Conservancy Board.
The Tagney-Jones family moved to the Snoqualmie Valley in 1981, where Maryanne worked for the local newspaper as reporter, photographer and anything else that needed doing on a small rural weekly. This led to her interest in politics and, combined with her addiction to running over the forested foothills of the Cascade Mountains, resulted in a career very different from the one she envisioned when studying to become an Educational Psychologist back at college in England.
Mr. Kiser is President of the William and Mary Greve Foundation, a private, family foundation specializing in funding programs in education, the arts, urban planning and the environment. He served for many years on The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Chapter Board and the Peconic Land Trust President’s Council. Mr. Kiser has a special love for Montana, where he was recently elected to The Nature Conservancy Montana Chapter’s board of trustees. For the past ten years the Greve Foundation has funded a Nature Conservancy community based planning program on the Eastern Front of the Rockies. He is a co-founder of Take the Field, a public-private not-for-profit partnership that rebuilt 43 athletic playing fields in the NYC public school system. He is also involved in a variety of urban planning issues in New York City, and is a trustee of the Municipal Art Society. For the past 27 years, he has been a trustee of the Second Stage Theatre and is the Co-Chairman of the Board.
Anne F. Kroeker
Ms. Kroeker is passionate about helping people do the right thing for current and future generations. She is deeply involved with many environmental groups, both locally and along the West Coast, such as Columbia Land Trust, Forterra, Ducks Unlimited, Audubon Washington and Nature Conservancy of Washington and Alaska. She also serves as a trustee of the Museum of Glass and is a new director at Forest Ethics. Ms. Kroeker and husband Richard Leeds are co-presidents of the Wildlife Forever Fund and Educational Legacy Fund, which support our natural environment and equal opportunity education. They currently reside in Bellevue, Washington with daughters living in south central Alaska and Denver.
Glenn Lamb has been active with Columbia Land Trust since its founding in 1990, serving at various times as President, Vice-President and Secretary, and since 1999 as Executive Director. Mr. Lamb is inspired by the many private landowners throughout the Northwest that have worked with land trusts to place their land in conservation, and believes that we all have much to learn by listening to the challenges and opportunities facing private landowners.
Mr. Lamb graduated from the University of Rochester, New York with degrees in Natural Resource Management and Sociology, and has a Masters in urban planning from the University of Oregon. Mr. Lamb has previously worked for county and city parks departments. Mr. Lamb has served on the board of the Washington State Parks Foundation, the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, the Chinook Trail Association and Habitat Partners, and he volunteers in the Big Brother Big Sister program.
Mr. Lamb currently serves on the board of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Kathy K. Leavenworth
Ms. Leavenworth decided over thirty years ago to focus her energies and activities on education and the environment. Ms. Leavenworth has served 30 years as an elected local school board member in the West Geauga school system and in December 2009 was appointed by Ohio Governor Strickland to serve on the State School Board of Ohio. Ms. Leavenworth was instrumental in founding an Educational Foundation, Facilities and Technology Master Plan, and District Wide Strategic Plan at West Geauga. Ms. Leavenworth also served as a Regional President and President of the Ohio School Boards Association. In 1997 Ms. Leavenworth became a member of the Board of the Chagrin River Land Conservancy (CRLC). Ms. Leavenworth was asked to become President in 2000 and served in that capacity for four years. Under her leadership the CRLC merged with seven other land trusts to become the Western Reserve Land Conservancy where she continues as a board member. Ms. Leavenworth also serves on the Geauga County Park District Foundation Board, the Ohio League of Conservation Voters and the Geauga Humane Society Board. She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her yellow Lab and Newfie and enjoys scuba diving, riding horses, biking and cross country skiing.
Mr. Leeds and his wife, Anne Kroeker are co-presidents of the Wildlife Forever Fund and the Educational Legacy Fund. The Educational Legacy Fund supports organizations involving in public and STEM education, experiential environmental education and sustainable business degrees. The Wildlife Forever Fund supports wildlife preservation and coastal conservation work, with partners include Forterra, Ducks Unlimited, Audubon, Columbia Land Trust, Eco-Viva, the Nature Conservancy of Washington, New York and Alaska, and of course the Land Trust Alliance.
Mr. Leeds’ childhood roots trace back to Long Island, New York, where he fished for flounder, crab and shellfish on Long Island Sound and the Great South Bay. Since 1999, Mr. Leeds has been active in coastal conservation on the east end of Long Island working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, including the restoration of nature corridors and the reintroduction of shellfish.
Mr. Leeds moved westward early in his career, working with various high tech companies, and has been a serial entrepreneur. His latest project is klat.com, a network of thousands of web sites that share content and chat. Ms. Kroeker and Mr. Leeds currently reside in Bellevue, Washington, with daughters living in Alaska and Denver.
Penny H. Lewis
Mrs. Lewis has spent over 40 years in the ski business in Colorado. She recently retired from running a cattle ranch in the mountains of Colorado. She is a former County Commissioner, V.P. of the Colorado Cattlemen's Assoc., member of numerous State Commissions including the State Agricultural Commission. Mrs. Lewis is a former Trustee of the Nature Conservancy and currently is a director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust as well as a Director of History Colorado. She lives in Denver and has three children and four grandchildren.
Ms. Long has spent the past 20 years serving on nonprofit boards, working to insure conservation across America, and the public's engagement in a conservation ethic. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she spent her professional career as a partner of an executive search consulting firm in New York, where she and her husband raised three children.
Her life's work is now dedicated to the environment. Ms. Long is currently a member of the National Park System Advisory Board appointed by the White House, and chairs the Planning Committee charged with recommendations for a new park plan. Earlier she served on the National Parks Second Century Commission. She is a past board member and former Chair of the National Parks Conservation Association, the nation's park advocacy group.
Ms. Long just completed a nine year term on the board of the Land Trust Alliance, and is honored to chair the National Council. She has a deep conviction of the mutual importance of private and public land conservation
Ms. Long brings expertise as a leader of many nonprofit boards, including formerly being chair of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, vice chair of the Environmental Defense Fund, chair of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School, chair of The Murie Center, as well as chair of NPCA. She recently stepped down from the Scenic Hudson board and was vice chair of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust. In addition to the National Council, and the National Park System Advisory Board, she serves on the board of NatureBridge, which offers field based nature education to 30,000 students a year.
She currently resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as well as spends time in Boston, Massachusetts and New England.
Mr. Lykes was born in Tampa, Florida, to a ranching family. He spent much of his youth on the family properties in Florida and Texas where he developed an appreciation for wild places and inherited a conservation ethic from his father. Lykes is a board member and serves as treasurer of the Nature Conservancy of Wyoming. He has also served on the boards of two Lykes family businesses, Peoples Gas, Inc. and Lykes Brothers, Inc.
Mr. Lykes received a BA in biology from Colorado College and has lived in the Rockies for most of his adult life where he enjoys outdoor pursuits of many stripes. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Teton Village, WY.
Ms. Lykes turned her focus to private land conservation in the mid 1990’s after working as town planner. Until 2011, Ms. Lykes served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance. She is an emeritus board member of the Teton Regional Land Trust, having served on that board for 12 years, including two terms as president. Currently, Ms. Lykes serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, and recently completed a term on the Orton Family Foundation, which explores new models for citizen engagement and community planning.
Ms. Lykes received a masters degree in town planning from the University of Montana. As a planner in Park City, Utah, she was one of the authors of the city’s innovative Sensitive Lands Ordinance. Ms. Lykes is an enthusiastic traveler and outdoorswoman. She and her husband Mayo live in Teton Village, Wyoming.
Mrs. Marshall has been involved in conservation efforts for many years as have many members of her family in southwest Louisiana. She and her husband moved to Charleston in 1987 and were early supporters of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, and she served on the board for six years. She is currently serving on the board of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust again and is chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Mrs. Marshall also serves on the boards of Water Missions International and the Friends of the Libraries of the College of Charleston. She and her husband Charles live in Charleston and have one son who is in graduate school.
Will Martin is a long-time conservationist, who has worked in both public policy and private sector initiatives. Martin is a corporate lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee, where he co-founded a law firm and now serves as general counsel of Tennessee-based FirstBank. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in International Environmental Law at the Vanderbilt University Law School.
In the 1990s, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Affairs in the Clinton Administration, he led the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, he served as chairman of the Committee on Fisheries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and as U.S. representative to a number of international fora including the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, headquartered in Madrid, and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, headquartered in Halifax.
From 2000-2013, he served on the Board of Trustees of the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which uses its international fishery certification program and eco-label to influence the choices people make when buying seafood, and to work with partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. Martin served as Chairman of the MSC Board from 2005 - 2013.
Martin served as a Senior Fellow and consultant for the World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C., during the 2000s. He is a former chairman of the Tennessee Conservation Commission. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C., the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and The Maddox Charitable Fund in Nashville. He also serves on the President’s Council of Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Martin holds J.D. and B.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is married to Jean C. Nelson, the President and Executive Director of The Land Trust for Tennessee, an organization that she co-founded. She is an attorney who previously served as General Counsel for the United States Environment Protection Agency and in other public policy roles.
Ms. McFadden used the Alliance book, Starting a Land Trust, as a blueprint for the Wareham Land Trust (MA), which she founded in 2001. Wareham and its surrounding towns were facing the loss of thousands of acres of cranberry bogs and uplands, which spurred their citizens to action. Mary has been active in land conservation at the local, regional, state and national levels for over ten years. She has been a board member of the all-volunteer Wareham Land Trust since its inception, and was a driving force in passing the Community Preservation Act, a conservation funding measure. She also served on the board of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a regional watershed and land protection organization, where she led its strategic planning committee and co-chaired its successful capital campaign, and continues on its Bay Lands and Watershed Protection Committee. Mary is a member of the Mass. Land Trust Coalition, the Mass. Audubon Council and is a founding member of the Alliance's National Council.
Her work in Wareham has made Mary keenly aware of the challenges facing board members of small and volunteer land trusts, who carry the responsibility for both the governance and day-to-day operations of their organizations. Her Trust has benefited from Alliance information and services over the years, including guided organizational assessments, Rally workshops, guidebooks, Learning Center, and grant assistance to help the Trust prepare for Accreditation.
Ms. McFadden, who is a lawyer and director of Health Management Resources Corp. in Boston, received an Environmental Merit Award from EPA and was honored by the MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Plymouth County Education Association for her work engaging children in the campaign to support land conservation. She also received the LeBaron Briggs Conservation Award from the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts and the Buzzards Bay Guardian Award, the highest honor granted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
With her husband, Larry Stifler, she is also active in land and water conservation projects in western Maine, where they are conserving their working forest lands for wildlife, recreation and resource protection. They are founders of the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel and trustees of a family foundation. When she finds free time, Ms. McFadden enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and three children, painting water colors and travel.
Nicholas J. Moore
Mr. Moore is a founding director of the Connecticut Farmland Trust, the only private statewide conservation organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s farmland. He is also a founding member of the Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust. Mr. Moore and his wife, Leslie, live in Sharon, Connecticut. In addition to volunteer work, Mr. Moore enjoys growing vegetables and traveling with Leslie and their three adult children.
John R. Muha
Mr. Muha began his career as a management trainee for steel manufacturer LTV Corporation in Aliquippa, PA and in 1983 started his insurance career as a bond underwriter with the Chubb Insurance Group in Washington, D.C.. He joined the brokerage side of the business in 1985 and co-founded Franey, Parr & Muha in 1994. Acquired by Alliant Insurance Services in 2003, Mr. Muha currently directs the Conserve-A-Nation non-profit program and holds the insurance industry designation of Accredited Advisor of Insurance. Mr. Muha is a 1981 graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Business Administration. He is a past Member of the Board of directors of Cardinal Financial Corporation and currently sits on the Boards of the George Mason University Patriot Club and Paul VI Catholic High School. Mr. Muha resides in Oakton, VA with his wife and four sons.
Jean Nelson, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is the President and Executive Director of The Land Trust for Tennessee whose mission is to preserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations. She also serves on the board of the Southern Environmental Law Center, where she just completed an eight-year term as chair. Southern Environmental Law Center is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has also just completed three terms as a board member of the Land Trust Alliance in addition to serve on numerous other nonprofit boards.
She served in the Clinton/Gore Administration as the General Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and as the Director of the President’s Crime Prevention Council. Prior to these appointments, she served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Tennessee for four years and for thirteen years as a partner with the Nashville law firm of Gullett, Sanford, Robinson and Martin. Her practice was a general business practice, concentrating on administrative law in the health care, transportation and telecommunications areas.
She has been active in numerous professional and nonprofit boards including: Board Member of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Bar; Vice-President of the Nashville Bar Association; Middle Tennessee Governor of the Tennessee Bar Association; Chair of the Organization of Chief Deputies of the National Association of Attorneys General; Member of the Metro Charter Commission for 15 years; President of the Tennessee Environmental Action Fund; Board of the Tennessee Environmental Council; Founding Co-Chair of Metro Greenways Commission for Nashville.
Ms. Nelson received her B.A. in English in 1969 and her J.D. in 1975, both from Vanderbilt University.
Ms. Niemczyk is vice chairman of the Open Space Institute, serves on the Trust for Public Land's National Board, and is vice chair of The Conservation Campaign, which has secured $35 billion for conservation across the country. Through her work, she helps to establish referenda, municipal committees, and local and county funds, now at about $100 million, for open space purchases.
Ms. Niemczyk provides assistance in the establishment of a wider geographic range of activity for the Open Space Institute from the Hudson Highlands now to the Northern Forest across four states, and a new conservation finance arm. She has previously served on the staff of former senior United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, as a program officer for the Smith Richardson Foundation, and on the history faculty of Barnard College.
Michael A. Polemis
Mr. Polemis was one of a handful of neighbors who founded the Columbia Land Conservancy in 1987. He has served on the Conservancy board since its founding, and after 16 years as board chair will step down in February 2012. Columbia Land Conservancy has grown from an all volunteer organization to become a leading land Trust in New York State with nearly 25,000 acres under easement, seven Public Conservation Areas totaling over 2,000 acres and a staff of 15. In 2011 CLC was proud to receive its accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance.
Michael also serves on the Board of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. Since 1987 he has been President of Pro Bulk USA, representing several international shipping firms. He lives in Chatham Center, NY with his wife Barbara. Their two daughters live in New Orleans and New York City.
Samuel F. Pryor, III
Mr. Pryor is senior counsel in Davis Polk and Wardwell’s corporate department. His practice is largely focused on corporate finance, representing companies such as J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney & Company, and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Foreign clients also make up a large part of his practice, and Mr. Pryor represented the British government on the sale of British Petroleum and British Airways. He has also represented Italian and Spanish governments, and the Republic of China in international transactions.
He has many interests in the not-for-profit area. Mr. Pryor has been an Overseer of the Penn Law School, President of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Vice-Chairman of the Church Pension Fund, Co-Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice, and a board member of the Land Trust Alliance. Currently, Mr. Pryor is Chairman of the World Rehabilitation Fund, the Westchester Land Trust, and The Provident Loan Society. He is a commissioner of the Palisades Park Commissions and a director of Scenic Hudson, Inc. He is chairman of the advisory board of the Appalachian Mountain Club and a member of the advisory board of the Trust for Public Lands.
Thomas A. Quintrell
Mr. Quintrell serves as an officer and director of the Gates Mills Land Conservancy, the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., and Grand River Partners, Inc., where he worked on the merger of Grand River into Western Reserve Land Conservancy on December 31, 2009. In addition to serving on the National Council, Mr. Quintrell also serves on the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Defense Advisory Council. He has been involved with the Coalition of Ohio Land Trust, and serves on the Ohio Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land and is a board member and past President of the Ohio League of Conservation Voters.
Mr. Quintrell was a Captain in the 7th Division during WWII which made four amphibious invasions in the Pacific – Attu, Kwajalein, Leyte and Okinawa where he earned a Bronze Star. He practiced law with the Arter & Hadden firm in Cleveland where he specialized in representing financial institutions, working on security matters and doing real estate syndications. Mr. Quintrell served on the Board of Central National Bank for 18 years. Since his retirement from the firm 12 years ago, he has devoted his time to land trusts, conservation easements, non-profit organizations and spending time with his wife Ella.
Thomas S. Reeve
Mr. Reeve is active in land conservation across Washington State. He spent 18 years at Microsoft working in a variety of technical and management jobs. Joining while Microsoft was young, some of Mr. Reeve's jobs included managing teams focused on consumer products, internal tools, international product versions, the Works business, media production and the MSN.com portal site. Mr. Reeve is currently on the national board of Trust for Public Land and also chairs the TPL Washington Advisory Council. He serves as Vice President of the board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Mr. Reeve is an avid traveler and outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and bicycling. Tom and his wife Sally split their time between the Seattle area and their Lopez Island farm, which they have protected by conservation easements.
Christopher Glenn Sawyer has been a partner in the law firm of Alston and Bird since 1985. He specializes in corporate governance and counseling, strategic planning, conservation, and real estate law. As a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, he has served as chair of its Finance and Investments Sections.
Mr. Sawyer currently serves on the Board of Directors of IDI and IDI Services Group, both headquartered in Atlanta, and on the Board of Directors of EDAW, headquartered in San Francisco. During his career, he has represented these clients and others nationally in the assemblage of land and the development of large multi-use planned communities, the development and leasing of commercial, retail, multi-family and industrial facilities, the acquisition and disposition of investment grade real estate, and the structuring of various real estate investment vehicles.
Mr. Sawyer also currently serves as national Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) in San Francisco, as Chairman of the Chattahoochee River Coordinating Committee (an effort to create a park and greenway along 180 miles of the river in Georgia), and President of the West Hill Foundation for Nature in Jackson, Wyoming. He was the founding chairman of TPL’s Georgia Advisory Board and The Nature Conservancy’s National Real Estate Advisory Board. He also currently serves on TPL’s National Real Estate Advisory Council, the Urban Land Institute’s Leadership Group, the Board of Directors of The Murie Center in Jackson, Wyoming, and the Yale University Divinity School’s Board of Advisors. He has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Duke University Urban Property Development Council, and the Atlanta Bar Association, which he served as its president from 1989 – 1990.
Over the last five years, Mr. Sawyer has presented more than 50 speeches on real estate and conservation topics to various business, legal, civic and philanthropic groups across America. He has also received recognition for his work, ranging from a cover article in Georgia Trend to receiving the Ferguson Award as the Trust for Public Land’s outstanding national volunteer leader and the Turner Broadcasting System’s “Super 17” Award for his work in Atlanta. The Chattahoochee River Campaign, whose Campaign Coordinating Committee Mr. Sawyer started and chairs, also received the Harry West Golden Glasses Award from the Atlanta Regional Council for its visionary leadership in the Metropolitan Region.
Mr. Sedgwick has a long-standing interest in conservation and has served on the boards of a diverse range of conservation non-profits, including National Audubon Society, Land Trust Alliance, The Nature Conservancy – Florida, the Pacific Forest Trust, and Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. He is currently chair of Island Conservation and serves on the boards of Bat Conservation International and Turtle Survival Alliance.
Mr. Sedgwick has published several scientific articles on spiders and has been an associate of Invertebrate Zoology, Museum of Comparative Zoology (Cambridge, Mass.) and the Department of Entomology, American Museum of Natural History (New York City). He is a forest landowner dedicated to restoring and maintaining the southern long leaf pine ecosystem. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing family forestlands and has a strong interest in demonstrating the economic viability of stewardship forestry. He is married to Jeanne Sedgwick and they spend the majority of the time at their home in Woodside, CA.
J. Rutherford Seydel
Mr. Seydel is a partner in the law firm of Davis, Pickren & Seydel, where he concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate, corporate law and private and public foundation law. He is also a member of Atlanta Spirit, which owns the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks, and the operating rights of Philips Arena.
Mr. Seydel and his wife, Laura Turner Seydel, have dedicated their lives to earth-friendly living and eco-awareness. They are co-founders of the Upper Chattahoochee RiverKeeper Inc., and Mr. Seydel is also vice-chairman and treasurer of The Conservation Fund. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Southern Environmental Law Center, Georgia Conservation Voters, Jekyll Island Foundation, and the advisory board of the National Parks and Conservation Association.
He is also an officer and board member of the Paul B. and Mildred Seydel Foundation and Vassar Wooley Foundation, an officer of the Turner Foundation, Turner Endangered Special Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Better World Fund, Inc., and United Nations Foundation. Mr. Seydel and his family have spent the last several years building their own eco-home, which is the first home ever to utilize Georgia Power’s Renewable Non-Renewable Resource Program by selling power collected from the 5.67 kilowatt solar PV system on top of their Silver LEED certified residence, which is the first single-family LEED certified home in the Southeast.
Julie Sharpe is President of the Narrow River Land Trust in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. She is passionate about watershed and water-land issues and has worked with the University of Rhode Island for the past 24 years on water quality monitoring with their program Watershed Watch. In the 1990s, Julie helped to establish the Rhode Island Natural History Survey to monitor the state’s biodiversity. Julie and her husband, Henry, as well as other family members, launched an innovative effort, the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative, to steward Rhode Island’s 100,000 conserved acres of land. She serves on the boards of Rhode Island Public Radio, Narragansett Conservation Commission, Historic New England, and is the founder of the Conservation Stewardship Collaborative. Julie lives in Saunderstown with her husband and two children.
Lawrence T.P. Stifler, Ph.D.
Dr. Stifler is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of health and weight management. In 1983, he founded Health Management Resources in Boston, a company specializing in training health care professionals to treat high risk patients and providing nutrition products to medical centers nationwide. Dr. Stifler enjoys his volunteer work on land conservation projects in Massachusetts and western Maine, and has been on the board of the Wareham Land Trust (MA) since it was established in 2001.
He and his wife, Mary McFadden, manage their family foundation and are also involved in restoring the Bumpus Historic Mine and establishing a mineral, mining and gem museum in Bethel, Maine. They are also dedicated to conserving and maintaining traditional uses on thousands of acres of forest land they own in western Maine. When he is not involved with his company or volunteering, he enjoys running, hiking, science reading, as well as collecting “too many things” according to Mary.
For 25 years, Doug Walker was the founding partner and CEO of WRQ, an integration software company that served Fortune 500 companies and had customers in 51 countries. He is an active supporter of charitable, environmental, and community organizations. Currently, Doug is the Chair of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
He also serves on the boards of the Seattle Parks Foundation, Green Diamond Resource Company, Harbor Properties, Inc., Conservation Lands Foundation, The American Alpine Club, Forterra, Civil War Trust, UW College of the Environment, and The Sierra Club Foundation. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Mathematics. Doug is an avid hiker and mountain climber and a year-round bicycle commuter.
Peter C. Welles
Mr. Welles is a Partner in Telluride Venture Partners, a private equity firm with diverse investments, and a Partner in the Internet-based Environmental News Network. Non-profit involvement includes serving as President of the Kensington Conservancy, an Ontario based land trust that is incorporated in both Canada and the United States. He is also a Trustee of the Cricket Island Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Horse Show Association of America and a member of the Board of Advisors of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.
Former non-profit involvement includes having served nine years as a Trustee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, including two years as Chair. He also was a member of the organization’s National Development Council, served on the National Trustee Council and did extensive peer-to-peer board development work. Mr. Welles also served ten years on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Land Trust, including 4 years as Vice President, as Chair of the Blake School Parent Association and as a member of the United States Ski Team’s Cross Country Competition Committee.
Mr. Welles is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has completed Harvard University’s Initiative for Social Enterprise program, “Governing for Nonprofit Excellence.”
David F. Work
Mr. Work retired in 2000 from BP Amoco Corporation where he was Regional President. He has more than 35 years of experience in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production, refining and transportation. Mr. Work is a board member of Edge Petroleum Corp., CGGVeritas Inc., CrystaTech Inc. and Cody Resources Management LLC. He is also a board member of The Teton Regional Land Trust and Valley Advocates for Responsible Development.
Mr. Work is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the American Geologic Institute, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has served as director or trustee of Wesleyan University, The Houston Natural History Museum, The Chicago Institute of Science and Industry, The International Institute of Education, Stanford University Earth Science Advisory Board, Friends of the Teton River and The Nature Conservancy of Texas. Mr. Work is an avid fly fisherman and skier. He and his wife of 40 years, Susie, reside on easement protected property in Victor, Idaho but also have homes in Eastern Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas. They spend a good deal of time with their daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.