D&R Greenway Land Trust
D&R Greenway Staff enjoys the King Terrace over lunch

Our Staff and Trustees

D&R Greenway Land Trust
at the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609.924.4646
Fax: 609.924.5577



Linda J. Mead, President & CEO

Linda J. Mead, Executive Director

Linda is the President & CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust. She has led the organization since July, 1997 through a period of phenomenal growth, achieving statewide and national recognition for D&R Greenway as a leader among land trusts.  For over 27 years, Linda has been managing multi-faceted nonprofit programs and structuring complex land preservation transactions.  Her enthusiastic passion for the mission of D&R Greenway Land Trust has translated into millions of dollars of private funding to match New Jersey’s public funding for open space and farmland preservation. 

Linda’s vision led to restoration of the circa-1900 barn which became the ‘new’ home of D&R Greenway in 2006.  The Johnson Education Center is a comprehensive resource center for land preservation and stewardship, unique in the state and the nation.  A hub of activity, it houses events for the community, two art galleries that highlight the connection of art and nature, and is a focal point for educational programs that encourage conservation.   Through activities at the Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway links a broad range of individuals and groups in the cause of permanent protection of natural habitats, farms and open space.
Under Linda’s leadership, in 2004 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recognized D&R Greenway with their 2004 Environmental Excellence Award for Open Space Protection and Preservation.  New partnerships spearheaded under Linda’s leadership have included the first ever international Sister Land Trust Partnership between regional trusts, with Amigos de Calakmul in Mexico and Associacion de Privadas Reservas in Guatemala.  Linda contributed to the initial community outreach that resulted in designation by Congress of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, the first such designation in New Jersey.

In 2002, Linda was awarded the prestigious International Paper Conservation Partnership Award from The Conservation Fund for achieving protection of over $25 million of land in 2001 through private fundraising and public partnerships, securing these lands for the public’s benefit.  Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning from Rutgers University.  She was a founder of the Delaware River Sojourn, and the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, and has served on the boards of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and the Bucks County Open Space Fund.  She has raised over $100 million to support land preservation and related efforts.  She is currently a member of the Easement Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Historic Trust. In 2013, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s presented Linda Mead with its Women and Wildlife Leadership Award, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.   Additionally, Linda Mead was given PlanSmart NJ’s Environmental Achievement Award at their 45th Annual Dinner, “in recognition of D&R Greenway’s regional approach to conservation.”

John S. Watson, Jr., Vice President

John S. Watson, Jr.
In April 2010, John “Jay” S. Watson, Jr. joined the full-time staff as Vice President of D&R Greenway Land Trust.  Jay’s responsibilities at D&R Greenway Land Trust include strategic planning, managing the public outreach for St. Michael’s Farm, oversight of land preservation and stewardship, and representing D&R Greenway to foundations, public and private partners.  Most recently, Jay served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Before being appointed as Deputy, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources for the Department.  Prior to the appointment to the Commissioner’s office, he served as the Administrator for The Green Acres Program which is recognized as a national model for land preservation and park development.  With the NJDEP since 1981, he managed projects across New Jersey’s diverse landscape and has played a part in the protection and enhancement of many of its special places.


Jay brings vast experience in natural resource protection to D&R Greenway Land Trust.  Having worked on waterfront reclamation and redevelopment projects in a number of urban centers, Jay evolved as the agency’s primary specialist and advocate for urban parks and waterfront development initiatives.  He also represented Governor Jon Corzine on the Delaware River Basin Commission; Co-chaired the New Jersey Invasive Species Council; and served on the NYNJ Harbor Estuary Program Policy Committee.  During his tenure with the Department, Jay has represented the NJDEP Commissioner on the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust Board of Trustees; Environmental Justice Advisory Council; State Agricultural Development Committee; Garden State Preservation Trust and others.

Jay is presently on the Board of Trustees at the Princeton Area Community Foundation which promotes philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities; and serves on the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Board of Trustees.

Jay graduated from Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida.  He is committed to many important environmental, community, and social organizations that promote a healthy and progressive existence in the State of New Jersey. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he lives in Lawrenceville with his wife Debra, daughter Chelsea, and son John S. Watson III.

D&R Greenway Staff continued - in alphabetical order

James C. Amon, Director of Stewardship

James Amon

A founder of D&R Greenway Land Trust, and former Advisor to our Board of Trustees, Jim Amon joined D&R Greenway's staff in 2005, after 29 years as Executive Director of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. He has been a leading force in the preservation and stewardship of land in central New Jersey. Jim's responsibilities as Executive Director of the D&R Canal Commission included the protection of a water supply system that provides drinking water for over one million people. Yet he still has found the time to serve on the boards and advisory committees of over 15 conservation-related organizations. He has also published numerous articles designed to inform the public of the need to preserve the natural world and developed proper planning for various recreational areas. His efforts have been recognized by many awards, including the 2004 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award, the Planning Design Award from Hunterdon County, and the Environmental Enhancement Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJ Chapter).

Emily Blackman, Land Protection Associate; Manager, Native Plant Nursery

Emily Blackman

Emily works on habitat restoration and trail maintenance with other stewardship staff, supports the land preservation process, and oversees D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery. Like the plants she grows, Emily is a native of Princeton.  Her interest in conservation comes from a childhood spent playing in the Stony Brook and a love of wildlife, and her interest in plants comes from experience in her family's local landscaping business.  At Bucknell University, Emily majored in Animal Behavior, where she studied bat physiology and behavior, and then went on to North Carolina State University, where she completed a M.S. in Wildlife Biology.  Her thesis research looked at American Woodcock winter use of crop fields and produced habitat recommendations that have been published in multiple journals.  In 2011, Emily became a Charles Evans Conservation Leader Intern at D&R Greenway, while pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degree at the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University focused on environmental planning, which she completed in 2013. Her other professional experience includes a study of elephant stress behavior and piping plover population monitoring. She is an avid hiker, traveler, runner, and open-space enthusiast.


Carolyn Foote Edelmann, Community Relations Associate

Carolyn Edelmann

Carolyn furthers all arts events, allied scientific programs and publicity thereof, interacting extensively with Curator Diana Moore.  She seeks out and manages art for the Olivia Rainbow Student Gallery, connected to the theme of each major exhibition.  She utilizes her long-time press connections and lifelong publicity and journalistic skills to prepare, send and place articles and photographs upon D&R Greenway events and other news, in print and for online media.  Carolyn founded and expands D&R Greenway’s Willing Hands for receptions and fundraisers, as well as frequent mailings and archiving.  She serves as first responder for all online volunteer inquiries, funneling stewardship-types to the Stewardship Staff.  She utilizes her tri-state poets’ network to involve the finest regional poets, creating and sustaining annual Poets of Preservation events, allied to the theme of the current art exhibition.  In NJ WILD, her Packet blog, and for The Nature of Princeton, her Princeton Patch blog, Carolyn weaves preservation and stewardship into online magazine-type articles, accented with her nature photographs and images by D&R Greenway artists.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition.  In the 1970’s, she was accepted by Princeton University to study with legendary poets Ted Weiss, Galway Kinnell and Stanley Plumly, being the first member of the community accepted into their Creative Writing Program.  She has been published since the 1970’s in many literary journals, with two chapbooks to her name, one of which won the i.e.press prize.  For decades, Carolyn has provided articles on nature, travel, history and poetry to the Times of Trenton, U.S. 1 Newspaper, the Packet Publications, West Windsor Plainsboro News, and magazines such as New Jersey Countryside and Princeton’s Sacred Journey, the literary journal of Fellowship in Prayer 

Laurie Emde, Director of Operations

Laurie J. Emde, Director of Operations

Laurie joined D&R Greenway Land Trust in May of 1995.  With more than twenty years of financial experience and certification in Non-Profit Management, Laurie is responsible for the organization’s financial management and general office administration.  She supports the land preservation process by overseeing all public funding requirements and providing paralegal expertise.  Laurie’s responsibilities also include managing the scheduling of events at the Johnson Education Center.  Laurie has long-served as Assistant Secretary to the D&R Greenway Board of Trustees.  Active in her local community, Laurie has facilitated the preservation of more than 210 acres in Lawrence Township.   She currently serves as Treasurer for Lawrence Township Conservation Foundation, ex-Chairperson of the Lawrence Township Open Space & Stewardship Advisory Committee, and Treasurer for Sustainable Lawrence.


Jeff Emde


Jeff Emde, Office and Stewardship Assistant

Jeff joined D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2006.  Jeff provides on-site event support for JEC rentals and D&R Greenway events.  In 2012, Jeff also began working with the stewardship staff caring for D&R Greenway preserves and working at St. Michaels on the Bulk Seed project.  Jeff has an A.S. Liberal Arts from Mercer County Community College.

 

 

 


Bill Flemer has joined D&R Greenway Land Trust

Bill Flemer, Farm Manager at St. Michaels Farm Preserve

Bill Flemer is a part-time site manager for the St. Michael's Farm Preserve. Bill brings a great deal of expertise from generations of involvement in his family's business at Princeton Nurseries. Bill is a vital addition to the stewardship planning for agricultural land owned and managed by D&R Greenway as well as the operations of the Native Plant Nursery.



deb kilmer

Deborah Kilmer, Executive Assistant

In her role as Executive Assistant, Deborah Kilmer supports President & CEO, Linda Mead; Vice-President, Jay Watson; and Director of Development, Leslie Potter. She also manages D&R Greenway’s Special Events and the Business Partners in Preservation program.  Deb came to D&R Greenway Land Trust because she is committed to our mission of preserving and protecting natural lands, farm lands, and open space in New Jersey.
 
Deb began her professional career as a Tax Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service. She has subsequently held positions at JDK Restorations; Jones NY; AA Matulay, Inc. and Ethix-Mid Atlantic.

Deb’s worked with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, where her ultimate role was Director of Communications. She is an accomplished business writer, publicist and editor, as well as experienced in greenhouse management.

In her spare time, Deb is the Sole Proprietor of an Antique business with the motto of Recycle, Restore, Relove. A member of the Sierra Club, Deb maintains a close relationship with the outdoors and nature. She is a passionate dancer, swimmer, gardener, bird watcher and walker.  


Diana Moore, Curator

Diana Moore, Curator, Marie L. Matthews Gallery

Curator Diana Moore seeks to reach out to new artists to create a multi-media experience while maintaining the quality of artistic expression Jack Koeppel instituted as the founding curator of the Marie L. Matthews Gallery. Diana received her Bachelor of Art from Princeton University with a focus in Medieval Art and her Master of Contemporary Art from the University of Manchester, UK through Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of biotechnological art to explore ethical boundaries in science.


Randy Pease
Randy Pease, Esq., Land Preservation Specialist

Randy graduated from Rutgers - New Brunswick in 1972, and from New York Law School in 1975, clerked for judges of the Superior Court for a year, and then went into private practice in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont. He joined the New Jersey Attorney General's Office in 1993, representing the Department of Environmental Protection. Since 2000, he has been transactional counsel to the NJ Green Acres Program (and New Jersey Natural Lands Trust and New Jersey Water Supply Authority), advising and representing the State in over 1,100 acquisitions which invested more than $500 million, preserving in excess of 120,000 acres of land for the State. 


Leslie Potter

Leslie Davis Potter, Director of Development

Leslie Potter joined D&R Greenway in June 2011 after serving nine years as District Director for Representative Rush Holt. In this position, she managed the New Jersey District Office, oversaw district operations including constituent services, outreach, and coordination, and traveled throughout the 44 towns of the district to keep abreast of local issues and concerns. In this capacity, Leslie worked with municipalities, organizations, and individuals to obtain funding from federal grants, federal appropriations, and private grants. Leslie also has seventeen years of experience as Executive Director for the Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, successfully increasing annual private fundraising, establishing a significant endowment, and conducting a capital Campaign for the Future. She also wrote successful family foundation grants and hosted an annual special event luncheon fundraiser. Leslie is also active in the local community, most recently being part of the Hopewell Community Committee to Save St. Michaels, the Advisory Committee for Womanspace’s Capital Campaign, and the Steering Committee of Concerned Citizens of Hopewell. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Claremont Graduate School.

Diana Raichel

Diana Raichel, Conservation Biologist

Diana Raichel joined D&R Greenway in 2007 as a Conservation Biologist. She assists with the organization's stewardship efforts by managing the conservation easement program and many of the agricultural properties owned by D&R Greenway. She also develops and implements various types of ecological restoration projects to benefit wildlife on D&R Greenway preserves as well as conservation easements. Diana has a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University and a professional background in environmental consulting, natural resource protection, and wetland and habitat restoration. Diana has recently been appointed as Board Member for the Lawrence Township Conservation Foundation.

Tanya Rohrbach is a GIS Specialist at D&R Greenway

Tanya Rohrbach, GIS Specialist

Tanya Rohrbach is a part-time staff working on GIS mapping needs.  Tanya has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Geography from Rutgers University.  Tanya has served as the GIS Manager for New Jersey Conservation Foundation and taught GIS to undergraduate students at Rutgers; worked on the Spatial Analysis of  Human- Bear Conflicts for use by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife; and provided GIS services for the Delaware River Basin Commission.

Tiffany So

Tiffany So, Development/Communications/Database Assistant

Tiffany So first came to D&R Greenway as a Communications Intern in September 2009 while pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies at Rutgers University. When the semester came to an end, she was hired part-time in February 2010 to work on special projects, specifically the Land Trust Accreditation application. Since completing the accreditation application process and graduating from Rutgers, she has become part of D&R Greenway's full-time staff. Her responsibilities include supporting development efforts, information and database management, email communications, and maintaining and updating both the D&R Greenway and NJ Trails websites. Tiffany also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies with a minor in Biology from Bucknell University.



Communications Team

Susan Charkes, Communications Consultant

Susan Charkes has been assisting D&R Greenway with various communications projects since 2010. She is a writer and communications consultant, focusing on land conservation, the outdoors, nature, and the environment. She is the author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (2010) and an occasional columnist for the Bucks County Herald. Selections from her regional writing can be found on the Sustainable Lawrence website. She is also the executive director of the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, a Maryland nonprofit land conservation organization. She has spent many years volunteering with community environmental organizations in Pennsylvania, worked as an attorney and in information management, and has worked in the nonprofit environmental field since 2006. She holds a BA from The University of Chicago, a JD from Columbia University (where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review), and an MLS from Rutgers University. Susan leads hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club and other hiking clubs, and is a volunteer Appalachian Trail maintainer. She also has a certificate in Artisanal Cheesemaking from the University of Vermont.  See more on her website, www.susancharkes.com.

Ilene Dube

Ilene Dube, Communications Consultant

Ilene Dube joined D&R Greenway in 2011, writing articles for Greenways as well as press releases. As editor of TIMEOFF at the Princeton Packet for many years, she reviewed exhibits at the Johnson Education Center and is thrilled to join the team. She continues to write for US1, The Princeton Packet and The Artful Blogger, and works in public relations for the James A. Michener Art Museum. As president of the West Windsor Arts Council, she oversaw the organization grow from an arts council without walls into having a home at the restored Princeton Junction firehouse, with exhibits, live performances and classes and workshops. She has curated exhibits at the Arts Council of Princeton, Historical Society of Princeton, Roosevelt Arts Project and West Windsor Arts Council, where she chairs the exhibitions committee. As an artist she has exhibited at Artworks Trenton, the Monmouth Museum, the Mercer County Artists Show, Grounds For Sculpture, Plainsboro Library and Arts Council of Princeton. In 2009, she established the West Windsor Community Garden. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling.




D&R Greenway Staff List of Extensions - Dial 609.924.4646 then the extension

Staff e-mail addresses are generally first initial, last name, followed by @drgreenway.org
(For example: Tom Smith would be tsmith@drgreenway.org). Please see below for exceptions.

Boneset is a native plant that grows wild in the state of New Jersey.
Photo by Steve Hiltner, Naturalist
Boneset - Photo by Steve Hiltner

Linda J. Mead - Ext. 120

James C. Amon - Ext. 124

Emily Blackman - Ext. 126

Carolyn Edelmann - Ext. 131

Laurie J. Emde - Ext. 123

Jeff Emde - Ext. 123

Bill Flemer - bflemer [at] drgreenway [dot] org

Deborah Kilmer - Ext. 132

Diana Moore - curator [at] drgreenway [dot] org

Randy Pease - Ext. 122

Leslie Potter - Ext. 121

Diana Raichel - Ext. 133

Tanya Rohrbach - Ext. 128 or trohrbach [at] drgreenway [dot] org

Tiffany So - Ext. 125 or tiffanyso [at] drgreenway [dot] org

Jay Watson - Ext. 130

For general information, please call 609.924.4646.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES - 2013

Alan Hershey is the former chairman of D&R Greenway Land Trust's Board of Trustees. Alan is shown above with some of the trail volunteers building trails on local preserved lands.
Alan Hershey is the new Chairman of the D&R Greenway Baord of Trustees.  Alan is shown here with some of the trail volunteers who work on weekends to create trails in central New Jersey.

New Trustees voted onto Board annually in January.

Chair
Brian Breuel, Founder, Wealth Strategies LLC

Vice-Chairs
Mary Louise Hartman, Activist, Educator
Phyllis L. Marchand, Former Mayor, Princeton Township

Treasurer
Kathleen M. Bagley, Vice President, Board of Trustees, Arts Council of Princeton

Secretary
Robin McConaughy, Co-Owner, Double Brook Farm, LLC

Assistant Secretary
Margaret T. Harper, Professional Fundraiser

Trustees

Patricia Cullen, Esq.
Peter Dawson, Owner, Leigh Visual Imaging, LLC
Cynthia De Lisi Smith, Esq., Attorney at Law, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Christopher DeGrezia, Esq., Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP
Johan Firmenich, Project Manager, Sustainability Firmenich Inc.
Eleanor V. Horne, Retired Vice President, Educational Testing Service
Wendy Kvalheim, Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh & Company
Mary Allessio Leck, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Biology, Rider University
Donald M. McCloskey, Director, State Government Affairs, PSEG
Linda J. Mead, President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Ex-Officio
Liza Morehouse
Michelle Preston, Freelance Editor and Writer
R. David Reynolds, M.D., Managing Partner, The Princeton Eye Group
Betsy Sands
John Rassweiler, Ph.D
Beverly Taylor
Edward D. Thomas, Retired CEO; Trustee, Montgomery Friends of Open Space and
Friends of Princeton Open Space
Holly Welles, Ph.D., Manager, Communications and Outreach, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University 

Advisors to the Board
John F. Harper, Longtime Princeton Resident and Community Fundraiser
Leslie Jones Sauer, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Andropogon Associates

Strategic Advisor to the Board
Ashton Harvey, Retired Chairman, U.S. Trust Company of New Jersey

In Memoriam
Charles M. Hartman
Chair 2002-2004
Neil Upmeyer
Chair 1998-2001

Introductory Photo: D&R Greenway Trustees and Staff members in March 2012.

 

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