at the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Linda J. Mead, President & CEO
Linda has led D&R Greenway since 1997 through a period of phenomenal growth, achieving statewide and national recognition. For over 30 years, Linda has been managing multi-faceted nonprofit programs and structuring complex land preservation transactions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a region of the country predicted to achieve build-out in 25 years. She has collaborated with the National Park Service on studies that led to designation of two National Heritage Areas. 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.
Upon completing acquisition and permanent preservation of the former General Robert Wood Johnson estate in Princeton, New Jersey in 2001, Linda’s vision created the Johnson Education Center in a renovated circa-1900 barn. Home to D&R Greenway Land Trust since 2006, the Johnson Education Center inspires a conservation ethic and supports land preservation and stewardship partnerships. Art Galleries, lectures and a Poetry Trail encourage visitors to contemplate their place in nature. Speakers have included environmentalist Lester Brown, scientist George Dyson, visiting professors from Princeton University, wildlands philanthropist Kris Tompkins and world-class decoy carver Pat Godin among others.
Linda Mead founded the Delaware River Sojourn and was instrumental in establishing Bucks County’s (PA) Open Space Program. At D&R Greenway she has preserved over 250 parcels of land totaling over 18,000 acres including Greenway Meadows and Coventry Farm in Princeton and the St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. In 2012, she founded a Land College, a national training program co-sponsored by the national Land Trust Alliance and Morgan Stanley, held annually at the Johnson Education Center.
Awards received under Linda’s leadership include:
- 2002 International Paper Conservation Partnership Award, The Conservation Fund
- 2004 Environmental Excellence Award for Open Space Protection and Preservation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- 2013 Oak Leaf Award to PSEG, The Nature Conservancy featured D&R Greenway’s urban work
- 2013 Environmental Achievement Award, Plan Smart New Jersey
- 2013 Women in Wildlife Leadership Award, Conserve Wildlife New Jersey
- 2014 Dr. Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award to Friends for the Abbott Marshlands in Partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust, Water Resources Assoc. of the Delaware River Basin
- 2014 Zone IV Civic Improvement Commendation Award, Garden Club of America
John S. Watson, Jr., Vice President
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, New Jersey, 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.
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Emily Blackman, Land Protection Associate; Manager, Native Plant Nursery
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 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 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, 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, 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.
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. Deb is also a volunteer for the NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife's Wildlife Conservation Corps.
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 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 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, 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.
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.
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, 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 email@example.com). Please see below for exceptions.
Linda J. Mead - Ext. 120
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
Leslie Potter - Ext. 121
Diana Raichel - Ext. 133
Tiffany So - Ext. 125 or tiffanyso [at] drgreenway [dot] org
Jay Watson - Ext. 130
For general information, please call 609.924.4646.
New Trustees voted onto Board annually in January.
Brian Breuel, Founder, Wealth Strategies LLC
Mary Louise Hartman, Activist, Educator
Phyllis L. Marchand, Former Mayor, Princeton Township
Kathleen M. Bagley, Vice President, Board of Trustees, Arts Council of Princeton
Robin McConaughy, Co-Owner, Double Brook Farm, LLC
Margaret T. Harper, Professional Fundraiser
Kristin Appelget, Director of Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University
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.
Richard Goldman, Esq., Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Wendy Kvalheim, Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh & Company
Linda J. Mead, President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Ex-Officio
Laura Napoli, Environmental Scientist, Exxon Mobil
Jeanne Perantoni, AIA, LEED AP, CEFP, CEO, SSP Architectural Group, Inc.
Michelle Preston, Freelance Editor and Writer
John Rassweiler, Ph.D
R. David Reynolds, M.D., Managing Partner, The Princeton Eye Group
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
Strategic Advisor to the Board
Ashton Harvey, Retired Chairman, U.S. Trust Company of New Jersey
Charles M. Hartman
Introductory Photo: D&R Greenway Trustees and Staff members in March 2012.
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