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 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

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, 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.

D&R Greenway Staff continued - in alphabetical order

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, Treasurer for Sustainable Lawrence, and voting member of Mercer County Agricultural Development Board.

Jeff Emde

Jeff Emde, JEC 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. Deb is also a volunteer for the NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife's Wildlife Conservation Corps. 

deb kilmer

Allegra Lovejoy, Urban Farm and Volunteer Coordinator

Allegra joined the D&R Greenway in summer 2015 in a Princeton AlumniCorps Fellowship supported by the Charles Evans Foundation. Allegra comes to D&R from The Food Project, a leading food justice organization in Boston, MA, where she worked on the organization’s urban farms in the Dudley neighborhood, specializing in farm marketing, community programs, and greenhouse production. Allegra brings her experience with urban farming and community relations to D&R Greenway, where  she supports the development of Capital City Farm in Trenton as well as the development of a more structured volunteer program. Allegra spent four years in Princeton, NJ as a student at Princeton University where she majored in International Affairs and Public Policy with certificates in Near Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies, and Music Performance. While a student she loved participating in arts and culture activities both on and off campus and venturing off to Central New Jersey’s forests and streams. She is happy to be back in Mercer County and to help others connect to the region’s natural beauty.

James Malchow,
Development and Communications Assistant

James joined the D&R Greenway staff in December, 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University. Outside of work and school, James is actively involved as a volunteer with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Beacon Sloop Club, two organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Hudson River.


Diana Moore, Curator

Diana Moore, Curator, Marie L. Matthews Gallery

Diana Moore has been curator of the Marie L. Matthews Gallery since 2011. The exhibitions are inspired by nature to celebrate, elevate, and cultivate a conservation ethic through art. Passionate about the intersection of science and art, Diana serves on the board of ASCI, Art Science Collaborations, Inc., and has juried exhibitions for the Audubon Society and the New York Hall of Science. She served on the board of Artworks Trenton and co-chaired ArtsTech Collaborative, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Art from Princeton University in Medieval Art and a 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 Acquisition Consultant

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 working with landowners to protect the conservation values of their properties such as water quality, soil conservation, native plant diversity and wildlife habitats. She also manages many of the preserves and greenways owned by D&R Greenway. Management includes developing, coordinating and implementing various types of ecological restoration and enhancement projects as well as providing for passive recreation and environmental education. Diana also co-manages D&R Greenway’s deer hunting program that is integral to the stewardship of our preserves. 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.

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 Manager

Ilene Dube joined D&R Greenway in 2011, writing press releases and articles for Greenways. She became a familiar face at D&R Greenway when, as editor of TIMEOFF at the Princeton Packet, she reviewed exhibits at the Johnson Education Center. She writes about arts and the environment for Philadelphia Public Media WHYY/Newsworks.org, Huffington Post, Princeton and Urban Agenda magazines, Sculpture Magazine, US1, The Princeton Packet and The Artful Blogger. Previously she was communications manager 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 chaired 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, and in 2013 won a Mercer County Purchase Award. 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

Emily Blackman - Ext. 126

Carolyn Edelmann - Ext. 131

Laurie J. Emde - Ext. 123

Jeff Emde - Ext. 125 or jtemde [at] drgreenway [dot] org

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

Deb Kilmer - Ext. 132

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

Leslie Potter - Ext. 121

Diana Raichel - Ext. 133

Jay Watson - Ext. 130

For general information, please call 609.924.4646.


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.

Phyllis L. Marchand, Former Mayor, Princeton Township

Christopher DeGrezia, Esq., Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

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

Adrian Huns, Retired, Executive VPand International President at
Church & Dwight Co Inc.

Assistant Secretary
Margaret T. Harper, Professional Fundraiser

Kristin S. Appelget, Director, Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University
Julia S. Benedict, Realtor, Gloria Nilson & Co.; formerly Digital Marketer for AOL and Discovery
Michael R. Bramnick, Esq., Senior VP, Chief of Staff & Chief Compliance Officer, NRG Energy
Patricia A. Cullen, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator
Peter J. Dawson, Owner, Leigh Visual Imaging
James Fiorentino, Renown Award-winning Artist, Widely Collected in Museums and Private Collections
Johan Firmenich, Project Manager, Sustainability, Firmenich, Inc.
Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Artistic Director of Music Together LLC
Eugene R. Gladston, Financial Advisor
Richard S. Goldman, Esq., Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reath
Wendy Kvalheim, Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh & Company
Diana Lidow, Community Volunteer, Steering Committee Land for Life Campaign
Linda J. Mead, President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust*
Jeanne Perantoni, AIA, LEED AP, CEFP, Chief Executive Officer of SSP Architectural Group
John Rassweiler, Ph.D., Retired, American Cyanamid, Johnson & Johnson
R. David Reynolds, M.D., Managing Partner, The Princeton Eye Group
Joan V. Ruderman, Ph.D., Senior Biologist & Lecturer Princeton Environmental Institute; Director Emeritus, Marine Biological Institute and formerly Nelson Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School
Betsy P. Sands, Community Volunteer, Trustee, George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation
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

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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