Trustee Bios

Chair
Phyllis L. Marchand
Former Mayor, Princeton Township

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“I care about D&R Greenway because I care about the legacy I will leave to my grandchildren and to all future generations…take care of each other, take care of our planet and enjoy ‘Land for Life!’”

Phyllis Marchand served twenty-three years as an elected official in Princeton Township, and for 12 years as Mayor before retiring in 2009.  She became involved with D&R Greenway when we preserved land in her community, namely Greenway Meadows and Coventry Farm.  She joined the D&R Greenway Board of Trustees in 2010, and has served as Chair since 2016.  An ardent advocate for preservation of open space and the environment, Phyllis was appointed by the Legislature and Governor to the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal Commission and is a former Commissioner.   Mayor Marchand led in state affairs as President of both the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Association for Elected Women Officials.  Recognized as “Elected Official of the Year” by the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association she also received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, (now the National Conference for Community and Justice) and the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the League of Municipalities.  She has served on many additional local and regional Boards and is also a strong advocate on health issues.  An avid runner, Phyllis has completed 18 marathons in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

A graduate of Skidmore College, in her life before politics she was a professional book indexer starting at Collier’s Encyclopedia.  Her freelance work in Princeton included the multi volume projects of The Papers of Woodrow Wilson and the Samuel Johnson Letters.

Vice-Chair
Christopher DeGrezia, Esq.
Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

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“Some of my best memories involve adventures in nature – getting lost in the woods,   surrounded by the rush of healthy streams, the song of wild birds and experiencing the thrill of spotting rare animals and discovering hidden places.   I want that for my children and their children – a place for them to breathe deeply and to take in the fragile beauty of our land.”

Christopher DeGrezia is a partner in the Real Estate Department of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s Princeton office. The primary focus of Christopher’s practice is on complex commercial transactions and land development projects. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development. Christopher has provided guidance to a variety of governmental entities including, but not limited to planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment, public utilities and numerous governmental subcommittees and commissions. He is Past President of the Princeton Bar Association, and is a member of the Mercer County and Monmouth County Bar Associations, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys. He received a J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Christopher lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and two children where he can frequently be found coaching a variety of sports and activities.

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

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“Open space has tremendous value, both to the whole community and to the individuals within that community, in ways both calculable and ineffable. Being amidst the natural world, recently dubbed ‘forest bathing’ has now been proven to benefit both mind and body.  I am passionate about having us all preserve and maintain this precious resource for everyone, now and for the future.”

Over the past several decades, Kathy raised her family, renovated an historic home in Princeton and has been an actively engaged community volunteer with the Arts Council of Princeton; Friends of Princeton Open Space; Enable, Inc.; and, the YWCA.  She was editor of the independent arts magazine ‘Ellipses’, and has dedicated herself to many causes.

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

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“Along with my wife, Diana, I have supported D&R Greenway for a number of years.  Living in East Amwell we enjoy daily the beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the many preserved forests, farmlands and trails in the local area.”

Adrian Huns worked for over 40 years in consumer and pharmaceutical products marketing and general management, living in England, Belgium and the US. He retired in December 2013 as Vice-President at Church & Dwight, Inc. and now dedicates his time to consulting projects, nonprofit board interests and frequent travel, especially to spend time with a geographically dispersed family.  He contributes strategic thinking and understanding of corporate interests to D&R Greenway.

Kristin S. Appelget
Director, Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University

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“As the daughter of a farmer, I believe that it is important that we keep the ‘garden’ in our Garden State!”

Kristin S. Appelget is the Director of Community and Regional Affairs at Princeton University.  She oversees and strengthens the University’s relationships with the municipalities and counties in which the University resides.  She works extensively on municipal and regional issues related to transportation, sustainability, land use, planning and zoning.  From 1999 to 2006, Kristin served as an elected member of the West Windsor Township Council, where she was influential in the preservation of open space and the creation of recreational opportunities throughout the Township.

Julia S. Benedict
Realtor, Gloria Nilson & Co.; formerly Digital Marketer for AOL and Discovery

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“I want to protect the beautiful open spaces and habitats where we live. Driving through Princeton there are such incredible spaces to enjoy and admire and that’s thanks to D&R Greenway- I think it’s easy for people to forget that and I want to make sure they don’t because it’s incredibly important.”

Julia Benedict moved to Princeton with her husband Jared Willig from Manhattan where she had worked in digital media for 10 years. During her time in the city she worked in digital sales, marketing and solutions for companies such as AOL and Discovery. She has in-depth experience in social and digital media, content and marketing, and is thrilled to bring this expertise to the board at D&R Greenway in 2017.

Julia and her family have created a legacy of land preservation.  Her mother purchased and donated historic land in Farmington, CT to the local land trust. Her parents also donated land in Lewisboro, NY and on Nantucket Island to land trusts and they donated half of the Alice Mumford Forest in Dover, MA to the New England Forestry Foundation.

Michael R. Bramnick, Esq.
Senior VP, Chief of Staff & Chief Compliance Officer, NRG Energy

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“D&R Greenway is important to me because it acts with urgency and integrity to preserve fragile and dwindling natural resources.”

As Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff & Chief Compliance Officer of NRG Energy, Michael reports to the CEO and serves as a member of the Executive Management Team for a $13 Billion, Fortune 250 integrated energy company. He provides counsel and leverage to the CEO and the management team, working across all businesses and functions. He has enterprise-wide responsibility for corporate and regulatory compliance, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Sustainability and positiveNRG, the Company’s philanthropic arm, operated under his leadership.  Michael is a graduate of George Washington University and The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University.

Patricia A. Cullen, Esq.
Arbitrator and Mediator

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“I grew up in the city but my mother always had a small vegetable and flower garden, and she instilled her love of gardening in me.  My parents always made sure we had opportunities to be outside and enjoy nature at the beach, in the parks near our home, and on family trips.  As an adult I have even more appreciation for the time I am able to spend outdoors.  D&R Greenway plays a vital role in making sure that there will always be open land left in New Jersey, which means we will have abundant wildlife, untainted water supply, farm-fresh food, and the physical and mental well-being that comes with being out in the natural world.”    

Pat is an attorney whose practice consists of serving as a mediator and arbitrator of employment-related and commercial disputes. Prior to starting her own firm in 2010, Pat was a litigator for fifteen years with both a large national firm and a small labor and employment boutique. She also spent thirteen years in the financial field in both private and public corporations, holding the position of Manager of Financial Reporting at a Fortune 100 public corporation immediately prior to attending law school.  Pat, who has resided in Hillsborough for more than twenty years, is an avid gardener and enjoys walking at St. Michaels Farm Preserve and Greenway Meadows with her husband and their adopted beagle mutt.

Peter J. Dawson
Owner, Leigh Visual Imaging

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“We have all heard the expression, ‘Land – they’re not building it anymore’…….which is why it is so important that we work to strategically preserve those acres of land that are so critical to protecting the overall environment, including clean water and establishing greenways.”

Peter is the owner of Leigh Visual Imaging LLC, a 67-year old Princeton-based company that provides commercial photography, digital imaging, large format printing and signage needs for the corporate community.  In 2003, he was named the Princeton Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year.  Peter became involved with D&R Greenway in the year 2000 on a committee of business advisors enlisted to evaluate strategic decisions that resulted in the preservation of Coventry Farm and Greenway Meadows in Princeton, and he joined the D&R Greenway Board of Trustees in 2013. Active in the local community, he has held leadership roles in the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Mercer Business Magazine, and Eden Institute.  He serves on the Foundation Board of Mercer County Community College and the Princeton Chamber Foundation Board.  Peter is a fly fisherman and woodworker.

James Fiorentino
Renowned Award-winning Artist, Widely Collected in Museums and Private Collections

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“My passion for the environment and animals is what drives me to do what I can through my artwork to support this important mission to preserve land.”  

James Fiorentino is an American artist who currently resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. James’s artwork was recognized at an early age. At the age of fifteen, James Fiorentino became the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his likeness of Reggie Jackson. In 1998, James became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, along with such artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. He is a graduate of Drew University where James was also the starting shortstop for all four years of his college career. He has painted for and met many legends of the past and stars of today, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr., Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali to Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Albert Pujols. His photo-realism in watercolor has helped him become a nationally-known wildlife and portrait artist, painting people from everyday life to Presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Many of James’ works currently grace the walls of notable museums, galleries, universities, companies and private collections. James’ work has won numerous awards and can be seen nationally in books and magazines and on trading cards. In 2001, “The Fiorentino Collection” consisted of approximately 100 paintings for Upper Deck Trading Cards depicting legends in five major sports. James’ work and story has been carried on international and national television shows, and in magazines and newspapers. James is a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Society of Animal Artists and Artists For Conservation. James is also a trustee of the Raptor Trust of NJ.  Info on his life and artwork can be found at www.jamesfiorentinonatureart.com

Johan Firmenich
Project Manager, Sustainability, Firmenich, Inc.

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“I care about D&R Greenway for the incredible stewardship work  it does on the thousands of acres of land they have preserved.  It is critical to be able to maintain the land once it has been preserved in perpetuity.  J.M. Barrie said it best , ‘Forever is a very long time’ and I trust that D&R Greenway is here for the long run.”

Johan joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 after he and his wife Emily preserved their farm in Montgomery Township with D&R Greenway, adding to an expanse of contiguous preservation.  A graduate of Queen Mary and Westfield College with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering from the University of London,  Johan also holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from Pace University.  Johan works with the Firmenich Corporation as Global Project Manager in Sustainability where he is responsible for annual sustainability reporting, natural sourcing programs around the world and overview of ethical audit programs.  He has made a commitment to land stewardship on his farm which serves as a model for creation of pollinator meadows and native habitat.

Richard S. Goldman, Esq.
Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reath

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“Preserving natural places, habitat and waterways is fundamental to our quality of life and the well-being of our planet. I have always had a strong affinity to natural places and the diversity of birds, plants and animals that thrive in our woodlands, fields and waterways. D&R Greenway’s mission, energy and great success have provided me with the perfect opportunity to realize my goals to preserve our natural lands.”

Rich is a partner in the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP. He concentrates his law practice on municipal land use law, real estate development, administrative law, real estate leasing and transactions, and, school law.  He is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of D&R Greenway from 2004 – 2010, and returned to the Board in 2015 after a hiatus.  He has held leadership roles on the Boards of Young Audiences, New Jersey and PlanSmart NJ.  Rich, a former Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, has also served as Counsel for the West Windsor Township Planning Board, Counsel for the Washington Township Zoning Board and Township Attorney for East Windsor Township.  He currently serves as counsel to The Hun School of Princeton, Rutgers Preparatory School and Princeton Day School.  Over the years he has structured numerous land preservation deals on behalf of D&R Greenway, as well as private land owners.

Eugene R. Gladston
Financial Advisor

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“From childhood on, I have always been an artist.  In the last few years my works have tried to convey a message beyond art itself, & that message is the preservation of the only planet we inhabit.”

I was born in the Bronx in 1928 & lived in New York City until September of 1993, when my wife & I moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

From 1936 – 1941 I could not see a blade of grass nor a tree in the streets below the apartment where my family lived.

In December 1941 we moved to an apartment across the street from a small park.

It changed my world & taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.

Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Founder/Artistic Director of Music Together LLC

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“It all starts with preservation of the Land: preserve pieces of that, and the air and waterways above and within it, and the plants and animals that inhabit it, and then you can conserve, steward, educate, and celebrate our human connection to it. I love that D&R Greenway works on all these levels simultaneously—land preservation is just the beginning.”

As a composer, author, educator and publisher, Ken conceived and led development of the innovative Music Together® early childhood music and movement program, now offered in over 3,000 communities in 41 countries. He is coauthor of the Music Together song collections and materials, and producer/arranger of the Music Together recordings. The Family Favorites® compilations from these recordings have won over 30 awards. An early childhood music specialist for more than three decades, Ken has trained thousands of music and early childhood educators nationwide and abroad. He has also composed scores for numerous off-Broadway, regional theatre, concert and film productions.   The Music Together headquarters that he created in Hopewell, New Jersey, uses solar technology and green building techniques, important to Ken’s personal commitment to the environment.

Wendy Kvalheim
Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh & Company

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“Love for the natural beauty and wildlife that make this our Garden State is my motivating influence in joining with D&R Greenway to plan the future as we want it to be for generations to come.”

Wendy is the CEO and Design Director of Mottahedeh & Company, a wholesale distributor and design firm specializing in antique reproduction of porcelain, brass and other ceramic decorative accessories.  She is a sculptor and has worked at the Johnson Atelier Institute of Sculpture.  She holds or has held licenses with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Charleston, Mount Vernon, U.S. National Trust, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, National Geographic and Passion for Maps. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Sculpture with Honors from Pratt Institute of Fine Art.

Diana Lidow
Community Volunteer, Steering Committee Land for Life Campaign

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“I support D&R Greenway Land Trust because its work to protect our land ensures generations to come access to a natural environment and farmland for healthy, locally grown food.”

From Southern California, Diana’s commitment to the environment has been lifelong. She has witnessed how vitally important preservation and conservation of both land and natural resources, like water and healthy soil, are in richly populated areas.  Diana has spent the last three decades as a volunteer in several fields including women’s health, early childhood education, public space (analysis and use) and coordination of legal teams for poll watching.  She designed and implemented a community services program for Head Start centers while nurturing age appropriate empathy and generosity in elementary school children of more means.  Diana has a degree in Psychology and has studied Landscape Architecture.  She is on the Board of Focusing Philanthropy, a Los Angeles based nonprofit.

Linda J. Mead
President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust*
*Ex officio

Jeanne Perantoni, AIA, LEED AP, CEFP
Chief Executive Officer of SSP Architectural Group

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“D&R Greenway is pioneering creative ways to preserve green space, expand stewardship, and connect people to the joys, wonder, and essential need to spend time in nature. My contributions resonate deeply with me as a way to contribute to my neighbors and regional environment.”

Jeanne Perantoni, AIA is the Chief Executive Officer of SSP Architectural Group, a woman-owned business based in central New Jersey. She leads SSP’s planning and design services and is a licensed architect, LEED-accredited professional, and certified Educational Facility Planner. Her portfolio of work is nationally recognized for seamlessly incorporating energy efficiency, environmental regeneration, and smart growth planning principles into public sector projects. She has served on the Foundation Boards of Somerset Medical Center, Raritan Valley Community College, and on the NJ State Board of Architects. Ms. Perantoni continues to advise Somerset County Freeholders on matters pertaining to energy, resiliency, and renewable resources as Vice Chair of the Energy Council. She has served for many years on Princeton’s Historic Preservation Review Committee and advocates for both open space preservation and Green Schools. Ms. Perantoni holds an A.B. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University and a Masters in Architecture from Rice University.  She became licensed in New Jersey in 1984 at a time when less than 2% of the state’s registered architects were women.

John Rassweiler, Ph.D.
Retired, American Cyanamid, Johnson & Johnson

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“D&R Greenway is one of my lead charities because its objectives have been consistent and are ones I strongly support.  Its organization and execution has always been at a high professional level.”

John is a long-time supporter of D&R Greenway and has served on every committee of the Board.  He returned to the D&R Greenway Board in 2014 after a hiatus.  A businessman, he was with American Cyanamid and Johnson & Johnson, founding his own company in 1982 and retiring in 1995. He holds a BA from Amherst College, a PhD from the University of Illinois, and has done post Doctorate work at the Federal Institute of Switzerland, ETH.  He served on three NJ Governor’s Councils on Open Space and for a long time as an executive committee appointee to the Princeton Borough/Township Recreation Board.  He has held leadership roles on many local boards including the Princeton Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Institute of Advanced Study and The Friends of the Princeton University Arts Museum.  John serves on the Board of Sigillvm, an international organization involved with Medieval History, and collects Medieval Seal Matrices at a professional level and art as an avocation. He owns and manages a registered tree farm in Vermont.

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

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“As a girl who grew up in WHAT WAS THEN RURAL NJ, I strongly believe that the D&R Greenway’s mission to preserve and protect the last remaining open spaces in New Jersey is something that needs to be supported vigorously and urgently while opportunities still exist.”

Joan Ruderman is a biologist and environmentalist.  Following a long career at Harvard, she served as the first woman President & Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  Her professional research focuses on the impact of hormonally active pollutants on marine animals and the implications for humans.  She is currently a lecturer at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.

Holly Welles, Ph.D.
Manager, Communications and Outreach, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

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“D&R Greenway preserves and adeptly stewards many treasured parcels of land that I frequent nearly every day with my dog and family at my side. These lands and their inhabitants bring me joy and peace and that is why I give back.”

Holly Welles is Program Manager for the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University. CMI is a 20-year research program that seeks solutions to the carbon and climate problem.  Previously, she directed communications for the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University. Holly also held positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company; the US Agency for International Development; the President’s Council on Environmental Quality; and in the US House of Representatives.  She earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley, a Master of Forest Science from Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), and a B.S. in Geology and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Colorado. In her free-time, Holly enjoys spending time outdoors.

Our Mission: To Preserve and Care for Land and Inspire a Conservation Ethic, Now and Forever

Land Preserved
20,267 Acres
Upcoming Events
May 06

Greenway Gala

4-6pm
Johnson Education Center
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Twilight Fly Fishing 101

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The Poetry of Nature: Cedar Ridge Preserve

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