Board of Trustees

Officers

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.

Vice-Chair
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.

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
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.

Assistant Secretary
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.

Trustees

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

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

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

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Patricia A. Cullen, Esq.
Arbitrator and Mediator

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Peter J. Dawson
Owner, Leigh Visual Imaging

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

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

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Eugene R. Gladston
Financial Advisor

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Holly Welles, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University

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Advisors and Non-Trustee Committee Members

Joyce M. Copleman
Shawn W. Ellsworth
Clem Fiori
Carol Hanson
Margaret T. Harper
Mary Louise Hartman

Alan M. Hershey
Eleanor V. Horne
Mary Allessio Leck, Ph.D.
Bob Lester
Cathleen R. Litvack
Laura Napoli

Betsy Sands
James Shissias
Mark A Solomon, Esq.
Edward D. Thomas
Jay Vawter

In Memoriam 
Charles M. Hartman
Chair 2002-2004

Neil Upmeyer
Chair 1998-2001

Brian Breuel
Chair 2014-2016

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
2018 Greenway Gala Sunday, May 6 4:00 – 6:00 > Read More
May 10

Twilight Fly Fishing 101

6 pm
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May 23

The Poetry of Nature: Cedar Ridge Preserve

10:30 am - Noon
Cedar Ridge Preserve
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