Board of Trustees

Officers

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.

Vice-Chair
Wendy Kvalheim
Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh and 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.

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

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Michael Kunst
Vice President and Risk Head, Siemens Financial Services

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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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Vanessa Sandom
Former Hopewell Township Committee Member and Mayor

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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
Mary Allessio Leck, Ph.D.
Cathleen R. Litvack
Laura Napoli

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

In Memoriam 

Neil Upmeyer
Chair 1998-2001

Charles M. Hartman
Chair 2002-2004

Brian Breuel
Chair 2014-2016

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

Land Preserved
20,865 Acres
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