Peter J. Dawson
Owner of Leigh Visual Imaging Solutions
“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.
Retired, Executive VP and International President at Church & Dwight Co Inc.
“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.
Jeanne Perantoni, AIA, LEED AP, CEFP
Chief Executive Officer of SSP Architectural Group
“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.
Vice President and Risk Head, Siemens Financial Services
“As a lifelong resident of central New Jersey, the work of D&R Greenway to help sustain the health of our environment has not gone unnoticed. D&R Greenway is a role model for land preservation in this region, and together with state and local partners collectively preserves our fragile landscape. It is a wonderful sight to see a D&R Greenway Land Trust sign on a preserved property and knowing that the natural benefits of that land will forever be part of our community. As a new member to the board, I look forward to continuing those efforts and further protecting our natural landscape for generations to come.”
Michael was born in Trenton and has lived most of his life in central New Jersey. He currently resides in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township with his wife, son, and German short-haired pointer, Duke. Michael is employed by Siemens Financial Services, the financial services division of Siemens AG, as Vice President & Risk Head for its commercial real estate and construction loan businesses. He has been in a credit/risk management role with Siemens for over 15 years and have over 20 years of commercial lending experience. He graduated from Widener University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. In his free-time Michael goes outdoors to bike, hike, kayak or just enjoy the natural sights and sounds of his community.
Heather Eshelman McCusker, Esq.
Co-Head, NJ Estates and Trusts Practice, Stevens & Lee
“Dating back to my early childhood, my grandparents and parents afforded me endless opportunities to explore open spaces and wilderness, and observe the beauty of nature and wildlife. Today, my husband and I share our love for the outdoors and nature with our young daughter. When I overheard my daughter rattling off the various species of birds eating at the birdfeeder one morning, I knew we were on the right track. I am truly inspired by the natural resource and land preservation work that D&R Greenway Land Trust has accomplished. And so I look forward to advancing the organization’s mission, furthering its impact and promoting a conservation legacy.”
Heather concentrates her practice in wealth planning and estates, advising high net worth individuals, families, business owners and fiduciaries in matters such as estate planning, trust and estate administration, taxation, guardianships, probate, contested estates, tax controversies on the federal and state levels, business succession planning, charitable giving and non-profit formation.
Heather is a frequent lecturer on a broad range of tax, trust, estate and probate topics and presents before community and professional education organizations for accountants, financial planners and advisers, attorneys and insurance professionals. She served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Paulette M. Sapp-Peterson, P.J.Cv., New Jersey Superior Court. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association; Mercer County Bar Association, Princeton Bar Association, Mercer County Estate Planning Council, CohnReznick Executive Women’s Forum and serves on the Princeton Child Development Institute’s Board of Trustees. While in law school at Syracuse University, Heather was an editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.
Michael R. Bramnick, Esq.
Senior VP, Chief of Staff & Chief Compliance Officer, NRG Energy
“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.
Lisa M. Butler, Esq.
Owner, Pinto & Butler
Lisa M. Butler is the owner of the law firm of Pinto & Butler which specializes in estate planning, probate and estate administration, land preservation and residential real estate. The law office is located 5 miles North of Princeton, NJ. The firm was established in 1972 and Ms. Butler has over 30 years of experience in these areas of the law. Ms. Butler has also lectured before various service and professional organizations and corporations including American Express, UBS, the State of New Jersey – Green Acres Program, Somerset County Legal Secretaries Association and various Land Preservation organizations on the topic of the importance of estate planning.
Peter J. Carril, Jr.
Founder/Investment Manager, Patton Hall, LLC
“If you care passionately about clean air and clean water, nature and wildlife, as I do, then land preservation is the cornerstone which protects them all.”
You may recognize Pete’s name, as his father was a legendary basketball coach at Princeton University. Pete, Jr. has run global trading desks and published financial articles. He is a Princeton University alumnus, Class of 1981. Pete has been serving on our Investment Committee and is excited to expand his support of D&R Greenway’s mission.
Renowned Award-winning Artist, Widely Collected in Museums and Private Collections
“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
Jeffrey M. Gradone, Esq.
Partner, Archer & Greiner, P.C.
“I am extremely fortunate and excited to be part of the land preservation puzzle.”
Jeff is a partner in the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of local property tax, redevelopment and condemnation. Jeff litigates complex property tax appeals in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and represents clients regarding property tax issues and incentives for real estate development projects. After clerking for the New Jersey Tax Court and entering private practice, he served for many years on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court, as a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association, and continues to chair the New Jersey State Bar Association Property Tax Committee. In the local community, he has held leadership roles in the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club, Princeton School Gardens Cooperative, Mercer Lodge #50, and Princeton Future. Jeff has been serving on D&R Greenway’s ad hoc committee for Hillside Farm, and has assisted with both farmland assessment and tax exemption applications, as a pro bono legal advisor.
Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Founder/Artistic Director of Music Together LLC
“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.
Owner, CEO and Design Director, Mottahedeh and Company
“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.
James E. Lynch, Jr.
Commissioner and former Mayor, Director of Public Safety and Affairs
City of Bordentown
I learned at a very young age to respect our waterways and open space while constantly cleaning Tar and Sludge off the Waterline on my Boat – it instilled in me a sense of purpose to help improve our Environment. Working with Linda Mead for over 30 years as an elected official in Bordentown City, though limited but now expanded with the recent purchase of Point Breeze, gives me such a proud feeling of accomplishment words can’t describe. I am extremely grateful to be Elected as a Trustee to D&R Greenway to continue my passion of protecting our Environment and Preservation of Open Space … Thank You !!! And Bordentown City Thanks You …
William C. Martin
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Raging Capital Management
“I was lucky enough to grow up traversing the rural woods, streams and landscapes of Central New Jersey. Thanks to the great work of D&R Greenway, these increasingly endangered tracts are being preserved forever, enabling my children (and hopefully their children) – and others like them – to enjoy and benefit from the same natural pursuits that I did.”
Bill is an entrepreneur and investor. He currently runs Raging Capital Management, a private investment partnership focused on public equities that he founded in 2006. Bill is also a co-founder of Princeton Ventures. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded a number of financial information companies, including Raging Bull and InsiderScore. He has served on a number of public company boards, including Bankrate (2000-2009), Vitesse Semiconductors (2014-2015), and Immersion (2019-present). Bill has also been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, MIT, and the University of Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia.
Bill and his wife Geniva are long-time Taplin Circle donors to D&R Greenway. They live on Spring Hill Road north of Hopewell with their three young children. Bill grew up near land that D&R Greenway preserved in Millstone Township, and enjoys walking on preserved lands where he played as a child.
Syndicated Cartoonist, Author and Playwright
“In my comic strip MUTTS, I try to see the world through the eyes of animals. It is my firm belief that there is nothing more important than saving and preserving the natural world. D&R Greenway is a model for what can be done to keep our planet green. We are blessed by and grateful for their vital work as are all our fellow beings.”
Patrick is a cartoonist, author and playwright. He is the creator of the daily comic strip Mutts, syndicated since 1994, which appears in more than 700 newspapers across 20 countries. Prior to creating Mutts, Patrick was a freelance magazine illustrator for numerous publications including the Russell Baker Observer column for The New York Times Sunday Magazine.
McDonnell has won numerous awards for both his artistry and for his activism in animal welfare. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz called Mutts “one of the best comic strips of all time.”
McDonnell’s characters have been enlisted by the United States Marines (2006 Toys for Tots holiday poster), the American Library Association (2007 “Read!” poster), and by the Humane Society of the United States (humane postage stamps). The Mutts characters appear on the New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates, which fund state pet population programs.
In 2009 McDonnell collaborated with author Eckhart Tolle to create Guardians of Being, a philosophical book about nature and the present moment. In 2012, McDonnell’s children’s book, Me…Jane, based on the childhood of Jane Goodall, was awarded the Caldecott Honor. It later was staged as a children’s musical for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Patrick was a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States for 18 years. He currently serves on the boards of The Fund for Animals and The Charles M. Schulz Museum. He resides in Princeton with his wife Karen, their rescue dog and formerly feral cat.
Linda J. Mead
President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust*
Head of Global Corporate Affairs, Amicus Therapeutics
Fun Fact: Diana grew up in Princeton at Tusculum, the former home of Declaration of Independence signer John Witherspoon.
Diana served as our art exhibit curator for the Marie L. Matthews Gallery for ten years, from 2010-2020 where she embraced the evolving intersection of ecology, art, and activism that enables artists to evoke our deep and complex relationship to the environment.
Professionally, Diana is a strategic corporate affairs leader with a background in business development, investor relations, corporate social responsibility, and non-profit board governance. She currently serves as Head of Global Corporate Affairs at Amicus Therapeutics where she leads corporate affairs and communications strategies worldwide. Prior roles include investor relations, internal engagement + innovation, and Head of Global Corporate Communications.
Diana serves on the board of directors of ASCI, Art Science Collaborations, Inc. in New York. She has juried exhibitions for the Plainsboro Audubon Society and the New York Hall of Science and was a lecturer for the Columbia University Knowledge, Technology, and Social Systems Seminar Series on the topic of “Biological Art: The Intersection of Art, Science, and Spirituality”. She served on the board of directors of ArtWorks Trenton and was a DJ on WPRB Princeton 103.3 for ten years.
Diana received a BA in Medieval Art from Princeton University where she was a Stanley J. Seeger fellow in Hellenic Studies and holds a Masters in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Chief Operating Officer, Enalare Therapeutics Inc.
“I grew up on the Sourland Mountains and I have fond memories of exploring the Sourlands and other natural areas of New Jersey. More recently, my family has enjoyed many of the properties that D&R Greenway has helped to preserve, in turn learning about their history and how they were almost lost to development. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help support D&R Greenway’s mission and to play a role in ensuring the beautiful natural areas of our State will continue to exist for future generations to enjoy.”
Dan is the Chief Operating Officer of Enalare Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical startup developing novel medicines for critical care conditions. While his educational background is in environmental science and engineering, he has spent the last 20+ years in the pharmaceutical industry holding a variety of roles in companies including J&J, Novartis and Allergan. His responsibilities have included leading global business development teams, building relationships with partners around the world, and executing on 100s of licensing and acquisition transactions. He has also held roles in finance, corporate strategy, operations, commercial sales, and marketing. Dan currently serves on the Advisory Council for the entrepreneurship program at Cornell University and provides mentorship and industry insights to startup companies and private equity investors.
Retired, Environmental Scientist, ExxonMobil
“There is nothing that can feed the soul, calm the mind and restore the spirit as Nature can. No land, no Nature. Save it and we save ourselves and every living creature that depends upon it.”
Laura Napoli is an environmental scientist who has worked in the areas of land restoration, ecosystem services and land conservation transactions. As a corporate member of the Land Trust Alliance representing ExxonMobil, she worked to facilitate the conservation of corporate land within the U.S. She has also served on the Advisory Committee of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, and over the years has donated numerous hours to various other conservation related efforts.
Alanna Jamieson Papetti
Director of Marketing and Communications, Solar Landscape
“I’m inspired by D&R Greenway’s efforts to make nature accessible to all – from the thousands of acres preserved across the Delaware watershed, to projects like Capital City Farm in Trenton and the Bordentown kayak program, to championing civic duties by having Johnson Education Center serve as a polling place. D&R has defended New Jersey’s clean water, fresh air, and open space for decades, but the organization’s work on improving equity in environmentalism is truly powerful because it aims to benefit the many, not just the few. I look forward to supporting more of these efforts that can build a healthy future for all our state’s residents.”
Alanna is an award-winning communications strategist who specializes in the energy and environment sectors. She currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for Solar Landscape, an Asbury Park-based company that makes renewable energy more accessible to lower-income residents through its industry-leading community solar projects. She previously worked at the NJ Board of Public Utilities as Assistant Director of Communications, where she promoted the agency’s mission and Governor Murphy’s ambitious 100% clean energy goals by supporting New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program and helping produce NJ’s Energy Master Plan. Alanna also served as a Communications Manager at Taft Communications where she executed all communications activities for Rethink Energy NJ, a statewide grassroots campaign dedicated to promoting renewable energy and stopping the PennEast pipeline.
She was selected as a 2018 Fellow by Lead NJ, a network of civic leaders focused on improving New Jersey’s public and private sectors. Alanna graduated cum laude with a BA in English from The College of New Jersey, and holds an MBA cum laude from Rutgers University.
Alanna is newly married and lives on a small preserved farm in Middletown, NJ with her husband Mike, daughter Josie, and dog Rusty.