D&R Greenway staff viewing the 2017 solar eclipse
Linda J. Mead
President & CEO
Fun Fact: Linda loves to travel and counts among her best wildlife experiences a safari in South Africa where she says, “We got close enough to hear the breath of the lions!”
Linda has led D&R Greenway since 1997 through a period of phenomenal growth, achieving statewide and national recognition. Her vision led to creation of D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus and its Johnson Education Center that supports land preservation and stewardship, with art galleries and programming that inspire a conservation ethic.
Over more than 30 years, Linda has affected over 20,000 acres of land preservation in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey, a state expected to reach total build-out in 30 years. She is adept at structuring complex land preservation transactions including Greenway Meadows and Coventry Farm in Princeton, and St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. Her enthusiasm for fundraising has resulted in significant private/public partnerships to save land, and has ensured a stable organization for the future.
In 2012, Linda founded a national training program co-sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance and Morgan Stanley. She worked on two studies with the National Park Service that achieved designation of National Heritage Areas in PA and NJ. She founded the Delaware River Sojourn and was instrumental in establishing Bucks County’s (PA) Open Space Program. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and formerly worked for the Bucks County Conservancy, now Heritage Conservancy. Linda regularly speaks on land preservation and conservation finance at the University of Notre Dame, and has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University, Yale University and other educational institutions, state and national conferences. She has served on several Boards including Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and the Bucks County Open Space Board. She is currently on the Land Trust Alliance National Leadership Council and the State of New Jersey Historic Easement Advisory Board. Locally, she was a founding member of the Advisory Council for AWE – the Alliance for Watershed Education for the Delaware River Watershed, and serves on the Abbott Marshlands Cooperative Stewardship Council.
Recognition of her work includes the prestigious 2002 International Paper Conservation Partnership Award from The Conservation Fund; the 2013 Environmental Achievement Award from Plan Smart New Jersey; the 2013 Women in Wildlife Leadership Award from Conserve Wildlife New Jersey; the 2014 Zone IV Civic Improvement Commendation Award from the Garden Club of America; the Mercer Women Leaders Environment Award presented in 2017 by Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello; and the YWCA Princeton’s 2018 Tribute to Women Award.
Click below to watch a video from the Princeton YWCA Tribute to learn about Linda Mead’s passion for the work of D&R Greenway Land Trust.
Manager of Business Partners in Preservation and Special Events
Fun Fact: Ask Deb about her interests in eagles, antiques and dancing!
Deb came to D&R Greenway Land Trust in 2011 because she is committed to D&R Greenway’s mission of preserving and protecting natural lands, farm lands, and open space in New Jersey.
Deb’s responsibility for D&R Greenway’s Business Partners in Preservation grew from her former work of 18 years with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce where her ultimate role was Director of Communications. Deb began her professional career as a Tax Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service. She has subsequently held positions at JDK Restorations; Jones New York; AA Matulay, Inc. and Ethix-Mid Atlantic. She is an accomplished business writer, publicist and editor, as well as skilled in greenhouse management. She studied Business and Photography at Bucks County Community College and later enhanced her skills at the Cittone Institute of Business and Technology.
In her spare time, Deb is the Sole Proprietor of an Antique business with the motto of Recycle, Restore, Relove. Deb maintains a close relationship with the outdoors and nature and enjoys dancing, swimming, gardening, birdwatching, walking and traveling. She is a volunteer for the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Conservation Corps, providing updates on the eagles’ nest situated on the transmission tower on the D&R Canal in Lambertville and is a member of the Colonial Sportsmen’s Club in the Sourland Mountains and the Lambertville-based Kalmia Club. On any Saturday morning, you can find Deb with her camera and binoculars watching the wildlife on the canal or perusing local yard sales and antique markets in search of that very special find.
Land Preservation and Stewardship
Linda Mead brings over 30 years of experience in acquiring land and easements to directing D&R Greenway’s Land Preservation work. She is assisted by staff and expert advisors who have the financial and legal skills to enable complicated and beneficial land transactions. In addition, those who are dedicated solely to these responsibilities are noted below.
Director of Land Preservation
Fun Fact: Danielle is an avid baker; for the past three years she has baked cookies for an annual historic tractor parade in Burlington County. Last summer, she baked over 500 cookies!
Danielle oversees land preservation for D&R Greenway’s properties where she partners with the state, counties and townships to preserve lands for open space and farmland. Danielle has been preserving farmland for almost 15 years in Burlington County, NJ and Montgomery County, PA. She is a Penn State Extension Rural-Urban Leadership Program (RULE) graduate. She has negotiated with landowners, worked with appraisers and technical consultants, monitored easements, administered a county program, and created farm-to-table outreach events and marketing materials. She received a Bachelors of Science degree from the Stockton University. When not walking around on farms, she’s chasing after her little superhero, her son Brandon.
Director of Land Stewardship
Fun Fact: In college, Tina hiked the Adirondacks, Catskills, and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge surveying trees.
Tina oversees the stewardship of D&R Greenway’s preserved properties where she manages reforestation efforts along with the Stewardship Team. Previously, Tina founded the Office of Sustainability at Drew University, where she spent over a decade tracking and working to reduce the carbon footprint. She also managed trees on the extensively forested campus, as well as the creation of native no-mow areas and meadows and managed the annual fern restoration event with student and faculty involvement. She has worked extensively with contractors and coordinated grants with the development office. Tina regularly presents to the local community to educate about conservation and sustainability. Tina received a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Assistant Director of Land Stewardship
Fun Fact: Cindy’s hobbies include knitting, listening to musicals, and hiking with her dog, Roger.
Prior to coming to D&R Greenway, Cindy worked at universities and non-profits as a researcher, naturalist, and teacher. Through her work as a naturalist, she has experience leading walks that focus on the story behind natural features, and is experienced with organizing programs to educate children and landowners about conservation. Most recently, she was the Stewardship Coordinator at Delaware Highlands Conservancy in Hawley, PA, where her tasks included monitoring and defending easements, preparing baselines that meet accreditation criteria, GIS mapping, and resource identification and evaluation. At the Conservancy, she helped manage “Women and Their Woods,” an education and networking initiative that focuses on caring for healthy forests, which she presented at the 2018 national Land Trust Rally. Cindy received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science degree in geography from The University of Alabama.
Charles Evans Fellow
Fun Facts: Amy is a musician and writer, a full-time graduate student working towards Board Certification as a Chaplain, and works in a hospital emergency department on weekends.
Amy Martin became acquainted with D&R Greenway in 2008 when she represented PSEG on the team that prepared the 2010 Cooperative Stewardship Plan for the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown-Marsh. Amy who is the Charles Evans Fellow is responsible for the yearly monitoring and reporting of D&R Greenway’s permanent conservation easements, and is currently researching and writing about the St. Michaels site in Hopewell, NJ in preparation for its integration into the TravelStorys app.
Amy brings sixteen years of environmental policy and permitting experience at PSEG where she prepared a weekly Environmental Monitoring Report that identified emerging power generation and utility regulations and their impacts to air, water, land and waste. At PSEG she also completed environmental site assessments, and prepared numerous environmental applications to the NJDEP, the Army Corps of Engineers, for Soil Erosion & Sediment Control and municipal and county site plan applications. Previous to this power-utility work, Amy designed environmentally sustainable project solutions for municipal site plans, and prepared planning reviews for the Bucks County Planning Commission.
Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design-Landscape Architecture from Cook College-Rutgers University. With this diverse background she brings a broad outlook in support of D&R Greenway’s land preservation.
Site Manager, St. Michaels Farm Preserve
Fun Fact: A committed conservationist who walks the walk, Bill and his family preserved thousands of acres of their family-owned farms known as Princeton Nurseries.
Bill has a background in nursery management, having worked with his family-owned business Princeton Nurseries that supplied the northeastern United States and beyond with landscape plants for generations. When closing the family business, Bill, his siblings and partners made a landmark decision to permanently preserve their family property. In 2012, D&R Greenway recognized the family for this decision with our annual Donald B. Jones Conservation Award. Today, Bill can be seen regularly at our St. Michaels Farm Preserve, where he is responsible for stewardship of the land and trails that are enjoyed by the public. Bill also uses his expertise to assist with D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery and Capital City Farm, as well as stewardship of other D&R Greenway preserves. His other passion is playing bluegrass and country music with a variety of local bands.
Johnson Education Center & Facilities Management
Laurie J. Emde
Director of Operations
Fun Fact: Laurie divides her time between New Jersey and Upstate New York where she and her grown family are restoring a 1912 Adirondack Foursquare on Lake Champlain.
Laurie joined D&R Greenway Land Trust in May of 1995. With more than twenty-five years of financial experience and certification in non-profit management, Laurie is responsible for financial and facilities management, office administration, and compliance. Laurie’s responsibilities are multi-faceted, including managing rentals and scheduled events at the Johnson Education Center. She supports the land preservation process and general operations by providing document review and paralegal expertise. Formerly, she was a partner in a family business, Tri-Boy Beverage, Inc.
Active in her local community, Laurie has facilitated the preservation of more than 200 acres in Lawrence Township, NJ. 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 is a voting member of the Mercer County Agricultural Development Board.
Carolyn Foote Edelmann
Community Relations Associate; Curator, Olivia Rainbow Gallery
Fun Fact: As a former Manhattan food stylist who set up food scenes for commercials, Carolyn tastefully arranges refreshments for events at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center.
In her Community Relations role, Carolyn provides a welcoming and enthusiastic presence for D&R Greenway visitors, in person and on the phone, with emphasis on programs and receptions. In partnership with supporting writer Ilene Dube, Carolyn presents D&R Greenway releases to press and local media, ensuring wide awareness of events in print; she manages all electronic media listings. Having joined D&R Greenway in 2006, Carolyn created and manages the Willing Hands volunteers who assist programs and activities at the Johnson Education Center. She works with Curator Diana Moore to support art exhibitions in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery. As Curator of the Olivia Rainbow Gallery, Carolyn has expanded its reach by involving key regional organizations such as the Arts Council of Princeton and Eden Autism Institute, as well as schools, art teachers and individual student artists. Carolyn reaches out to her multi-state poets’ network to involve poets in creating and reading works inspired by nature.
JEC Facility Coordinator and Stewardship Assistant
Fun Fact: Jeff enjoys hiking, boating and wildlife photography.
Jeff divides his time between on-site event support for JEC rentals and D&R Greenway events, campus and facility maintenance, and land stewardship. He assists the Curator of D&R Greenway’s Marie L. Matthews Gallery with hanging and printing materials for art exhibits. Jeff has an A.S. in Liberal Arts from Mercer County Community College. He joined D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2006 when he helped D&R Greenway move from a rented house on Canal Road in Griggstown to its permanent home at the Johnson Education Center.
Curator, Marie L. Matthews Gallery
Fun Fact: Diana grew up in Princeton at Tusculum, the former home of Declaration of Independence signer John Witherspoon.
Diana has curated environmentally themed exhibitions for D&R Greenway since 2011. She embraces the evolving intersection of ecology, art, and activism that enables artists to evoke our deep and complex relationship to the environment. She has experience in biotechnology and is a bioartist working at the overlap of science, ethics, and spirituality. 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.
Development and Community Relations
Director of Donor and Community Engagement
Fun fact: Nancy actively keeps a sketchbook.
Nancy Faherty is a public relations consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, in the areas of marketing, communications, programming and development. She is an appointed member of the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women and was elected its Chairperson in 2018. She is also active with the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. A 1989 graduate of the College of New Jersey, Nancy was presented with its Humanitarian Award in 2005 for her work with Angel’s Wings, a non-profit organization she founded in 1999 to care for abused and neglected children while developing foster families. She led the effort to create an organizational merger with Anchor House, creating a continuum of advocacy for displaced children from birth to adulthood. Nancy resides in Lambertville, NJ, with her husband, Flip, and has two adult children, Marly and Jack. New to her family is a rescue dog named Roscoe.
Strategic Community Conservation Fellow
Fun Fact: Nadeem is an avid player of disc golf and ultimate frisbee!
Nadeem received his B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. As Community Conservation Fellow, Nadeem is involved in developing strategies for engaging new communities with the D&R Greenway mission. He believes that every project should be approached with environmental justice in mind. Currently, Nadeem is conducting geo-spatial analysis of our audience database in order to support well-informed programming and policy. He hopes that by understanding our audience on a macro-level, we might better connect with local communities on a micro-level. Additionally, Nadeem is working on developing an educational, on-the-water kayaking program for implementation in the Trenton/Bordentown area, set to launch summer of 2020.
Fun Fact: Karen is an avid sailor and once lived on a tall ship!
A former environmental engineer, Karen is happy to be contributing to D&R Greenway’s mission in her role as Volunteer Coordinator. With over 15 years of experience as a volunteer and leading volunteers, she has worked with national and local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and with local schools. She has served as registrar for Princeton Community Works, an annual conference that teaches skills to nonprofit staff and volunteers. She uses her data and technology skills to assist small businesses and nonprofits.
Karen enjoys camping with the Scouts and loves the outdoors. A mother of three teenagers, she first learned of D&R Greenway when her middle daughter Madeleine served as youth advisor to design D&R Greenway’s Charles Evans Children’s Discovery Trail. Karen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Best of all, she has a sunny, smiling personality!
Education and Outreach Support
Fun fact: Susan is the author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia
Susan Charkes has been assisting D&R Greenway with various communications projects since 2010. A writer and poet, she is the author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia and Outdoors With Kids–Philadelphia. She works in easement stewardship with Brandywine Conservancy, a Pennsylvania-based land conservation organization. She is a long-time volunteer with community environmental organizations in Pennsylvania, has worked as an attorney and in information management, and has been in the nonprofit environmental field since 2006, with prior positions at New Jersey and Maryland organizations. She has served on the Stewardship Council of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Susan holds a BA from The University of Chicago, a JD from Columbia University, and an MLS from Rutgers University. She leads hikes and is a volunteer Appalachian Trail maintainer. See more on her website, www.susancharkes.com.
Ilene Dube 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 joined D&R Greenway in 2011, writing press releases and articles for our newsletter Greenways, and she oversees the website and electronic communications. When not at D&R Greenway she continues to write 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 others, and is producing a series of videos about art communities in central New Jersey.
A long-time interest in the environment and gardening led her to establish the West Windsor Community Garden in 2009 and raise two scientists, one a conservation biologist and the other an astronomer. While a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling may seem an unlikely start for the path she has pursued, she says these helped to hone listening skills which is where the telling of all stories begins.
Previously she served as communications manager for the James A. Michener Art Museum and, as president of the West Windsor Arts Council, 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, the Arts Council of Princeton, ArtJam and WOW, and in 2013 won a Mercer County Purchase Award.