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, and works in a Hospital Emergency Department on weekends.
Amy Martin became acquainted with D&R Greenway when she represented PSEG on the team that prepared the 2010 Cooperative Stewardship Plan for the Abbott Marshlands. Amy is responsible for the yearly monitoring and reporting of D&R Greenway’s permanent conservation easements, and recently completed the St. Michaels TravelStorys in Hopewell, New Jersey.
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 applications to the NJDEP, the Army Corps of Engineers, 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. Amy is also a full-time Seminary student and moving towards Board Certification as a Chaplain. 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, ex-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 prepared food scenes for live television, as well as for media and product packaging photography, Carolyn guides our Willing Hands volunteers in tastefully arranging foods D&R Greenway on-site events.
In her Community Relations role, Carolyn provides a welcoming, enthusiastic presence for D&R Greenway visitors, in person and on the phone, with emphasis on programs and receptions. Carolyn presents D&R Greenway releases and images to print and electronic media, ensuring wide awareness of and full houses for preservation events. With D&R Greenway since 2006, Carolyn created and manages our Willing Hands volunteers, who co-create receptions for art and related science programs. As Curator of the Olivia Rainbow Gallery, Carolyn has expanded its reach. The first member of the community accepted into Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program’s Continuing Education, she enjoyed three terms with top poets in Advanced Poetry. Co-founder of Princeton’s Cool Women Poems, Carolyn involves her multi-state poets’ network in creating poetry events on-site. Responding to calls for themed poems, the chosen poets read new works on nature, which otherwise might not have come into being. D&R Greenway Poets of Preservation also lead poetry walks off-site, on our preserves. Hikes and readings interact to increase awareness of the urgency of saving land. Recently she launched D&R Greenway’s Photographers of Preservation, who turn their artistic talents and effective lenses to local landscapes and native species. They also document major events such as the Greenway Gala and the traditional Masquerade Ball, which stunning imagery is well received by regional media before and after festivities.
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.
Diana serves on the board of directors of ASCI, Art Science Collaborations, Inc. and the Arts Council of Princeton and has juried exhibitions for the Audubon Society and the New York Hall of Science.
Development and Community Relations
Director of Donor and Community Engagement
Fun fact: Goat Hill Overlook is Nancy’s go-to vista for inspiration and strength.
Nancy Faherty is a public relations consultant with more than 30 years experience working with organizations in the areas of marketing, communications, programming and development. 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 co-founded in 1999 to care for children in crisis while developing foster families. She built upon that work from 2012-2018 as Director of Advocacy & Development at YWCA Princeton. Born in Trenton, Nancy currently lives along the Delaware River in Lambertville with her husband, Flip. They recently took up kayaking as they learn more about the 2020 River of the Year and the lands surrounding it. Nancy was a participating artist in the 2020 Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Poster Auction which funded two local scholarships despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Database Manager and Website Wizard
Fun Fact: During Zoom calls, Sharon’s parrots sometimes…usually participate!
Sharon comes to D&R Greenway with an extensive background in business management and administration through her long-time involvement as a senior vice president and founding member of several area community banks. She is happy to be contributing to D&R Greenway’s mission in her role as Database Manager and Website Wizard, drawing on her previous experience in marketing, administration, and new product development to bring consistency to donor data collection, maintenance and reporting, as well as developing new content and improving functionality of the D&R Greenway website. She has also served on the board and as Chair of a number of local nonprofit organizations.
Strategic Community Conservation Fellow
Fun Fact: Maria was involved with Princeton University’s Outdoor Action program, leading backpacking trips for incoming freshmen.
Maria received her B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she grew up hiking in the glacial landscape of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and appreciates the value of natural spaces in urban environments. After spending several seasons conducting research on plant-animal interactions in the African savanna, Maria is excited to share her passion for the natural world with communities in the Princeton area. During her fellowship, Maria will be working closely with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s FUTURO high school mentorship program and developing an on-the-water kayaking program in Bordentown.
Special thanks to our prior AlumniCorps Project 55 Fellows for their legacy work:
Education and Outreach Support
Fun Fact: Brad grew up on an 18-acre gentleman’s farm on a New Hampshire mountaintop where he developed a love of nature while making maple syrup, raising chickens, and tending to three vegetable gardens.
A nationally-known marketing expert and author, Brad Fay helps D&R Greenway with video storytelling and communications. He is President of the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition, which is the sponsor of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway in central New Jersey.
Brad was co-founder of the Keller Fay Group, now Engagement Labs, a data and analytics company in New Brunswick, NJ focused on social media and consumer influence. He was quoted for his work monitoring the 2016 election in Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened.
Brad is the co-author of The Face-to-Face Book: Why Real Relationships Rule in a Digital Marketplace, an award-winning book published in 2012. He shares screenwriting credit on a 2018 documentary film, Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past & Present.
Brad holds political science degrees from Colby College (BA) and the University of Connecticut (MA), and was elected to the Montgomery, NJ Township Committee, serving four years, including one as deputy mayor.
He resides in the historic Griggstown Village of Franklin Township.
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.