Judy Terlizzi has been a member of the Putnam County Land Trust 21 years and board member 18 years serving in many different capacities including Preserve and Head Steward, Volunteer Co-coordinator, Public Relations and Fund Development. These various tasks provided a sound education in helping this all-volunteer land trust move forward. She has led the organization through a Strategic Plan and two LTA Organizational Assessments which have set the ground work for an LTA Accreditation application. Judy is an enthusiastic day hiker and has hiked most of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and New York. She is an avid gardener and has Certificates in Landscape Design and Gardening with a focus on Native Plants. Judy has been a Lake Carmel (Kent) resident for 22 years.
Susan Spear has been a resident of Putnam County for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Resource Management and Administration. She currently serves as Special Advisor to the Westchester County Executive. She has over 11 years of federal government experience, including as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress and Regional Director for a US Senator. During that time she worked with numerous land trusts and environmental protection organizations throughout the Hudson Valley region to enact land
and water protection legislation, obtain grants for land preservation, and improve access to hiking trails. She has been a Board Member and volunteer for several non-profit organizations. She is an avid hiker and scuba diver, with hiking and diving experiences all over the world. Through those experiences she has developed an appreciation and understanding of the importance of making long term commitments to land conservation and habitat protection for wildlife and plants right here at home.
Robin Murphy has been a member of the Putnam County community since 1995. Born and raised in Brooklyn and then Long Island, living in the woods has broadened my horizons to the diversity of animals in our county along with the pleasure of driving a quad among the trees. Academically, I have earned a BS Economics/Finance from the University of Scranton and a MS Computer Science from Pace University. I maintain current credentials as a Project
Management Professional issued by PMI. Professionally, these studies have been applied in multiple industries fulfilling key responsibilities in Finance and IT with progressive levels of responsibilities facilitating cross-functional collaboration; engaging with third party providers; contributing to strategic meetings; and designing solutions. Program/project management, process analysis, and documentation creation are core critical skills. Currently, I am employed
at Contractors Register, Inc reporting to the CFO managing Payment Services & Collections while also responsible for operational effectiveness initiatives, the company’s financial system, and internal and external integrations. And personally, I have been married to my husband for almost 29 years raising our two sons in the Town of Kent. I was a junior handler at AKC dog shows traveling with my father throughout the northeast; played volleyball since a child, through college in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Division 3 and many years after that; have volunteered in
the classroom; have become an avid walker with Audible; learned golf as an adult; and, follow TED Talks.
Jenny Hinsman grew up in Pittsburgh PA and moved to Patterson, NY in 2001. She is an avid organic gardener and is the Chief Operating Officer for My Garden System, Inc. She and her family live close to the Ice Pond and enjoy all aspects of the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, snow shoeing and kayaking. Jenny has been involved in many non-profit organizations including the Brewster Girl Scouts, Dress for Success, The Brewster Rotary and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU, and many years of corporate experience in Finance, Strategy and Operations. She joined the Putnam County Land Trust in 2013 to help preserve the watershed and natural habitats of Putnam County.
Joe Chiappetta has been a resident of Putnam County, for the last 36 years, previously raised our Family in Mahopac, NY and my wife and I currently reside in the Retreat At Carmel, where I serve on the Finance committee as well as multiple other voluntary boards. ..Formerly owned and operated a shipping and Customs clearance service in NY for the last 25+ years, and now work as a consultant to a variety of Commercial Importers in the NY metro area.. My interests are varied but I’m especially devoted and committed to maintaining the beauty and heritage of
the Hudson valley .We are Stewards of area very rich in beauty, and we need to educate and maintain that beauty, and preserving open space is a critical component for us and future generations.. A few years ago I was steward at .Field Farmstead. Unfortunately, due to a medical issue, I had to resign from that position. .However, I feel I can now offer work detail assistance, & help promote PCLT. to the community.. I look forward to working with you & your members in 2020 and beyond.
William G (Bill) Roll
William G (Bill) Roll joined the board of the Putnam County Land Trust in 2015 and has been a trail steward since 2014. Originally from North Carolina, he has been a resident of Putnam County for over 14 year and has lived in the greater New York metro area for over 30 years. An avid outdoors person, Bill enjoys hiking, trail jogging, kayaking, camping, backpacking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing in Putnam County, the Catskills and Adirondacks. He received a BA in economics from Denison University and attended Oxford University receiving a Graduate Diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Professionally, Bill is co-founder and President of 401K Retirement Partners, LLC – providing 401K plans to companies with headquarters in the tri-state area – and is a FINRA and SEC registered financial and investment advisory representative. In addition to volunteering his abilities and time to the PCLT, Bill assists with leadership of the Brewster Boy Scout, Troop 1 and is a volunteer soccer goalie coach for Putnam County high school teams. Bill lives in Patterson, NY with his wife, Jenny Hinsman, also a PCLT board member, and two kids.
John Dodd has lived in Putnam for the past 30 plus years. He is an outdoor enthusiast with an
interest in organics and the biology of the land that has shaped his life. He currently helps
operate a family landscape business in the Brewster/Patterson area. He has served on the
board of Cascade Farm CSA where he also volunteered.
Brad Friedman is a public finance investment banker at Ramirez & Co. in New York City, where he specializes in developing finance solutions for states, cities, towns, public authorities, and other non-profit organizations. In recent years, Brad has focused on delivering sustainable financing solutions to his clients, working on projects that contribute to fighting climate change and meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the financings he has worked on include the first certified climate bonds sold in the U.S., the first residential solar loan securitization in the municipal market, and the first securitization of renewable energy credits in the municipal market. Brad is a native New Yorker who grew up in Queens. He enjoys taking hikes with his family, reading fiction, and watching NBA basketball. Brad received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University, holds a master’s degree in economics from New York University, and he is a member of the Bioenergy Industry Working Group of the Climate Bonds Initiative.
Kathy Kahng has been a part time resident of Kent for the past 15 years. She is a homeowner
in the Hill & Dale Country Club, a private lake community surrounding Palmer Lake. She has
been Lake Chair on the homeowner’s association for the past 7 years. She is serving as Chair
of the Town of Kent Storm water committee since 2016. Kathy is principal at CityRax, Inc. a
public space management consulting firm based in New York City. CityRax works with various
cities, municipalities, transit agencies and local business improvement districts on innovative
street furniture programs in the public space. She holds a BS for Cornell University’s School of
Industrial and Labor Relations
Nicholas W Maiorano
Nicholas Maiorano has lived his entire life in the Hudson Valley (other
than schooling), and moved to Patterson, NY in 2019. He graduated with a
Bachelor’s Degree in English from Niagara University in 2002, and then
worked in the metro New York area for several years as a corporate
manager. Nick graduated from New York Law School in 2012. He is licensed
to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and focuses his practice on
litigation and trials. Nick enjoys the outdoors, and spends much of his
free time working in his yard, or exploring local trails, preserves, and
bodies of water. His hobbies include collecting and restoring antiques,
building and restoring furniture, and fixing up his house. Nick plans on
opening a bee farm next spring, and joined the Putnam County Land Trust to
protect the plants and wildlife in his community
Elizabeth Ryder, Betsey, as she is known to most, moved to Brewster in
1978 to join the rebirth of agricultural activities on her family’s 1795
homestead.Growing up, she witnessed the ever-increasing concentration of
suburban sprawl in her Long Island home and was determined to preserve the
piece of Putnam County paradise that had been farmed by her family.
Dedicated to Ryder Farm’s stewardship and ‘working landscape’ since her
arrival, Betsey recently retired from growing Certified Organic
vegetables, herbs and flowers — for sale locally and at the NYC
Greenmarket – gratefully transitioning operations to the next generation .
Over the years, Betsey has participated in many local callings – working
as an ER nurse and nursing union participant at Danbury hospital for more
than 40 years as well as serving on the boards of the Southeast Museum,
Putnam County Agricultural Protection Board, Tilly Foster Farm Advisory
Board, East of Hudson Watershed Agricultural Council, Town of Southeast
Historic Sites Commission and Ryder Farm, Inc.In 2014, Betsey received a
NYS 40th Senate District ‘Woman of Distinction’ Recognition.In 2012, she
received Congressional Recognition with the receipt of the celebrated Blue
Heron Award from the Putnam County Land Trust. A graduate of Northeast
University in Boston, Betsey lives on Ryder Farm with her husband John.
As part of her lifelong interests and in the spirit of friend and mentor
Dorrie O’Brien, whose Chickadee Haven is the home of PCLT, Betsey finds a
special and highly personal joy in serving the Putnam County Land Trust:
Save Open Spaces, Inc.
Glenna Wright point of entry was Syracuse, New York. After graduating high school in she
attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation, I returned to New York vowing
to never leave. It was during my stint of working odd jobs after college, that my love of nature
and preservation took hold. I landed a job at a ski resort working the Ski School Desk. The one
perk of my position was free lessons, skis and access to the mountain. Standing on top of a
mountain viewing the specter of forest and farm land instilled within me the importance of
nature. That summer I cycled around the Finger Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and hiked
the Adirondacks. My first marriage took me to Tampa, Florida. While in Florida, I witnessed the
devastation of the environment because of unbridled development. Tampa’s focus was on
developing the downtown with little concern about the bay and its tributaries. In 2000, I returned
to New York and began working for the NYC school system. I found myself teaching Science.
The move to Carmel happened in 2005. The Patterson Crossing Project became a concern for
me and I served seven years on the Kent Planning Board. My dedication to the preservation of
my town and state remain important to me. My experiences of living in states with little regard
for natural resources or the impact of development on citizens has motivated me to remain
active and supportive of organizations that tend the Earth.
Jason E. Klein lives in Kent and is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures LLC, an early stage investment and advisory firm. He is also Chairman of the non-profit Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Jason’s past roles include President/CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, the leading publisher of outdoor magazines with 25 titles including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Golf, Ski Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Yachting, and Transworld Snowboarding. This role provided Jason with many opportunities to experience the outdoors and appreciate the importance of public land throughout North America. Jason was also President/CEO of the Newspaper National Network. Jason has served as a board member of several non-profits, including the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. Jason was a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation for 18 years, a past editorial board Chair of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and board member of the Magazine Publishers Association. He began his career with as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Jason has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College in Computer Science.
Paul Waclawski is a native New Yorker who has resided in Putnam county for 22 years. He is a retired pharmaceutical executive with graduate degrees in psychology and applied research. From an early age, Paul enjoyed the outdoors. Earning the Eagle Scout rank reinforced that love and developed a commitment to serve his community by providing opportunities for others to encounter nature. As a Boy Scout leader in Brewster Troop 1, he supported the Scouting mission and as a member of the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, spent significant time building hiking trails in the lower Hudson Valley and in trail maintenance. He also participates in Knights of Columbus. Paul’s hobbies include collecting minerals, wood working, hiking, and gardening. He lives in Brewster with his accomplished wife and three sons.
Bob Weinreb has been a resident of Putnam County since 1986. He is a professional photographer with 4 books , 3 museum shows and many magazine articles. An active hiker, he has climbed in the Tetons and trekked through the Himalayas. He has a Masters in Urban Planning and is a docent at the New York Botanical Garden since 2009. He has created gardens in Putnam and NYC.. Bob also kayaks, sails and plays tennis.
Alumni of the Board of Trustees: Many people from all walks of life have contributed their time to PCLT as a trustee. We would like to thanks them all for their service. To see some of the folks that have served as trustees in the past, click HERE.
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