Board of Directors: Jackie Dzaluk, Bonnie Robins, Anne-Marie Nordgren, Bobbe Stultz and Mike Surdej. Honorary: Helen Peeples
Advisory Board: Rose Bonano, Mary Boylan, Jane Brady, Linda Broudy, Dr. Linda Burke, Jillian Gumbel, Susan Henry, Margie Kunhardt, Maureen J. Maguire, Gregory Monteleone, Peggy Young Nordgren, Joseph Siegel, Dr. Regina Toolin, and Daniel Welsh.
Partners: Community Center of Northern Westchester, Friends of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Katonah-Lewisboro Schools, Lewisboro Garden Club, North Salem Open Land Foundation, Oblong Land Trust, Putnam County Land Trust, Somers Land Trust, Town of Lewisboro, and Westchester Land Trust.
Naturalists: Jan Anderson, Mindy Swope Quintero, Paul Lewis and Jim Nordgren.
Volunteers: Rose Bonanno, Henry Bonet, Joy Brenner, Linda Broudy, John Bergherr, Maureen Carpenter, Alan Cole, Lila Cummings, Lia Grasso, Peter Gross, Alan Hanson, Christel and Peter Imfeld, Jim Liao, Carey Nathan, Carol Nordgren, Jim Nordgren, Peggy Young Nordgren, Lynda O’Hanlon, Fran Parker, Steve Peeples, Linda Pinto, Rosa Schulman, Andrea Snyder, Steven Warshaw, and Lisa Wickersham.
Hike Leaders: Peter Gross, Jim Nordgren, Peggy Nordgren, Fran Parker, Helen Peeples, Bonnie Robins, Anne-Marie Nordgren, Andrea Snyder, Bobbe Stultz and Mike Surdej.
Jackie Dzaluk’s roots and involvement in Lewisboro are deep. Over the last 30 years, she has been actively involved in a range of committees, boards and organizations, many of which were oriented towards land use issues. As a member of the Lewisboro Planning Board for 10 years, and ultimately it’s chairperson, she has worked to facilitate thoughtful development with an eye towards maintaining green spaces, and mitigating environmental impacts. Jackie was instrumental in the drafting and implementation of the Town’s wetlands law. She is excited to be supporting the efforts of Lewisboro Land Trust in encouraging people, young and old, to learn about and enjoy the natural world around us.
Anne-Marie Nordgren, a 27-year resident of Lewisboro, is a founding director of the Lewisboro Land Trust. She is also a former board member of the Lewisboro Horseman’s Association, and a local realtor with Coldwell Banker for the past 17 years. She is the current secretary of LLT and in charge of special events and children’s environmental programming.
Helen Peeples has returned, we are happy to report, as a Honorary Board Member, in a limited participatory and advisory capacity. Helen was previously on our board for three years, and was instrumental in setting up the Access Nature Program and writing two successful LTA grants, among many other things.
Bonnie Robins is a charter member of the Lewisboro Land Trust, Bonnie helped lead the open space initiative and community education campaign which culminated in the formation of a “land bank” in Lewisboro in 2000. Bonnie is also a member of the Westchester Land Trust’s Terra Fina Society, the Waccabuc Landowners Council and the Three Lakes Council. She is a great outdoor enthusiast with membership in AMC, ADK, Sierra Club, Vermont Land Trust, and Nature Conservancy. Among other things, Bonnie is in charge of LLT’s “Walking Wild Lewisboro” hikes/walks program and community education and outreach.
Bobbe Stultz has been active in open space preservation and environmental education for the past twenty years. She was on the team that led the initiative to preserve Old Field Preserve and Leon Levy Preserve, as well as the successful Open Space Referendum campaign in 2001. She is a founder of the Lewisboro Land Trust, co-founder of Lewisboro Horseman’s Association, and a past board member of the Lewisboro Conservation Advisory Council. As a staff member of the Westchester Land Trust from 1994-2013, she was in charge of visual communications, marketing materials, website design, programs, volunteer outreach, and fundraising events. Bobbe has a degree in Marketing, and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She is in charge of communications and marketing for the Lewisboro Land Trust.
Mike Surdej learned to climb trees as a young boy living in the Bronx, near the New York Botanical Garden. The gardens were both a playground and a refuge. Mike’s educational training was in the fields of materials science engineering and psychology, yet the outdoors always has played a major role in his life. When he and his wife moved to Lewisboro 30 years ago, he discovered our preserves and introduced his children to them. In 2001, Mike had to undergo treatment for colon cancer. “Walks outdoors gave me perspective and strength,” he says, and “It has been my pleasure to give back to the community that supported me in my time of need.” He has been an indefatigable outdoor volunteer ever since, and is Chief Steward of the Brownell Preserve. “Working with like-minded people to improve the quality of our land/water and quality of life is a blessing and I am proud to be part of that process. I look forward to more,” says Mike. Mike is also our Youth Involvement Coordinator.
Advisory Board Members:
Rose Bonanno: Rose has worked in education for the past 40 years as a teacher and an administrator. She has also been involved in outdoor education, hiking and volunteering for trail crews with the AMC and Sierra Club and is currently the Assistant Supervisor for the Westchester section of the NY-NJ Trail Conference. In Lewisboro, she serves as the Chief Trail Steward for Lewisboro Town Park and as President of the Lewisboro Garden Club, as well as a member of the Lewisboro Open Space and Preserves Advisory Council.
Mary Boylan: Mary has been a member of the Sherman School staff since 1976, when she began her career as a special education teacher, and later served the school as an Assistant Principal, and as Principal. Once recognized as Teacher-of-the-Year in Sherman, Mary has gained a reputation in the region for her expertise in the fields of curriculum and instruction. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Ct. State University, and has earned two Master’s Degrees, , including an MA in Special Education and a Masters in Business Administration.
Jane Brady: Jane was born in Scotland. After working as a lawyer in Scotland, marrying and having children, she made her way to Lewisboro in 2006 via England and Ohio. She and her husband Peter were attracted to Lewisboro because it is commutable to the city and she could keep her horse at home. She is the current Co-President of the Lewisboro Horseman’s Association. Jane says, “I know that it is a great privilege to live in such a beautiful area and to ride the trails that property owners generously allow us to access. I am never happier than when clearing trails and out in nature, surrounded by wildlife and wildflowers. I love living in Lewisboro and am very happy to serve the community.”
Linda Broudy: Linda is an office manager at a Greenwich, CT. hedge fund. She has served as the head of membership for the Waccabuc Landowners Council, as well as editor of its semi-annual newsletter and its website manager. Away from work, she spends a lot of time trekking about outside, photographing the natural environment in and around Lewisboro and its neighboring communities. She graduated from the SUNY College of Forestry in Syracuse, NY and has been in love with trees ever since.
Dr. Linda Burke: A palynologist, ecologist, and taxonomist by training, Dr. Burke received her A.B. degree from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. from New York University and also holds a M.B.A. from Pace University. She is internationally published and was formerly the Assistant Director of Education at the New York Botanical Garden and on the faculties of the State University of New York and Fordham University. She is the coach for the John Jay Envirothon Team and is the Education Chair for Bedford Audubon Society. She is the Instructional Leader of the JJHS Science Department. Her AP Environmental Science students take great pleasure in assisting the Town of Lewisboro, the Lewisboro Land Trust, the Lewisboro Garden Club, Cornell University, the NYS DEC, and the Watershed Agricultural Council in their endeavors in environmental sustainability.
Jillian Gumbel: Jillian is on leave of absence from matriculation in early childhood education from Sarah Lawrence University to raise her two young children. Jillian acts as a facilitator to engage pre-school families in the experience of nature and the outdoors through a moms-and-tots hiking group.
Susan Henry: Susan is a lifelong resident of Waccabuc, and co-founder of Westchester Land Trust and the first director Lewisboro Land Trust. A strong proponent of conservation, she is also a member of Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum, Lewisboro Garden Club, Rusticus Garden Club, the League of Women Voters, on the board of Waccabuc Landowners Council, and a Westchester Master Gardener.
Margie Kunhardt: Margie has been involved with Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation since 1991 and has served on their board almost as long. Her commitment springs from a lifelong love of nature and her hopes for her children to live thoughtfully and joyfully in the world they inherit. She is our liaison with the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
Maureen J. Maguire has been a Lewisboro resident for 15 years, having moved to the area because of its natural beauty and open space. She served on the town’s inaugural Open Space Advisory Committee and on the Planning Board. Maureen is passionate about preserving open space and helping future generations to understand its value. She holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Resource and Environmental Economics. She says, “When I travel to faraway places and then return to Northern Westchester, I am reminded of the beautiful sanctuary we have all around us.” Maureen lives in Cross River with her husband and two Viszlas.
Gregory Monteleone: Gregory Monteleone is the managing partner in the Mt. Kisco Law Firm of Monteleone & Monteleone, who specializes in real estate, business and corporate law, estate planning/wills and litigation. He earned his law degree from St. John’s University. He is the Past President of the Northern Westchester Bar Association; President of the Board of Directors of the Country Children’s Center; Town Prosecutor of the Town of Lewisboro and current Chairperson of the Town of Lewisboro Open Space and Preserves AdvisoryCommittee. He has resided in Lewisboro since 1996 with his wife, Katy Dawtry Monteleone and his children, Peter and Paul.
Peggy Young Nordgren: Peggy is a 20-year resident of Lewisboro. During that time she has been a volunteer with both the Westchester Land Trust and the Lewisboro Land Trust. Her professional career has been spent in Sales and Marketing for European companies and she currently works for Buccellati Inc. She loves hiking through the beautiful vistas and open spaces of our area and is grateful for all of the hard work of the Lewisboro Land Trust these past 20 years.
Joseph Siegel: Joe is an environmental peacemaker, educator, and lawyer. He teaches environmental dispute resolution at Hofstra Law School, climate change law and policy at Pace Law School, and is a Senior Attorney and Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 office in New York. Joe chairs the American Bar Association (ABA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and formerly chaired the Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems. Joe is a frequent lecturer and writer on conflict prevention and resolution as well as climate change.
Dr. Regina Toolin: Regina is an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Vermont. Currently, she leads a statewide STEM education initiative that will serve K-12 schools. In addition, she directs a number of professional development projects for middle and high school science teachers for the Vermont DOE Math and Science Partnership and the NSF. Dr. Toolin, a former middle and high school science teacher, has served as Regional Science Coordinator at BOCES/Northern Westchester, and Professional Developer for New City Public Schools. She has collaborated in the development of K-12 science curriculum, including Kids for Biodiversity, Science 21 and grades 6-12 math and science curriculum projects in Westchester County, New York City, and Vermont. Dr. Toolin has published research pertaining to science teaching and learning in Science Education, Science Teacher, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Geoscience Education, and Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Daniel Welsh: Dan serves on the Lewisboro Town Council. He is a resident of South Salem.