Board of Directors

Amanda Thompson
President, Chair Education and Outreach Committee

Amanda was been a board member of the East Granby Land Trust for 14 years until the merger with Traprock Ridge Land Conservancy in 2023. She started her work with the Land Trust doing family programs such as hikes for the local community and grew the educational opportunities from there. She served as President of East Granby Land Trust in its last two years bringing it through the merger. She sees the new regional land conservancy as an opportunity to share the importance of conservation with a wider audience and plans to work with our regional towns to make strategic acquisitions and share the importance conservation.

Paula Jones
Paula Jones
Vice President

Paula is an avid conservationist serving on nonprofit boards and town committees. She retired from the insurance industry in 2012 and was President of the Actuaries’ Club of Hartford & Springfield. She grew up playing in the woods of Maine and believes in the restorative power of hiking and being outdoors. She and her husband, Kevin Gough, lead hikes and steward Thrall Farm for WLT. She joined the Board in 2011 and has served as Secretary and Treasurer.

bobcat footprints in snow
Dave Sagers
Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee

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Christopher Shepard
Christopher Shepard
Secretary, Member Development and Membership Committee

Christopher has provided leadership for conservation outreach initiatives including a science education reform partnership, municipal nature center, and now the Connecticut Outdoor Recreation Alliance. He believes people help protect lands and waters they come to appreciate through first-hand experiences, such as hiking, kayaking, and gardening with his husband, Chris. He also chairs the WLT Communications Committee.

Dale Bertoldi
Dale Bertoldi
Board Member, Co-Chair Land Conservation Committee

A LEED certified architect and executive director for Ironwood Community Partners, is WLT’s past president and continues to work on grants and land acquisitions.

Salmon Brook in East Granby
Chip Caton
Board Member, Member Development and Membership Committee
Three volunteers in a canoe facing the photographer with one holding a rake used to remove invasive plants from the water
Catherine Delasco
Board Member, Co-Chair Land Conservation Committee


Overlooking Stout Family Fields in Bloomfield during winter with one tree on the left with snow covered branches
Stephen Dewey
Board Member, Chair Land Acquisition Committee
David Iannucci
Board Member, Chair Governance Committee
Jennifer Frank
Board Member, Chair Development and Membership Committee
Walkers stretched out along the golf cart path
Robert Raven-Seger
Board Member, Member Governance Committee

Our volunteer Board of Directors bring various skills and expertise to our board. They oversee and approve organizational plans, budgets and financial reports, as well as implement land protection strategies. They also initiate ways to raise the necessary funds to continue their operations and support Land Trust activities, many of which are free to the public.

They meet once a month on the second Monday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Directors have the option of serving 1, 2, or 3-year term lengths. Board meetings are open to members.

Past Directors

We gratefully acknowledge the many contributions of those who volunteered previously on the Board of Directors. We also know this list is incomplete; please contact us with additions!

  • Charles “Chuck” Agnano, Vice President
  • Michelle Bononi, Secretary
  • Sten Caspersson
  • Chip Caton, Vice President
  • Patty Connolly
  • Stephan Davis
  • Claudia D’occhio, Secretary
  • BJ Hardersen
  • Tamara Hochman
  • Doris Johnson
  • Rickford Kirton
  • Sharon Mann, Events Chair
  • Suzanne Petke, Treasurer
  • Vikki Reski, Secretary and Treasurer
  • David Sullivan
  • Patrick Sullivan
  • Jim Trail
  • Alexa Tzanova

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