John and his wife, Lee, have lived in Lyme since 1979, having built their home in 1980, while still working in New York City. They moved here full time when he retired in 2013. John was a lawyer in corporate litigation with a large international law firm headquartered in New York.
“The greatest contribution the Land Trust has made over its 50 plus year history is to help preserve Lyme as the quiet, rural and natural paradise that it is today. Were the Old Lyme school of impressionist artists to return today, they would recognize the landscape they so lovingly painted a hundred years ago.”
Milt has lived in Lyme since 2010. Now retired, Milt worked in the fields of investment banking, M&A, debt & equity financing, and management responsibilities for business units.
“LLCT is important because it is protecting our woodland, providing daily production of fresh air and water, our greenways for public recreation, wildlife biodiversity and migrating birds and our waterways for spawning fish. The wonderful support of our members, sponsors, and Board make these protections possible.”
Melvin has lived in Lyme since 1977 after 14 years in Old Lyme. A Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Connecticut College, he invited students to think for themselves by introducing them to challenging alternatives from the Western and Asian traditions.
“The most important aspect of the Land Trust is conserving and sharing the wonders of the Connecticut River Estuary.”
Jon has lived in Lyme since 2015, but spent his summers for fifty years in Old Black Point in East Lyme. Jon is an architect, who worked with his firm Butler, Rogers, Baskett for 25 years in New York City and in recent years has focused exclusively on residential work.
“The most important aspect of LLCT is the land. I love open land in all its variations. I feel more peaceful when I drive up Route 156 past Tiffany Farm and see the hills beyond. I love to walk the Land Trust trails.”
Wendy has lived in Lyme for about 37 years. She worked as a medical illustrator at Yale University Medical School for 30 years. Wendy currently teaches art classes, Drawing and Two-dimensional Design, at Middlesex Community College.
“I love the fact that the LLCT seeks to encourage the appreciation of the natural world by exposing people to the wonders of nature through education, guided walks and other opportunities. I believe that preserving the land in its most natural state is very important to the physical and mental health of our planet. I love to learn and there is so much to learn in the woods of Lyme, about the natural world, history and beauty.”
Dan shares his time between NYC and Lyme since 2014. He is a senior partner and co-chair of the life sciences intellectual property practice group at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP. Before practicing law, he was a land surveyor in Western Massachusetts and a structural engineer for Electric Boat.
“We were drawn to Lyme by its natural beauty and strong sense of community. The Lyme Land Conservation Trust perfectly marries these key attributes for the benefit of all.”
Tony has lived in Lyme since 1986. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management and co-founder of Ecological and Environmental Consulting Services (EECOS) specializing in forest ecology and land use management.
“The Land Trust is critical for the protection of our ecologically diverse and unique near-coastal and riverine landscape, unmatched in the northeast.”
Mal and his wife have been landowners in Lyme since 2007 and residents since 2017. Based in NYC, Mal established and built the sports sales and marketing division of the fifth largest U.S. media company. After leaving Univision he moved into the nonprofit sector through UCONN’s Encore training program.
The most important aspect of the Land Trust is “that the public benefit remains the focal point of all that we do to conserve land.”
Nancy has lived in Lyme since 1980. She spent her career at Citigroup and had a wide range of management responsibilities, including finance, risk management, and international operations.
“I love land! And all that the Land Trust does in preserving and stewarding this beautiful part of the world.”
Ann has lived in Lyme full-time since 2014 and is a 3rd generation board member. She spent 30 years in Chicago working in executive level positions in the fields of non-profits and city government. During that time, Ann did everything from program development, planning, organizational development, to advocacy, coalition building, and fundraising. “The properties the Land Trust owns and manages are among the most beautiful pieces of land anywhere and I am so glad that we have the support and encouragement of the town and its residents to keep it that way in perpetuity.”
George moved to Lyme in 1995. His background was in the photographic equipment business, with positions ranging from sales, marketing to General Manager of a 250-employee company. He began his career in Canada and moved to the USA in 1970.
“Permanence. The concept of creating an environment that will be handed off to generations to come is very rewarding. Change is everywhere, but the thought that much of Lyme will stay the same is comforting and it is very rewarding to have been able to play a role. The Lyme Land Trust brings me in touch with many people with a shared vision which is very inspiring.”