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.”
Wendy has lived in Lyme since 1982. Her career has encompassed a combination of art and the natural sciences; as a medical illustrator working at Yale University Medical School for 30 years, and a professor of art at Middlesex Community College for 10 years. She is currently the Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme and co-chair of the Lyme Pollinator Pathway.
“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.”
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.”
Scott moved to Lyme in 2002 from the heavily developed suburbs of Washington, DC. As the Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, Scott was able to apply his environmental background to the protection of the region’s water quality. Now retired, his desire is to contribute to the preservation of open space.
“Having moved from an urban area where developers out-compete efforts to preserve open space, it quickly became apparent to me how important the Lyme Land Conservation Trust is in making Lyme such a desirable place to live.”
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.”
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.”
Ryan Quinn grew up in Lyme and graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High school. After moving away for collage and a career in education, he returned to the area in 2015 with his wife Baylee Drown to start a vegetable farm. In 2019 they were able to become Lyme landowners by purchasing what is now known as Long Table Farm. Prior to being a full time farmer Quinn has worked as a sailor, handyman, science teacher and outdoor educator.
“Moving back to Lyme gave me new appreciation for how the blend of community, open space, and ecology that thrive here have influenced my life. Lyme Land Trust’s mission to preserve and promote these features for the public good is near and dear to my heart. The Lyme Land Trust is one of the institutions that makes Lyme a special place to live.”
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.”
Jim’s primary responsibility is to oversee stewardship of the 3130 acres spread across 112 parcels that are owned or managed by LLT. He comes to us with a variety of experiences spanning ecological research and restoration, natural resource and sanctuary management, and environmental education. Improving the outlook for native biodiversity has always motivated Jim, whether by working with people, land, or preferably both at the same time. Most recently he served as conservation biologist at The Connecticut Audubon Society. He holds a BS degree in wildlife and fisheries biology from the University of Vermont and a MS degree in conservation biology from the State University of New York in Syracuse. Jim lives in Middletown.
“It is a giant honor to have this opportunity to help build on the substantial success of the Trust in a part of the world as special as Lyme.”
Kristina grew up in Old Lyme and has made Lyme her home since 2004. She held numerous jobs in the corporate world and most recently was the Administrative Director of Musical Masterworks, a nonprofit chamber music series in Old Lyme. As the Executive Director, she is responsible for leading the LLCT as it relates to the strategic direction and overall management of the organization. She identifies and implements short-and long-term strategic goals and is accountable to the Board of Directors for achieving those goals.
“The Land Trust protects land for perpetuity, provides outdoor recreation, and educates the surrounding community of the importance of conservation and environmental sustainability. We strive to be an example for other land trusts to follow.”