Board of Directors: Christina Collura, Paul Collura, Shantala DuGay-Iyengar, Jackie Dzaluk, Bonnie Robins, Anne-Marie Nordgren and Bobbe Stultz.
Advisory Board: Rose Bonanno, Mary Boylan, Jane Brady, Linda Broudy, Dr. Linda Burke, Susan Henry, Margie Kunhardt, Gregory Monteleone, Peggy Young Nordgren, Joseph Siegel, Dr. Regina Toolin, and Daniel Welsh.
Staff: Lisa Alexander CPA, Krista Munger, and Deanna Novak.
Partners: Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, Community Center of Northern Westchester, Community Based Services, Friends of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Katonah-Lewisboro Schools, Lewisboro Garden Club, North Salem Open Land Foundation, Pathways, SPARC, and Town of Lewisboro.
Naturalists: Jan Andersen, Chris Evers, Paul Lewis, Krista Munger, Jim Nordgren and Mindy Swope Quintero.
Volunteers: Lisa and Catherine Beaty, Rose Bonanno, Joy Brenner, Linda Broudy, John Bergherr, Maureen Carpenter, Alan Cole, Rob Cummings, David Eggers, Tony Goncalves, Peter Gross, Bairbre Hanson, Amelia Landis, Clark Landis, Jim Liao, Carole Long, John Lucasson, Steve Miller, Carol Nordgren, Jim Nordgren, Peggy Young Nordgren, Lynda O’Hanlon, Fran Parker, Mark Schmid, Andrea Snyder, Mike Surdej, Dan Welsh, and Sherri Wilson.
Hike Leaders: Christine and Paul Collura, Peter Gross, Krista Munger, Jim Nordgren, Peggy Nordgren, Fran Parker, Bonnie Robins, Anne-Marie Nordgren, Andrea Snyder, and Bobbe Stultz.
Christina Collura has been a resident of Lewisboro since 2015. Upon relocating to the area, she was immediately drawn to the Lewisboro Land Trust. An avid traveler and lover of nature, she brings a passion for land preservation and conservation.
Paul Collura is comparatively new to Lewisboro. Upon moving to the community five years ago, he quickly gravitated to the Land Trust’s variety of nature programs and then subsequently became a regular volunteer. He can frequently be found on various trails in and around town when he is not off planning his next adventure to a national park (he’s been to 40+ different ones). A strong advocate of ecological causes, Paul also devotes time with other environmental organizations in the state.
Shantala DuGay-Iyengar has been a Lewisboro resident since 2013, having relocated to the hamlet of Vista from Manhattan with her husband, son, and Doberman in search of space and nature. Having lived in Australia, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Switzerland and Belgium, Shantala’s exposure to nature’s beauty and diversity solidified a lifelong commitment to sustainability and preservation. In addition to being passionate about nature, Shantala is an independent art historian. A mother of a son at Meadow Pond Elementary School, she hopes to pass on environmental advocacy to younger generations, with opportunities for friends and families to enjoy direct interaction with nature. Shantala serves as our Children’s Program Coordinator and creates innovative, exciting, and educational nature programs for children.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Henry: Susan is a lifelong resident of Waccabuc, and co-founder of Westchester Land Trust and the first director of 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.
Gregory Monteleone: Gregory Monteleone is a partner in the Mt. Kisco Law Firm of Shapiro, Gettinger, Waldinger & 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; Past President of the Board of Directors of the Country Children’s Center; Town Prosecutor of the Town of Lewisboro, Past Special Counsel to Lewisboro Planning Board, and Chairperson of the Town of Lewisboro Open Space and Preserves Advisory Committee. 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 recently moved over the border to Connecticut, but still loves hiking through the beautiful vistas and open spaces of our area.
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 has served on the Lewisboro Town Council for over six years. He is a resident of South Salem.
Lisa Alexander: Lisa is a CPA who keeps is on the straight and narrow when it comes to finances and financial records. She pays our bills for us and keeps an eye out to make sure we are compliant with all regulations related to non-profits.
Krista Munger: Krista is our Coordinator of Outdoor Programs. She is a naturalist extraordinaire and also a well-loved and well-regarded high school science teacher. She has added much breadth and creativity to our outdoor programming in the past two years.
Deanna Novak: Deanna is the Coordinator of our Access Nature Program, a highly-acclaimed program that reaches out to organizations serving the disabled and disadvantaged and brings the benefits of nature to their clients through education and exposure. The program has grown greatly under Deanna’s supervision. Deanna is also a gardening and nature educator. Since 2002 she has been partnering with educators, administrators, parents and local organizations to co-create and support place-based projects, helping children connect to local flora, fauna, and natural resource features. Deanna is also a Tinkergarten leader in her community. She studied Agricultural Engineering: Soil and Water Conservation at Penn State, and Nature-Based Early-Childhood Education with Antioch University New England.