Board of Directors

Marie Burkart, President

Marie has been involved in community development for most of her career. She worked for the City of Yonkers as its Director of Community Development and for New York University’s Real Estate Institute before returning to Massachusetts in 2000. She was Executive Director of Hilltown Community Development Corporation, 2001-2006. She currently works as a housing and community development consultant. Marie served as a board member for the Hilltown Community Health Centers Inc from 2008 to 2012.

Russell Peotter, Vice President

Rus is the General Manager of WGBY Springfield, the WGBH-affiliated public television station serving western New England. He is a member on a number of community boards, including American Red Cross/ Pioneer Valley Chapter, Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture CISA (Chair 2008-2010), Old Sturbridge Village, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Plan for Progress, Institute for Learning Innovation, Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce, and Enchanted Circle Theater. Rus is interested in fly fishing and is a registered Maine Guide.

Carol Klyman, Treasurer

Carol is an attorney specializing in elder law, estate planning and administration, special needs trust planning, estate settlement, guardianships, and probate litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a journalist and editor for 20 years. Carol is very involved in professional and community groups, including National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, Friends of Westhampton Memorial Library, and the Westhampton Arts Council.

Suzanne T. Kulik, Secretary

Suzy retired from UMASS Donahue Institute where she was Director of Administration and Finance. Previously, she had almost 20 years experience in administration/finance of nonprofits. Suzy was a board member and Treasurer of the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., 1978-1998 and 1996-2003. Upon retirement, Suzy joined the Hilltown Land Trust as a Board Member. She also serves as a board member at Worthington Senior Housing, Inc. (“The Maples”).

Peter Jeswald

Peter has over 35 years of experience in construction, design, and related fields, owning his own general contracting and design practice. He developed a home planning seminar in the early 1990’s and has published a number of books on home building based on those seminars. Peter is a very active Conway resident, having coached little league and volunteered on committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee, Festival of the Hills, and the Conservation Commission for over 10 years.

Sandy Papush

Sandy retired from a diverse career as a psychologist, administrator of psychiatric claims, computer programmer, and executive secretary. Moving from Los Angeles to live in Goshen in 1993, Sandy has been a very active member of the community. She serves on the Goshen Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee, Community Preservation Committee, and Council on Aging.

Eric Weber

Eric is a co-founder of Hilltown Land Trust and has served on the HLT board since the organization’s creation in 1986. Eric is retired from a 30 year career in landscape design and land use planning. As current chair of the Williamsburg Historical Commission and member of the Williamsburg Historical Society Board, Eric is a speaker on various historical topics in western MA. His many interests include history, genealogy, photography, birding, hiking, and kayaking. Eric has been very involved in community service, and currently also serves on the advisory board of Snow Farm, the New England Craft Program.

Tad Weiss

Tad has a background in manufacturing systems and engineering and is currently Director of a product development group in Agawam. Tad has traveled extensively around the country and is a few peaks shy of climbing all 48 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains. Tad has been a member of Westhampton’s Open Space Committee for several years.

Rob Warren, Ex-Officio Director & The TrusteesĀ Managing Director of Conservation

Rob’s role with The Trustees includes land protection planning, building partnerships with partner organizations, overseeing the Conservation Restriction Stewardship Program of The Trustees, supervising the Land Conservation staff, and working directly with landowners to conserve their lands. He worked for 10 years as Habitat Protection Coordinator with the MA Department of Fish & Gameā€™s land protection program, then, just prior to joining The Trustees in 2014, he was Director of Protection & Policy for the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy where he served for 14 years, working to conserve the diverse rare habitats of Massachusetts.