As HLT’s Executive Director, Sally conducts land protection projects, oversees outreach and stewardship activities, leads fundraising efforts, maintains organizational records, and many other things in between. In addition, Sally serves as Community Conservation Coordinator for The Trustees of Reservations, representing and protecting land in the hilltowns for our affiliate as well. Sally’s work is supported by staff of The Trustees, particularly in the areas of land conservation, financial management, and organizational administration. Sally has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field. For six years, she served as Deputy Director of the Environmental Leadership Program, a national leadership development organization working with emerging environmental leaders. Prior to that Sally was the Director of Green Communities for the Parks & People Foundation, a community-based nonprofit in Baltimore, MD. In her volunteer life, Sally chairs the Town of Williamsburg’s Open Space Committee and leads the Williamsburg Elementary School’s Farm to School Program. Sally has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University. She lives with her husband and three kids in Williamsburg. Sally works out of the Bullitt Reservation office and can be reached by phone at (413) 628-4485 x2.
As Development and Communications Coordinator, Katie is responsible for fundraising and development, and manages the website, electronic and print newsletters, and social media for Hilltown Land Trust. Prior to being hired by HLT, Katie served as an AmeriCorps member with the organization for two years. Before that, she worked as an independent contractor, helping individuals and organizations with information management and event planning, and as a rare books librarian. Katie has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Long Island University and a B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. Originally from Seattle, she has lived in Western Massachusetts since 2010 and loves all that the area has to offer. Katie can be reached by phone at (413) 628-4485 x2.
Brigid Ryan is the TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator for Hilltown Land Trust. She is from the small hilltown of Chesterfield, MA. She enjoys spending her days hiking through the woods and swimming in rivers (if it is hot enough)! Brigid just finished her degree in natural resource conservation at UMass Amherst and she is excited to put her education to good use. Throughout her college career, Brigid had opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, an arborist, and at the Smith College Botanic Garden. Brigid can be reached by phone at (413) 628-4485 x4.
Susan is the TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator for Hilltown Land Trust. She moved into the woods of Conway when she was in her mid-twenties, bought a chain saw, cleared land for her horse and pony and cut up cord wood to keep herself warm in the winter. For twelve years, she lived modestly in a 1940’s mobile home with seasonal running water and no electricity. This adventure surrounded her with the sounds, sights, and aromas of the forest during each season and inspired the writing she often did in the evening. She learned to prefer moonlight over flashlight as well as welcome the wild animals. Quite surprisingly, a juvenile skunk chose to move in with her for six months. In time, she built a passive solar home and received a BA in creative writing from Vermont College. She is a member of Conway’s Agricultural Commission, was coordinator for a food pantry, and volunteers for The Food Bank of Western Mass. She is pleased to be an advocate for the land she loves and looks forward to meeting like-minded souls. Susan can be reached by phone at (413) 628-4485 x4.
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