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Board of Directors

Paul H. Wilson, Jr., Chair
Debevoise and Plimpton, LLC (ret)
New York, NY

Kent Connaughton, Vice Chair
Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region
US Forest Service (ret)
Portland, Oregon

Kenneth J. Warren, Treasurer
Warren Glass LLP
Bryn Mawr, PA

Anita Mielert, Secretary
Simsbury, CT

Richard C. Anthony
Naples, FL

Michael Catania
Executive Director
Duke Farms
Hillsborough Township, NJ

Elizabeth Cericola
Development Officer
World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC

Tamara Chant
Executive Director
Safe Haven of Pike County
Milford, PA

Carol Collier
Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy
Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, PA

James R. Grace
Maurice K. Goddard Professor
Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Management
Penn State University
University Park, PA


John C. Barber

Warsaw, VA

George H. Bohlinger III
Washington, DC

Hugh C. Miller
Richmond, VA

R. Max Peterson
Springfield, VA

Thomas Schenarts
Kennett Square, PA

Thomas Kirkwood
Director, USA
Shawnee on Delaware, PA

Kenneth H. Klipstein II
Director, Watershed Protection Programs
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
Somerville, NJ

Richard Lindsey
Managing Partner
Windham Capital Management
Boston, MA

Malcolm McAlpin
Blooming Grove Club
Hawley, PA

Wade Mosby
Senior Vice President
Collins (ret)
Portland, Oregon

Nicholas H. Niles
Blooming Grove Club
Hawley, PA

Larry A. Quinn
Assistant Director, Office of Communications, USDA (ret)
Fairfax Station, VA

David Wagner
Principal (ret.)
New York, NY

William C. Price, ex officio
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Washington, DC

Pinchot Liaisons

Vicki Christiansen
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC

William Dauer
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Milford, PA

Dan Devlin
Director, Bureau of Forestry
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Harrisburg, PA

Of Counsel

Peter Irwin

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY

Board Member Biographies

Richard C. Anthony (top)
Dick Anthony


A graduate of Denison University with a degree in history, Dick was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1967 through 1970. Starting in 1971 with The Hartford National Bank, Dick spent 30 years in the institutional fixed income investment arena as a bond portfolio manager, trader, underwriter, and sales executive. Dick retired in 2000 to pursue philanthropic and civic activities, including service on the board of the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation and two terms as an elected town council member in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Michael Catania (top)
Michael Catania


Michael Catania is the executive director of Duke Farms, which serves as a model of stewardship and sustainability on its 2,742 acre campus, which is located in Hillsborough Township, NJ.  Before joining Duke Farms in 2013, Michael served as Founder, President and General Counsel of Conservation Resources for 10 years.  He has been extensively involved with conservation, environmental and land use policy issues in New Jersey for more than 40 years. An attorney, he began his career with the Office of Legislative Services, the central non-partisan staff agency for the New Jersey Legislature. From 1974 until 1981, he staffed the various agricultural, energy and environmental committees of the Legislature, and drafted many of New Jersey's landmark laws in these areas, most notably the Pinelands Protection Act. 

In 1981, he became the first Director of the Office of Regulatory Services at the NJDEP, where he was responsible as in-house counsel for overseeing the adoption and enforcement of all DEP regulations. In 1986, he became the Deputy Commissioner of DEP, and served in that capacity under two governors and three commissioners until 1990. After teaching environmental law and policy for three semesters as Visiting Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Cook College of Rutgers University, he was the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey from June of 1991 until July of 2003, where he was responsible for the completion of more than 350 transactions which resulted in the permanent protection of more than 43,000 acres, as well as the largest conservation capital campaign in state history, the $60 million Campaign to Save the Last Great Places of New Jersey.

He also currently serves as a trustee and the Chair of the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust, as Co-chair of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance, as Chair of the Environment Committee and as a trustee of the Victoria Foundation, and as a trustee and executive committee member of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Previously, he was the founding Chair of Greener New Jersey Productions, a trustee and President of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust, and a founding member and Co-Chair of the Stockton Alliance, Vice Chair of the Mendham Borough Environmental Commission, Co-Chair of the Coalition to Preserve Natural Resources, and the founder and Chairman of the Coalition for Conservation. 

Michael holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University, as well as a JD from the Rutgers School of Law in Camden. He is a member of the NJ Bar, and has been admitted to practice law in New Jersey since 1981. He has taught, lectured and written extensively on a broad range of environmental, energy and agricultural policy issues, including a regular column which he authored for several years for Spotlight NJ.  

Elizabeth Cericola (top)
Elizabeth Cericola


Beth Cericola is development officer, individual giving, for World Wildlife Fund’s Eastern regional philanthropy team. Beth joined WWF in January 2014 from The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she worked on donor communications and philanthropic partnerships for Pew’s environment initiatives. Previously, she managed Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's major giving program. She has held internships at Worldwatch Institute and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Currently, Beth serves on the Planning Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals DC Young Professional Affinity Group. She received a B.S.F.S. in culture and politics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Beth lives with her husband, Nick, in Washington, DC.

Tamara Chant (top)
Tamara Chant


Having spent the past 31 years in Europe and the Middle East, Tamara Chant recently returned to her native home of Milford, Pennsylvania to join her children and parents. A Smith College graduate, Tamara managed marketing and sponsorship for Top Marques Monaco, a luxury car and goods exhibitor, in Monaco and Abu Dhabi. Tamara began working with non-profit organizations after completing a certification in fundraising at NYU, shifting her focus toward activism for vulnerable populations. She was recently appointed Executive Director of Safe Haven of Pike County, a domestic violence and sexual assault resource agency. Tamara also serves as a board member for the Nepal Orphans Home and the Good Shepherd Child Care Center.

Carol Collier (top)


Ms. Collier has over 25 years of experience in environmental management, water resources, and land use planning. She is the Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. At the Academy, Carol holds an active leadership role supporting the work of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research in monitoring and improving the health of watersheds in the Delaware River Basin. She previously served as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). Prior to joining DRBC, she worked for Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, heading up his 21st Century Environment Commission and served as Regional Director of the Southeast Region, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. She also worked 19 years in the private sector. She is educated in aquatic biology and regional planning, is a licensed professional planner, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Senior Certified Ecologist.

Kent P. Connaughton (top)

Kent ConnaughtonKent Connaughton recently retired after more than 36 years as a forest land manager, professional forester, and researcher with the U.S. Forest Service. His last position was as Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region, where he was responsible for management and protection of the 17 units of the National Forest System in Oregon and Washington.  Prior to that assignment and between 2008 and 2011, he served as Regional Forester for the Eastern Region, where he was responsible for the 17 National Forests in the 20 states from Maine to Minnesota to Missouri to West Virginia. Connaughton began his career at the Pacific Northwest Research Station as a forest economics researcher.  He subsequently had assignments implementing the Northwest Forest Plan for Oregon, Washington, and northern California from 1993 to 1996; as Forest Supervisor of the Lassen National Forest in northern California from 1996 to 1998; as project manager for the Sierra Nevada Framework for Conservation and Collaboration amending 11 National Forest plans in California from 1998 to 2001; as Deputy Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region from 2001 to 2005; and as Associate Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry in the Forest Service’s national headquarters from 2005 to 2008.

Connaughton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences from Stanford University in 1969.  His Master of Forestry Degree was earned at Oregon State University in 1973.  In 1978 he earned his PhD in forest economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  From 1969 to 1971 he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Connaughton is a member of the Society of American Foresters, where he has held elected positions at local, state, and national levels.  He was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1991.  He is married to Sue Little, a forester and teacher.  They currently reside in Portland, Oregon, and have two grown children.

Dr. James R. Grace (top)

Jim GraceJames R. Grace is the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resources Conservation in August 2010. Housed within the School of Forest Resources at the Pennsylvania State University the purpose of the Goddard Chair is to provide leadership in sustainable natural resource conservation through programs of public service, education and scholarship. Prior to his appointment Jim served a lengthy career in State Government. Most recently he was the Deputy Secretary for State Parks and Forestry within the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. From 1994 to 2007 Jim served as the Pennsylvania State Forester and the Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. Jim is a native of New Britain, Connecticut, and he has degrees in forestry from The University of Vermont (B.S), Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.), and The Pennsylvania State University (PhD). He lives with his wife Roberta in Camp Hill.

Thomas Kirkwood (top)
Thomas KirkwoodTom was born in Thailand in 1967 and educated in Singapore, Pennsylvania and England. He has an MA degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Cambridge University and wrote his Master’s dissertation on “China’s Oil & Gas Development Strategy”.

Tom began his career at the emerging Markets Group of Wall Street investment bank, Wasserstein, Perella & Co. In 1991 he moved to China where he established several businesses in oil & gas, property, telecommunications and investment. He is the owner of Kirkwood & Sons LLP, a board member of Sino Geophysical, a shareholder in Yeepay and an adviser on energy matters to KW&Co.

Tom is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and his interests include family time, oil and gas exploration, geophysics, fly-fishing, ice hockey and tennis. Tom and his wife Kate have been involved in co-sponsoring China’s first private charity for the blind (The Bright Angel Fund) and are active supporters of the Peace Corps and Special Olympics in China.

Kenneth H. Klipstein II (top)

Ken Klipstein is Director of Watershed Protection Programs for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the Authority’s activities in source water and watershed protection and restoration. He is a regular contributor to local, state and federal public advisory committees and panels regarding water quality and quantity in the region and has taught on the subject at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Authority, Ken worked for many years at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he most recently served as Bureau Chief for Watershed Planning. In that position, Ken was responsible for overseeing the Department’s watershed restoration and protection functions including administering Federal Clean Water Act delegated grant programs. Ken serves on the boards of a number of New Jersey based not-for-profit conservation organizations including: The NJ Conservation Foundation, The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team and The Tewksbury Land Trust. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Planning from Cook College, Rutgers University, and an A.A.S. in Civil Technology from the University of New Hampshire


Richard Lindsey (top)
Richard Lindsey


Richard Lindsey, PhD is a Managing Partner of Windham Capital Management and Portfolio Manager for Windham Risk Premia. Previously, he served as the Chief Investment Strategist, Liquid Alternatives for Janus Capital. In this role he developed and co-managed the liquid alternative strategies and was also a member of the Janus Capital Group Global Allocation Committee. Prior to joining Janus, Dr. Lindsey was a principal of the Callcott Group, LLC, a quantitative consulting group, where he was responsible for directing research activities and advisory services. For eight years Dr. Lindsey was president of Bear, Stearns Securities Corporation and a member of the Management Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Before joining Bear Stearns, Dr. Lindsey served as the Director of Market Regulation for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as the Chief Economist of the SEC. He was a finance professor at the Yale School of Management before joining the SEC. Dr. Lindsey has also served on several corporate boards including, The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), the Options Clearing Corporation, the International Securities Exchange, and Strike Technologies. Dr. Lindsey has done extensive work in the areas of portfolio construction, risk management, and the trading of securities. He has held the positions of Visiting Academic at the Nikko Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan, and Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MS in chemical engineering from Berkeley, an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the Courant Institute, the Chairman of the International Association for Quantitative Finance as well as Chairman of the Quantitative Group for Finance.

Malcolm McAlpin (top) Malcolm McAlpin

Following a 35-year career in investment banking, Malcolm McAlpin retired in 2004 in order to pursue personal interests and avocations and to enjoy more fully the beauty and natural surroundings of northeast Pennsylvania, specifically Pike County and Blooming Grove, where he has a home. This area has been a part of his and his family’s life for five generations and currently, he divides his time between Blooming Grove and Charleston, SC. An avid fly fisherman and upland bird hunter, the quality of our waterways and woodlands are of vital interest and concern to Malcolm. As a member of the Blooming Grove Club, he has served on the club’s Fishing & Water Management Committee since 1976, and as chairman the past 13 years. During his 35 years as a resident of New Jersey, Malcolm’s volunteer and board leadership activities focused largely on organizations related to conservation and the preservation of open spaces, with time and resources also devoted to animal welfare, the preservation of a unique garden facility and his love of fishing and hunting. Malcolm enjoys raising and training his own gun dogs and has pursued opportunities to fish in numerous remote locations within the United States and abroad during both his business years and his retirement. An amateur woodworker and a lover of history, his time in Charleston offers numerous opportunities to pursue these interests. A graduate of Duke University, Malcolm is married and the father of three adult children who reside in some wonderful fishing locations and he enjoys introducing his grandchildren to the wonders of nature and the pleasures of our natural environment and the pursuit of outdoor activities.

Anita Mielert (top) Anita Mielert

Anita Mielert is a community leader and volunteer from Simsbury, Connecticut. Over the past twenty years, Anita has been involved with advancing the role of historic preservation at local, state and national levels. As she says it, the best way to save historic buildings is to make sure they are lived in. Anita has worked tirelessly to make that happen. Locally, Anita created Simsbury’s first local historic district and wrote the Handbook for the local historic district commission, a handbook that is the model most widely used by other commissions in Connecticut. After many years as an involved citizen, Anita went on to become First Selectman of Simsbury and during her tenure pressed for many preservation projects that might have Anita is credited with bringing to Connecticut the very successful Connecticut Main Street Center, a partnership program with the National Trust. Today 39 Main Street communities benefit from the technical and educational assistance the Main Street program provides to revitalize their downtowns. On the state level, Anita has been a commissioner of the Connecticut Historic Commission, serving as Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman, a trustee of the Connecticut Trust and is the past president of Connecticut Preservation Action, a voice for historic preservation at the Capital. Anita is a key advocate at the Connecticut legislature for passage of a new historic tax credit that could transform the state’s Nationally Anita was selected to be one of two Connecticut advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation where she is heading the advisor’s public policy committee. In her role with the National Trust, she melded local and national programs to shepherd through a successful nomination of Simsbury as the fourth community in the state to receive a federal designation as a Preserve America community.

Wade MosbyWade Mosby (top)

Wade Mosby served most recently as Senior Vice President for Collins Companies, an integrated forest products company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with certified forestry operations in Oregon, California, and Pennsylvania. His 35-year career in the forest industry includes positions at Kimberly-Clark, Bohemia, and Roseburg Forest Products. Mosby is a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, co-founder and director emeritus of Forest Trends, founding director emeritus for the Oregon Natural Step Network, and served on the boards of Sustainable Northwest, American Forest Resource Council, Keep Oregon Green, and Biomass Power Association. Wade and his wife Susan are long-time residents of Portland, Oregon.

Nicholas H. Niles (top)

Nick served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant and was decorated with the Soldier’s Medal. He earned a BS from Columbia University and an MBA from Fordham University. Nick Niles was in the publishing business most of his career. His last job there was Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of Times Mirror Magazines. Before joining Times Mirror Magazines, Nick was Executive Vice President of Springhouse Corporation, publishers of Nursing Magazine and Springhouse Books. Prior to that, Nick held the job of Publisher at several national magazines including Food and Wine at American Express Publishing and Kiplinger’s Changing Times, now called Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He is a past President of the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club in Hawley, Pennsylvania. After retiring from the Publishing business, Nick started a golf travel business called Expedition Golf with Sven Lindblad’s Special Expeditions. Currently Nick also sits on the Board of Lackawanna College, the Northeastern Philharmonic and WVIA, the PBS Radio and TV Station, as well as the Library Building Committee in Milford Pennsylvania. Nick also has served on the past boards of The International Art of Jazz, a non-profit organization in New York City which put jazz into grammar and high school, Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, The Urban League of Southern Connecticut, The League for Hard of Hearing in New York City, The Advisory Board of the School of General Studies at Columbia University, and an Alumni Trustee of the Guthrie Medical Center in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Maggie, live at the Blooming Grove Club in Hawley, Pennsylvania.

Larry Quinn (top)

 Larry A. Quinn retired in 2009, from his position as the Assistant Director for the Office of Communications at the US Department of Agriculture with more than 42 years of Federal service – 35 years at USDA. He also functioned as the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer for Office of Communications. The National Association of Farm Broadcasting presented its Meritorious Service Award to Quinn in November 1999 “in recognition for outstanding service to the farm broadcasting profession.” In April 2003, Quinn was presented the Hall of Fame award by the Federal Government Distance Learning Association for his “significant career accomplishments in promoting and developing distance learning in the Federal government.” In July 2000, he was given the top professional award by Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). He served as President of the 700-member ACE association in 1984-85, and early in his career, he received the Pioneer ACE Award in July 1974. Prior to joining USDA, Quinn was radio-TV specialist and field editor for Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Communications. While at Texas A&M, he earned an M.S. in Educational Administration with a special emphasis in educational public relations. He has a B.S. in agronomy from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Quinn is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA, and is serving his fourth three-year term on the FEI Alumni Board.

William C. Price(top)
Will Price

Will has been at the Pinchot Institute since 1999, working on public policy and market-based solutions that improve forest management and advance conservation. His studies on forest certification have included projects with state and federal agencies, companies, universities, and First Nations. In recent years he has also worked with agencies and landowners on ways to sequester carbon through forest conservation. Prior to the Pinchot Institute he consulted with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; and worked as a research technician with NASA, and with the Forest Service PNW Research Station in Corvallis, OR. Will graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Master of Forest Science degree, and holds a Bachelor's of Science from University of Notre Dame, where he studied ecology.

David Wagner (top)
David Wagner


David Wagner is a retired principal of KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory services firm, where he served as Deputy General Counsel and as an advisory principal in the Independence Group.  His responsibilities in the Office of General Counsel included providing counsel on risk management, professional practice, regulatory compliance and potential litigation and regulatory proceedings.  More recently, he was charged with forming an inspections regime in the Independence Group of the firm.  Since his retirement from KPMG in New York in 2015, he has acted as a consultant to the international network of KPMG firms.  Mr. Wagner graduated from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Law, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold D. Vietor, Chief Judge of U.S District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.  Prior to attending law school he was a freelance theatrical and music lighting designer.  Mr. Wagner is a member of the board of directors of St. Ann’s Warehouse, a theatre company in Brooklyn, and lives in New York City and Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania.

Paul H. Wilson, Jr. (top)

Paul Wilson
Mr. Wilson is a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, where he was for more than 40 years. His practice included representing major corporations in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other complex corporate transactions and international corporate matters, as well as providing on ongoing corporate counseling. He was Debevoise's Deputy Presiding Partner from 1993 to 1998 and its Chief Financial Officer and Management Committee member three times, spanning more than a dozen years. After retiring from Debevoise at the end of 2008, he was for two years Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of First Wind Holdings, LLC, a wind-energy company headquartered in Boston. Mr. Wilson graduated with an AB from Brown University in 1964 and with an LLB from Columbia Law School and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1967. He was the law Clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New york in 1967 and 1968.


Kenneth J. Warren (top)

Ken Warren
Kenneth J. Warren is a founding partner of Warren Glass LLP, a firm concentrating in the fields of environmental and water resources law.  He has been representing businesses in environmental regulatory, transactional and litigation matters for more than 30 years.  He also serves as outside general counsel to the Delaware River Basin Commission, a federal interstate agency managing the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.  He is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a Trustee of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.  He served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources in the Bar Year 2003-2004 during which he led the Section’s 10,000 lawyers.  Mr. Warren participated as an industry stakeholder representative on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 2000 to 2006.  Mr. Warren received his B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1975 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1979.  He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1979-1980. 
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