Board of Trustees
Ron Monaco, President
Lawrence LaFevre, Secretary
Neil Grossman, Treasurer
Michele Byers, Hopewell
Mark Gallagher, Flemington
Leslie Sauer Jones, Delaware
Jamie Kamph, West Amwell
Kathleen Thompson, Raritan
Rep. Leonard Lance
Patricia Ruby, Executive Director
Patricia Ruby joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2012 as the Executive Director. She comes to the land trust from the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey where she served as program manager of the award-winning Sustainable Jersey program.
In addition to working with the NJ Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University, she has experience with several land trusts including the Lamington Conservancy and the Raritan Headwaters Association (formerly the Upper Raritan Watershed Association). She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on planning, policy and sustainable development.
When she is not at work, Patti loves to go exploring outdoors, around the world, and at home in New Jersey.
Kate Buttolph, Land Acquisition and Stewardship Director
Kate Buttolph began working with the Hunterdon Land Trust on a contract basis in 2003. In 2007, she was hired as the part-time land acquisition and stewardship director. With the direction of the executive director and the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Committee of the board of trustees, Kate Buttolph is responsible for day-to-day management of land acquisition and stewardship programs. Her responsibilities include landowner outreach, negotiations, identification of potential projects, coordination of technical work, and securing funding commitments from public and private partners.
Kate is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. She was previously an Attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor; Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game; Director of Land Preservation for D&R Greenway Land Trust; and University Counsel with Princeton University. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Dave Harding, Director of Outreach
Dave joined the Hunterdon Land Trust as its Director of Outreach in 2013. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for Forbes Newspapers Inc., and as a news editor and project manager for Dow Jones & Co. Inc. Dave also serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Hunterdon Art Museum and is Vice President of Big Beast Media LLC, which handles public relations and social media campaigns for book authors and local businesses. Dave was graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Journalism Degree, and has a post-graduate degree in digital marketing and social media from Rutgers University.
Dave’s a former president of the East Amwell Historical Society and a member of that town’s Historic Preservation Committee. He’s also co-authored a local history book. In his spare time, Dave blogs about his experiences adopting a daughter from China, and enjoys cooking Italian food, traveling, reading history, and exploring nature trails with his two beagles.
Catherine Suttle, Director of Cultural Resources
Catherine Suttle joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2007. She is experienced in leading and managing complex projects requiring collaboration of multiple stakeholders. Her work experience includes a career with Merck and Company, Inc., where she held site and global management positions across Materials Management functions. Prior to joining Merck, Catherine was part owner of an architecture and construction firm. She was responsible for financial management of the company which specialized in renovation of residential and commercial buildings, primarily those with historic character. Catherine holds a B.S. in sociology and psychology from the University of Tennessee, a M.S. in Ceramic Sculpture, and an M.B.A. in logistics from the University of Tennessee.
Arleen Buchanan, Administrator
Arleen Buchanan joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in July 2008. Most of Arleen’s career was spent as an owner of a telecommunications and management consulting firm. Her business focused primarily on helping clients to improve processes and make better use of technology. Her early career was spent with Doubleday Publishing, both in editorial and sales. Most recently she worked with a specialty recruiter. Arleen has a BA in Theater Arts from Douglass College, Rutgers University and she has enthusiastically joined the nonprofit world.
Mary Licetti, Finance Director
Mary joined the staff of the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2009 and brings extensive experience to our organization in the area of financial management. Since 2001 Mary has provided financial support to New Jersey environmental nonprofit organizations. Mary’s work experience includes a career at the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, where she held senior management positions in finance and business analysis. A graduate of Rutgers University with a BS in accounting, Mary has also completed financial management training programs at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Northwestern University and the Kellogg Institute.
Tom Thorsen, Land Steward
Tom joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2013. Previously he served two terms in the AmeriCorps program. His first term of service involved improving the Pacific Crest Trail with the Northwest Service Academy. His second term of service was with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Ambassadors, where he worked to create public awareness of individual activities that improve watersheds. As a Watershed Ambassador, Tom also monitored streams and led service-learning projects, such as tree plantings and educational presentations about watersheds.
Tom is a graduate of Cook College at Rutgers University and holds a degree in ecology and a certificate in environmental geomatics. Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking, gardening, surfing, and building things in his spare time.
Pepper, Official Greeter and Land Trust Blogger
Pepper was born in Flemington NJ to proud parents whose owners also operated a day care business for preschoolers in their home. So, from a very early age, Pepper was “child-handled” in a most loving, but energetic way which probably explains her patience with and love for human folks. An AKC registered Labrador Retriever, Pepper never became a mom which seems a shame since she calls her toys her babies. When you visit the Hunterdon Land Trust she will greet you at the door – most often with her newest favorite “baby” in her mouth. She loves being at the farm, chasing sticks in the Walnut Creek, attending meetings and always policing the floor for food scraps. Her keen observations of activity at the farm are a welcome inspiration for her blog posts.