Board and Staff

Board of Trustees

Trustees

Ron Monaco, President

Richard Dodds, Vice President

Pat Stover, Secretary

Phil Meldrum, Treasurer

Nancy Cunningham

Rose Hanley

Seth Kellogg

Larry LaFevre

Valerie Powell

Advisory Trustees

Michele Byers, Hopewell

Mark Gallagher, Flemington

Leslie Sauer Jones, Delaware

Jamie Kamph, West Amwell

Kathleen Thompson, Raritan

 

Honorary Trustees

Julia Allen

Marfy Goodspeed

Rep. Leonard Lance


You can learn more about our Board of Trustees here.

Note to Trustees: To review resolutions, policies, board documents and more, please go here.


Staff

 

Patricia Ruby, Executive Director
Email: pruby@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Patricia Ruby has served as Executive Director of the accredited Hunterdon Land Trust since 2012. In this role, Patti is always wondering, “What organization do we need to be to do the work we need to do to achieve our vision?” She leads HLT by assessing trends, proactively adapting to new challenges, and managing the organization in an efficient way to support an integrated suite of programs that best deliver our mission. As Executive Director, she makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees, supports strategic planning efforts, and implements the organization’s goals and policies within an approved budget. In addition to engaging the community from donors and partners to volunteers and elected officials, she raises funds and secures resources to support HLT’s mission. In short, she oversees and ensures the effectiveness of all our program areas, operations and staff.

Patti is passionate about HLT’s mission because she believes everything is connected and all life depends on our shared natural lands and waters. Every day she is working toward building a more resilient community that supports a high quality of life for us and for future generations.

In addition to previously working at the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey where she served as program manager of the award-winning Sustainable Jersey program, Patti was employed by the NJ Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University and Raritan Headwaters Association (formerly the Upper Raritan Watershed Association), and she currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Lamington Conservancy. 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 enjoys exploring new places, biking and gardening with her husband and two children.

 

Dave Harding, Director of Outreach
Email: dave@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Dave joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in April 2013 as its Director of Outreach. Overall, he handles HLT’s marketing and communications, including writing and distributing news releases, newsletters, weekly emailed newsletters, advertisements, blog posts, brochures and website copy. He oversees HLT’s website and social media, promotes our Farmers’ Market and serves as our staff photographer and videographer. He also troubleshoots computer issues for the staff and works to ensure our computers and networks are working efficiently and effectively. Dave is also our docent, giving history tours of the Dvoor Farm house and property.

Dave simultaneously 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. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for Forbes Newspapers Inc., where he earned awards for editorial writing and newspaper design, and as a news editor and project manager at Dow Jones & Co. Inc. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and has a post-graduate degree in digital marketing and social media from Rutgers University.

Dave is a current member and past president of the East Amwell Historical Society, co-director of Camp Friendship China for adopted children; and a past Hunterdon County Historical Society Board of Trustee member. He also co-authored a local history book and a self-guided walking tour of downtown Ringoes.

 

Mary Licetti, Finance Director
Email: mary@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Mary joined the staff of the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2009 and brings extensive financial management experience to our organization. Since 2001, Mary has provided financial support to New Jersey environmental nonprofit organizations.

She is responsible for the accuracy of HLT’s financial records and oversees all financial activities while ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and practices that govern nonprofit financial management.

Mary’s previous 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 Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting, Mary has also completed financial management training programs at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Northwestern University and the Kellogg Institute.

 

Jackie Middleton, Land Acquisition Director
Email: jacqueline@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Jackie joined Hunterdon Land Trust in March 2014. She received both her undergraduate and law degree from Florida State University. Previously, Jackie practiced law with a private law firm specializing in real estate, where she focused on land acquisition for public projects and real estate project management for governmental entities. She was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 1994.

As HLT’s Land Acquisition Director, Jackie identifies parcels of land for possible acquisition based on our Comprehensive Land Preservation Plan and criteria approved by HLT’s trustees, and handles outreach and negotiations with landowners.

She handles the myriad documents related to land acquisition projects, including resolutions, plans, contracts, deeds, easement documents and title searches, and prepares and guides land acquisition projects for closing. Jackie ensures that all land acquisition, work practices and record keeping aligns with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

She also applies for and manages grants to support capital projects and land preservation work. Regarding legal matters, Jackie provides advice to board staff as needed, and acts as legal counsel to HLT in land acquisition matters and organizational issues. And, she supervises our Land Steward’s monitoring activities and production of baseline reports, as well as ensuring our monitoring program and record keeping meets LTA Standards.

 

Robert Reid, Farmers’ Market Manager
Email: rreid@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Robert Reid joins HLT’s staff as our Farmers’ Market Manager. He has been involved with the Hunterdon Land Trust since 2003 and has worked as a dedicated volunteer at the Farmers’ Market since it began in 2007.

He is a member of the Dvoor Farm Committee and a former Board of Trustees member. He works for the Raritan Headwaters Association as Property Manager in addition to being a member of NY/NJ Trail Conference, Musconetcong Mountain Conservancy, and the Keep It Green Campaign Committee.

Robert is a former member of the Alexandria Township Open Space Committee and the Highlands Coalition Policy Committee.

In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in sculpture and maintains a studio where he continues to make sculpture and furniture. Born in Montreal, Robert has lived in the Hunterdon County area since 1992.

 

 

Stefani Spence, Land Steward
Email: Stefani@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Stefani joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2016 after returning home from Mexico, where she spent nine months on a Fulbright scholarship studying invasive ferns. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Redlands in California. In addition to fluency in Spanish, she brings experience in mapping and GIS.

As HLT’s Land Steward, Stefani’s work includes monitoring properties HLT holds easements on to ensure they are managed in an environmentally conscious way, and properties that HLT owns to keep them safe and clean. She also works at our preserves to remove invasive plants, checks for unsafe trails and repair them, and maintains the condition of the forests, woods or meadows. She coordinates and supervises tree plantings and other stewardship volunteer events; works with our Natural Resource Management Team to reduce deer damage; and oversees habitat restoration projects on our preserves. Stefani is our staff GIS specialist/map maker and handles some stewardship grants. She also writes our Critter Corner column in our newsletter.

In her spare time, Stefani enjoys horseback riding.

 

Catherine Suttle, Director of Cultural Resources
Email: Catherine@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Catherine Suttle joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2007. Since that time, she has taken responsibility for planning, developing and carrying out capital projects at the historic Dvoor Farm. Her duties in this capacity include: leading planning activities for future uses of the Dvoor Farm; managing capital improvements to the Dvoor Farm buildings and property; overseeing repairs and maintenance of the Dvoor Farm buildings; and assisting with stewardship management of the farm.

Catherine is also heavily involved in procuring funding for HLT. She researches funding opportunities for general operating, stewardship and program initiatives offered by corporate, foundation and government entities. She then writes and submits grant applications, and coordinates and produces grant reports when needed.

Catherine has a wealth of experience leading and managing complex projects in which multiple stakeholders are involved. Her past 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 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, an M.S. in Ceramic Sculpture, and an M.B.A. in Logistics from the University of Tennessee.

 

Judy Wilson, Director of Administrative and Cultural Affairs
Email: Judy@hunterdonlandtrust.org

Judy Wilson is the first friendly voice you hear when calling the HLT offices. She handles a variety of office management and human resources duties including managing health benefits, preparing reports for Board of Trustee and committee meetings, managing corporate records, and managing the property/liability insurance plan.

In late 2017, Judy took over the role of overseeing our Farmers’ Market, including planning its budget, coordinating programming, obtaining the approvals and permits needed to operate the market, working with the market manager and interns, and overseeing the Land Trust Specials. She also plans and organizes fundraising events that benefit HLT — such as our annual Farm to Table Dinner.

Judy joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in March 2014. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Her early career was spent in San Francisco as an Account Executive for an insurance broker, Sedgwick James. After moving to New Jersey, she obtained her Property Casualty license and worked for Allstate Insurance in Clinton. She was also a Customer Service Representative for a local plumbing and remodeling company.  Having spent much of her career in the private sector, she enjoys working for an exciting nonprofit.

She is an avid walker, and with her faithful rescue dog Sydney by her side, enjoys traversing the roads of Hunterdon County and taking in its beautiful scenery.