Board and Staff

Board of 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.


Patricia Ruby, Executive Director


Patricia Ruby, Executive DirectorPatricia 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.

Jackie Middleton, Land Acquisition Director


Jacqueline joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in March 2014.  She received both her undergraduate and law degree from Florida State University. Previously, Jacqueline 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.

Dave Harding, Director of Outreach


Dave joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in April 2013 as its Director of Outreach. Among his duties are to develop and manage HLT’s marketing and communications plans; oversee the website; and handle the preparation and distribution of press releases, media alerts, newsletters, advertisements and email alerts. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor for Forbes Newspapers Inc., and as a news editor at 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. 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, a Hunterdon County Historical Society Board of Trustee member and has co-authored a local history book.

Robert Reid, Farmers’ Market Manager


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. A former member of the Alexandria Township Open Space Committee and the Highlands Coalition Policy Committee, Robert has 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.

Catherine Suttle, Director of Cultural Resources


Catherine Suttle joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in 2007. Since that time she has taken responsibility for managing the historic Dvoor Farm.  Her work including obtaining grant funding and overseeing planning and capital projects is done with direction and input from the Trust’s Dvoor Farm Committee.  She also manages the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market and is responsible for the Land Trust’s new Food System Initiative which focuses on promoting the sales of local farm products across our local food system.

Catherine has experience 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 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


Judy joined the Hunterdon Land Trust in March 2014.

Her early career was spent in San Francisco where she was 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. Most recently she was a Customer Service Representative for a local plumbing and remodeling company, MSI.  Having spent much of her career in the private sector, she welcomes the opportunity to work for an exciting nonprofit. Her love of Hunterdon County, the beautiful scenery and the ambiance that the open land offers brought her to the Hunterdon Land Trust.

Judy is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.

She is an avid walker, having traversed the roads of Hunterdon County ever since she moved to New Jersey.  She and her rescue puppy Sydney can be seen taking in the breathtaking landscape of Hunterdon County in the rain, snow, wind and the dog days of summer.

 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.

Stefani Spence, Land Steward


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 preserved properties for conservation threats, coordinating ecological restoration projects and creating maps to support land preservation activities.