Organization and People
Caroline Katmann is the Sourland Conservancy’s full-time Executive Director. Caroline was a New Jersey public school teacher, staff developer, and district-level administrator for 31 years before retiring from public education in 2005 to become an education consultant for a privately owned consulting company in New Jersey. In 2009, Caroline became a trustee on the board of the Sourland Conservancy (SC). In 2012, Caroline decided to retire from her consulting position and spend more time on her volunteer activities with the Sourland Conservancy. In January of 2013, she was hired as the organization’s first full-time Executive Director.
As Executive Director, Caroline has operational responsibility for the Sourland Conservancy’s programs and accomplishment of its mission and strategic plan. She provides high quality of administration, fundraising and communications; she recommends strategies, budgets, work programs, timelines and resources needed to achieve SC’s strategic plan goals.
Laurie Cleveland is the Sourland Conservancy’s Director of Communications and Development since October 2015. Formerly, an account executive, sales manager and media planner, Laurie and her family have lived in the Sourlands for over 20 years.
- Executive Committee
- Budget and Finance Committee
- Nominating and Board Development Committee
- Education and Heritage Committee
- Advocacy and Public Policy Committee
- Robert Garret Society Committee
Board of Trustees
|Dante DiPirro, President||Dante is a pro-environmental lawyer, with over 25 years of experience in sustainable energy and the environment. As a Deputy Attorney General, Assistant State Environmental Prosecutor, Counselor and Legal Policy Adviser to the Commissioner of the NJDEP, and Executive Director of the Highlands Council, he enforced the state’s environmental laws (including wetlands, tidelands, pollution and solid waste) and handled regional planning and land use issues.|
|Marylou Ferrara, Vice President||A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law where she was a Marshall-Brennan Fellow. She is a former Mayor of Hopewell Township. During her tenure, the Township adopted a new Master Plan, which was based on natural resource and infrastructure capacity. Lot sizes were markedly increased in order to provide adequate aquifer recharge and to allow for sufficient dilution of nitrates from septic systems. This zoning was recently upheld by the Appellate Division. As Mayor, she partnered with SBMWA and directed municipal staff to participate in the Watershed’s first municipal assessment.|
|Joanna Fiori, Secretary||
|Veronique Oomen, Treasurer||MSC in Applied Physics, and an MBA. Strong financial management skills. 10+ years of project management. Certified 6Sigma Black Belt. Track record of technical and organizational problem solving.|
|Jim Andrews||An electrical engineer at SRI International. He designs imagers for satellites, telescopes and scientific instruments. Some of these imagers are in satellites to be observing the sun and ones looking down at the earth able to make clear pictures of weather phenomena both during the day and at night. Other imagers are in telescopes keeping track of orbiting space debris.|
|Robert Cibulskis||Retired from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to hazmat response Bob specialized in information systems, robotics, telemetry, video production, and software design and development.|
|Joel Coyne||Worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for over 30 years.; Sustainability Coordinator for Bernards Twp for 8 years; member of West Amwell Environmental Commission; GIS Consultant|
|Gary Johnston||Certified Financial Planner for Ameriprise Financial and member of Princeton Chamber of Commerce.|
|Tim Johnson||Owns and operates Renaissance Restoration. Founding member of the 1759 Vought House in Clinton and member of Hillsborough Historic Preservation Committee|
Ex-UK diplomat now focused on homeschooling son. Part of Green Hour Radio team and volunteer teacher on environmental sustainability at Princeton Learning Cooperative.
|Marcia Maguire||Retired: NJ DEP – policy, planning and legal affairs, professor at NYU and University of Pennsylvania and government consultant on post-revolutionary Iran.|
|Beverly Mills||Former Executive Director of the Drumthwacket Foundation in Princeton, NJ; former Administrator for the Trent House Association in Trenton, NJ; currently Office Manager for the Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville.|
|Roger Thorpe||Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.20 years contract research for NASA and DOD in the areas of rocketry and ceramic composite armor.15 years running a fluid dynamics computer modeling lab to assist in the design of air pollution control systems for power plants and oil refineries.Last 3 years as volunteer for D&R Greenway stewardship program.|
Robert and Stephanie Harris
Scott and Hella McVay
Peg Van Patton