Meet our team
Our members inspire me every day – people of all ages from different backgrounds come together to share, learn, and honor each other.
Laurie joined the Sourland Conservancy in 2015 to help fight the PennEast pipeline. An active member of the community, Laurie works to partner with local, regional and national organizations to implement education, advocacy and stewardship initiatives to Save the Sourlands. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys photography, reading, gardening, and exploring the Sourland trails.
Carolyn has over 15 years of experience in the ecology field studying a diverse array of ecosystems from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts to the NJ Pine Barrens and of course, the Sourlands! She joined the Sourland Conservancy because she feels passionate about protecting the Sourland Mountain and working with her community to promote ecological stewardship. She is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to spend time wandering through the woods, working in her garden and spending time with her family.
Maya graduated from Rutgers New Brunswick with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior, as well as minors in Anthropology and Spanish. She was a Research Assistant for two years, focused on the impacts of land-use change related to alluvial gold mining in Ghana. Maya is excited to work for the Sourland Conservancy because she cares about protecting the balance of natural systems and sharing these resources with the community.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Kariina has over 10 years of experience working in marketing across a number of industries and geographies. Kariina is a New Jersey native and a graduate of TCNJ with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Kariina calls the Sourlands home and is continually inspired by the creative and engaged community here. She loves to spend time in nature and finds it to be the greatest teacher.
I support the Sourland region for its rugged beauty, mostly unbroken forest habitat, historical significance, and accessibility for exploration through the many trails maintained by public and non-public entities.
– Dan Pace, Board Member
We’re not (just) tree-huggers!
Our board members and staff bring varied talent and professional expertise to the table: pro-environmental lawyer, two mayors, business analyst, electrical engineer, elementary school teacher, environmental engineer, Hazmat response specialist, accountant, photographer, environmental health specialist, GIS consultant, biologist, financial planner, historic preservation expert, British diplomat, college professor, nonprofit executive director, and rocket scientist.
Board of Trustees
Dante DiPirro, President – Dante is a pro-environmental lawyer, with over thirty 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. Marylou serves as Chair of the Conservancy’s Advocacy and Citizen Action Committee.
Joanna Fiori, Secretary – A retired business analyst and system manager at Citibank and INVESCO. Joanna is a longtime member and former president of the Sourland Conservancy. She and her husband, Clem, are active in several community organizations including Montgomery Friends of Open Space and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Joanna serves on the Conservancy’s Development, Sourland Spectacular, and Mountain Fest Committees.
Fran Bartlett, Treasurer – A graduate of Lehigh University and has worked as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche. She is a former Hopewell Township mayor, committeeperson, and planning board member. Fran is involved with several nonprofits in the area, including as a former board member of the Hopewell Valley YMCA. Fran serves as the Conservancy’s Governance Committee Chair.
Scot Allen – An executive at Verizon where he has held several roles in Sales, Solutions and Marketing over his nineteen years with the company. A resident of Belle Mead, Scot serves on the Conservancy’s Development Committee.
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. Jim serves on the Sourland Alliance and is Co-chair of the Conservancy’s Sourland Spectacular Committee.
Tatiana Fulmer – Born and raised on the Sourland Mountain and mother to a future social justice eco-warrior. She works at the BSB Gallery in Trenton and freelances as a social media brand manager. She is involved in social justice, cultural inclusion, and historic preservation initiatives in the area including Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend, and Hope Rises Up. Tatiana serves on the Conservancy’s Mountain Festival Committee.
Beverly Mills – The former Executive Director of the Drumthwacket Foundation in Princeton; former Administrator for the Trent House Association in Trenton; and currently Office Manager for the Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville. Beverly serves as the Conservancy’s Engagement Committee Chair.
Dan Pace – A retired professional planner who managed the Mercer County Farmland Preservation Program seventeen years. A resident of Pennington Borough, Dan is active in the Station at Pennington HomeOwners Association, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, the Pennington Borough Open Space Committee, the Pennington Borough Democratic Committee, and the Hopewell Valley Open Space Advisory Committee. Dan serves on the Conservancy’s Stewardship Committee.
Michelle Baker – Michelle moved to Montgomery Township in 1984 and currently resides in Skillman with her husband, Nick. In April 2019, she founded Michelle Baker Design LLC, a boutique design agency specializing in branding and identity, print collateral, and packaging design. Over the past few years, she has become a member of the Montgomery Township Open Space Committee, is an Ambassador of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber, and serves on the Conservancy’s Spectacular and SoloFest/Mountain Fest Committees.
Julia Purtill – A resident of Hunterdon County and the Sourlands, is an active member of the Sourland Conservancy and has been exploring trails through the Sourlands for over ten years. Passionate about protecting wildlife and nature, she’s dedicated to enjoying, preserving and caring for a healthy environment for future generations. Growing up involved with the beauty of the Colorado Rockies, she was an environmental activist in college, graduated with a BFA in both Art History and Printmaking, and made her way to New York City working as a “jack-of-all-trades”. She is currently working with and supporting local farmers in various capacities.
Robert and Stephanie Harris
Scott & Hella McVay
Peg Van Patton