Board & Staff
HLT is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by professional staff, and supported by volunteers and donors.
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.
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.
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 is the first friendly voice you hear when calling HLT. She handles a variety of office management and human resources duties including managing health benefits, preparing reports for 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.
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.
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 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.
Kristin has been HLT’s Land Steward since 2019. In this role she oversees the ecological health of our preserves and engages the community in stewardship events to care for the properties. Kristin regularly monitors HLT-owned properties to keep them safe and clean; documents and addresses ecological factors such as habitat provision and stormwater management; and assesses the health of the preserves’ woodland, meadow and wetland plant communities. She coordinates and supervises both volunteer and contracted work to remove invasive plants, maintain and repair trails and signage, install and protect native trees and shrubs, assess tree health, and complete other habitat restoration projects. She also regularly monitors properties HLT holds easements on to ensure they are managed in an environmentally conscious way. Kristin works with HLT’s Natural Resource Management Team to reduce deer damage on our preserves and collaborates with stewardship professionals at other organizations in our area to address the issues common to all land preservation and restoration endeavors. She is our staff GIS specialist and map maker, manages some stewardship grants, and writes the Critter Corner column in HLT’s newsletter.
As a Hunterdon County native, Kristin spent her youth in the county’s beautiful open spaces and woodlands. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University. After a career in health care in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Kristin rediscovered her love of the outdoors. She earned a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from Temple University with a focus on ecological restoration, then worked after graduation at a private landscape design/build firm. Kristin currently works seasonally at a tree nursery and serves on her local municipality’s environmental advisory council.
Robert Reid joins HLT’s staff as our Farmers’ Market Manager. He has been involved with the Hunterdon Land Trust since 2003.
He is a former 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.
Have a question when you come to our Farmers’ Market? Want to learn more about Hunterdon Land Trust and our mission? Then make sure to chat with our Farmers’ Market Ambassador Devin Cornia. As our ambassador, Devin’s aim is to raise awareness of HLT’s mission, projects and programs and to engage the community to support our local farmers and food producers.
Devin joined our staff this summer. He has been farming since 2015, most recently managing the wholesale, cut flower and marketing operations at a local CSA. In addition to his role at HLT, he is the N.J. C.R.A.F.T. The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer-to-Farmer Training is a multi-state organization that host workshops, tours and social events for farmers.
Board of Trustees
Richard Dodds grew up in New Jersey and has been a resident of Hunterdon County for the past 20 years. He attended the University of New Hampshire at Keene State, majoring in environmental sciences. Locally, Richard has been a member and chair of the Kingwood Township Planning Board, a member and chair of the Kingwood Township Open Space Committee, a soccer coach and referee for the Kingwood Recreational Soccer League and a Hunterdon Land Trust volunteer for more than four years. Richard has worked for and with nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. As proof of his love for the land, he has backpacked in New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California, and Nepal and wild caved in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. He is also an avid kayaker and scuba diver and actively farms sheep in Kingwood Township.
Phil grew up in Bay Head, New Jersey, and later attended the University of New Hampshire where he enjoyed weekends and summers hiking in the mountains. His love of food and travel led him to pursue a career in Manhattan, working for specialty cheese and food importers. In 1996 he founded FoodMatch, Inc. now a national supplier of authentic, sustainably produced Mediterranean foods to Fortune 500 retail and restaurant chains.
He is closely involved with urban pantries and community outreach centers in NYC such as the Sylvia Center. Phil sits on the Oldways board of directors, encouraging positive public health through heritage diets and nutrition. He has also served as a delegate for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneur Program on two missions, one in Greece and one in Portugal, mentoring local entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.
In their free time, Phil and his family enjoy the beautiful rolling hills, fields, and woods at their West Amwell farm where they raise livestock on organically certified pastures.
Patricia Stover moved to Raritan Township with her husband and three children from Watertown, N.Y. in 1971, and is happy to be back living in her native state in the country and halfway between New York City and Philadelphia. She promptly joined the boards of the League of Women Voters and the South Branch Watershed Association. An appointment to the Environmental Commission followed. She joined the planning board, chairing it for 3 years when Raritan Township was listed as the 9th most rapidly developing township in the nation. The Open Space Committee was more relaxing and preserving land was a joy. Pat ended her formal township volunteering with a 10-year stint on the Raritan Township Municipal Authority. Another personal interest has been her years (including three as chair) on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. She enjoys traveling and fly fishing in remote areas. Pat spent her career years as an occupational therapist managing a physical therapy and fitness center.
Larry LaFevre is a founding member and chair of the Holland Township Municipal Agricultural Advisory Committee, township liaison to the Hunterdon County Agricultural Development Board, and active in the Holland Township Historic Preservation Commission and other historic societies. Larry has a BS in economics and worked as an IT manager at the Office of Information Technology, State of NJ, for more than 20 years. He has been involved in the Hunterdon Land Trust for more than 12 years, a trustee since 2008.
Larry has a daughter, son-in-law and grandson living in Boston. He was born, raised and is still living near the banks of the sacred Delaware River in Milford.
Valerie Powell’s professional life has spanned three decades of designing effective and motivational instructional materials across a wide variety of audiences. In her current role as Director, Patient Insights & Engagement for Mapi Group, she works to bring the voice of the patient to the design of clinical trials. She is also responsible for ensuring that all patient communications and materials are developed specifically with the patient in mind, and at an appropriate literacy and educational level. In her free time, she teaches individuals and groups the benefits of a whole-foods diet for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and provides free meditation classes to the community.
Valerie has volunteered at the HLT Farmers’ Market for several years and serves on the Farmers’ Market subcommittee. She has also served on committees for her children’s school and sports activities and has volunteered for the Flemington Green Team and the Health & Wellness Committee. She has a BS in Education, a masters’ degree in Instructional and Performance Technology, is a certified health coach, and regularly updates her understanding of health literacy and research methods through continuing education.