2016-2017 Board of Trustees
PCLT President Judy Terlizzi has been a member of the Putnam County Land Trust 21 years and board member 18 years serving in many different capacities including Preserve and Head Steward, Volunteer Co-coordinator, Public Relations and Fund Development. These various tasks provided a sound education in helping this all-volunteer land trust move forward. She has led the organization through a Strategic Plan and two LTA Organizational Assessments which have set the ground work for an LTA Accreditation application. Judy is an enthusiastic day hiker and has hiked most of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and New York. She is an avid gardener and has Certificates in Landscape Design and Gardening with a focus on Native Plants. Judy has been a Lake Carmel (Kent) resident for 22 years.
PCLT Vice President Michael Cunningham has been a Putnam County resident for 33 years, having left the big city for the good life here in the country. In addition to serving on PCLT’s Board, he has also served as Preserve Steward for our Field Farmstead Preserve in Brewster since early 2011. His professional executive background in both the not-for-profit sector international banking, as well as considerable leadership experience with other not-for-profit boards, brings valuable tools and skills to the PCLT Board of Trustees and several of its committees. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and can be frequently seen running and biking on many of our county’s beautiful dirt roads and its new bike trail. Michael’s enthusiasm for the outdoors also extends to his work as a leader in a local Boy Scout troop with extensive camping and hiking fostering “leave no trace” principles. He has also engaged his troop as PCLT volunteers in trail maintenance and looks forward to helping scouts and others in our community appreciate the outdoor experience available right here in our own backyard.
PCLT Secretary Carol Ross is a resident of the Town of Kent. She is a retired school administrator and looks forward to bringing her strong educational and communication skills to the PCLT Board of Trustees.
PCLT Treasurer Valerie Mora is a resident of Patterson, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from College of the Holy Cross and is a New York licensed CPA. Valerie has worked in the finance industry for the past seven years in the capacity of a fund accountant, assistant controller and, currently, investor relations. She joined the Putnam County Land Trust to help with its continued growth, as well as, the preservation and maintenance of the PCLT properties.
Jenny Hinsman grew up in Pittsburgh PA and moved to Patterson, NY in 2001. She is an avid organic gardener and is the Chief Operating Officer for My Garden System, Inc. She and her family live close to the Ice Pond and enjoy all aspects of the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, snow shoeing and kayaking. Jenny has been involved in many non-profit organizations including the Brewster Girl Scouts, Dress for Success, The Brewster Rotary and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU, and many years of corporate experience in Finance, Strategy and Operations. She joined the Putnam County Land Trust in 2013 to help preserve the watershed and natural habitats of Putnam County.
Steven A. Giglio graduated from the University of Hartford with an Electronic Engineering Technology Degree in 1984, and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Long Island University in 1992. He worked as an engineer from 1984 to 1990, then transitioned to education and obtained his New York State Teacher Certifications in Math, General Science, Physics, Special Education and Technology. Currently (2014) he teaches robotics at the Blind Brook Middle School in Rye Brook NY. His volunteering activities include mentoring students with autism and other special needs such as emotional and learning disabilities. His hobbies include restoring antique boats and building new classic boats from wood. Other hobbies include bird watching, gardening and repairing his 105 year old house. Traveling with his wife Maria to her home country, the Dominican Republic, is always enjoyable. He looks forward to contributing his time to the PCLT board of trustees to further the mission of the Land Trust.
William G (Bill) Roll joined the board of the Putnam County Land Trust in 2015 and has been a trail steward since 2014. Originally from North Carolina, he has been a resident of Putnam County for over 14 year and has lived in the greater New York metro area for over 30 years. An avid outdoors person, Bill enjoys hiking, trail jogging, kayaking, camping, backpacking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing in Putnam County, the Catskills and Adirondacks. He received a BA in economics from Denison University and attended Oxford University receiving a Graduate Diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Professionally, Bill is co-founder and President of 401K Retirement Partners, LLC – providing 401K plans to companies with headquarters in the tri-state area – and is a FINRA and SEC registered financial and investment advisory representative. In addition to volunteering his abilities and time to the PCLT, Bill assists with leadership of the Brewster Boy Scout, Troop 1 and is a volunteer soccer goalie coach for Putnam County high school teams. Bill lives in Patterson, NY with his wife, Jenny Hinsman, also a PCLT board member, and two kids.
Sarita Chau has been a resident of Putnam County for over 35 years. She has a BS in Biology from Stony Brook University. Her academic studies were in scientific research and she is currently a freelance researcher in executive recruitment. Her diverse career background includes IT systems analysis, technical writing and project coordination giving her a unique toolkit of analysis, communications and organizational skills. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and has volunteered as an EMT for the Patterson Fire Department. Sarita is an avid hiker and has a great interest in ethnobotany (the relationship between plants and humans) and maintains a blog, Foray Putnam. For the past 8 years, she has worked alongside her husband, David Chau, the steward of Ice Pond Preserve.
David Chau has been a resident of Putnam county for over 12 years. He is a veteran of Wall Street, serving the financial industry with technology designs specializing in helping large technology transformations. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he currently hold the position of ‘Director of Network Architectures’ for one of the largest retail credit banks in the United States. In this position, he routinely interfaces with federal regulators; and is familiar with interpreting federal mandates for governance. With the Putnam County Land Trust, David has volunteered as the land steward of the Ice Pond preserve for over 8 years. David has also served his community as a certified and licensed EMT for the Patterson Fire Department. In his spare time, David enjoys tinkering with robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and 3D printing. He spends much of his time with his beloved dog of 12 years. Most days he can be found outdoors sharing his love of nature with his canine friend.
Robert Kerbstat is a resident of Patterson, NY. Originally from Saddle River, NJ, he spent much time in the Adirondacks and Catskills enjoying many outdoor activities. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and has a minor in Computer Science from The College of the Holy Cross. Robert has worked in the IT industry for the past eight years in various aspects and is currently a Systems Administrator. Robert has been a steward with the land trust since 2014.
Nicholas Constantakis is a visual artist and a financial management consultant dedicated to the needs of the nonprofit, foundation and NGO community. Since 1997 he has provided financial management consulting and professional development to organizations in varying stages of growth with the tools to not only function efficiently, but also in a fiscally transparent manner as is typically required by boards, donors and governmental agencies. He brings a range of experience working with organizations focused on arts and culture, human rights, education and international development. As a visual artist, his work has been included in exhibitions at Salena Gallery at Long Island University, FiveMyles, Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Art Galleries at Allegheny College, Smack Mellon, Helen Day Art Center, Holtzman Gallery at Towson University, Viridian Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the White House and the Art Museum of the Americas. He also serves on the board of FiveMyles, a non-profit exhibition and performance space located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Keith Cox has lived in Putnam County for the past 15 years with his wife and three children and enjoys kayaking, bird watching, and fishing. For the past 30 years he has been employed in the retirement planning industry. One of his first jobs out of high school was working for a landscaping tree farm where the work was very “hands on” and has always had a huge interest in environmental issues and communing with nature. With this experience and the guidance of PCLT land stewards he along with other volunteers has been working on the manual removal of invasive species from the preserves. He found that he enjoyed the PCLT work so much that he volunteered to serve on the PCLT board and looks forward to working with everyone who wishes to preserve and maintain open space in our wonderful county.
Patricia McMahon Houser grew up in Putnam County and, together with husband, Steven, also raised her children here. The family’s outdoor lifestyle, focused on hiking, biking and cross country running, made Patricia especially aware, among other things, of the importance of safe, accessible, travel corridors and green infrastructure for county residents. Today Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York City. For the past twenty years Patricia has taught college courses including environmental planning, the history and theory of urban planning, land use planning, the Geography of Water and environmental history. She has trained student teachers at Columbia Teachers College and taught geography and urban planning at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In the summer of 2016 she returned to her long-time home in Putnam County to pursue research and writing projects in environmental and planning history. She is grateful for an opportunity to join in the important work of the PCLT.
Alumni of the Board of Trustees: Many people from all walks of life have contributed their time to PCLT as a trustee. We would like to thanks them all for their service. To see some of the folks that have served as trustees in the past, click HERE.