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Note: These bios may not current. Once a Trustee leaves the board, we save their resumes here for the sake of posterity, and to acknowledge those who have donated their time to PCLT over the years.
John Vangor has been a resident of Mahopac since 1976. He is a retired chemistry teacher and science department representative from the Yonkers Public Schools. While in Yonkers, he coached Cross-country, Tennis, Track & Field and Swimming. After thirty years in Yonkers, he taught chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Kennedy Catholic HS in Somers. John and his wife, Lisa Carpenter, are active hikers covering trails from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondack High Peaks region. They share an interest in studying and identifying rare plants, birds and butterflies. John is also a member of the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department, serving as an EMT and a member of the Putnam County HazMat response team.
John McCarron is the founder of The McCarron Consulting Group and a founding partner of the Law Firm, Montes & McCarron, Attorneys & Counselors At Law. John’s consulting work focuses on the intersection of law and technology whether it be in strategy, security, operational assessment, project management, regulation, education and so on. He is an expert in and lectures extensively in the area of Technology based Law Practice Management. John’s law practice also has a heavy focus in technology, often lending critical legal reasoning from a technologically based understanding. Additionally, John has developed a passion for practice in the areas of Matrimonial / Divorce Law, Real Estate Law, both Commercial & Residential, Small Business Representation / Outside General Counsel, Tax and the Criminal Law areas of DWI Defense and Firearms Regulations.
Susan Horan served as PCLT’s Volunteer Coordinator. She is a resident of the Town Of Southeast, and has a private practice as a Social Worker. Susan was responsible for promoting PCLT through programs and advocacy.
Robert C. Lund was invited to join the Board in 1997 due to his enthusiasm for PCLT’s work and his long-term commitment to both the organization and conservation in Putnam County. Bob is dedicated to youth involvement in conservation and, together with his 16 years as a Boy Scout Leader, Bob has mentored 8 Eagle Scout Projects on 6 of PCLT’s Preserves. During these projects every preserve has undergone major improvements with more than 6 miles of trails constructed and/or improved. In recognition of these efforts Bob was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts and the prestigious Preserve Steward’s Award by PCLT. He is chairman of the Trust’s fiscal oversight committee, has organized our 4-H fair display and works on many other PCLT projects. Bob is married, has 3 children, is self employed and has degrees in Psychology and Marketing. He also serves on the Tonnetta Lake Advisory Board, as a Boy Scout Commissioner and Scoutmaster, and serves on many other youth and civic organizations.
Linda Lund has been a Town of Southeast resident for 31 years. She is married and has 3 children. She works in the finance department of a medical marketing firm in Stamford, CT. The family has been members of the PCLT since the early 1990’s. Linda has been an active member of the PCLT Dinner Committee, and the DEC Youth Summer Camp Committee. Over the years, Linda has served as Treasurer, volunteered at the PCLT canoe trips, manned the table at the 4-H fairs, done trail work, helped with mailings and wherever an extra pair of hands where needed. Linda has also been a treasurer for a local Boy Scout troop, and is on the Finance Committee at her church.
Denis Castelli was born in the Bronx, NY in 1946, worked in banking in 1966 and was drafted in 1967, serving as a combat infantryman with the Army’s First Cavalry Division in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. He trained as a computer programmer in the early 1970’s and in 1975, was Data Processing Manager with a division of Union Carbide Corporation. Starting in 1988, Denis and his wife, Athena Arvan, spent a few years restoring a Victorian home located on the county line of Putnam and Westchester in Southeast. Denis collects postcards, historical artifacts, and genealogical data from the local area. He has served as a board member of the Southeast Museum, the Putnam County Historian, and was a co-founder and board member of the Concerned Residents of Southeast (CRSE), and the Putnam Smart Growth Alliance (PSGA).
Jeff Horton moved to Putnam County in 1994 from NYC, attracted by Lake Mahopac, the schools and country living so commutable to NYC and Fairfield County, where he was then working as Associate Publisher for a curriculum & technology education magazine. Jeff’s work life has also included working in the Hudson Valley on a hospital publication, a power equipment distributor start- up, and as a minority partner with the Green Rooster eBay collectibles store. He came to the board with 25 years of B2B magazine publishing and PR experience in travel, management and education technology publishing and marketing across America, Canada and England in management and sales positions. Skiing, scuba diving and boating/sailing interests plus spending summer’s on his mother’s family farm in Northern Minnesota since childhood, honed his interest in the outdoor world. Watching the growth of the region, he became concerned that what we have could be lost so he joined an organization that makes a difference, the Putnam County Land Trust. Jeff left the board in 2013.
Robert Maddock served as a Land Steward and as a member of the Fiscal Oversight and the Fund Development committees, and as Vice President of PCLT. Robert has also contributed his time to Troop 1, Mahopac, as an assistant scoutmaster. He works at Inverness Counsel as an Investment Officer and Managing Director. Degrees include a BA in Finance from The University of Utah and an MBA from Stern Business School at NYU. For fun and relaxation, Robert enjoys gardening, horseback riding, hiking and downhill and cross county skiing. Robert left the board in 2013.
Jacob Gambino grew up up in Southeast and has hiked extensively throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. His love of the outdoors and desire to see natural lands preserved brought him to the PCLT in 2011. Working in the creative space as a designer and director, he enjoys traveling, hiking in any season, photography and music. Jacob left the board in 2013.
Karen Bond was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y. and now resides in Dutchess County. She has a B.S. in Business Education from Pace University, an M.B.A. in accounting from Iona College and an M.Ed. from Mercy College. She also holds three teaching certifications in Special Education, English Language Arts and Middle Childhood Development. Karen spent many years working as an accountant in both the public and private corporate sector. She now works with developmentally delayed children in an academic environment and is also a behavioral therapist for the autistic population. She has a love and appreciation for nature and the outdoors and spends much of her leisure time hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, gardening, tending to her dogs, and enjoying the natural environment.
Jude Jones is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, where she has been on faculty since 1991. She earned her PhD from Emory University in Atlanta, where camping and hiking became a robust dimension of her life. She grew up on Staten Island, NY, in a neighborhood that abutted some woods (most now gone), and so was able to cultivate a woodland sensibility early on despite growing up technically in “the city”. Jude has always been interested in environmental and ecological issues, but has only recently become deeply involved in the activities of protection and preservation. She is an eleven year resident of Mahopac, enjoys kayaking, gardening, her animals, home improvement, and arts of all kinds. Her partner, Joy, is a first-grade teacher in the South Bronx who wishes her students could have the opportunities of contact with nature that Putnam children do. After running a conference session to explore the pragmatic philosophical response to Global Warming issues, Jude started a working group to “green” the operations of the society that had sponsored it through conference practices, research, etc. She is also working with a group of faculty and students on campus to extend awareness of climate change and sustainability issues at Fordham University. Jude has agreed to play the role of recording secretary for PCLT, and has become an active member of several of the PCLT Board committees.
Steven Mattson joined the board of the Putnam County Land Trust in late 2009. With a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Social Psychology, he has worked in the financial services industry for over 14 years. Steven served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a deployment to Iraq in late 2004. He writes a family-oriented column for a local paper about hikes and historic places in and around Putnam County, and is active in the Brewster VFW and Cub Scout Pack 1. He lives in Brewster with his wife, Christine, and their three children.
Katherine Weber has been a resident of Southeast since 2012. She received a BSc in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and worked for nine years in the financial services before undertaking a career in real estate. She spends most of her free time on horseback, or tending to the small farm the she shares with her husband. Katherine joined the Putnam County Land Trust in order to help preserve and enhance the region’s unique natural beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…more to follow. This page is a work in progress. We have over 45 years of history!