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Chair: Larry R. Kueter is an attorney with The Law Office of Lawrence R. Kueter in Denver, Colorado. His law practice is limited to land conservation. For thirty years he was with the law firm of Isaacson Rosenbaum, a firm nationally known for its conservation practice. Since 1990, his practice has included representing numerous landowners, local land trusts, governmental entities and statewide and national conservation organizations in land conservation matters. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and has been legal counsel to the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust since its creation in 1995. In 2003 and 2004, he served on the Land Trust Alliance's Standards and Practices Revision Committee, and in 2004 and 2005, he co-chaired the Land Trust Alliance's Standards and Practices Program Design Steering Committee. In 2013, Larry was the receipient of the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award, the Land Trust Alliance's signature award, given annually to honor outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity in land conservation.

acc_richards Vice Chair: Heather Richards is the vice president for conservation and rural programs for the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), an accredited land trust in Virginia. Prior to her work at PEC, she was director of the headwaters conservation program at the Potomac Conservancy. In addition to her work with PEC, Heather is current past-chair of Virginia's United Land Trusts (VaULT) and is a current executive committee member. Prior to her land trust career, she worked on wildlife reintroduction programs for everything from wolves to trumpeter swans with Defenders of Wildlife. Heather holds a Masters of environmental management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Secretary: Molly Doran has served as the executive director of Skagit Land Trust, an accredited land trust in Washington, since 2002. Prior to working in land conservation, Molly spent over 20 years managing schools and teaching outdoor education in North and South America and Africa for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She holds a master's degree in applied behavioral sciences with an emphasis in managing and consulting from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Bastyr University. A Canadian, she graduated from the University of Waterloo with an emphasis in environmental studies. She and her husband raise their two sons in Bow, Washington. More about Molly »


Treasurer: Jennifer Sims was on the board of the Columbia Land Trust, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, for 14 years where she has served terms as board president and treasurer. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Council and continues to support fundraising and outreach efforts for the land trust. Jennifer began her professional career as a land use planner with Metro, the Portland, Oregon area regional government and transitioned to a management role and retired in 2010 as the chief financial officer with the City of Portland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a certificate in urban studies from Portland State University and a master's in public administration from Lewis and Clark College. She is a native Oregonian and an avid hiker.


Jamie Brown has been the director of land protection at Ducks Unlimited (DU) since 2009 and oversees all aspects of the organization’s land protection program, including the acquisition and stewardship of easements and fee-title holdings throughout the country. He also guided the organization through the land trust accreditation process, and in 2011 DU became the first accredited land trust working nationwide. Prior to joining Ducks Unlimited, Jamie spent five years working in land protection for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Maine. During that time, he learned a great deal about the technical aspects of land protection, transaction funding and stewardship. However, he also sat at many kitchen tables drinking coffee with landowners and learned about the true importance of conserving land. He recognized the importance of being connected to the community and served on local planning boards and worked with local elected officials on land protection projects.


Daniel J. Cline is an attorney practicing in the areas of nonprofit organization, employment and real estate law. He is a founding member of Cline Close Dyer PLC, a full-service law firm located in Midland, Michigan. He has been in the private practice of law since 1981 and has worked with many nonprofit organizations, both as legal counsel and as a volunteer board member. He has been an instructor on title insurance issues at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference and has presented on a variety of legal topics to Michigan land trusts at programs conducted by Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy. He is a past president and board member of The Little Forks Conservancy, Inc., an accredited land trust headquartered in Midland, Michigan, and is currently on the board of directors of Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy, an education and advocacy organization serving its member land trusts throughout the State of Michigan. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor's in economics from Yale University. He enjoys sailing, hiking, kayaking, snow shoeing and backcountry skiing. Learn more about Dan »


Marty Coleman-Hunt holds a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from San Francisco State University. She has had a 30-year career as a business and marketing professional for nonprofit organizations and in the business sector. In 2001, she moved to Nevada County for the sheer beauty of the northern Sierra foothill landscape and access to first-class, outdoor recreational activities. Right away Marty became a fundraising volunteer, then a board member for Bear Yuba Land Trust. In 2007, she became executive director, and today she is passionate about protecting the environmental quality of this small, rural community. She is on the boards of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the Sierra-Cascade Land Trust Council and the Northern Foothills Partnership. She is a land ethics leader with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. In 2003, she was given the leadership award from TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) and also for the 2020 Vision and Leadership Award.

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Elizabeth “Liz” Crane-Wexler is a certified forester who earned a bachelor's in forest management from Clemson University and her master's in forestry from North Carolina State University. She initiated the Forest Legacy Program in the South as an employee of the Forest Service in Atlanta. She began her forestry career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica and worked seasonally in Alaska, in addition to working as a hydrologist and rural development specialist for the Forest Service. Currently, Liz is a conservation easement specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C.


Scott Dickerson is the land acquisition coordinator at Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Maine, an accredited land trust. Since 1998, he held the position of executive director there. A resident of Maine all of his adult life, Scott designed and made custom fine furniture for a national clientele from 1972 through the mid-1980s and authored articles for the journal Fine Woodworking. Since 1986, he has worked in conservation as a land planning consultant and as staff for nonprofit organizations. He is author of the book celebrating the Ducktrap Watershed conservation program, To Save a River, with photographer Dennis Shultz, published in May 2002. He received a bachelor's degree in environmental planning in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree from College of the Atlantic in 1995 for his thesis research on ecological reserve planning.

Tom Duffus is the vice president of the Midwest region for The Conservation Fund (TCF). In addition to his current position with TCF and leadership roles on volunteer boards, Tom has served in management positions over the past 24 years with Adirondack Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Tom has directly closed on over 387,000 acres of conservation projects – both land and conservation easements in seven states and two Canadian provinces and is an experienced conservation easement practitioner. He has extensive experience conserving forestland, as well as farm, open space, biodiversity and wilderness lands. Tom has been engaged in all aspects of running land conservation organizations, as well as the work of protecting and managing conservation land. He is currently serving on the Alliance's Conservation Defense Advisory Council. Tom holds a master's in forest science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jay Erickson has been a managing director with the Montana Land Reliance (MLR), an accredited land trust for the past 14 years.  Prior to his work at MLR, he spent several years a senior trial attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury and as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.  He practiced civil and criminal tax law before the U.S. Tax Court and various federal district courts as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jay is a board member and executive committee member to the Montana Association of Land Trusts. He has a master's of taxation from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. He grew up in Northwest Montana and has lived in Helena, Montana for the past 25 years where he enjoys fly fishing, rafting, skiing and hunting.


Cary Leptuck is president of the board of French and Pickering Creeks Land Trust in Pennsylvania. In 2005, he retired after 26 years as president and CEO of an accredited nonprofit health care organization. He now provides governance consulting for nonprofits.


Anne Murphy is the executive director of Shasta Land Trust in California. She has authored several case study guides on strategic conservation planning for the Land Trust Alliance, and has served as its online expert for the land protection and stewardship forums on The Learning Center. Prior to joining Shasta Land Trust, Anne gained valuable experience in stewardship, conservation planning and land protection at Western Reserve Land Conservancy in Ohio and Little Traverse Conservancy in Michigan. Anne graduated from Alma College in Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in biology and piano performance. She has a graduate certification in geographic information systems (GIS) from Cleveland State University in Ohio.


Katharine Roser founded La Plata Open Space Conservancy, a land trust in Durango, Colorado. As its executive director, she completed more than 200 conservation projects and successfully guided them through the accreditation process. She was one of the founders of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and served as its president for several years, as well as served on the Land Trust Alliance's National Land Trust Council in the 1990s.


Bruce Runnels practiced law for 10 years in Indiana, and after went to work for The Nature Conservancy in 1985 as its first New Jersey state director. During his 28 years with the Conservancy, Bruce has held a number of other regional and executive positions and has led organization-wide initiatives to frame the conservancy’s conservation approach and core values. Bruce is currently serving as the conservation risk officer, a recently created position that applies the appropriate risk management discipline to safeguard the conservancy’s reputation, assets, mission and legal status. In that capacity, Bruce co-led the conservancy’s efforts to secure accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Bruce currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, Katherine, who recently retired from her position on the conservancy’s legal staff.

acc-rutledge  Aimee Rutledge is proud to work with two accredited land trusts. Aimee has been executive director of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy, an accredited land trust serving the Sacramento region, since October 1996. At the conservancy, Aimee has completed over 30 conservation real estate transactions and built the organization from a $10K annual budget to a $500K annual budget. Since 2009, Aimee has additionally worked as California program manager for The Wilderness Land Trust (also an accredited land trust). Previously, Aimee helped found the Friends of the Sacramento River Greenway, worked with the American Institute of Architects, California Council as director of governmental relations, and ran her own consulting firm. She holds a bachelor's in history from Pomona College. Aimee spends her spare time with her family in the Sierras or on the coast, enjoying California’s open spaces.
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Ann Taylor Schwing is of counsel for Best Best & Krieger LLP. in Sacramento, California, where her practice is limited to appeals, motions and research. She is author of Open Meeting Laws 3d (2011), California Affirmative Defenses (2010) and The Regulation of Money Managers (with Tamar Frankel, 2013), and editor of Tamar Frankel's Securitization (2005). She received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit in 2004.

She has been a Commissioner and secretary with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission since 2006 and has served on nonprofit boards: American Inns of Court Foundation, Sacramento Law Foundation and The Land Trust of Napa County for which she is also a multi-committee member, volunteer past president and land and conservation easement donor. She has been a master and member of the governing board of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court since 1989. She also serves on the board of directors of Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers.

 Steve Swartz Steve Swartz is general counsel to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based international land trust affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States. Since joining the Trust in 1999, Steve has been involved in virtually all aspects of managing a nonprofit organization and has assisted in nearly 100 conservation transactions. He also serves as corporate secretary of the land trust. More about Steve »

Tom Trinley is director-finance and administration for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, a position he has held since 2002. He is responsible for oversight of the organization’s accounting, financial reporting, program-and mission-related investment portfolio, policies, information technology, human resources and other administrative matters. Mr. Trinley has worked in the finance field for over eighteen years. His experience includes both for-profit and nonprofit financial and administrative management. Tom has been involved with numerous nonprofits as a volunteer and board member. Tom is also an Emmy-nominated television documentary producer whose Notes from the Field environmental history series aired on PBS member stations nationally. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration-finance from St. Xavier University, Chicago.