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Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director

 Tammara Van Ryn

Tammara Van Ryn is the founding executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Van Ryn brings a deep knowledge of land conservation and Land Trust Standards and Practices to the position and extraordinary skills in managing complex projects, honed through 20 years in the field. Prior to joining the Commission, she was the director of Standards and Research for the Land Trust Alliance and previously served as the policy director of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests as well as working as a forester.

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 Jennifer Brady-Connor, Program Manager

Jennifer Brady-Connor

Jennifer Brady-Connor is the program manager for the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 2008, Jennifer worked for the Land Trust Alliance assisting in the development of the 2004 Land Trust Standards and Practices and the research and program design that led to the creation of the land trust accreditation program. She also provided technical assistance to land trusts across New York and coordinated various training events and conferences in the Northeast. Jennifer worked for a local land trust and other nonprofits for many years in various positions generally to address wetland and water quality issues, served on a number of nonprofit boards, and has owned and operated two small businesses.

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Melissa Kalvestrand, Review Manager

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Melissa Kalvestrand joined the Commission in November 2009. Previously, she worked at The Nature Conservancy to develop key ecological indicators for the Hudson River adaptive management plan. She also collected data to assess the success of invasive species reduction programs. Melissa earned her master’s degree in biodiversity, conservation and policy from the University at Albany in December 2009. Her thesis work examined how land use impacts water quality. Melissa also spent six years as a wetland scientist, where she completed wetland delineations, prepared environmental permits and collaborated with engineers and clients to devise solutions to avoid, minimize and mitigate wetland impacts.

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Lindsay Blair, Program Coordinator

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Lindsay Blair joined the Commission in 2011 with several years of experience as an event coordinator and administrative assistant. She has a strong interest in community development around the preservation of natural resources and earned a bachelor's degree in plant and soil sciences/sustainable landscape horticulture from the University of Vermont. Lindsay previously worked on plant assessment and mapping at the Queens Botanical Gardens and will be responsible for office administrative tasks, scheduling review team and applicant calls and coordinating Commission meetings.

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Greg Good, Review Specialist

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Greg Good has an educational background and experience in the fields of environmental science, regional planning, natural resources management and finance. He began his land conservation career as a Colorado Conservation Trust fellow with Larimer County Open Lands then became the deputy director of Orient Land Trust in Colorado. As the former executive director of North Olympic Land Trust in Washington, Good became familiar with accreditation as while leading that organization through the process.

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Valerie Roof, Review Specialist

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Before joining the Commission in 2012, Valerie Roof served as executive director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy in Michigan. Prior to that she served in various roles with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Bay County Schools, United Way, and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Valerie has an extensive background in nonprofit organizations through her work as a consultant and facilitator with Crystal Planning Solutions, serving on the boards of several nonprofits, as well as serving on the board of a private foundation. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in quality aanagement. She served as a senior examiner for the State Quality Leadership Award through the Michigan Quality Council and was a mediator and a trainer for 10 years.

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Josh Gorman, Review Specialist

Josh Gorman has an educational background and experience in the fields of environmental policy and law, environmental economics, natural resources management and watershed management. He began his land conservation career as a land conservation specialist for the Watershed Agricultural Council. Josh also worked with Soil and Water Conservation District in New York and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.  Josh spends his off time enjoying family time with his wife and daughter Iris.

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