Board of Directors
Martha Day, Chairperson
Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy, Vice Chairperson
James L. Farrell, Treasurer
Linda T. Green, Secretary
Heather Mae Breau
Clarkson A. Collins
Anne B. Richardson
Edward Watson, Jr.
Caroline Wilkel, MD
Charles M. Lewis, Director Emeritus
Sophie Page Lewis, Director Emerita
Michael A. Sherry, Director Emeritus
Julia Fry Landstreet, Executive Director
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Julia Fry Landstreet joined SKLT as Executive Director Fall 2016. She is a lifelong conservationist and naturalist with a strong background in non-profit administration and public service. Julia has long standing roots in the Westerly area, where she and her family relocated from Nashville, TN. Her work in Nashville, included serving as the Executive Director for Nashville Civic Design Center, a think tank for planning and design, and the Board of Directors for Friends of Warner Parks, where she chaired the Natural Resource committee, and led the capital campaign raising over $18 million dollars to purchase properties that include a rare 250 acres old growth forest for this now 3100 acre urban park. She has also been an elected official, community organizer, curator, conservation activist, naturalist and educator. Julia is excited about the natural and cultural treasures of South Kingstown – open space makes all the difference.
Joanne Riccitelli, Land Protection Director
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SKLT’s Land Protection Director, Joanne Riccitelli, has been negotiating and completing land preservation projects at SKLT since 1998, and was the organization’s first staff person. She has completed scores of projects, protecting over 1750 acres and raising over $12 million for those acquisitions. She also coordinates efforts in land conservation in South Kingstown with partner agencies. Before SKLT, Joanne was a strategy consultant with an international business consulting firm based in Providence focused on competitive cost analysis for corporate clients and on economic development analysis for public sector clients. Joanne received a degree from Brown University in Environmental Biology, and was happy to leave the corporate world behind and return to environmental work with her move to SKLT. Her work at SKLT fulfilled another lifelong desire – to live and work in the same town; most days she walks to work, which feels like a true accomplishment in this busy world.
Paul Miller, Land Management Director
Paul Miller joined SKLT as the Land Management Director in 2020. A Rhode Island native and a life-long naturalist, Paul is excited to finally work in the conservation field in his home state. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Ecology from Unity College in Maine, Paul spent several years traveling the U. S. working on ornithological field research positions. In 2002 he was hired to work for the State of Florida in a remote, 54,000-acre wilderness area called Kissimmee Prairie Preserve to study the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. While in this position he managed endangered species habitat with fire, monitored rare plants, and fought with invasive species. Moving back to New England in 2015, Paul worked for University of Maine, the Maine Natural Heritage Program, Loon Echo Land Trust, and received a graduate degree in Natural Resource Management while his wife Sue finished her medical residency. Sue’s first Hospitalist position brought them to the Blue Hill-Deer Isle area where Paul acted as Executive Director for the Island Heritage Trust. Paul enjoys reading, studying natural history, walking in the woods, and is always paying attention to birds.
Michael Bontecou, Land Operations Coordinator
After serving on SKLT’s Board of Trustees for many years, Michael joined our stewardship staff in 2009. Michael is an experienced farm equipment specialist and woodland trail designer. He can often be found on our trails, clearing after a storm, or making new ones for your enjoyment. Michael spends much of his time restoring stone walls and working on our forestry projects, with a good eye for felling trees. He maintains our equipment, runs our bonfires, and assists with so many things they are too numerous to name. Michael loves the outdoors, and it is hard to get him to come in when the weather gets nice. He hails from New York state, but considers himself a local after years in South Kingstown.
Angela Brunetti, Development Coordinator
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Angela Brunetti has been with SKLT since January 2018. She received her graduate degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and her undergraduate degree from Saint Michael’s College, VT. Angela’s professional background incorporates years of member and donor relations, including prior work experience at the Newport Historical Society, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, MA, and the URI Alumni Association. In her free time she plays on a roller derby league. A dog mom and outdoor enthusiast, Angela loves kayaking, camping, hiking, gardening, traveling, and finding new walks to explore with her dachshund, Bella. Angela is initially from CT but has enjoyed setting down in beautiful southern Rhode Island.
Doug McGovern, GIS Manager
Doug McGovern has been exploring and enjoying nature in South County since moving here in the 1980s when he took a job at the EPA Research Laboratory in Narragansett as a chemist developing methods for analyzing contaminants in marine biota and sediments. Leaving to take a Masters Degree in Community Planning at URI, he later returned to the Laboratory as a GIS analyst providing mapping and data analysis for marine ecological research. A longtime member of SKLT and Trustee from 2001 to 2012, Doug is very enthusiastic about continuing his involvement with the Land Trust as a member of the staff. He will be working on a wide variety of tasks from keeping trail maps current to splitting boulders for the stone wall restoration crew.