Board of Directors
Linda T. Green, Chairperson
Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy, Vice Chairperson
James L. Farrell, Treasurer
Anne B. Richardson, Secretary
Heather Mae Breau
Clarkson A. Collins
Edward Watson, Jr.
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.
Tyler Maikath, Land Management Director
Tyler joined SKLT in April of 2021. He comes to RI from Cape Cod, where he grew up, and developed an interest in conservation from a young age. As a child, he and his family visited state and national parks. Tyler studied Wildlife & Conservation Biology at URI, living in Wakefield and Narragansett. Following graduation, he began his career protecting Piping Plovers and terns with Mass Audubon and Mass Wildlife. Tyler then studied Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England for a Master’s. Thereafter, he served at Greater Worcester Land Trust in the Mass-LIFT AmeriCorps program (now TerraCorps). Following a move back to Cape Cod, and a hiatus from the nonprofit world, Tyler has worked for Harwich Conservation Trust and Dennis Conservation Land Trust for the last several years in a split-time role as Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator. In his free time, Tyler is fond of disappearing into the mountains for days, playing guitar, birdwatching, and too many other hobbies to list.
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.
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.
Matt Eldridge, Marketing and Development Coordinator
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Matt Eldridge joined SKLT in March of 2021. Born and raised in Narragansett, Matt is a lifelong nature-lover, photographer, and avid birdwatcher. After receiving his Journalism degree from American University in 2014, he focused his career on environmental and education nonprofits in Rhode Island. His professional background includes years of marketing and nonprofit development experience, including prior work at Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown and Jamestown Arts Center. In his free time, you can find Matt walking his dog, hiking, camping, reading, drawing, or writing short fiction.