President– Linda K. Schroeder– In addition to serving as SLT President, and before that Vice-President, Linda has served on the SLT Membership Committee where her duties have included fundraising, membership, public relations, outreach, editor of the SLT Newsletter and designer and web master of SLT’s web site. She also serves on the SLT Stewardship and Land Acquisition Committees, and co-stewards SLT’s Tatson’s Woods Preserve. Linda was Acting Chairman of the Committee that wrote Salem’s Open Space Plan, on the Committee that wrote Salem’s most recent “Plan of Conservation and Development,” a past member of the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee and is presently a member of the Management Committee for neighboring East Haddam’s Burnham Brook Preserve.
Vice-President– David Bingham– David is a founder of The Salem Land Trust. He is on the Board of the American Chestnut Foundation, CT Chapter, and manages an orchard of “mother trees” as part of a project to restore blight-resistant American Chestnuts to our forests. He is on the Board of the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee, the Burnham Brook Preserve Stewardship Committee, CT League of Conservation Voters, Rivers Alliance and Audubon Connecticut. He served on the Town of Salem’s Planning and Zoning Commission for over 35 years. David is an avid amateur ornithologist, naturalist, and leads numerous hikes and birding walks to educate the public on environmental issues. He manages family-owned and land trust-owned properties for biodiversity (especially for grassland, shrub land, and early succession forest species).
Treasurer–Richard Chyinski– Rich is a life long resident of Salem and joined the land trust in 1998. He has been SLT Treasurer since 2000 and served as Stewardship Committee Chair from 2000-2015. He is the Steward for The Nature Conservancy’s 400-acre Walden Preserve. Rich is also member and past Treasurer of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and for many years he has led educational butterfly walks all over the Northeast. When he travels, it is usually to search for butterflies in the US and abroad. He now serves on the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee and the Five-Town Trail Committee.
Secretary–Teri Natoli– Teri received her BA from Queens College in New York and worked at Sloan Kettering Institute as a Research Assistant. Job relocation for her husband brought her to Connecticut where she found her passion as a science teacher. Participating in a Pfizer initiative to bring Green Chemistry concepts to middle and high school teachers, she developed many lessons, labs and workshops on Green Chemistry and sustainable science. Replacing toxic materials and creating opportunities for students to innovate became Teri’s core educational philosophy. Teri has an MS in nutrition from NYU and advanced certification in educational leadership from Sacred Heart University. Today, Teri is an educational consultant and Lead Teacher at Beyond Benign. She works on her organic farm providing food for the local food bank and is developing a “preserve the harvest” movement to supply nutritious local food to those in need.
Elbert Burr– Elbie brings a strong background in Land Use law, Planning and Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, and conservation and wetlands protection to the SLT. He is a strong supporter of open space for controlled active and passive uses. Elbie is a past member of the Niantic River Watershed Committee and the Fishers Island Conservancy. He also brings a full background in water testing and proactive action to correct failed water tests. His financial and print knowledge brings good background to SLT’s fund raising efforts. Presently he also Chairs the Salem School Building Committee and has served on Salem’s Board of Selectmen.
Todd Butler- Stewardship Committee Chair– Since 1987 Todd has worked at Pfizer, Groton, CT as a synthetic organic chemist and has been a Salem resident since 1994. He has served on SLT Board of Directors since 2001 and as Steward for the Shapere Easement. Todd was elected and served on the Salem Planning and Zoning Commission, 2004-2006. He is a Boy Scouts of America Volunteer serving 3 years as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 3, New London CT; 4 years as Den Leader / Assistant Den Leader, Pack 22, Salem, CT and 6 years as Asst. Scoutmaster/ Scoutmaster/Merit Badge Counselor/Adult Leadership Trainer, Troop 123, Salem CT. His Interests include medicinal and edible native plants, outdoor survival skills including tracking and gardening and hiking.
Maureen Cain-Membership Committee Chair– Maureen and her family moved to Salem in 1985, and she immediately started an inventory of the plants, mammals and birds seen on their property. Maureen joined the Salem Land Trust in 2000 and has been a Board Member since 2009 and Membership Committee Chair since 2010. She has also been an active member of Connecticut Audubon for over 20 years and enjoys traveling with that organization’s EcoTravel Program. She often helps host Eco-Travel’s local Day Trips. Although she and her husband are the owners of the Pack Creek Mobile Home Estates and Campground in Moab, UT and the Outpost Campground in Steinhatchee FL, Maureen calls Salem home. She loves the birding in Salem!
Anthony Griggs– Anthony is a retired engineer with experience in analog and digital electronics and software development in the areas of military systems, medical imaging, and dimensional metrology. He joined the Board just as SLT was entering re-accreditation and quickly became involved in that process. His analytical skills proved invaluable. Retirement has allowed him more time to enjoy the hiking trails of the Northeast. His other outdoor interests include cycling and sailing. He supports the Eastern Greenway and Rail to Trails and is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The maintenance of open spaces for public use and a clean environment are personal priorities. He now serves on the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee representing the Town of Salem
MaryAnn Smith MD– MaryAnn Smith MD has been a resident of Salem for seven years and (nearly) life long native of CT. She has been a practicing emergency physician for over 15 years at the Wm. Backus Hospital and Middlesex Hospital. A dedicated equestrian and dog lover she is happiest walking, riding or hiking anywhere in New England, but especially in the beautiful local preserves in and around Salem. Her other affiliations include the West Greenwich Horseman’s Association, the CT Horse Council, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and is a supporter of the CT Humane Society and practically every animal rescue group that sponsors membership. MaryAnn is a firm believer that fresh air and exercise is the fountain of youth and the cure for what ails us most.