Who We Are


Elisabeth's head shot

Elisabeth Moore, Executive Director

Elisabeth has more than twenty years of experience working with landowners, towns,  and community groups to preserve farmland and significant natural and community resources.  Since joining the Trust in 2004, she has preserved 24 family farms, totaling 1,900+ acres.  Prior to coming to the Trust, Elisabeth was a project manager with the Trust for Public Land’s Connecticut Field Office and worked to preserve family farms in the Catskills of New York as part of the City of New York’s landmark $50 million watershed protection program.

She also managed the Maryland Environmental Trust’s Rural Historic Village Protection Program.  Elisabeth has an AB from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She serves on the Steering Committee of the Working Lands Alliance and Board of Directors of CitySeed and is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Watershed Fund.


Kathleen Doherty, Conservation Coordinator

Kathleen joined CFT in October 2017. After earning a Master’s in Regional Planning at UMass-Amherst in 2015, she completed a year of service through the MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program, serving as a Regional Conservation Coordinator at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol, Massachusetts. She is the author of Food and Farming in the Quabbin Region, a community food system assessment documenting challenges and opportunities facing local food producers and consumers in north-central Massachusetts. She also worked to conserve New Hampshire’s forests as a Land Protection and Stewardship Specialist for Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, a regional land trust in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Kathleen loves cooking with local vegetables and is passionate about conserving New England’s farmland.




Brianna Dunlap, Development and Communications Coordinator Brianna, formerly of the Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum, joined CFT in February of 2017. She earned her Master’s degree in Public History at Central Connecticut State University. She is the author of Connecticut Valley Tobacco, a local history book on the history, culture and people of cigar tobacco agriculture in the Connecticut River Valley.  Brianna works with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to be successful in their fundraising efforts. She is responsible for organizing the planning, development, and implementation of systems, procedures, and goals related to fundraising and communications for the organization.







Naomi Marinelli, CPA, Controller

Naomi graduated from UConn’s Master’s in Accounting program in 2013 and has experience with personal tax, governmental and non-profit auditing. Naomi is also a Teacher’s assistant at UConn for the MSA program. Naomi grew up riding horses competitively and has a passion for protecting Connecticut farmland.














Matilda Moore, Director of Greeting

Our D.O.G., Matilda Moore, is a six year old Beagle mix. Matilda was a rescue from rural Tennessee. She loves Connecticut grown carrots as well as going to visit farms with CFT fellow staff. She is mildly afraid of livestock. Beside doing her full time duty of greeting visitors to the Connecticut Farmland Trust, she also fills the roles of Security Officer and Chief Leisure Consultant. At the end of a busy day she returns to her home with our Executive Director.




Susan E. Lockwood, , President, Redding
Dawn C. Adiletta, Vice-PresidentEast Woodstock
Charlotte Charlotte Hansen, TreasurerStafford Springs
Joshua G. Welch, Secretary, Stonington

Lisa Bassani, New Haven
Chris Casiello, Litchfield
Robin Chesmer, Lebanon
Dr. Michael A. Fotos III, West Hartford
Gordon F. Gibson, Vernon
John C. Haller, CPA,  East Granby
John J. Kriz III, New Canaan
Richard A. Marone, Hartford
Nicholas Moore, Sharon
Sara D. O’Connell, Bloomfield
Toni Robinson, Essex
James Shepherd, Stonington
Tim Slate, North Franklin
Keith Stechschulte, Windsor