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.
John Weedon, Conservation Manager
After his mother permanently protected the family farm, John was inspired to change careers and focus on farmland conservation. He earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Science from the University of Illinois and serves as a board member for several local conservation organizations. Hired in 2014, John oversees CFT’s stewardship program and assists the executive director on easement acquisition projects.
Brianna Dunlap, Communications and Development Associate
Brianna Dunlap, 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 in communication, marketing and assists the executive director with development at CFT.
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 during 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan E. Lockwood, , President, Redding
Dawn C. Adiletta, Vice-President, East Woodstock
John C. Haller, CPA, Treasurer, East Granby
Joshua G. Welch, Secretary, Stonington
Robin Chesmer, Lebanon
Dr. Michael A. Fotos III, West Hartford
Gordon F. Gibson, Vernon
Charlotte Hansen, Stafford Springs
John J. Kriz III, New Canaan
Richard A. Marone, Hartford
Nicholas Moore, Sharon
Sara D. O’Connell, Bloomfield
Toni Robinson, Essex
Tim Slate, North Franklin
James Shepherd, Stonington
Gregory J. Weidemann, Storrs