Photo: Peg Wilson

Land Trust Staff

Our staff work in land protection and stewardship, coordinate events and volunteers, and love to get out in the field.

Andrew Zepp – Executive Director

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
A morning hike, an afternoon paddle, and a glass of Finger Lakes wine at sunset.

My favorite nature preserve
It’s impossible to choose just one!

Katy Dunlap – Land Protection Specialist

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Hiking, canoeing, and paddleboard yoga

My favorite nature preserve
Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook 

Significant conservation quote
“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man.”  —Steward L. Udall

Edie Jodz – Assistant Director of Development

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Stargazing

My favorite nature preserve
Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Hannah George – Conservation Easement Steward

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Finding a lake to bike around and stopping at orchards, vineyards, and breweries along the way

My favorite nature preserve
VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry

Photo: FLLT

Photo: FLLT

Jason Gorman – Nature Preserve Manager

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Bird watching

My favorite nature preserve
Dorothy McIlroy Bird Sanctuary

Significant conservation quote
“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.” ― Wallace Stegner

Kelly Makosch – Director of Development & Communications

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Running and hiking with my family

My favorite nature preserve
Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Significant conservation poem
“Going to the woods is going home.” ― John Muir

Mary G. Mulks – Development Associate

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Walking the trails

My favorite nature preserve
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” – Native American proverb

Zachary Odell – Director of Land Protection

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Paddling and hiking

My favorite nature preserve
Wesley Hill Nature Preserve

Significant conservation writing
“Think Little,” an essay by Wendell Berry

Chris Olney – Director of Stewardship

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Fishing and hunting; hiking with my kids

My favorite nature preserve
Roy H. Park Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“I am in love with this world… I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.” – John Burroughs

Chris Ray – GIS Projects Manager

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Mountain biking and photography hikes

My favorite nature preserve
Roy H. Park Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“This is the most beautiful place on Earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” -Edward Abbey

Gretchen Salm – Land Conservation Support Specialist

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Kayaking, birding, camping and hiking

My favorite nature preserve
Goetchius Wetland Preserve

Significant conservation quote
“The world’s three greatest physicians – Nature, Patience, and Time” - Chinese fortune cookie

Nomi Talmi – Director of Administration

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Kayaking/canoeing and any other activity that has to do with water

My favorite nature preserve
Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

Significant conservation quote
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” — Aldo Leopold

Kris West – Senior Field Representative

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Playing tour guide to friends and family who visit the region and showing them all it has to offer.

My favorite nature preserve
Lick Brook because it was the first FLLT preserve I ever visited.  It was a snowy winter day and a slight up draft in the gorge made it snow up.  Magical.

Significant conservation quote
“A society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they will never enjoy.” – adapted from a Greek saying.

Aquillah White

Favorite outdoor activity in the Finger Lakes region
Sitting under small waterfalls and climbing things.

My favorite nature preserve
Roy H. Park Preserve—great memories with wonderful coworkers.

Significant conservation quote
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” –Henry David Thoreau