Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
Since 1987

Anne Burton
Anthony Belsito
Carl Cipperly
Nick Conrad
Bob Crowley, President
Joseph Durkin
Mary Greagan
Shirley Greagan
Sally Lawrence
Michelle LeClair
Scott Morley
John Munn, Secretary
Thomas Phillips, Vice President
Kristina Younger, Treasurer


AnneBurton Anne Burton, Rensselaer

Anne, a native to New York, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in Medical Technology and graduate work at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the College of St. Rose, and Albany Medical College, Albany, NY.

For over 50 years, Anne had a career as a Medical Technologist/Laboratory Director, which included being a Laboratory Instructor at Albany College of Pharmacy and the College of St. Rose, Medical Technology program.

Anne is now retired from New York Oncology-Hematology and is an active volunteer in the community with the Capital Reperatory Theater; a former volunteer with Capital District Humane (a dog rescue group); stream sampling for River Haggie and the Rensselaer Land Trust; and serving on Rensselaer Land Trust's development committee. She is also the advocacy chair of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library and have been a licensed Real Estate agent with the former Realty USA.

Anne joined the League of Women Voters in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. League affiliations have included: Past board member and Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County, and past board member of LWVNYS. She is currently a member and co-chair of the LWVNYS health care committee.

Other League activities at the state level include being the representative of the League to the Water Management Advisory Council (WMAC) of the Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and she is a volunteer coordinator for the state convention for a total of three conventions held in Albany.


Anthony Belsito, Schodack LandingTonyBelsito
Anthony grew up in Central Massachusetts but has lived in several parts of New York State since 2000. Anthony has been a resident of the Capital Region since 2006. He is currently employed at the New York Department of Public Service working on energy and land use issues. Previously, Anthony has worked as a New York City Urban Park Ranger, an arborist, a high school biology teacher, and served on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

Anthony enjoys gardening, hiking, birdwatching, snowboarding, and spending time with his family. 



Carl Cipperly Carl Cipperly, Hoosick Falls

Carl, a former dairy farmer, owns a diversified 710 acre farm (650 owned, 60 rented) in Hoosick Falls raising for sale, hay, corn, oats, beef, dairy replacements, pigs, turkeys, maple syrup, timber, and firewood. Fruits and vegetables are grown for family usage. He does his own butchering and meat processing for his family.

Carl is a 35 year active member of the West Hoosick Fire Department, currently serving as a truck lieutenant and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Town Hoosick’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and is the President of the Tri-co Holstein Club.

He represents the Rensselaer Land Trust on Rensselaer County’s Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, and the Environmental Management Council.

His hobbies include attending farm auctions, fairs and farm shows, and sporting events.


Nick Conrad copy Nick Conrad, Cropseyville

In 1999, Nick Conrad went on a hike with the Rensselaer Land Trust. He and his wife Liz, both biologists, had moved to the area several years before. Nick works for the New York Natural Heritage Program managing and delivering information about rare plants and animals in New York. Nick is an avid hiker and enjoys visiting natural places. Inspired by that first hike and many others, Nick joined the Land Trust because he wanted to help ensure that people can enjoy these special places forever. And so began a 20+ year journey of conservation leadership in Rensselaer County. 

Nick has served as RLT's Board President and Vice President, and is the chair of the Outings and Land Acquisition Committees and co-chair of the Stewardship Committee. Nick led the development of the Rensselaer County Conservation Plan, completed in 2018, and coordinated the GIS data analysis. Nick also led the creation of the interactive Rensselaer County Watershed Map on the RLT website, and has volunteered in RLT projects assisting the Town of Poestenkill and the City of Rensselaer with conducting Natural Resource Inventories. In addition to his board efforts, Nick is a volunteer leader for many hikes and programs for the RLT, and annually monitors several conservation easement properties. He also serves on the board of the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center.

Nick believes land conservation is a collaborative effort. "We are part of a larger community – with members, volunteers, municipal leaders, other non-profit organizations, state government, and so many others – and together can do so much more."


bob Crowley Bob Crowley, Poestenkill

Bob Crowley’s involvement with Rensselaer Land Trust began in 2010 when he volunteered for the Tomhannock Reservoir clean up. After joining the Board, Bob served as the RLT Treasurer for six years, served at one time or another on just about every RLT committee and in 2020 took on the job of Board President.  Over those years, he has participated in several projects especially at the Staalesen Preserve in Troy and Featherweald Preserve in Buskirk and is learning a lot about the world of land conservation. Bob grew up in Hoosick Falls, graduated from Union College, spent time in the Peace Corps in West Africa and graduated from the SUNYA Graduate School of Public Affairs. While retired from New York State, where he worked in the Budget Division and Department of Transportation, he stays busy with nurturing his old house in Poestenkill and trying to convince himself to restore the 1939 Plymouth truck in his garage. 



Joe Durkin2 Joe Durkin, Eagle Mills

Joe had a long rewarding career at the NYS Dormitory Authority, first as a lawyer in the Counsel’s office and then as Director of Real Property Services. This experience taught him the importance of organizations, government and private, working together on projects for the common good.

Now retired, Joe continues to work for the common good as a member of RLT’s Board since 2011. Joe applies his project oriented professional experience as a member of the Executive, Acquisitions and Governance committees and Co-Chair of the Stewardship Committee. Joe also likes to do the physical work needed to manage RLT’s public preserves. He has participated in many of RLT’s preserve improvement projects since joining RLT. As co-steward of the Staalesen Preserve, Joe has undertaken multiple projects that have made Staalesen an open, welcoming neighborhood nature preserve in Troy. Joe also monitors several easements each year for compliance. One day it’s writing reports and contracts, the next day it’s building steps and making trails.

Joe’s appreciation for access to open space was shaped by growing up on Long Island and the need to travel far to the outdoors. Eventually Joe moved upstate and to Rensselaer County because of the blend of small scale urban living and access to the countryside. Joe believes all neighborhoods should have access to a neighborhood nature preserve for a daily walk.


Shirley GreaganShirley Greagan, Selkirk

Shirley has spent most of her life in Upstate New York. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1985 and Duke Law School in 1988. Shirley started her career as Assistant DA in Schoharie County, and in 1990 joined the law firm of Carter, Conboy. In 1998 she became a long-term stay-at-home Mom.  

Since 1998, Shirley has served on numerous church committees as well as the Board of Directors of Community Living and Advocacy Supports; facilitated the establishment of a conservation easement on 116 acres of Pennsylvania farmland; and supports a variety of conservation and environmental preservation organizations.

Shirley enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks with her family, gardening, walking their two dogs, and recently became a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a blood transportation specialist.


Sally Lawrence Sally Lawrence, Averill Park

Sally grew up in a horse family on Long Island and loves animals and nature. Her childhood household always had several cats and multiple dogs running around, and of course, a horse or two. She has been a teacher all her life. As a teenager she taught Red Cross swimming and scuba­diving to young kids, as well as doing a lot of babysitting.

Her entire career has been in higher education, as a teacher in high school and then as a professor in several different colleges. She served as a dean and a vice president of academic affairs for 25 years at Sage before retiring in June 2010. Prior to Sage, she served in teaching and administrative positions at SUNY Albany, Union College, and Schenectady Community College. She supports numerous animal protection and conservation organizations and does a lot of hiking, camping, canoeing, and gardening. She lives with her husband in Averill Park and enjoys working with the Rensselaer Land Trust, where she serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.


Michelle LeClairMichelle LeClair, Averill Park

Michelle’s first involvement with Rensselaer Land Trust began a few years ago when she joined the RLT/RPA volunteer trail crew. The trail crew helps develop and maintain trails on the various nature preserves in Rensselaer County. After a few weeks of bushwhacking, trail marking, and trimming with her fellow tree huggers, she was hooked and never looked back. Michelle joined RLT’s Board of Directors in July 2022 and she serves on RLT’s finance committee.

Michelle studied at George Washington University where she earned her MBA in Finance and Investments. She has retired from a professional career spent managing investments and coordinating financial, tax and estate planning for high net worth clients.

Michelle is happiest in the woods and firmly believes that we all have a responsibility to protect and preserve our natural surroundings for future generations. A large part of that is ensuring that nature is accessible so everyone can appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting it. Being on the Land Trust Board enables her to play a small but important part in that endeavor.

In her spare time, Michelle also volunteers for the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and serves as a trail steward for Barbersville Falls Preserve in Poestenkill. And she takes every opportunity to enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing and just being outdoors whenever possible.


Scott Morley  Scott M. Morley, Niskayuna

Scott is an attorney with the Troy law firm of Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo & Johnson. Scott focuses his practice on corporations, vehicle and traffic, landlord/tenant, real estate and health care law.

He has served on a number of community boards, including serving as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Troy, the Executive Board of the Twin Rivers Council, and the Boy Scouts of America. Scott has always enjoyed the outdoors, and his participation in the Twin Rivers Council not only involved outdoor activities but also stewardship of Camp Rotary in Poestenkill. These connections with the land attracted him to the Rensselaer Land Trust. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Brown School in Schenectady.

Scott is a graduate of Paul Smiths College, University of Albany, and Thomas Cooley Law School. From 1988­ to 1994, he served with the United States Marine Corps. He lives in Colonie, NY with his wife and two sons.



John Munn John Munn, Grafton

John has been involved with the RLT since its inception. He grew up on Long Island and was active in photography, camping, bicycling and running track and cross country.  A 1978 Southampton College graduate, John earned his degree in chemistry. Following graduation, John worked for Harbor Branch Foundation in Florida, a marine research institute. He worked on migration and degradation of organophosphate pesticides in the marine environment and groundwater contamination from chlorinated solvents. During John’s time in Florida, he married and started a family.

In 1981, John relocated to the Capital District where his wife’s family has roots. While seeking employment as an environmental chemist, John studied accounting and worked as a freelance bookkeeper. In 1989, was hired as an Environmental Chemist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where he holds a position with the Division of Air Resources.

John was one of the initial founders of the RLT. In 1984, he was approached by Warren Broderick to found the Rensselaer-Taconic Land Conservancy, the founding name of the RLT, and he assumed the role of treasurer. The fledgling organization, established as a membership organization was awarded 501(c)3 not for profit status, grew, added additional directors and in time, became the accredited organization it is today. John has been with the RLT in various roles throughout its history. As a founding director, John, was active until 2010 when his service was interrupted by a temporary job relocation. Since his return to the area in 2012, he has been involved with the RLT as an ad-hoc member of its Governance Committee and has attended board meetings. In 2021, John was elected to serve on RLT's board of directors, he will continue working on the Governance Committee and he has accepted the position of Secretary for a two-year term.

In addition to John’s RLT volunteer service, he is a regular blood donor with over 500 donations to his credit, and he spends his time cutting, splitting, and stacking wood.


Tom Phillips PineSwamp 2 16 2014 3  Tom Phillips, Schodack

When I was a young boy I accompanied my grandfather, an avid botanist, on numerous field trips and developed a strong interest in Natural History. I inherited his love of plants, particularly those of unique natural habitats such as peat bogs and other wetlands. I currently am an avid student of mosses (Bryology) and Lichens (Lichenology) and have helped with several professional ecologic surveys involving those two groups and have published an article on a state rare Sphagnum species new to Rensselaer County. I have lived in the county for over thirty years and have been a member of the Rensselaer Land Trust for many of those years. As a director, I am interested in promoting the mission of the Land Trust and in identifying and conserving important natural areas in our local communities. During the day I am a veterinarian at Nassau Veterinary Clinic where I am a Fellow in the Veterinary Dental Academy and perform advanced dental procedures for patients from Eastern New York and the adjacent states. I enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, triathlons, and any outing to explore our area.



Kristina cropped Kristina Younger, Grafton

Kristina has been a long­time supporter of Rensselaer Land Trust, but it wasn’t until she retired from her position as Vice President of Business Development for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) that she had the time to actively volunteer. Jumping in with both feet, she has been helping with grant writing and chairing the Fundraising Committee since 2013 and was elected to be the Land Trust’s Board President in January 2016. Growing up in the Berkshires, she has a BS from Cornell University, and Masters of City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She enjoyed a 25­year career as a regional planner in San Francisco and the Capital Region, including service as a Planning Board member in the Town of East Greenbush. With a recently “empty nest,” she and her husband Mark moved to Grafton on Dyken Pond in the fall of 2012, where they wake up every morning saying “we live in paradise.”

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