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Old Lyme Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 163
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Officers, Board and Committees


The Old Lyme Conservation Trust, OLCT, has four serving officers: The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

2005 Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of the four serving officers listed above and not less than three, nor more than seven other members. In 2005 the Board of Trustees includes:

Michael J. Kiernan

Board member since 2001.
Mike Kiernan is a fourth-generation, summer resident of Old Lyme, with a cottage at Point O’Woods Beach. He has worked professionally in the conservation field for the last fifteen years, first for World Wildlife Fund, and then later for the World Bank and Rainforest Alliance. In 2002 and 2003, he worked with the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to compile data on the land trust community in the state and develop a set of activities and materials to help strengthen the organizational practices of land trusts.

Ellie Czarnowski

Vice President
Board member since 2000.
Previously board member of the Open Space Committee and current chairman of the newly formed Old Lyme Conservation Commission which is separate from the Inland Wetlands Commission. You are likely to run into Ellie and her two dogs out on the trail, enjoying the fresh air and exercise.

Dick Blair

From early childhood walking in the woods with my dad I developed a deep love of the outdoors. As an adult, I came to realize how important it is for us to manage the environment. With development pressures mounting, land conservation is vital. As Treasurer I enjoy my role with the Trust.

Susanne Colten-Carey

Board member since 2003.
A retired special education teacher and local
wildlife rehabilitator.

Richard Conniff

Richard Conniff is the author of six books, including Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World (Holt 1996).  He also writes about wildlife and other topics for Time, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Worth, Architectural Digest, National Geographic, and other publications in the United States and abroad.  He won the 1997 National Magazine Award for his writing in Smithsonian and the 1998 Wildscreen Prize for Best Natural History Television Script for the BBC show Between Pacific Tides. His new book, The Ape In The Corner Office
--Understanding The Office Beast In Us All, is due out from Crown in September.

Ted Crosby

Ted Crosby has a long list of involvements in the Town of Old Lyme including "Citizen of the Year" and the following:
2000-2003 Chairman, Old Lyme Conservation Trust
2000-present  Connecticut River Gateway Commission
2001-present  Old Lyme Open Space Committee
2004-present  Ex-oficio member representing Gateway Commission, Old Lyme Conservation Committee
2004-present  Old Lyme Information Technologies Committee, GIS
2004-present  President, Crosby Fund for Haitian Education, a 501 (c) 3 organization

Evan Griswold

Raised in Greenwich, CT and summered at his grandparents farm in Old Lyme. Moved to
Old Lyme in 1980 after attending Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he earned a Master of Forest Science degree and acting as the
Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy, CT Chapter.  Entered the Real Estate business in 1981 with the Strong Agency where he's been working with
conservation-minded buyers and sellers, using a market-directed land conservation effort in the lower river valley. Evan also serves on the Old Lyme Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, the Old Lyme Open Space Committee and was formerly a member and Chairman of the Connecticut River
Gateway Commission.

Sabine O'Donnell


Board member since 2005,
Sabine was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany where she completed her legal studies, specializing in International Economic and European Law. After living in New York and Boston, the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline have been home since 1995. Sabine served a 5-year term as a board member and president of the District and Association of Otter Cove in Old Saybrook where she gained valuable experience. Sabine has been living in the Rose Lane neighborhood which borders the “ Galaxy property” preserve since 2004.

John Pfeiffer

Board member since 1995.
Dr. John Pfeiffer has been a lifelong resident of Old Lyme. His degree is within Anthropology and specializes in local archaeology. Within Old Lyme
and the lower CT valley he has led various excavations of important prehistoric and historic sites. He has a strong background in natural
studies, preservation, and serves as Town Historian. He presently teaches in the LOLHS and coaches the boys varsity tennis team. He is an avid hiker, birder, and outdoors recreation enthusiast.

Jerry Silberberg

Board member since 2004.
Retired special-ed woodworking schoolteacher with many years involvement in the environmental Hudson River Clearwater organization.

Anna Silberberg

Board member since 2004.
IT industry professional with a great interest in nature and nature conservancy.


Anyone who is interested in the work we do may serve as a volunteer on our committees, please contact OLCT if you are interested in working with us!

The following committees currently manages the day-to-day work of OLCT:


Investigating properties and working with other agencies to work on local land purchases toward open space.


Work on trails, keep them open and safe.  Building new trails and designing trail networks.

Education and Development

Education of the public includes participating in fairs, creating brochures and other educational tools. Arrange for walks and talks in matters that relates to the trust's activities.


Manage the OLCT assets, keep abreast of the OLCT investments, aid in decisions to purchase property.


The Executive committee consists of OLCT's four officers, that is, the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.


We are always looking for new committee and board members to join OLCT.  Call us today 434-7676.

Board Meetings

Regular Board meetings are held on the third Monday of every other month.

Meetings for 2005 will be January (Jan. 24 due to holiday), March (14th due to annual meeting), May, July, September and November.


Join one of our Committees!

If you are interested in helping out taking care of our properties - maybe you live near one of them -
or you want do something else for OLCT, you can sign up for one of our committees.
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