Avalonia Land Conservancy (ALC) held its annual meeting at the Project O building at Avery Point on June 22 to elect an expanded board and to recognize four volunteers for their outstanding service.
ALC now has a total of 15 directors on its board with seven new members. The additional board positions give ALC added capacity and a talented team to accomplish the goals of the organization as it undertakes a major acquisition and stewardship funding initiative. The newly elected board positions include recently retired Superior Court Judge Robert (Bob) Leuba, Maureen Dewire, a native of Stonington and an education coordinator, David Young, an investment manager who serves on several corporate boards, Dr. Julie DuPont-Woody, vice chair of Ledyard’s Conservation Commission and a quality assurance officer of a CT Certified environmental analysis laboratory, Mark Hibbard, a Stonington native and financial analyst, Rick Newton, wildlife photographer and financial analyst and Gary Stefon, a licensed land surveyor. “The new members of our board bring an extraordinary level of skills to our land trust. We are fortunate to have them and appreciate their commitment to Avalonia.” said Dennis Main, President of the conservancy. In addition to the newly elected members, seven (7) members of the current BOD were reelected to terms that begin January 1, 2018.
The ALC Board of Directors also took the opportunity to recognize four volunteers for their years of dedicated service by awarding each of them the ALC Nature’s Hero award. Kent Fuller of Mystic was recognized for an outstanding job as ALC’s web master while Janice Parker of North Stonington was honored for her years of management skills and serving in the capacity of executive director. Also from North Stonington, Bruce Fellman was recognized for his ability to connect people of all ages to the outdoors and his outstanding photography. Frank Eppinger of O’Brien, Stuart, Eppinger and Collier LLC from Mystic was honored for his long tenure as the legal counsel for Avalonia.