Kimberly Bradley, Avalonia’s current board president, is passionate about protecting local natural resources and open space, engaging individuals and communities in outdoor activities, and educating others to maintain resilient ecological systems. In addition to her involvement with Avalonia Land Conservancy, she volunteers for Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed and the Town of Salem’s Inland Wetland and Conservation Commission. In addition she serves as vice-president of the southeastern Connecticut chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association and on the board of Stage 1 Cycling Team. Kim enjoys finding opportunities to combine her passion for outdoor recreation with her professional training and experience with ecology and land conservation.
Kim holds a M.Sc. in biological oceanography, and a B.Sc. in environmental science from the University of Connecticut and currently serves as Program Coordinator for the UCONN Extension Connecticut Trail Census and Connecticut Trail Finder Institute. In this role, she works with communities throughout Connecticut supporting data collection and dissemination, and resources collaboration related to trails, outdoor recreation and active living.
Richard “Dick” Conant
Board Director, Development Committee Chair
Dick Conant has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colby College and a Master’s of Science degree in Marine Science from Long Island University. He worked for 33 years in the Federal government as a marine/wetland biologist with the National Park Service, USDA- Agricultural Research Service and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers before moving to southeast Connecticut in 1993 to manage environmental programs and supervise the Environmental Department at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton CT.
Dick has volunteered his time with Avalonia since 2010, serving on the Board of Directors for six years, chairing the Development Committee, managing the Avalonia Griswold Town Committee, and being involved throughout the land conservancy. Dick also serves as chairperson of the Groton Shellfish Commission, sits on the board of the Groton Parks Foundation and volunteers at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Stonington, CT.
In his spare time, Dick is an avid reader, investor, and a life-long runner, skier and mountain hiking/climbing enthusiast.
Scott Dawley has a degree in forest technology from Unity College in Maine. He has worked for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for 34 years and currently holds the position of eastern district operations supervisor in the Parks & Forest division. Scott is a member of four Avalonia committees: Acquisition, Communications and Outreach, Stewardship, and the Griswold Town Committee.
James Neil Duncan
Board Director, Stewardship Committee Chair, Ledyard Town Committee Co-Chair
Neil and his wife came to the USA from the UK in 1996, moved to Ledyard in 2003, and became US citizens in 2015. Neil earned PhDs in both chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Liverpool, UK, which prepared him for a career at Pfizer. He retired in 2017 after 35 years of working in the fields of metabolism and toxicology.
Neil grew up in a very rural part of England. He credits his father, a horticulturalist and arborist, with teaching him to appreciate the environment and understand the importance of protecting and preserving important local habitats.
In recent years, Neil and his wife have enjoyed creating a garden comprised of numerous rare and unusual perennials, shrubs and trees to sustain natural wildlife habitats for birds and pollinating insects. They enjoy hiking in local preserves as well as taking vacations in the Northeast US (particularly Acadia and other parts of Maine) and abroad to Australia and New Zealand. They marvel at the flora and natural history of these countries. Trees and flowering shrubs are Neil’s main interests in the plant kingdom; he feels fortunate to have great collections of maples, oaks, firs and spruces in our area.
As chair of Avalonia’s Ledyard Town Committee, Neil has been involved in multiple stewardship activities. The preservation of key habitats is essential to Neil for countless reasons, including providing access to these important areas for interested members of the public.
Board Vice President
Julie earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware and is a quality assurance officer of a certified environmental analysis laboratory in Connecticut. She, her husband, and daughter live in Ledyard where she has served on the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and is currently engaged in various trail and conservancy projects as vice chair of the Conservation Commission. Julie is a member of the Ledyard Town Committee and the Communications and Outreach Committee. When not working or volunteering, she is renovating and rehabbing her 200-year-old colonial home with her husband. She is a triathlete and spends winter weekends cross-country skiing in Lake Placid, New York.
Director of Development & Programming
Terri is a lifelong resident of eastern Connecticut and already has a successful fifteen-year career of non-profit development. This included creating strategic plans, organized countless fundraising events, and managed the communications for the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation from 2006 through 2010. Since 2011 she has been the Director of Development and Special Events for the Connecticut Cancer Foundation and has organized events that include road races, fishing tournaments, and social events. Terri has reached out to other non-profits, building community alliances for a stronger organization.
One of Terri’s proudest accomplishments has been the leadership role that she has taken in the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network, bringing area faith-based groups together to sponsor full and half-day conferences, educational workshops, festivals, concerts, press conferences, retreats, and rallies, all to raise awareness and encourage activism to protect our environment.
Mark is a life-long resident of the Mystic-Stonington area and is retired from the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant where he worked as a senior financial analyst. He loves the outdoor life and is an avid boater, fisherman, golfer, and hiker and enjoys landscaping and gardening too. Mark has been an Avalonia Stonington Town Committee member for several years and recently became a member of the Communication and Outreach Committee.
Board Secretary, Governance Committee Chair, Western Towns Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair
Formal Education: PE (Licensed Professional Engineer), MS Eng. Mgmt., BS Mech. Eng., AS Elect. Eng., AS Mfg. Eng.
PATENTS – Fire Extinguish Gauges
Various engineering positions leading into FDA regulatory management for medical equipment manufactures in Buffalo NY, Madison WI, and CT; expert witness and consultant for medical equipment; operations manager for a medical sponge manufacturer; started-up companies including catalog sales of medical supplies for neurology and sleep disorder, servicing specific components for anesthesia machines, and a national education program for certifying sleep disorder technicians, and a sleep disorder lab in Norwich.
Sold companies and retired in 2006. Joined Red Cross, trained as a shelter manager for disasters. Joined East Lyme Land Trust 2016, elected President 2017.
Hobbies: Active as Scout leader 1978 – 1989: asst. scout master, scout master (East Lyme), board member for Eagle Scout reviews. Sailing, collector of cars.
Board Director, Northern Town Committee Chair, Finance Committee Chair
Dennis S. Main has an MBA with a concentration in finance and accounting from UCONN and experience as an auditor and as a financial manager with the State of Connecticut. He has served 4 terms as President of Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc. and is the current Finance Committee and Northern Towns Committee Chairs. He is also licensed in Connecticut as a real estate broker and has contracted for forestry management projects with the U.S.D.A. He and his wife, Renee, reside at Mainagery Farm in Bozrah, an e-Bird hotspot. He has served on Bozrah’s Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission, Board of Finance, and most recently chaired the Board of Assessment Appeals. As both a Connecticut and Florida Audubon Society (Sarasota and Venice Chapters) member, Dennis enjoys birding, as well as forestry, gardening, and golf in both the North and South.
Elanah has been involved in the disability rights movement for about thirty-five years. In numerous positions, both paid and volunteer, she has provided Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance guidance to private nonprofits, municipalities, and agencies of State government. She also has been an advocate for legislative agendas that support the civil rights of people with disabilities. Her special interests include access to the arts and the outdoors.
In collaboration with the then-Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Elanah organized a grassroots advocacy project called Out-Of-Doors that paired State park personnel with local people with disabilities. For about 20 years (and counting!), she has served on the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-affiliated Open Space, Natural Heritage, and Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board as the point person on disability-related matters, a position mandated by state statute. (She is currently Secretary of the Review Board.) Elanah is also a member of the Trust for Public Land (Connecticut Chapter) Advisory Board.
To Elanah, being elected to the Avalonia Board represents an enormous privilege and a tremendous opportunity. She is working with Avalonia on developing a disability access agenda that is seamlessly integrated into all programs and activities. A resident of Norwich, she has an equally strong interest in seeing Avalonia establish a greater presence in distressed communities.
In the non-environmental domain, Elanah is a graduate of Trinity College (CT) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. She is an enthusiastic hiker (generally accompanied by her two dogs); a participant in the national FrogWatch citizen-scientist program (yes, she crushes on frogs); a follower of anything and everything arts-related; and a library volunteer who organizes events related to arts and social history.
Board Director, Acquisitions Committee Chair
David Stygar holds a BA in Environmental Science with graduate work in Education. A Senior Environmental Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) for over 34 years, serving as coordinator/administrator for federal and state-funded programs that preserve open space, develop recreational facilities and enhance the outdoor recreational experience for the public. Currently he serves as Chair of the Acquisition Committee, member of the Norther Town and Nominating Committees. He is also affiliated with United States Triathlon Association (USAT) and pursues an athletic lifestyle.