Our Team

Staff

Schiff Natural Lands Trust is the umbrella organization that owns and operates all the land and preserves under its management. A team of dedicated volunteer trustees provide strategic and financial oversight, while a talented staff of part-time employees oversees daily operations, our forest management stewardship plan, and educational programs.

Dorian von Aulock
Dorian von Aulock
Executive Director
Tom Doty
Tom Doty
Land Steward & Volunteer Coordinator
Tina Miller
Sarah Peña
Summer Nature Program Director & Environmental Science Program Developer
Lauren Theis
Lauren Theis
Environmental Educator

Trustees

Alex Battey
Alex Battey
President of the Board of Trustees
John Pellecchia
John M. Pellecchia
Vice President
Joe Gomeringer
Joe Gomeringer
Treasurer
Amalia Duarte
Amalia Duarte
John Eade
John Eade
Jeanne Rice
Jeanne Westervelt Rice
Bridget Poole
Bridget Poole
Secretary of the Board
Pat Charnay
Pat Charney
Janis Slutsky
Janis Slutsky
Ken Rendall
Ken Rendall
Jeremy Condie
Jeremy Condie

Trustee Emeritus

Michael Catania
Michael Catania

In Memoriam

R. Fenn Putnam
R. Fenn Putman
Jeanne Westervelt Rice

Jeanne has been involved with Schiff since 2006, first as a trustee and then serving as the Executive Director for three years between 2013 and 2016. She is a communication and marketing professional with a passion for environmental protection. She has also served as a trustee for The Willow School in Gladstone, one of the country's leading Green Ribbon schools. She holds an MSJ from Northwestern University. After living in Mendham for 20 years, Jeanne and her family have recently moved to Gladstone, where they continue to enjoy hiking Schiff's trails off of Mosle Road.

Tom Doty, Land Steward and Volunteer Coordinator

Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Resource Management, Forestry from the Environmental Science & Forestry College at Syracuse, New York. He is a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Certified Tree Expert, a New Jersey Forest Service Approved Forester, an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, and a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester.

Sarah Peña, Summer Nature Program Director & Environmental Science Program Developer

Sarah started at Schiff at the end of 2016. She has worked as a science teacher in biological and earth sciences since 2011. She earned her MS from Rutgers University in Ecology and Evolution and her BA from Vassar College. Sarah's passion is providing opportunities for children to be inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world. When she's not implementing programming at Schiff, she is usually with her husband and three young children hiking local trails or playing in their backyard, stream, or garden.

Alex Battey, President of the Board of Trustees

Alex has been a dedicated volunteer at Schiff since 2011 helping to design and launch our Business Membership Program as well as secure sponsorships and donations for the Environmental Film Fest and Gala fund raisers. He was elected President of the Board of Trustees in 2013. Alex is a retired technology and financial services executive who held senior sales and marketing roles with Peapack-Gladstone Bank, One Communications and Sprint. He holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard. Alex lives in Mendham Township with his lovely bride of thirty years, Robbi. When not hiking the Schiff trails you will find Alex riding his bike in the local area or traveling with his family.

John M. Pellecchia, Vice President

John is a partner in the Morristown law firm Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP. He concentrates his practice on litigation and regulatory matters and also represents clients before the NJ Legislature. John is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and previously served as an Assistant Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. He holds degrees from Lafayette College and Tulane School of Law, where he was honored as a Senior Fellow. A committed volunteer, he is active in coaching local sports and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. John lives in Mendham Borough with his wife, Elizabeth.

Joe Gomeringer, Treasurer

Joe has served as the Treasurer of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust since 2001 and is heavily involved in overseeing financial matters for the Trust. He is a Certified Public Accountant with offices in Chester, and has been active in community service in the Mendham area for many years. His volunteer work includes service as coach of several local basketball teams; Chairman of the Technology Committee and Member of the Building Committee for St. Joseph's Church; Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of the ARC Morris County; and as volunteer firefighter and President of Ralston Engine Company No. 1 of the Mendham Township Fire Department.

Amalia Duarte

Amalia is a seasoned communications professional with experience in both senior corporate communications roles and as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. Currently, Amalia is the Public Affairs Director & Grant Writer for ECLC of New Jersey, a non-profit that provides "Education, Careers and Lifelong Community" to more than 700 special-needs children and adults throughout New Jersey. Previously, she has worked as Communications Director for Citigroup’s Operations & Technology unit, and was instrumental in telling Citi’s "green" building story, with articles in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and other publications. Amalia has also worked as a journalist for a range of publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Record, Meetings & Conventions, and People magazine. She was part of the small team at Time Warner that launched the successful People en Espanol, Spanish-language edition, a founding editor of an educational journal called the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as well as a founding contributing writer for Latina magazine. Amalia has lived in Mendham for 16 years with her husband and two children. In a volunteer capacity, she has served on the Township Recreation Commission, Board of Adjustment the West Morris Soccer Club Board. She was a youth sports coach in soccer and basketball for many years. She also serves on the board of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) New Jersey chapter.

John Eade

John brings a wealth of financial and business experience to his new position on our board. A leader in financial research for twenty-five years, John has worked for the Argus Research Company since 1989; he became the company’s president in 1997 and its CEO in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and later earned an MBA from Columbia with a concentration in finance. A long-time resident of Mendham, John has made community involvement his priority by serving for eight years on the board of the Red Oaks Montessori School, with two of those years as president. He is also very involved in local youth sports coaching basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer teams, and is a member of the Saturday Night Games Crew of the Pastime Club’s annual Labor Day Carnival. He and his family also sponsor the Dismal Harmony section of the Patriot’s Path System.

Ken Rendall

Ken was raised in Princeton. Growing up he spent summers with his family on a lake in Western Maine. It was there that he gained an appreciation for the natural world. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Rider College he began work with a construction company before becoming involved property management. He was a member of the volunteer Princeton Fire Department serving for twenty-five years, reaching every rank. Ken spent four years with an emergency management consulting firm which sparked his interest in climate change and its impact on disaster planning and the future. Between 2000 and 2008 he worked for Granary Associates with the project management team overseeing construction for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Children's Specialized Hospital. He is currently the facilities manager for a property management firm in Union. Ken lives with his partner Deborah in Peapack. Both are avid organic gardeners, grandparents and like to get out for hikes and kayaking, here and in Maine.

Bridget Poole, Secretary of the Board

Bridget moved to Mendham in 2001, with her husband Brendan and their 2 children, Fiona and Anna. While living in Mendham Borough, Bridget has become an active volunteer within the community. Most recently she was a board member and president of the Mendham Borough Board of Education, serving one, three-year term. Bridget enjoys spending her time traveling with her family, hiking, reading and gardening. Bridget's background is in textile design and interior decoration, she attended art college in the UK.

Pat Charnay

Pat brings to the board both business and nonprofit experience. From 2006 to 2013, she was the director of Mendham Borough Library, where she was responsible for all aspects of its operation, from personnel, finances, and programs, to managing the collections. She also served on the library board from 2001 to 2006, as board president for the last two years. Her work experience, prior to taking time off to raise her three children, includes ten years in group benefits: five years as an account manager at what was Hewitt Associates and previous five years as a group insurance underwriter. Her volunteering experience includes working at the Visiting Nurses Association twice-yearly rummage sale, serving at the Community Soup Kitchen, project work for BlinkNow, various positions in Mendham Borough schools. She is currently a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Mendham Borough. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and has resided in Mendham Borough since 1988.

Janis Slutsky

Janis has been involved with Schiff as a volunteer, educator and a regular in the book group for many years. Janis has been with the Morris County Park Commission as a naturalist for 22 years, based out of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and Pyramid Mountain Visitors Center. She works with all ages from preschoolers to adult, though the pre-k level is her passion. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in business and a minor in Sociology, Janis went on to get a MLS in Library and Information Service from Rutgers and a masters in Environmental Education from Montclair State. Living in Mendham since 1997, she has served on the Environmental Commission, is currently a Girl Scout leader and has helped coach with Mendham Magic cross country and track & field teams. Interests include bicycling, backpacking and camping, hiking, cross country skiing, travel, yoga and swimming. All these passions she shares with her two daughters, husband and dog, Cocoa.

Michael Catania

Michael, Director Emeritus, served as president of Schiff Natural Lands Trust for 10 years. He is also the President of Conservation Resources Inc. and has been extensively involved with conservation, environmental and land use policy issues in New Jersey for the last 30 years. He began his career in 1974 by staffing various environmental committees of the State Legislature, where and drafted many of New Jersey's environmental laws. He later became the first Director of the Office of Regulatory Services at the NJDEP, and then Deputy Commissioner of that agency under Governors Kean and Florio. After teaching environmental law and policy at the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University, he was the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey from June of 1991 until July of 2003. Michael also served as a founding member and Co-Chair of the Stockton Alliance, and as Vice Chair of the Mendham Borough Environmental Commission. In 1998, he was the Co-Chair of the Coalition to Preserve Natural Resources, and, in 2003, he was the founder and Chairman of the Coalition for Conservation. He currently serves as Chairman of the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust. Michael, a resident of Mendham Township, holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University, as well as a JD from the Rutgers School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in New Jersey since 1981.

R. Fenn Putman

Fenn had been a resident of Mendham Township since 1966 and served on the Township school board for 6 years. He retired after 40 years in the municipal bond industry in New York City. He was a past president of Frost Valley YMCA, which is located on 6,000 acres in the Catskill Park in New York, where he oversaw an enterprise which runs year round and, in 2004, had 35,000 guests who enjoyed the summer camp, environmental training and adult education. Fenn graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri and was a former US Marine Corps Captain.

Dorian von Aulock, Executive Director

Dorian previously worked at The Willow School in Gladstone, one of the country's Green Ribbon schools, where she was the Director of Operations and Service Learning. In this role, she was responsible for supporting and facilitating academically connected service learning experiences for students in preschool through eighth grade by partnering with environmental non-profits in the area, of which Schiff was one such partner. As a 2012 graduate of the Rutgers Master Gardener program, she maintains her MG status by completing service hours and attending continuing education classes in the field of horticulture. In 2015, she attended NJ Learns - Educating Leaders in Sustainability taught by Jaimie Cloud from The Cloud Institute and New Jersey Sustainable Schools, sponsored and hosted by Duke Farms. The nine month series, "NJ Learns program unites schools and communities to learn and change together to instigate, sustain, and scale up the innovations and best practices that contribute to sustainability." With more than 20 years of mission driven non-profit management experience, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies from Colorado University, which is helpful as relationships are key to developing collaboration within the community. Dorian's passion for the environment and sustainability, her organizational development skills, her ability to harness creativity, and her community connections, will help Schiff achieve its strategic goals in the coming years. Dorian lives in Long Valley with her husband and two daughters. She loves to take walks, garden, forage, cook, make homemade gifts, do yoga, and read. With her family, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, vacationing, playing and listening to music, and laughing with one another.

Jon Dugan

Jon received his Bachelor's from Rutgers University and has been working and volunteering in the environmental field ever since. He has worked for Union County Parks & Recreation, National Park Service at Sandy Hook, and Duke Farms providing educational programs for all ages. He has held technical positions at the NJDEP working on public access mapping and wetland mitigation. Jon is looking forward to sharing his passion for the outside world with Schiff member, friends, and family!

Lauren Theis

Lauren received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Cook College, Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy at Shelburne Farms. She served as an Americorps Watershed Ambassador in 2007, and has been in the field of environmental education since. She is the Director of Education for Raritan Headwaters, works with partner organizations such as Duke Farms and NJCF, is a contributor to Edible Jersey and a yoga instructor at Glow in Basking Ridge. Lauren loves connecting people to nature and is looking forward to being a part of Schiff's community!

Jeremy Condie

Jeremy Condie joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. He has lived in Brookrace for 15 years, is a member of its Homeowners Association, and was previously chairman of Scout Troop 150, Bernardsville. As such Jeremy is helping to enrich Schiff's Scouting heritage with outreach and programs to attract local troops with camping and hiking programs. He has over 30 years working in the financial service's sector and currently manages the Americas' sales team for a technology organization. Jeremy has a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Systems Engineering and an MBA.