Russell Peotter, President
After retiring as General Manager, Rus is now Senior Adviser to WGBY Springfield, the WGBH-affiliated public television station serving western New England. He is a member on a number of national and community boards, including America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), American Red Cross/ Pioneer Valley Chapter, PeoplesBank, The Springfield Central Cultural District (Chair), MassCreative, OneHampshire Economic Initiative, Leadership Pioneer Valley, TRUSTEES Advisory Board, Double Edge Theatre, and Enchanted Circle Theater. Rus and his family raise goats, chickens, and horses on their farm in Chesterfield where he is also Town Moderator. He also loves canoes, fly fishing, and is a registered Maine Guide.
Susan McAllister, Vice President
A Colorado native, Susan served in the Peace Corps as a math teacher in Botswana, Africa ‘85-‘87. Afterwards she taught middle school math and science, ultimately becoming the K-12 Director of Educational Technology for the Diocese of Oakland. In 1998, Susan and two other teachers created the non-profit Virtual Explorers—one of the first online learning environments for students. VE sought to provide positive female role models for girls in science, math and technology by visiting women wildlife biologists and documenting their field research in Ghana, the Amazon, Belize, and Idaho. In 2000, she joined her husband in MA to help build inRESONANCE, an education software company. When they sold in 2017, the company had 60 employees with 400 clients in 34 countries. Susan has traveled to all seven continents pursuing her passion for wildlife conservation, photography, and storytelling. She loves hiking and the outdoors and in 2018 hiked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. Now retired, she is focusing her time and energy here in Williamsburg—a place she and her husband have called home for 20 years!
Suzanne T. Kulik, Secretary
Suzy retired from UMASS Donahue Institute where she was Director of Administration and Finance. Previously, she had almost 20 years experience in administration/finance of nonprofits. Suzy was a board member and Treasurer of the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., 1978-1998 and 1996-2003. Upon retirement, Suzy joined the Hilltown Land Trust as a Board Member. She also serves as a board member at Worthington Senior Housing, Inc. (“The Maples”).
Tad Weiss, Treasurer
Tad has a background in manufacturing systems and engineering and is currently Director of a product development group in Agawam. Tad has traveled extensively around the country and is a few peaks shy of climbing all 48 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains. Tad has been a member of Westhampton’s Open Space Committee for several years.
Peter has over 35 years of experience in construction, design, and related fields, owning his own general contracting and design practice. He developed a home planning seminar in the early 1990’s and has published a number of books on home building based on those seminars. Peter is a very active Conway resident, having coached little league and volunteered on committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee, Festival of the Hills, and the Conservation Commission for over 10 years.
Andrew is a biologist who has worked in natural resource conservation for more than 25 years including positions in Idaho, Maine, and Maryland before settling in the Hilltowns. Currently employed as a supervising biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, he is involved in many aspects of habitat protection and management. Andrew has served on a number of regional committees and has been a member of the Worthington Conservation Commission for more than 13 years. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking and being outdoors.
Pat Morey retired from Harvard School of Public Health where she worked as Project Manager of various government funded studies including those exploring the relationship of environmental factors with cancer and infertility. Before moving to Goshen, she was Treasurer of Sustainable Braintree, a community advocacy group committed to protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable lifestyle, and co-founder of Sustainable Braintree’s Community Garden. After moving west, Pat joined the Open Space Committee in Goshen and serves as representative on the Community Preservation Committee. She also works part-time in the Goshen Building Department and for the Town Assessor. In addition to being a Board member, Pat has been volunteering with HLT since 2016 in the office and as a property monitor.
Paul Wetzel is a plant ecologist with a passion for wetland ecosystems and their restoration. He studied a wide variety of wetlands from small, seasonal prairie potholes to tree islands in the Everglades. Before that he worked as an environmental analyst for a civil engineering firm, delineating wetlands, designing noise barriers, writing environmental impact studies. Now, he works at the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) at Smith College where he supports experiential education and manages the College’s Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Paul is active in local Williamsburg government serving on a variety of Committees, including Finance and the Safety Complex. In his spare time Paul enjoys history, gardening, hiking, and canoeing.
Rob’s role with The Trustees includes land protection planning, building partnerships with partner organizations, overseeing the Conservation Restriction Stewardship Program of The Trustees, supervising the Land Conservation staff, and working directly with landowners to conserve their lands. He worked for 10 years as Habitat Protection Coordinator with the MA Department of Fish & Game’s land protection program, then, just prior to joining The Trustees in 2014, he was Director of Protection & Policy for the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy where he served for 14 years, working to conserve the diverse rare habitats of Massachusetts.