Leadership and Staff

Photo Credit Rick Newton

Board of Directors and Officers

Catherine Rawson, Chair
New Preston

Chuck Toal,  First Vice-Chair

Alicia Sullivan,  Second Vice-Chair

Kevin Case,  Treasurer

Eric Hammerling,  Secretary
West Hartford

Melissa Spear

Advisory Council

David Bingham
Salem Land Trust

David Brown
Middlesex Land Trust

Margot Burns
Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments

Michael Hveem
Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust

Drew Iacovazzi
West Hartford

Honor Lawler
Trust for Public Land

Connie Manes
Kent Land Trust

Elisabeth Moore
Connecticut Farmland Trust

Shirley Nichols
Darien Land Trust

David Sutherland
The Nature Conservancy

Humphrey Tyler
Connecticut River Conservancy


Amy Blaymore Paterson
Executive Director
Amy joined the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) in 2010 as its first Executive Director. Working with the CLCC Board of Directors and Advisory Council, Amy provides the Connecticut land conservation community with technical assistance, training and advocacy to further advance permanent land conservation across the state.  Before joining CLCC, Amy served as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, overseeing several complex conservation transactions, and worked for over twenty years as an attorney, concentrating her practice in land preservation and environmental protection.  Prior to moving to Connecticut, Amy was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.  She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Denver. In recognition of her years of work in conservation, Amy was awarded the 2014 Women Inspiring Conservation in Connecticut Award presented by Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and sponsored by The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Farm Service Agency and the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts.  In 2015, Amy was awarded the Rockfall Foundation's President's Award.  Amy lives with her family in Vernon, CT. An avid trail runner, when Amy isn't helping to conserve land, she's outside enjoying it!


Kathys PhotoKathy Blachowski
Communications Coordinator
Kathy joined CLCC in 2017 as its part-time Communications Coordinator, overseeing the membership database and annual membership appeal, managing content on CLCC's website, helping plan and prepare for trainings and workshops, and helping plan and run the annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. She is also a contract Technical Editor of scientific journal articles. She was born and raised in Portland, CT, and after graduating from Muhlenberg College with honors in Environmental Science and English, Kathy spent 11 years living in Rochester, New York. There, she worked as Land Preservation Coordinator for the Genesee Land Trust. After the birth of her twin girls in 2011, Kathy returned to Connecticut with her daughters and her husband. Kathy currently resides with her family in East Hampton, CT. 


Jordan Giaconia
Program Coordinator
Jordan joined the Connecticut Land Conservation Council in 2017 as Program Coordinator, working to further develop and manage CLCC’s organizational advancement initiative, technical assistance program, and training and education programs to build and support land trusts throughout the state. A proud Connecticut native, Jordan’s passion for land conservation stemmed from his years of exploring the wild and historically rich landscapes of Lyme, CT, ultimately compelling him to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from UConn. Prior to joining CLCC, he held a variety of positions with conservation organizations at the local, state, and national levels; most recently serving as Legislative Advocate for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Special Projects Assistant for the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, DC. Before moving to the district, he had the pleasure of interning with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association as well as the Adirondack Council in Elizabethtown, NY. When not working, Jordan can be found hiking, kayaking, fishing, or cooking up new recipes in the kitchen!