Leadership and Staff

Photo Credit Rick Newton

Board of Directors and Officers

Catherine Rawson, Chair
New Preston

Chuck Toal, Vice-Chair

Kevin Case, Treasurer

Eric Hammerling, Secretary
West Hartford

Karen Mehra

Elisabeth Moore
New Haven

Rebecca Neary

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

Walker Holmes
Trust for Public Land

Connie Manes
Kent Land Trust

Richard Newton
Avalonia Land Conservancy

Shirley Nichols
Darien Land Trust

David Sutherland
The Nature Conservancy



Amy Blaymore PatersonAmy 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 conservation 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.  In 2018 Amy was honored to be appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to the State of Connecticut Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board, for which she serves as co-chair. She has also had the pleasure of serving as a member of the Working Lands Alliance Steering Committee since 2012.  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
Office Administrator
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. In September of 2018, she took a step back from working with CLCC and began working as the Communications Coordinator for the Middlesex Land Trust, a position she currently holds. In January 2019, Kathy rejoined the CLCC staff in a more part-time role as the Office Administrator. 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.

Katharine Lange
Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow
Katharine joined CLCC in November 2018 as the first Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow. She assists with advocacy efforts to advance conservation legislation at the capitol, including with outreach to municipalities and land trusts. Katharine is pursuing her Master's of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy at the University of Connecticut. She has interned for the House Democrats in Hartford, the Humanities Institute in Storrs, and Social Entrepreneur Corps in Ecuador. Katharine grew up in Lebanon, Connecticut, before attending the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Political Science and Human Rights in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys live music and hiking around New England.



Cristina HaydenCristina Hayden
Conference & Communications Coordinator
Cristina re-joined CLCC in January 2019 after taking time off in the previous year after the birth of her daughter Maya. She started at CLCC in 2014 working with Amy on the annual appeal letters, training and education workshops assistance, monthly eNews, and the annual CT Land Conservation Conference. Cristina has a B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She spends her free time exploring everything New England has to offer with her husband Tom and Maya.