Leadership and Staff

Photo Credit Rick Newton

Board of Directors and Officers

Catherine Rawson, Chair
New Preston

Eric Hammerling, Secretary
West Hartford

Richard Newton, Treasurer

Andrea Fenton
Old Lyme

Doris Johnson

Taylor Mayes

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
The Trust for Public Land

Connie Manes
Kent Land Trust

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 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. 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.

Rebecca Staff PhotoRebecca Dahl
Program Coordinator
Rebecca joined CLCC in February 2020 as the Program Coordinator, assisting with CLCC’s programming to support land trusts through regional initiatives providing training and advancing statewide land conservation, as well as developing communications materials and outreach efforts. Prior to joining CLCC, Rebecca served as the Zenda Farms Program Director for the Thousand Islands Land Trust in Clayton, NY where she developed and advanced a strategic vision for Zenda Farms Preserve as a center for community engagement, sustainable agriculture, environmental education through partnership development and outreach initiatives. During her time in New York, Rebecca also co-developed the Developing the Millennial Leaders that Land Trusts Need project, including a nationwide survey and the authorship of a report under the same name. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys yoga, kayaking, and spending as much time in nature as possible. 

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.

Yaw staff photoYaw Owusu Darko 
Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow
Yaw joined the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) in August 2020 as the organization's second Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow. He assists in a diverse array of activities and programs, all promoting CLCC’s advocacy and conservation efforts. Yaw received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in 2020 and is pursuing his Master of Public Administration from UCONN. With a passion for learning, Yaw has a background in farming, personal training, residential tutoring/counseling, and facilities maintenance. He enjoys reading and writing poetry, gardening, lifting weights, and playing soccer.