Francis Pickering

Francis Pickering

Francis directs WestCOG’s staff and represents the region to partners, including state and federal agencies. Prior to joining WestCOG, he served as Deputy Director at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency…

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Mirna Martinez

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Mirna Martinez is the Executive Director of The Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust. She is a teacher by training.  From this perspective, she likes to think about the multiple societal…

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Tyra Penn-Gesek

Tyra Penn-Gesek

Tyra Penn-Gesek is the Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Thompson. Since coming onboard in 2019, she has guided the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission and was the primary…

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Kaleb Garrett

Kaleb Garrett

Kaleb Garrett is the founder of the Circle. The Circle is a group of Indigenous leaders throughout the state of Connecticut who share the mission to provide care through programming…

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Jonathon Savage

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Jonathan does training and overall management of a multitude of projects on our farms throughout the city of New Haven. Jonathon is native of New Haven. His education in gardening…

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Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart is a Connecticut native that has dedicated her career to improving the environmental and social condition of Black urban communities in the State. Ashley is an environmental engineer,…

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Connie Manes

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Connie Manes provides organizational consulting services to nonprofit conservation organizations throughout the northeast, with a focus on Land Trust Standards & Practices and Land Trust Accreditation. She is the Executive…

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