Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action
Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action
Rosemary Ripley, Chair and Treasurer
Rosemary L. Ripley is a Managing Director of NGEN. Rosemary works at the intersection of healthy living and sustainability, investing in innovative, growth companies with improved solutions for consumers and enterprises. She currently sits on the boards of Bare Snacks, Two Moms in the Raw, Zevia, Native Foods Cafe, and Nlyte Software and is an observer on the boards of Enzymedica and Hyla Mobile. Rosemary also led an investment in Revolution Foods.
Rosemary has worked with companies in consumer packaged goods, branding and technology as well as in strategic planning, acquisitions and public and private market transactions. Responsible for Corporate Business Development worldwide at Altria Group from 1990-2005, Rosemary helped spearhead and execute numerous expansionary growth plans for Kraft Foods. She led teams that invested heavily in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia and transformed Kraft Foods with the $19 billion acquisition of Nabisco and subsequent $8.5 billion initial public offering. Rosemary also initiated and helped develop the strategy and led the transformation of Miller Brewing Company from a domestic business to part of an international enterprise with the merger with South African Breweries.
Prior to joining Altria, Rosemary was a Managing Director at Furman Selz, responsible for the Retail and Consumer Group, and prior to that was a senior investment banker at L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin where she financed numerous small and mid-size technology companies and made venture investments.
Rosemary co-founded Circle Financial Group, a multi-family office oriented towards the financial needs of women, sits on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and Chairs the Board of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy. She is also a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Ripley received both her BA, cum laude, and MBA at Yale University. In addition to working with creative entrepreneurs, Rosemary is passionate about biodiversity, advancing opportunities for women, riding and spending time with her husband and four children.
Thomas Lovejoy, Ph.D., President
Thomas Lovejoy is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow with the United Nations Foundation. He was the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Dr. Lovejoy conceived and has overseen the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project (a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil's INPA), a landscape ecology experiment to understand the effects of habitat fragmentation. Thomas also originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the public television series Nature. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.
Sylvia Ripley Addison, Secretary
Ripley Addison is co-owner of Addison/Ripley Fine Art. Sylvia serves on the boards of the Conservation Research Center, Smithsonian Institution, and the Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc. She is a graduate of George Washington University.
Tom Baptist was the Founding Executive director of Audubon Connecticut and established its Board of Directors in 1999. An ornithologist and author, he is one of Connecticut’s leading conservationists, having piloted many open space and wetland protection initiatives during his 35 year career. In 2012, he was the National Audubon Society Senior Scientist.
Martha Bernstein is a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee for the Connecticut Community Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee for the Litchfield/Morris Rotary and a Burgess for the Borough of Litchfield. Martha was Vice-President, Development and Communications at Graham-Windham Services until 1998 and Director of Development for the American Red Cross in Greater New York.
Elizabeth Dickey, Ed.D.
Elizabeth has recently retired from an expansive career in academia. Most recently, she served as the president of Bank Street College of Education in New York and previously was a professor, dean, and provost at The New School in New York and at City University of New York. She has also worked as an independent consultant for foundations and programs such as Philip Morris and the MacArthur Foundation. She received her B.A. in art history from Lake Forest College and went on to receive a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Doctor of Education from University of Massachusetts, as well as completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in Clinical Psychology and Adult Development.
Anthea is a principal in the Women’s Enterprise Initiative, a nonprofit in NW CT which helps women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Before that she was Executive Vice President for Content at News Corporation, one of the world’s largest media companies. In this position she guided the Company’s global initiatives in content development and distribution. She was a member of News Corporation’s worldwide Executive Management Committee. Until the sale of the company in May 2008, Ms. Disney also acted as Chairman of Gemstar-TV Guide International, a technology and guidance company in which News Corporation was the largest shareholder. Prior to this position, Ms. Disney was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TV Guide, Inc., before its merger with Gemstar, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News America Publishing Group, a division of News Corporation. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Disney was President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Disney joined News Corporation in 1990 and held a number of senior management positions including Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide; Editor-in-Chief of News Corporation’s online development. Before joining News Corporation, Ms. Disney was Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Daily News, and Editor-in-Chief of Self magazines. She began her career in the United Kingdom as a newspaper reporter and a foreign correspondent . She was educated in England.
Peter is the founder and Managing Member of NGEN Partners, LLC. Peter invests in sustainable businesses with innovative solutions to impact the world’s biggest problems. His passion for the environment and improved utilization of natural and material resources has taken him from operating traditional manufacturing companies to technology and ultimately to found NGEN in 2001. Peter has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operating executive, and growth equity investor. He has grown the firm from one of the earliest to invest in sustainable technologies, to a firm with three funds with over $500 million under management. NGEN invests in consumer-facing brands and services that span various sectors, from personal care to energy efficiency products and innovative agricultural solutions: all with the goal of changing consumer behavior to improve consumer and environmental health.
Prior to NGEN, Peter made diverse private investments, ranging from leveraged buyouts and leveraged recapitalizations to early venture investments in materials science enterprises. Peter has had successful investment exits in a variety of companies in the manufacturing and retail sectors. He gained early career experience as an executive in a global manufacturing family business, working in Germany as well as the United States.
Peter is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Enzymedica, Native Foods Café, BrightFarms, Regen Energy and Renewable Funding, and is an observer on the Boards of Soraa, Choose Energy and Two Moms in the Raw. He was chosen as a 2012 Power Player in Greentech by AlwaysOn.
Peter is a graduate of Yale University and the Phillips Exeter Academy. He is an avid outdoorsman and former Division 1 oarsman, and in his next life aspires to be an Olympian in at least two sports. He is passionate about making the world a better place and is focused on educating children on the importance of the environment. Not surprisingly, he spends all his free time with his wife and four children.
Dillon Ripley Lanius
Dillon Ripley Lanius is the Managing Member for Northern Shrike, LLC a sustainable investment and advisory company. His professional experience covers the due diligence, execution, origination and structuring of innovative development, financing, investment, growth and hedging strategies for project developers, operating companies and investors in environmental capital markets around the world. Dillon is the co-chair for the Nexus Global Youth Summit Climate Lab, commissioner for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) and on the leadership council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco.
Thomas Nissley is a retired pastor, educator, and clinical psychotherapist who currently works as a preservationist of antique and classic homes and as a realtor. Tom is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Tom also studied at the Western Institute for Gestalt and Family Therapy and is clinically certified in Transactional Analysis. Currently a director of the USA Transactional Analysis Association, a trustee of the CT Association for Historic Preservation, co-curator for the Gores Pavilion, and a member of the New Canaan Historical Society, Tom has a deep passion for community service and involvement.
Margaret (Meg) Osius
Founder and Principal of Osius & Associates, Meg Osius advises a variety of corporate and banking clients structuring international green-field infrastructure and PPP projects as well as facility upgrades in the oil and gas, power, telecommunications and other sectors. Prior to establishing her own firm, Meg was with the Global Banking Division of J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank where she originated export and project finance transactions and assisted clients with risk management. She has extensive experience with workout and distressed companies. Meg is presently a Director of Waterloo Holdings Ltd., Bermuda, and British Caribbean Bank (BCB). Previously she was Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) of the World Bank managed Public Private Infrastructure Advancement Fund (PPIAF). Meg received an M.B.A. from INSEAD, the European Institute of Business Administration, in Fontainebleau, France. Her B.A. degree is from Princeton University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brian Silver is a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, New York Office responsible for equity and debt capital markets. Prior to Perella Weinberg Partners, Brian was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group where he advised a broad range of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical services clients on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, the equity and capital markets, and royalty financing. Brian graduated from Harvard and the University of Chicago Law School.
George Archibald, Ph.D.
Archibald is the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and has served as the President of ICF for 27 years. Since 2000, he has devoted his time to the study and conservation of the Korean DMZ, the restoration of Siberian Cranes in west Asia, and building an endowment fund for ICF. He received his bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University and his doctorate from Cornell University.
Julie Bailey is a former executive coach/organizational consultant who began as a political and financial journalist in Latin America. Her board experience includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, East Harlem Tutorial Program and Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Since retirement, she has worked to preserve open space and working family farms in New Milford, make available farmer business/marketing training through the Litchfield-based Farmer’s Table and guided board development pro bono for several area non-profit start-ups. She is a Mount Holyoke College graduate with an MS degree in Organizational Development from New York City‐based New School.
Bruce Beehler, Ph.D.
Bruce Beehler is a Senior Research Scientist, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International, with expertise in tropical ecology, conservation biology and ornithology of the Southwest Pacific and South Asia. He graduated from Williams College and received his Masters and PhD at Princeton University.
Melissa is a science lab teacher for grades 4 and 5 and science curriculum coordinator for Litchfield Intermediate Schools. Melissa has a BA in Science, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and an Advance Graduate Study in Education Administration.
Peter is co-founded Litman, Asman & White in Bantam, Connecticut, a law firm that handles a wide range of issues, disputes and litigation in real estate, commercial, residential; small business, estate planning and probate work. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Law.
Julie Dillon Ripley
Julie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Duke University. Currently, Julie is a full-time homemaker and caretaker.
Andrew Roraback is a Superior Court Judge. He worked with his family law firm of Roraback and Roraback beginning in 1988. In 1994, 1996, and 1998, he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives, in the 64th Assembly District. Andrew served as senator for the 30th Senate District from 2000 to 2012. Roraback has been widely recognized for his work on education, domestic violence, agriculture and environmental issues. Andrew graduated from Yale University and earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.
T. Dennis Williams
Dennie Williams is a former journalist with The Hartford Courant, an investigative Internet freelance writer and an author of The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and All Those Other Wild Creatures. He is a graduate of the Choate School and attended Middlebury College where he received a BA in American Literature