Board Detail

Linda Allard

A graduate of Kent State University, Linda Allard is the former design director of Ellen Tracy, a position she held for her entire career of more than 40 years. Under her guidance, Ellen Tracy evolved into a leading fashion icon offering designer sportswear, dresses, accessories, fragrances, and a collection of home furnishings. She is the author of Absolutely Delicious, a handwritten collection of her favorite recipes, abundantly illustrated with her own watercolor paintings. Linda is a former board member of The Garden Conservancy and continues to participate in and support their programs. She, her home, and her garden designs have been featured in many trade, home, and garden publications. In a special partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Linda, an avid gardener, designed and helped implement the 111th Street Community Garden. She continues to support the efforts of NYRP and currently serves as a member of its board as well as the boards of American Ballet Theatre and the Shakespeare Society.

Since retiring from the fashion industry, Linda has become an active member of the Litchfield Hills community, and serves as a board member for the Washington Art Association, Housatonic Valley Association, Steep Rock Association, and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust.

“I chose to become a board member of Weantinoge because I truly believe in their mission. Growing up in rural Ohio, my family and I spent many days on our family’s farm, where we learned the importance of land stewardship and reforestation at a very early age. In areas too steep for farming, my uncle planted as many as one hundred thousand trees over his lifetime, creating beautiful woodland trails for hiking and nature walks. The farm has since come under the care of the Medina County Park District and will be preserved in perpetuity.”


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David De Luca

David De Luca is a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He is a former aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. David serves as vice chairman of the board of the Winterthur Museum. He and his family have lived in Northwest Connecticut for over 15 years.


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Margery Feldberg

Margery Feldberg is a co-owner of De Hoek Farm in New Milford, Connecticut, a breeder and purveyor of Angus beef. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School, Margery spent three decades in commercial real estate development prior to taking up farming. She was a founding partner of National Development, the largest commercial real estate developer in Massachusetts, and was a director of the privately held firm for 19 years. In 2007, Margery partnered with her neighbor and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust to protect 400 vulnerable acres next to De Hoek farm, sparking a sustained interest in conservation. She has served 10 years as a director and officer of Crested Butte Land Trust, another accredited land trust, which is active in Colorado’s Gunnison Valley.


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Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon divides his time between Manhattan and New Milford. He recently retired after a long career in international finance, with the last fifteen years as a managing director and global bond portfolio manager at BlackRock. Previously he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Credit Suisse First Boston. He served on the board of the Trevor Day School for many years, acting as treasurer. He has a B.A. in economics and political science and an M.B.A. in finance, both from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Christine A. Flynn
Recording Secretary

Christine Flynn is a lawyer and a consultant in real estate matters. She has spent her career involved in housing and urban development, both for the State of New York and for private and non-profit entities. She divides her time between Manhattan and Bridgewater. Christine is particularly interested in raising awareness about local land planning and development decisions that have an impact on our increasingly limited open spaces. She serves as the board’s recording secretary.

Weantinoge’s large land holdings in Litchfield County create the opportunity to educate its residents to the pleasures and beauties of natural areas and the increasing and compelling need to preserve them.”


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V. Charles Jackson

Charlie, and his wife Susan, moved to Washington, Connecticut, in 2013 after having lived in Los Angeles, California for the prior 30 years. Susan’s family has lived in Washington for five generations. Her grandfather, Hamilton Gibson, was headmaster of The Gunnery and a founding member of both the Washington Art Association and Steep Rock Association. Their son, Dana Jackson, publishes The Edible Nutmeg magazine.

Until recently, Charlie was the president of SunPac, LLC, an investment group that was in the process of purchasing a community bank in Southern California. He spent his career in commercial banking and wealth management, both overseas and in the U.S. He started his career at Citibank and was posted to the Middle East. He has also held executive management positions, both overseas and domestically, at Continental Illinois, Chase Manhattan, and Mellon Bank. Over the past twenty years he has focused on community banking in California. Most recently he was the West Coast CEO for Boston Private Bank and Trust Company. He has been the CEO of four community banks on the West Coast, and has served on the boards of six community banks and one trust company.

Charlie has served on the board of trustees of Woodbury University in Burbank, California, as well as on the board of advisors of the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business, and the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Until recently, he was also a board member of Legacy Connections, a public benefit corporation which assists in the preservation, renovation, restoration, and enhancement of the Rose Bowl. Additionally, he was a general partner of the Athenaeum Fund, a venture capital limited partnership providing seed funding to start-up companies originating at Caltech.

Charlie graduated from The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and obtained an M.B.A. in international business from The George Washington University.

 


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Helen “Lennie” Lillis
Secretary

Lennie opened up Lennie’s Flower Shop in New Milford in November of 1983, thus beginning her career as a professional full-service florist. She is a certified Master Florist and Designer, as well as a master judge for flower, garden, and landscape design.

Lennie is an appointed member of the New Milford Conservation Commission, the Village Center Organization of New Milford, and the New Milford Implementation Committee for the Revitalization of Downtown New Milford, and she also has served as chairman of the New Milford Fireworks, the local Red Cross chapter, and as president of Connecticut District FTD. Her other associations include the Rotary Club of New Milford and the Greater New Milford Business Association. Lennie was the recipient of the New Milford Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2001. She has been an active board member for Weantinoge for many years and served as Secretary since 2006.

Lennie grew up in the region, and has spent a good deal of her life with Weantinoge. Her mother, Helen Marx, was one of Weantinoge’s founders and was the statutory agent when Weantinoge was first formed.

 “The word Weantinoge had great meaning to the original settlers and Native Americans of the northwest region of Connecticut. It means homeland to these native peoples who lived here hundreds of years ago and to those of us lucky enough to live here today. I am committed to protecting our homeland and all of the nature that shares it with us.”


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Peter W. May

Peter W. May is president and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, an investment firm that invests in under-performing and under-valued companies and works with them to create lasting shareholder value.

Peter serves as vice chairman of The Wendy’s Company and is also a director of Mondelez International, Inc. He recently retired from the board of Tiffany & Co. From 1993 through 2007 he served as president, chief operating officer, and a director of Triarc Companies. Which, during that period, owned Arby’s Restaurant Group, The Snapple Beverage Group, and several consumer and industrial businesses.

Peter is chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System, New York City’s largest academic health system. He is vice chairman of the New York Philharmonic, a trustee of the University of Chicago and the New York Historical Society, a director of Lincoln Center, and a partner of the Partnership for New York City. He has served on numerous other not-for-profit boards.

Peter received A.B. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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Jim Millstein
Treasurer

Jim Millstein is the chairman of Millstein & Co., LLC, a financial advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. He previously served as chief restructuring officer of the United States Department of the Treasury. Before joining the treasury, Jim was the co-head of the restructuring group at Lazard Freres & Co., LLC., having begun his career as a lawyer at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Jim splits his time between Washington, D.C. and South Kent, Connecticut with his family.

 “I grew up next to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, New York, a several hundred acre preserve of open fields, forest and marshes that allowed me to wander in the woods with my childhood friends year round. So, having chosen to live in Litchfield County later in life, I joined the board of Weantinoge out of a desire to ensure that my kids and generations of kids to come would have the same opportunity.”


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Kirsten Peckerman

Kirsten Peckerman is a resident of Washington and a quiet leader of community service in Northwest Connecticut. She is an active member of Weantinoge’s board, as well as the Steep Rock Association, and is a tireless and dedicated conservationist. Born in Denmark, her first job was at a museum of modern art outside Copenhagen.

 “I started working there one week before it opened to the public. None of us had ever worked at a museum; a painter was the artistic director, the owner was an art historian who had inherited a large fortune, and the administrator had a doctorate in history. We were quite a bunch! After three years at the museum, I got the job of running the office for a famous architect, and I worked there for seven years, until I moved to New York City and married a lawyer. When we moved to Washington, Connecticut, my husband and I both became involved in local organizations. I started with the Washington Garden Club, then moved on to working with Steep Rock Association, and shortly thereafter I was invited to join the board, where I have served for approximately twelve years. I am also involved with the Housatonic Valley Association as a supporter. Furthermore, I have been on the board of The Gunnery School for the past eight years. I joined Weantinoge’s board several years ago because I believe in the need for a regional land preservation organization in Northwestern Connecticut.”


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Hiram P. Williams
President

Hiram Williams has more than three decades of experience as a real estate advisor and investor. 

Hiram served as the founding partner of Albrizzi-Williams LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in private placements of both equity and debt, property sales, and financing and advisory work with clients accessing the capital markets for real estate acquisition and development. Hiram also served as a partner at Millstein & Co.

Hiram has led real estate investment transactions totaling more than $5 billion.  Selected engagements include advising the management of Hines
on, the structuring and creation of a publicly registered, non-traded REIT that initially raised $1 billion; working with the Lincoln Property Company on its sale of certain assets to Equity Residential Trust for $485 million; guiding the $475 million merger of Grove Property Trust with Equity Residential Trust’s public company; and, advising on $150 million of capital raising on behalf of Akridge, a leading commercial property development firm.  Hiram has been a board member for numerous real estate-related companies and is currently a director of Scorpion Holdings and Commercial Cleaning Services.

Hiram previously served as a vice president at Goldman Sachs with responsibility for the formation of the Real Estate Investment Banking Services group.  He was also a vice president at Morgan Stanley, where he was charged with investing the firm’s capital in real estate as part of its joint venture with Mitsubishi Estate, Japan’s most eminent real estate developer.  Hiram began his career at Lazard.

Hiram holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business.  As an undergraduate, he studied industrial management, with an emphasis on mathematics, at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Hiram sits on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, in addition to serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust. 

 “I grew up on a farm, and until I was eight or nine years old, I spent the entire day outdoors. This was a daily event for me, almost as much a part of my life as going to school. I always took it for granted that other people lived that way, that they took comfort in the woods, in wildlife, and knowledge of the woods. It was much later in life that I realized that many people knew much less about being out on the land. Since joining Weantinoge, I’ve worked to rebuild the Board and secure the Trust’s finances and set up the path for future development work. I’ve guided us through the process of hiring Catherine Rawson, our Executive Director, along with our hiring of two new stewards. Restructuring and re-crafting the way Weantinoge operates has been very important to me because I, along with our board and staff, realize that our land protection work must last forever.”


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