board_of_directors

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.

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David De Luca

David De Luca is senior managing director and global head of equities at Raymond James. 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 20 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.

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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 BA in economics and political science and an MBA 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.

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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.

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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.

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Philip Korsant

Philip B. Korsant is currently a private investor and founding member of Long Light Capital. He spent most of his professional life at Ziff-Davis Publishing Company and Ziff Communications Company, where he served in various capacities including President and Chairman of the Board. He retired from the company when it was sold in 1994. Mr. Korsant graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in economics and was a captain in the United States Air Force. He has been an active conservationist for the past 40 years including 20 years on the board of NRDC and is Director Emeritus of Naromi Land Trust. He and his wife Catherine reside in Florida and share a farm in Sherman Connecticut with their two sons.

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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.

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Jim Millstein
Treasurer

Jim Millstein is the co-chairman of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm.  Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2018, Jim was the founder and chief executive officer at Millstein & Co., a financial advisory and public policy firm with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Before founding Millstein & Co., Jim was the chief restructuring officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining the Treasury, he served as managing director and global co-head of corporate restructuring at Lazard from 2000 to 2008. Before joining Lazard, Jim was partner and head of the corporate restructuring practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Jim splits his time between Washington, D.C. and South Kent, Connecticut with his family.

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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.

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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.

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In Memoriam
James Coley
Richard Lukins
 
Founder
Alice M. McCallister