Karen Grey has served as the president and executive director of Wildlands Trust since 2007. Under her leadership, Wildlands Trust has grown their protected land portfolio significantly, as well as the operating budget, endowment, staff, and programming. Karen’s vision and execution led to the Davis-Douglas Farm, a transformational project that resulted in a beautiful new educational facility and headquarters for Wildlands and the protection of an historic Plymouth landmark. Karen serves as the vice president of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and makes herself available as an adviser to small organizations and land trusts. She began her conservation career at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences where she held several management positions during her 17 year tenure, including chief operating officer, director of marketing and development, and assistant director. Karen lives in Duxbury, MA with her family. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Director of Land Protection
A native of the South Shore, Scott's formative experiences with nature came courtesy of Wompatuck State Park, and an area along the Indian Head River in Pembroke that had been acquired by a local land trust (then known as the Plymouth County Wildlands Trust). Armed with an economics degree from UMass Boston, multiple stints in the for-profit world ensued, including in the banking industry. While interesting learning experiences, these positions did not offer the professional fulfillment that Scott was seeking.
After obtaining an Master of Science in environmental studies from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH, he abandoned his visions of making a career out of hiking the Appalachian Trail and came to work for Wildlands Trust. Scott strongly believes in the core mission of the land trust movement, and that organizations working at the local and regional level can make a substantial difference in the communities they serve.
Sue began fundraising in 1981 as the administrative assistant for a woman in the Berkshires who was the chairman of the Berkshire Theatre Festival Board of Trustees and a Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stockbridge, MA. In 1984 she moved to Plymouth, working on a campaign for the Plymouth Public Library to build a new expanded library which was completed in 1990. She began working at Cape Cod Hospital Foundation for the Emergency Center Campaign in 1992 and in 1995, joined Jordan Hospital (Now BID Plymouth) as director of development, managing both capital and annual campaigns. In 2001, Sue became director of donor relations at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences until 2011. Currently, Sue provides consulting services for major donor programs at 3 Bays Preservation in Osterville, the Museum Institute for Teaching Science in Quincy, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington, Maine, and Wildlands Trust.
As the stewardship manager, Erik is responsible for the natural resource management needs of our properties. With a passion for improving conservation areas both ecologically and for the public’s enjoyment, Erik joined us from Cape Cod, where he supervised the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program for two years and worked as a conservation intern for the Town of Dennis' Department of Natural Resources. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Erik came to Massachusetts in 2004 to earn his bachelor's degree in biology at Gordon College. After college, he completed two years of service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod, and then worked for a year as an arborist and climber with Hartney Greymont in Concord before joining the Wildlands Trust team.
Outreach and Education Manager
A Plymouth native, Rachel graduated from UMass Amherst in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science. After college she pursued a career in environmental education, living and working seasonally on Cape Cod, Oregon, and Minnesota where she received a Graduate Certificate in environmental education from Hamline University. She completed a year of MassLIFT AmeriCorps at Wildlands Trust in 2014-15 as the community engagement coordinator and joined us full time in August 2016. As the outreach and education manager, Rachel overseas public programming and events, youth educational programming, and the community garden.
Community Stewardship Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Conor spent his academic years studying environmental science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell before eventually taking a seasonal position with the Student Conservation Association in Anchorage, Alaska. Working as a crew leader on a trail construction team allowed Conor to hone his trail construction skills and become an integral part of the hands on conservation movement. After Alaska, Conor moved to Philadelphia where he was contracted by Google and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to lead Google’s largest city Trekker Project. Upon completion, Conor moved back to his home state and joined Wildlands Trust as the stewardship program coordinator. It is here that Conor uses his trail design and construction experience as well as his GIS background to help communities develop healthy and sustainable trail systems in the ongoing effort of open space conservation.
Administrative and Technology Assistant
Wendy previously worked in the Assessor’s office in Plympton for four years, giving her an understanding of many aspects of land value and conservation restrictions. Previously Wendy had a career in science documentary production working on PBS specials for Audubon and Scientific American Frontiers. Wendy graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in government. She is a transplant to the South Shore area, raising her family in Duxbury.
Outreach Coordinator, Greening the Gateway Cities (Brockton)
Kate Silva is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, focusing on urban studies, and a master’s degree in regional planning, focusing on social, policy, and community planning. After finishing university and an internship with the Town of Amherst as a sustainability intern, she returned to the South Shore and joined Wildlands Trust as an outreach coordinator. Kate leads the public engagement initiatives for Greening the Gateway Cities (Brockton), which is a state-funded program designed to plant trees in urban neighborhoods for energy efficiency. She utilizes her background in environmental sustainability, community development, and public facilitation to manage the community outreach of this program, contributing towards her passion for energy efficiency, ecological health, and environmental justice.
Land Stewardship Coordinator ('17-'18)
Tommy is the land stewardship coordinator at Wildlands Trust through the TerraCorps program, which supports 36 full-time AmeriCorps members serving at various non-profits located across Massachusetts. Tommy recently graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. At Hamilton, he worked as a biology research assistant for three summers, assisting with the research projects of two professors in microbiology and ecology. He has presented biology research at the New York Six Upstate Undergraduate Research Conference and conducted independent research on avian self-medication for his senior thesis. As land stewardship coordinator, Tommy focuses on conservation initiatives and outreach to youth and local communities in order to build sustainable groups of community volunteers as well as educate and empower local citizens to make positive environmental change.