Julie A. Keenan, of Summit Township, Union County, who serves as Chair of Conservation Resources, is a current trustee of the Great Swamp Watershed Association, and the Summit Area Public Foundation. She was a founding trustee of Citizens for Better Schools. Julie served as Executive Director for the Schumann Fund for New Jersey from 1991 until 1997. She has also served as a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey and a member of its Finance Committee for three years from 2000 until 2003. Julie holds an MBA from Stanford and currently works as a consultant.
Jim Brady, of Bedminster Township, Somerset County, who serves as Vice-Chairman of Conservation Resources, served for 10 years as a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, where he also served as Vice-Chairman for 3 years. A licensed real estate broker by profession, Jim has also been active in local efforts to preserve the rural character of the Lamington River Valley. He has served as a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Newark (BGCN), and on the Board of BGCN Life Camp, a summer program for inner city youth. He is also a former trustee of the Delbarton School, and the Far Hills Country Day School.
Tom Drewes, of Flemington, is the retired State Conservationist of New Jersey for USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He served in this position from January 2007 to January 2011. He was responsible for a staff of over 70 employees in 10 offices that provided technical and financial assistance to landowners in natural resources conservation. Mr. Drewes is a NJ licensed Professional Planner (AICP). He earned a BS cum laude in Soil Science from the University of New Hampshire, an MS in Management from The College of New Jersey (Trenton State College), and an MS in Community Planning from Rutgers University. He is a member and has served in leadership positions in various professional societies, including past NJ Chapter President of American Water Resources Association, NJ Chapter Executive Council of Soil and Water Conservation Society, NJ Association of Professional Soil Scientists and American Planning Association. He also has received numerous awards from NRCS and other organizations for his efforts and accomplishments.
Jon Holt, of Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, is a partner with Holt, Mulroy & Germann Public Affairs, L.L.C., a public relations and governmental affairs counseling firm with offices in Trenton and Washington, D.C. Jon specializes in developing community relations, public information and government affairs programs in support of client activities, particularly those involving environmental issues. A graduate of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, Jon has extensive experience in politics and government. His federal government experience includes service as a public information director for the Federal Energy Administration; special assistant to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; and, as a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Congressman. Jon currently serves as chairman of the Drew University Board of Visitors and on the Board of Directors of the WORLDCOM Public Relation Group, the world's largest consortium of independently owned public relations counseling firms. He is also a former Trustee of the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Anne Jacobson, who resides in Madison, Morris County, has been employed as a program officer by the Victoria Foundation since 2005. She obtained her J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1978, and practiced law for 19 years, first as an associate with Pitney, Hardin in Morristown, NJ, and then as in-house counsel with the Exxon Research and Engineering Company in Florham Park and Clinton, NJ. In 1997, she transitioned to a second career in the nonprofit sector, joining the staff of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. There, she served in several operational capacities before becoming the Director of Corporate Partnerships. In 2003, she became the senior program officer at The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Anne has served as a trustee and in various leadership roles on the boards of the Colonial Symphony Orchestra, based in Morristown, and the Arts Council of the Morris Area.
current honorary trustees
Honorable Thomas H. Kean, who served as Governor of New Jersey from 1982 until 1990. Prior to that time. Governor Kean served as a member and Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, where he sponsored many of New Jersey's principal conservation laws, including several of the Green Acres Bond Acts, the Coastal Area Facility Review Act, the Natural Areas System Act, the Wetlands Act, and the law which established the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is currently the President of Drew University, located in Madison, New Jersey.
Richard Sullivan, who served as the first Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from 1970 until 1974. After leaving government service, he represented a variety of public and private clients as the Proprietor of New Jersey First, an environmental consulting firm. Richard also served as Chairman of the Pinelands Commission for almost a decade, as Chairman of the Fund for New Jersey, Chairman of the Safe Drinking Water Institute, Chairman of the Environmental Endowment of New Jersey, and as a trustee of the Commonwealth of New Jersey. Currently retired, he remains active as a trustee for the Fund for New Jersey.
Franklin E. Parker, Esq., of Mendham Township, Morris County, who served as Chairman Emeritus of Conservation Resources, was the Director of the New Jersey Field Office of The Trust for Public Land from 1990-1996 and was Chair of TPL's New Jersey Advisory Council. Frank was also the first chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission from 1979-1988. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Foundation and Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc. He was an honorary Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and was a member of the Board of Crossroads of the American Revolution, and of the Advisory Boards of the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. An attorney by profession, he was a widely-recognized leader of the New Jersey conservation community. To read more about his contributions to the environmental community, click here.