Jon Leibowitz
Executive Director

Jon is the Executive Director of the Northeast Wilderness Trust.  Prior to joining our team, he was the Executive Director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy in the Four Corners region of Colorado.  During his time at Montezuma Land Conservancy, he protected over 13,000 acres.  Joining the Wilderness Trust is a return to New England for Jon and his family.  He earned a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.  In his spare time, Jon enjoys hiking and long distance backpacking and has completed the Long Trail.  Jon also serves on the board of Vermont Parks Forever.


Shelby Perry
Stewardship Director

Shelby received her master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s field naturalist program, and holds a bachelors in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A Vermont native, she has also lived and worked in the Adirondacks, California, the Caribbean, Wyoming, and West Africa, where she served a term in the US Peace Corps.  In her free time Shelby enjoys hiking far away from trails, swimming in mountain streams, and identifying mysterious plants, fungi, and slime molds.


Cathleen Maine
Deputy Director

Cathleen comes to Northeast Wilderness Trust with two decades of nonprofit experience. She received her BA from Hawaii Loa College, now part of the Hawaii Pacific University system, and attended the School for International Training’s Master’s Program in Intercultural Management. She worked for almost a decade in Washington, DC for a range of nonprofits before relocating to Vermont with her family. She also spent seven years studying and teaching in Hokkaido, Japan. Her experience with public health has connected her to the mission of the Trust. In her free time she enjoys living in Montpelier, reading, exploring, and cooking with her family.

Zack Porter
Outreach & Communications Coordinator

After fourteen years exploring, stewarding, and advocating for wild places and wild critters in the Cascades and Northern Rockies, Zack is thrilled to bring his passion for wilderness back home to his native New England. Zack got his start in wilderness as a backcountry ranger on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State and on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. Most recently, Zack served as Western Montana Field Director for the Montana Wilderness Association in Missoula, where he built community support for wild public lands and ran point on federal legislation to designate 80,000 acres of Wilderness in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Zack and his wife Kassia are excited to be surrounded once more by the deciduous forests, cascading streams, wild coastlines, and granite mountains of their youth along with their daughter, Celeste, and black lab, Stella.

Joseph Falconeiri
Southern New England Land Steward

After receiving a BS in Education from Montana State University and then spending 15 years in finance in Boston, Joseph decided to trade in his suit and tie for his true passion, conservation and natural science.  Since then he has served as a Ranger and Naturalist Interpreter with Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while also lending to the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance.  He continues to pursue his mission to help people, institutions, and organizations become more keenly aware and connected to the social, economic, and environmental values that wilderness and open space bring into their lives.

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