Staff

Sophie Ehrhardt
Wildlands Partnership Intern

Sophie is interning with Northeast Wilderness Trust while pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. She has previously interned with Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Conservation Voters. Her desire to be involved with environmental policy at a local level and to spend as much time as possible mucking around outdoors are leading her towards work with conservation land trusts.  Her passions for wilderness and wildlife, on top of her hope to play a role addressing the challenges of climate change, make Northeast Wilderness Trust a natural fit. Sophie has a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from St. John’s College and a prior career as an educator.

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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, Joe 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sophi Veltrop
Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Sophi comes to Northeast Wilderness Trust with a background in land conservation, communications, and outdoor and environmental education. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science in 2013, and has since worked at the Vermont Land Trust, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and Earthwalk Vermont, where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Sophi is committed to helping create a world where all species have the chance to survive, thrive, and evolve. Outside of the work week, she can be found roaming forests and rivers, tending an ever-expanding garden, and cultivating community and creative practice in her hometown of Montpelier, VT.

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