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Our Staff

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Will Kies, Executive Director
Will joined the Land Trust in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Lawrence University and Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Vermont, where his research examined the impacts of large conservation easements on the Northern Forest region. A Greenwich native, Will has a passion for the outdoors and conservation, and can often be found enjoying many of the natural gems throughout town. He currently lives in Cos Cob with his wife, Meghan, and their two children.  Paul
Chris Aldrich, Manager of Stewardship
Chris received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Natural Resources with a concentration in Sustainable Forestry Resources from the University of Connecticut in 2012, and was hired by the University’s Extension Office as a Forestry Technician.  After his time at the University, Chris worked with the Nevada Conservation Corps’ Chainsaw Crew reducing fuel loads and improving habitat for sage grouse.  Most recently, Chris was employed as a Resource Management Intern at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky where he focused on resource monitoring and invasive species control. 

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Steve Conaway, PhDConservation & Outreach Director
Steve developed an early passion for sustainability working on subsistence farms in Maine and New Hampshire as a teenager. He studied environmental horticulture at the University of New Hampshire where he helped run the campus-wide composting program. Steve pursued an interest in tropical plant science and invasive species on the island of Hawaii, working on farms and later as a visiting scholar for the Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center. Steve studied plant pathology at Penn State University where his doctoral dissertation centered on the control of invasive weeds with naturally occurring fungal pathogens. He enjoys connecting people with the natural world through his work at the Land Trust.

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Dean FauselConservation Educator
Dean joined the Greenwich Land Trust in the summer of 2016 as a conservation supervisor for the GLT Youth Corps. He has great experience in nature education and field ecology.

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Sophie Neumann, Manager of Development
Sophie joined the Land Trust in 2016, after spending the beginning of her career working in development and operations in the social service field. She is responsible for the coordination of all events for GLT, and in addition manages fundraising and membership. Sophie is a graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in Communication. She is actively involved in the Stamford Youth Foundation as Cheerleading Program Director, and spends the majority of her free time sharing delicious meals with friends, family, and of course her two chihuahuas.