Our Staff

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.


Chris Aldrich, Director 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. 
Meri Erickson
Meri Erickson, Communications Manager
Meri joined the Land Trust in the fall of 2017, bringing a wealth of experience marketing nonprofit organizations, including the Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and the Greenwich Historical Society. Originally from Colorado, Meri holds a Masters in Journalism and a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Journalism. In her spare time, Meri enjoys preparing Farm to Table meals and tending to her gardens.

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.

Sophie Neumann, Development Manager
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 special events for GLT, and in addition manages fundraising and membership. Sophie is a graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in Communication. She spends the majority of her free time sharing delicious meals with friends, family, and of course her two Chihuahuas.