Board of Trustees

Candace McKee Ashmun serves as a private consultant to non-profit organizations on environmental matters and works with municipal environmental commissions and other organizations involved in land use decisions and legislation. Appointed to the original Pinelands Commission by then Governor Byrne, she was reappointed to ten additional terms by subsequent Governors and is currently still on the Pinelands Commission. She was the first Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). She served three terms as the President of ANJEC and two terms as an At-Large member of the Sierra Club/NJ Chapter Executive Committee.

Jan Barry is a freelance writer, poet and author whose books include A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Campaigns (Rutgers University Press). A member of the Sierra Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, he teaches Environmental Writing at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As a staff writer at The Record of Bergen County, he covered the creation of the NJ Highlands Regional Master Plan and related environmental issues in the region. He lives in Teaneck, NJ.

Sandy Batty is the retired Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), where she worked for 29 years in various capacities before retiring in 2014. She is currently a member of the Mountain Lakes Shade Tree Commission, and is a former Chair of the Planning Board, member of the Environmental Commission, and Borough Council member. She previously served as President of the Board of the Highlands Coalition from 2009 to 2012. Sandy lives in Mountain Lakes.

Dr. Ben Burton  is an environmentalist, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and an entrepreneur.  He has been a life-long advocate for those in need, especially children, the environment, and animals.  He has long been a pioneer and proponent for our ecosystem and environmental sustainability, and within the past five years, his focus has been on protecting rare and endangered flora and fauna species native to North America.  Since founding Restore Native Plants in 2013, Ben and his team have protected and restored 200+ acres of land in Northern New Jersey by carefully selecting and planting over 41,563 native plants.  Additionally, he created his own rare native plant propagation facility and sponsored the creation of a Native Plant Garden at Teaneck Creek Conservancy as a learning center.  He is the recipient of the Bergen County Audubon Society Advocacy Award and the recipient of the Environmental Excellence Award from The Teaneck Creek Conservancy.  He has extended this environmental initiative to children from inner cities with Harlem Grown.  Ben also writes and publishes books to aid in the emotional and social development of children.  All profits from book sales are donated to no-kill animal shelters.

David A. Budd earned a BA in English Literature from Hobart College and a Masters Degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He went on to work for Dominick & Dominick, Inc., Sperry Rand Corporation, the Hertz Corporation and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc, where he was a senior Vice President and co-director of the Corporate Finance Department.  He left KBW in 1993 to co-found McConnell, Budd and Romano, Inc. where he directed the corporate finance department until the firm disbanded in 2005.  During his tenure at KBW and MB&D, he participated in the successful completion of more than 100 mergers in the banking industry and numerous securities offerings including IPO’s of banks and bank holding companies.  He has served in various capacities as an officer and trustee for the non-profit Great Swamp Watershed Association including serving three terms as Chairman.

Mr. Budd is an avid fisherman, both saltwater and fresh, and both fly fishing and artificial lures, hence a life-long interest in water quality and quantity. He and his wife, Susan, have five children and three grandchildren and live in Vero Beach, FL.  They also divide their time between residences in Morris Township and a farm in Donegal, Ireland.

George Cassa After graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in marine engineering, George worked in the ship design field for over 40 years.   He received a master’s degree in management science from Stevens Institute of Technology.  A lifelong NJ resident, he was a trustee of the Great Swamp Watershed Association for several years, where he chaired the Land Use committee.  He is a member, trustee and past president of the NJ Highlands Coalition, where he represents the Alliance for Historic Hamlets, a local advocacy group that he co-chairs in Hunterdon County.  He is a trustee of the Raritan Headwaters Association and has recently joined the board of the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation.  George has served on the Tewksbury Township Scenic Roads and Bridges Commission for several years. He is a co-owner of a fly fishing shop in Califon.

Bill Cogger, currently a Commissioner for the Morris County Parks Commission and Vice Chair of the Morris County Library Foundation, served as a 3 term Mayor of Chester Township.  Prior to being Mayor, he was a Councilman for  8.5 years.  He has served as Council liaison to Parks, Public Works, Police, Utility, Agriculture and Open Space.  Bill also served as the Mayor’s liaison to the Morris County Agricultural Development Board for more than 10 years and is a former member of the Township Board of Adjustment.  He is a former Council Member and Treasurer of the New Jersey Highlands Council and a former executive board member of the Raritan Highlands Compact.  Bill and his wife, Marie,  live on their preserved family farm in Chester Township.

John Donahue is currently President of Three Rivers Environmental Consulting, Inc. and also works with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as a Delaware River Watershed Consultant.  He previously worked for 38 years with the United States National Park Service throughout the country, serving as National Park Superintendent for 24 of those years, managing natural and cultural resources, recreation facilities, infrastructure and endangered species, as well as oversight responsibility for construction, natural area restoration, road and bridge repair and historic restoration.  He is currently on the Boards of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition and the National Park & Conservation Association, Northeast Region. John has a BA in Environmental Studies and Planning Natural Resource Management from California State University and holds a certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institute and an Executive Fellowship from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He currently resides in Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Stephen K. Galpin, Jr. is a retired principal of Galpin Communications LLC, which he formed in 2010 after holding communications positions at Schering-Plough Corporation (merged with Merck & Co., Inc. in 2009) for more than 20 years. His last position at Schering-Plough was as vice president, corporate and financial communications. Previously, Galpin was with Union Carbide Corporation in Danbury, Conn., holding positions in investor communications and media relations. Before that, he was a copy editor, reporter and photographer for various Connecticut newspapers. A resident of Bernardsville, he has long been active in St. Bernard’s Church and chaired the committee that led St. Bernard’s to achieve GreenFaith certification, the country’s only interfaith environmental certification program for houses of worship, in 2015. Galpin earned a B.A. degree in English and Art History from Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill. He is married to Elizabeth (“Libby”) Galpin, and they have three children, one dog and two cats.

Marion Harris is the current chairman and a trustee of the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation, and is on the Board of Preserve Historic Hackettstown. In addition, she serves as Chair of the Highlands Coalition Cultural Resources Committee and is an active member of the Policy Committee, as well.  Recipient of the Preservation New Jersey lifetime achievement award in 2003 and the Schuyler-Hamilton chapter, NJ DAR, national preservation award in 2006, Marion holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MA (equiv.) in linguistics from Columbia University.  She currently resides in Morristown.

Michael Douglas Henderson is an historian and a cultural resource specialist in American social history, material culture and decorative arts.  He is a former superintendent of the Morristown National Historical Park.  He previously served on the Board of the Olana Partnership, and currently serves on the Boards of the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Mt. Hope Iron Conservancy.  Michael lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds has over twenty years of experience working with private, public, grassroots organizations and businesses, such as Bread for the World in Washington, D.C., Maryknoll Lay Missioners in South America, Circulos Femeninos Polulares in Venezuela, as a Consultant for the United Nations Population Fund in New York and Egypt, Changing Images in New Jersey, as well as various organizations here in the U.S. and abroad. She is the Co-Chair of the Newark Environmental Commission.  She has collaborated and done consultancy work on environmental, sustainability, health, economic, recreation and other issues and events with various organizations, local officials and stakeholders.  She is fluent in Haitian Kreyol, Spanish and French.

William Kibler is the Director of Policy for the Raritan Headwaters Association. Bill was the Executive Director of the South Branch Watershed Association from 2005 until RHA was created in 2011. An attorney (JD, Syracuse University) who specializes in environmental law, he served as an officer with the Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from the United States Military Academy. Bill serves on the steering committee of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance and is a council member on the North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council. Bill lives on the South Branch of the Raritan River in Califon, where he is the former chief of the Califon Fire Company.

Edward “Ned” Kirby is currently Professor of Plant Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark.  He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from The University of Michigan and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Florida.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forest genetics at the Oregon Research Center in Portland and was awarded an international research fellowship in plant physiology for study at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  At Rutgers University, Ned has served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Associate Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark.  His research interests, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research have centered on genetics of forest trees.  He is author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Ned has been a visiting scientist, consultant, and technical advisor to national forestry research institutes in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil and he was recently awarded an International Research Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education. Ned has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Great Swamp Watershed Association and currently serves as Chair ofthe Development Committee of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.

Mark Lohbauer became a Director of the Regional Plan Association in October, 2016. For 12 years prior to this, he was a principal of JGSC Group, LLC, an economic planning firm where he managed field operations and oversaw client relations. Prior to joining JGSC Group, Mark served in New Jersey state government as Assistant State Treasurer, and later as Director of Policy & Communications for the NJ Economic Development Authority. He advanced smart growth development in his service on the Urban Enterprise Zone Authority, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Urban Coordinating Council, and the South Jersey Port Corporation. Prior to his State government service, Mark practiced law in Philadelphia for 15 years.

Mark has been a frequent speaker on the topic of downtown revitalization and retail recruitment in both statewide and national forums and is currently a Commissioner of the NJ Pinelands Commission, serving as its Chairman from 2011 through 2015.

Cinny MacGonagle is a former Westfield social studies teacher, where she received a Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award. She received grants to participate in Dodge-Earthwatch rainforest expeditions and National Geographic Alliance wilderness and technology workshops. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Rutgers.  She is Vice-president of the Musconetcong Watershed Association, President of the Hunterdon chapter of the Native Plant Society of NJ, and serves on the boards of ANJEC and the Musconetcong Mountain Conservancy. She is a Master Gardener and heads up the native planting projects at the MWA’s River Resource Center and riparian buffers. Cinny received the NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Environmental Stewardship.  She lives in Bethlehem Township where she was chair of the Environmental Commission and a member of the Open Space Committee.  Cinny enjoys fly fishing, kayaking, and birding along the Musconetcong and hiking with her two Labrador Retrievers.

Jean Rich is a Trustee of the Morristown Green and sits on the Morris Township Historic Preservation Commission. She is also a former trustee of the Great Swamp Watershed Association and former president of the Washington Valley Community Association. She holds a doctorate in History. Jean lives in Morris Township.

Benjamin Spinelli recently served as Executive Director of the Westchester Land Trust responsible for overall organizational management and operations as well as providing leadership and vision for the land trust. A graduate of Seton Hall University-School of Law, he served as a trial attorney for private firms, Assistant County Prosecutor for Essex County and Chief Counsel and Director of Policy at New Jersey’s Office of Smart Growth, where he also served as Executive Director.    In addition, he has held numerous public positions including serving three three-year terms as Mayor of Chester Township.  Ben also holds a BA in History and Political Science at Muhlenberg College in PA and currently lives in Chester.

John Thonet is President of Thonet Associates, Inc., an environmental planning and engineering consulting firm, which he founded in 1980. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer and Professional Planner in New Jersey with more than 35 years of professional experience working in the NJ Highlands.  He serves on Boards of Trustees of the New Jersey Environmental Lobby (NJEL) and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) and from 1992 through 2011, served as a member, and later as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Herley Industries, Inc., an international manufacturer of electronic components, systems and subsystems for the U.S. and allied militaries.  John lives in Pittstown.


Lee Wallace earned a BA degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for 20 years as a technical writer for Bell Labs. After retirement, he went on to serve on the Environmental Commission of Morris Township and as a board member of the New Jersey Environmental Lobby. He is currently the president of a family foundation which focuses on awarding grants to local environmental organizations. Lee resides in Morris Township and owns a farm in Pohatcong.