I grew up in Louisville, KY but spent many summers working on my family farm in Bloomfield, KY and camping and hiking outside of KY. My parents stressed the importance of using the school summer break as a continuation of my education, although the summer classroom was in the “wilderness.” I spent many summers in the wilderness, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maine and Colorado in the United States, and abroad in Greece and Kenya, Africa (completing an eight week National Outdoor Leadership School program). I attended Kenyon College with a B.A. History and received my law degree from the Boston University School of Law. I spent most of my early career living and working in the Eastern United States and Europe. I realized at an early age how big the world is and how important conservation is to its survival.
Nature.org: Have you always had an interest in conservation?
My family was very much an outdoor family, and spent many school breaks and weekends either camping, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, or hunting etc. Both my parents were involved in conservation groups, my mother, after noticing the lack of wildlife on our farm and increasing amount of pollution in local streams, started a local conservation group to lobby KY politicians in the early seventies, and my father has been involved with Bernheim Forest for over 35 years.
Nature.org: What inspired you to become a Trustee member of TNC?
It was the only conservation organization that was trying to protect all of KY.
Nature.org: Do you have a favorite memory of your time as a Trustee member?
The Green River. It’s a great example of TNC’s hard work and determination to protect endangered ecosystems.
Nature.org: As a Trustee member, what are your goals for TNC over the next couple of years?
Protect more land and become even more financially secure for the future.