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Our Team

Meet our Board of Directors

Kaitlin Richardson, President

Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservacy of Canada

Kaitlin is currently a Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the chair of TTLT's Property Management Committee. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's of Environmental Studies and diplomas in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation as well as Environmental Assessment. Kaitlin is passionate about protecting, stewarding and restoring land for Ontario's biodiversity and species at risk. Kaitlin's passion for conservation goes beyond the workplace. She spends her spare time tending to her native plant garden, volunteering in the environmental sector and hiking to admire local plants, birds and turtles. Kaitlin has over 5 years of experience in many aspects of ecology and the non-profit sector, having worked as the Stewardship Coordinator at TTLT in the past as well as the Project Manager at ReForest London and an Urban Forestry Technician at the City of London.

Bernie VanDenBelt, Vice President

Retired Teacher

Bernie is an elementary school teacher and part-time farmer who resides with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters near Delaware in the municipality of Middlesex Centre. He is a Founding Member and former President of the Thames Talbot Land Trust.  From 2003 – 2005, Bernie served as of Chair of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA). Bernie also serves on the Trust’s Governance and Land Securement committees.

Adrienne James, Treasurer

Chartered Professional Accountant, Wilkinson Rogers, LLP 

Adrienne is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked in public accounting since 2006. Adrienne has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained her CPA, CA designation in 2008. Adrienne’s practice consists of all aspects of personal taxation and providing assurance, accounting and taxation services to owner managed business and not for profit organizations. A resident of London since 2007, Adrienne served on the Board of Directors of the London and District Distress Centre and was appointed to the board of TTLT in 2017. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys travelling and camping and she also loves to cycle and run along the many trails that we are lucky to enjoy in the Forest City.

Sarah Hodgkiss, Secretary

Planning Ecologist

Sarah is the Planning Ecologist for the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority. She has been involved with TTLT through the Property Management Committee and Land Securement Committee since 2011. She previously worked for the Couchiching Conservancy in Orillia, where she was introduced to the work of land trusts in Ontario. She has worked in the conservation field for over a decade for a wide range of environmental organizations. Sarah enjoys traveling, and outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Andre Lachance, Past President

Professor of Biology, Western University

André is a Professor of Biology at the University of Western Ontario. A microbiologist by training, much of his teaching is currently in various aspects of evolutionary biology including population genetics, systematics, and phylogenetics. To this, he recently added a course in bioethics.  His research has led to the description of over a hundred and fifty new yeast species. André enjoys nature and has served as a volunteer with TTLT for several years. In particular, he was part of the first group of members to receive chainsaw operator certification. Since joining the Board, he has served as Chair of the Property Management Committee, Secretary and Vice President of the Board, and now as President.

Greg Clark

Lawyer, Property and Commercial Law

Greg was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and he received his education at the University of Western Ontario (LLB 1986). Greg has practiced real property and commercial law in the London area for more than 15 years and before joining Siskinds, was acting counsel for 9 years for a large national firm. Greg's practice consists of all aspects of the leasing, acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real and personal property and providing general commercial advice on a broad range of matters. His clients include medium to large Canadian and United States businesses in the Automotive, transportation, building products, science and technology, long-term care, agricultural and financial sectors. 

Ric Symmes

Executive

A graduate of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, Ric is an avid photographer, canoeist and wilderness tripper. He has a long history of volunteering in the field of land conservation. Ric is a past president of Carolinian Canada Coalition, founder and past Chair of both the Huronia Land Conservancy and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and former Vice Chair of the Ontario Parks Board. After retiring as a food industry executive, he worked for a variety of natural heritage organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Bird Studies Canada, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and two terms as Executive Director of FON (now Ontario Nature). Ric and his wife Sandy moved to London in 2010 where they enjoy living in Carolinian Canada.

Lenore Patterson

Farmer

Lenore Patterson is a graduate of Fanshawe College in Accounting. She is a certified CPA / CGA and has over 30 years of practicing in the public and private sector. Lenore grew up in the Glencoe area and spent her married life outside of Wardsville on the farm with her late husband Scott. The mother of 4 daughters became a full time farmer in 2013. She works with her daughter and they manage more than 1,100 acres. She has been an active member of her community and served on several local initiatives. 

Vicki Hammond

Elementary Teacher, Thames Valley District School Board

Vicki holds a M.A. in Resources Geography from Western, as well as a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation & Education. Experience working for various parks and conservation organizations such as UTRCA, Cities of London and Burlington, Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has provided an understanding of ecosystems and habitats, as well as conservation tools and policies. Vicki is accustomed to working on large scale, community consultation projects with diverse stakeholders. As the Environmental Coordinator at her teaching position, Vicki organizes programs and activities that encourage greater awareness and stewardship in youth. Vicki grew up in a rural community in Oxford County and now lives in London where she has volunteered her time to coaching soccer and playing an active role in community organizations, such as TD Friends of the Environment. Vicki enjoys birding, nature photography, hiking and canoeing.

Jordan Banninga

Manager, Program Planning and Evaluation, Middlesex-London Health Unit

Jordan is an experienced public servant with a history of working in Public Health. He is skilled in Program Evaluation, Public Speaking, Health Promotion, Strategic Planning, and People, Program and Project Management. Jordan has a Master of Science in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, U. of London.  He is looking forward to joining the TTLT board.

Paul Mensink

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Western University

Paul is an assistant professor at Western University in Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Paul teaches Western’s first-year environmental science courses and is also an instructor for the Masters in Environment and Sustainability (Ecosystem Health and Foundations in Sustainability). He is the graduate chair for the Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Sustainability, which brings together graduate students from across the university to work in interdisciplinary teams aligned with community partners. Paul earned his PhD (Marine Biology) from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) before moving to Northern Ireland to teach at Queen’s University Belfast.  Paul returned to London and Western in 2018 and in addition to teaching, conducts research on the behavior and population dynamics of vulnerable species.

Katie Van Den Berg

Daymaker & Inventory Coordinator at Heeman's Greenhouses

Katie has wide-ranging experience in business and in the not-for-profit sector from conservation organizations, nature hiking groups and local family operated greenhouses. She has planted hundreds of trees and worked as a staff member and volunteer with both the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Reforest London. Katie is at home in a forest, thrilled to spot a turtle while on a hike, has a passion for protecting species at risk, and her favourite tree is the Eastern White Pine. 

 

Meet our Staff

 

Daria Koscinski
Acting Executive Director
Email: daria.koscinski@ttlt.ca

Daria Koscinski

Daria joined TTLT in April 2014 as the Conservation Property Manager and is currently the Acting Executive Director. Daria has been actively involved in conservation and land stewardship in Ontario since 2000 through her education, work and volunteer experience with environmental groups. She has been a volunteer with TTLT since 2008 as a member and Chair of the Property Management Committee and a Director on the Board. Daria received her BSc and MSc from Queen's University and her PhD from Western University and has a strong background in ecology, population genetics and habitat fragmentation. Daria is also an Assistant Professor at Western University and teaches part-time in the Department of Biology. She previously worked with Carolinian Canada Coalition as an Ecosystem Recovery Specialist focusing on conservation planning in southwestern Ontario. Daria enjoys spending time in nature, restoring habitats, and sharing her enthusiasm for local biodiversity through educational programs.

 

Rebecca Launchbury
Stewardship Coordinator 
Email: rebecca.launchbury@ttlt.ca

Rebecca Launchbury

Rebecca joined TTLT in May 2016 as the Stewardship Coordinator. She has worked in the environmental non-profit sector since 2012 and has a background in land stewardship, environmental outreach, and partnerships development. She has worked and volunteered on a range of stewardship projects in Ontario and enjoys working out in the field. Rebecca is a nature enthusiast and loves the outdoors. She grew up in Yorkshire, England and holds a Master’s degree in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.

 

Colin Johnson
Administrative Manager
Email: colin.johnson@ttlt.ca          

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Colin joined the Thames Talbot Land Trust in May 2019. He graduated from Western University with a degree in Biology and Psychology then continued to Fleming College to earn a diploma in Ecosystem Management. Since graduating, he has been working in the environmental field in the private and research sectors and is now excited to be contributing to the conservation field. When Colin isn’t working he enjoys spending time with friends and family, adrenaline filled adventures canoeing through Ontario’s interior lakes and frequent moon lit walks along the beach.

 

Darby Alderson
Schools Program Coordinator
Email: darby.alderson@ttlt.ca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Darby has rejoined TTLT as of February 2020. She previously worked for TTLT in the summer of 2019 in the Outreach and Communications Assistant position and stayed on as a volunteer. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, majoring in Environment and Resource Management. She continued her education at Niagara College in the post-graduate certificate Environmental Management and Assessment program. Darby is a strong advocate for sustainability and does her best to live a zero-waste lifestyle. In her spare time, she takes too many selfies with her fluffy St. Bernard, Buddha.

 

 

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