Board of Directors
The Waltham Land Trust is led by an 16-member board of directors. The WLT's board was launched with eight original founding, lifetime directors, some of whom still serve on the board today. The remaining directors are elected at the Annual Meeting of the general membership for three-year terms.
Meet our current directors!
Nadene Stein, PhD, President
Nadene has lived on the Southside of Waltham since 2002. She is currently the president of the boards of the WLT and Healthy Waltham. She has been the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, in charge of Health Services, School Counseling and Special Education for the Waltham Public Schools since 2015. Previously, she was the principal of Northeast Elementary School in Waltham for 14 years. Nadene loves playing the baritone horn, reading and knitting and participates in many of the Race Around Waltham 5K road races.
Maureen Bagge Fowler, Vice President
Maureen moved to Waltham shortly after marrying in 2002. The Waltham Land Trust was the first group she joined, and she has been a board member since 2007. Maureen works as the Environmental Coordinator at Framingham State University. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, kayaking, and being outside.
David Kehs, Clerk
Dave moved to Waltham in 1980 to take a software engineering position at one of the local firms along Rt. 128. He enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting, both in local recreation areas and around the country. David joined the WLT Board of Directors in 2001, has been an active member of the Land Committee, and has led a number of walks for the WLT. His current project is to complete the series of trail maps of Waltham's open spaces.
Marc Rudnick, Treasurer
Marc has been community-building in Waltham since 1978, helping to start numerous Waltham projects and organizations, including the Waltham Land Trust and the Waltham Farmers Market. Marc is one of the primary architects of the Western Greenway and lives on the shore of Hardy Pond in the Lakeview neighborhood.
Natalie Hayes, Board Member
Natalie is originally from Wisconsin and has lived in Waltham since 2015. Natalie works at Bentley University as the Manager of Sustainability. She loves to hike, camp and snowshoe.
Martha Creedon, Board Member
Martha moved to Waltham in 1982. She has served on the board at Waltham Fields Community Farm, volunteers at the Farm’s outreach market, and is on the steering committee of the Waltham Farmers’ Market. Martha enjoys cooking, gardening, fruit and vegetable preservation, and cycling for transportation, fitness, and fun.
Marie E. Daly, Board Member
Marie is a founder of the Waltham Land Trust. She currently serves on the board of the Waltham Historical Society and is a member of the Waltham Historical Commission. Although semi-retired, Marie works part-time at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Since she has lived in Waltham for over 60 years, Marie has intimate knowledge of its history and current and former open spaces.
George A. Darcy, III, Board Member
George, co-founder of the Waltham Land Trust and a current Waltham City Councillor, is the owner of Asasa LLC, a company specializing in search engine software. George enjoys hiking, kayaking, foreign languages, and gardening is his spare time.
John A. Dieckmann, Board Member
John has been involved in land conservation, walking trail and bike trail development for the past 15 years. He is the vice-president of the Belmont Citizens Forum and in this capacity was one of the founding members of the Friends of the Western Greenway. John has devoted considerable time to planning and building the Western Greenway Trail. He is also the vice-chair of the Belmont Community Path Advisory Committee. In his day job, John is a mechanical engineer, a background that sometimes is relevant to trail projects.
Brian McCormick, Board Member
Brian grew up in Connecticut and first moved to Waltham in 1991 to attend Bentley University; Waltham has been his primary residence since that time. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley, Brian has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. Brian has worked in banking for the past 12 years, having worked at Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick, MA for the past nine years in a credit analysis role. Brian began volunteering for the Waltham Land Trust in 2011.
Dan Melnechuk, Board Member
Dan grew up on a farm in Brookline, Mass after leaving Manhattan at the age of 7. By the age of 15, he had visited and camped in 47 of the continental United States. For the last 26 years, Waltham has been his native habitat. As a computer systems consultant, Dan helps out with the WLT's tech in both a hands-on manner and in planning. He loves the outdoors, growing garlic and playing his bass. “Being surrounded by nature is a tonic that, if you let it, can cure modern society’s stressing effects.”
Philip Moser, Board Member
Phil Moser grew up in southern New Hampshire, and has been living and working in Waltham since 2005. He is a civil engineer at his day job, and joined the Waltham Conservation Commission in 2015. Phil lives with his wife Didi near Hardy Pond in North Waltham, and also enjoys the Charles River, Western Greenway, and Prospect Hill trails.
Anna Richardson, Board Member
Anna is an attorney and the Co-Executive Director of Veterans Legal Services. Anna grew up in Ithaca, New York, where enjoying the glacial waterfalls and hiking trails helped form her commitment to conservation and green space. Anna enjoys gardening and cooking, especially incorporating the herbs and vegetables from her garden into her dishes. She and her husband, Clarence, live on Bright Street where they frequently enjoy the Grove Street Green Space.
Stephen Rourke, Board Member
Stephen is a founder of the Waltham Land Trust. A Waltham native, he moved to the Southside neighborhood in 1978, where he has been the Ward 8 City Councillor since 2002. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, Stephen is an avid supporter of, and occasional participant in, Reagle Music Theater productions.
Lesya Struz, Board Member
(1949 - 2017)
A native of Boston, Lesya is passionate about backpacking. She has climbed New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in winter and the summits of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanoes. Since living in Waltham, Lesya has worked as a DCR ranger at Walden Pond, served on the City’s Conservation Commission, and helped update conservation restrictions with Mass Audubon. She currently consults on design with native plants.
Jim Walker, Board Member
Diana Young, Board Member
Diana moved to Waltham in 1996 and became a WLT Board member in 2002. She has led walks and other WLT program activities for the past decade. Diana got to know Waltham when she was a student lawyer at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She is a semi-retired tax lawyer, the Chair of the Community Preservation Committee and an avid gardener.
Advisory Board Members
The Waltham Land Trust has an Advisory Board made up of both past Directors and other special people with helpful skills and knowledge that pertain to open space preservation. These people are: