Board of Trustees
1st Vice President
Henry Pruitt III
Nicole R. Dubé
Joyce Dudley Hamilton
Allyson Powers Johnson
Joan V. A. Johnson
Flat Rock Brook Staff
Stephen Wiessner email
Steve is responsible for the overall management of Flat Rock Brook. He came to us from the Greater Newark Conservancy, where he was Program Director. He has extensive management experience and holds a Master's degree in environmental policy and a Bachelor's degree in environmental economics.
Jill Bennetta email
Jill is responsible for developing and coordinating Flat Rock Brook's programs. She came to Flat Rock Brook from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center in Colorado, and has also worked for the National Audubon Society. Her degree in wildlife and fisheries is from the University of Tennessee. She is a creative and innovative teacher and naturalist.
Alissa joined Flat Rock Brook in spring 2016 as our part-time Naturalist responsible primarily for delivering programming for school groups and the public. She graduated from Rowan University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies, and spent 2015 and early 2016 completing a term of service with AmeriCorps as a Watershed Ambassador. Alissa is excited to share her knowledge
and enthusiasm with Flat Rock's community!
Sandy Pinto email
Sandy is responsible for all aspects of Flat Rock Brook’s fundraising efforts. She joins us from a fifteen-year career at Audubon, where in her last role she was Director of Strategic Partnerships. She has considerable experience bridging non-profit and corporate/philanthropic giving sectors with a skill for raising revenue and brand awareness.
Sandy Chiappino email
Sandy keeps our office running smoothly. She has an eclectic administrative background. She worked for the state of New Jersey for 25 years and since retirement has been employed as a paralegal, a floral designer and managing director of an arts group.
Lisa Higgins email
Lisa keeps track of Flat Rock Brooks financial record. She has a degree in accounting and an honors degree in international management. Lisa worked years for a multinational company for nine years. leaving to raise her family. She continues to work as an accountant on a part time basis and currently works two days a week at Flat Rock Brook.
The Flat Rock Brook Nature Association is managed by a 30-member volunteer Board of Trustees drawn from nearby communities. Board members have a wide range of expertise and donate many hours of their time to Flat Rock Brook.
Our full-time staff includes an Executive Director, Education Director, Land Manager, and an Office Manager. We also employ a naturalist teacher, a Development Director, and a part-time accountant.