Board of Trustees

Kathleen Silberstein

1st Vice President
William Ziegler

Henry Pruitt III

Phyllis Dain

Jillian Abbott
Kenneth Albert
Nina Bachrach
Philip Ball
Eric Berry
John Devol
Nicole R. Dubé
Marc Forman
Lauren Fowler
Amy Ginsberg
Joyce Dudley Hamilton
Helen Herssens
Annette Hollander
Allyson Powers Johnson
Susan Klausner
Susan Kwan
Kyu Lee
Donald McNeil
Elizabeth Miracky
Kenneth Rosenzweig
Steven Russo
Michael Shannon
Janet Sharma
Aviva Sopher
Kurt Stenzel
Cynthia Sumner
Linda Wright
Vasilios Ziangos

Honorary Trustees
Lorraine Cohen
Elizabeth Colten
Phyllis Dain
Norman Davis
Gallya Gordon
Rolf Hoexter
Joan V. A. Johnson
Marie Karanfilian
Renee Leiter
Priscilla McKenna
George Milne
David Nichols
Alice Pierson
Louise Pitkin
Carolyn Stenzel

Executive Director
Stephen Wiessner

Flat Rock Brook Staff

Stephen WiessnerExecutive Director
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 BennettaEducation Director
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.

Teacher Naturalist
Alissa Ambacher
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!

Development Director
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 ChiappinoOffice Administrator
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 Higgina Accountant  
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.

In the forest

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.



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