Board of Trustees
Jennifer McMillan Rubin
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Henry Pruitt III
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.
Ryan Hasko email
Ryan Hasko has worked on a part-time basis at Flat Rock Brook for the past two years. He has recently accepted the full-time position of Land Manager overseeing the management and maintainance of our 150 acres of property. Ryan graduated from Rutgers University in May, 2007 with a degree in Environmental Policies, Institutions, and Behaviors.
Kristen Pakonis email
Kristen holds a degree in environmental education from the Audubon Expedition Institute. During her studies, Kristen has traveled through Alaska, Hawaii, and the Atlantic Coast. Kristen has been a naturalist for the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, and at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore. Kristen also has previous experience at Flat Rock Brook, teaching our Summer Nature Day Camp in 2004 and 2005, and was our part-time Naturalist in 2010 and part of 2011. Welcome back Kristen!
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, and a part-time accountant.