Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space has been operating since 1987. The board of trustees, comprised of dedicated community members, guides FoHVOS in its mission to protect natural resources and open space in order to preserve the character of Hopewell Valley. FoHVOS is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members who bring extensive environmental knowledge and passionate enthusiasm to the board.
Nicole Langdo, a resident of Titusville, is the Founding Director of Painted Oak Nature School, a progressive nature-based preschool located in the Hopewell Valley. She was honored in 2017 with the Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Nicole’s passion for connecting children with nature and insight into the natural world will help FoHVOS expand its community outreach and stewardship programs.
“FoHVOS is doing amazing things and I’m so thrilled to play a part in the future of the organization!” said Langdo.
Courtney Peters-Manning, a resident of Hopewell Township, is the Director of Finance and General Counsel at the Cambridge School and has a background in environmental law. She is highly involved in the Hopewell Valley community, is a member of the Hopewell Township Planning Board, and brings extensive volunteer experience. Her commitment to environmental protection and knowledge of environmental issues will help FoHVOS in its advocacy and development programs.
“As a FoHVOS supporter and member, I’ve been impressed with how much the organization has accomplished over the past few years,” said Peters-Manning. “I’m really looking forward to the impact I can have going forward as a Trustee.”
Courtney and Nicole will replace retiring FoHVOS trustees Bruce Weise and Chris Berry.
Chris Berry was the FoHVOS Board Secretary and Stewardship Chair, and joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. He will be bringing his extensive ecological expertise to The Sourland Conservancy.
Bruce Weise was the FoHVOS Assistant Treasurer and joined the board in 2014. He will be devoting more time to volunteer work at his church, St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Pennington.
“The best part of reporting into the Board of Trustees is having the opportunity to interact with amazing people who bring a diverse set of backgrounds and ideas,” said Lisa Wolff, FoHVOS executive director. “We are so grateful that Chris and Bruce provided the solid stewardship and financial foundation that FoHVOS is relying upon to gain our accreditation this year. Nicole and Courtney bring great energy and enthusiasm. I have no doubt their fresh perspective will help FoHVOS achieve new heights and success in our latest initiatives.”
About Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS): FoHVOS is a nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving the Valley’s character through open space and farmland preservation, and natural resource protection. We have partnered with private landowners, government and nonprofit organizations to preserve over 7,500 acres. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about FoHVOS preserves and programs, visit www.fohvos.org or call 609-730-1560.
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