Our Board of Directors includes professionals from diverse backgrounds and regions of the country, but they are all committed to one thing – ensuring that NALT remains a vibrant and creative force for land conservation.
W. Tredick McIntire, Chairman of the Board
Tred served as Managing Director and Global Head of Agency Securities Lending at Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2016. At Goldman Sachs, he was also a member of the Management Committee of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Tred began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1984 and served in a number of business management roles including CFO of the Equities Division, CFO/CAO of Prime Brokerage, head of margin lending to private wealth clients and head of the off-shore fund administration business. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Tred spent five years at Price Waterhouse & Co., as an auditor and management consultant, and he qualified as a CPA in New York. From 2000 to 2016, Tred served as a member of the Executive Committee on Securities Lending of the Risk Management Association, an industry trade group. Tred earned his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School.
Jack Butler, Vice Chairman
Mr. Butler works for Nalco in the water treatment division of Ecolab. He was a VP for land acquisition for Toll Brothers where he championed smart development with conserved open spaces. Prior to that, he worked at GE as an Environmental Manager in Acquisitions, Divestitures and Discontinued Operations. A major project was the clean-up and re-purposing of the GE transformer test facility in South Philadelphia. He took the property through a PA Act 2 clean-up and successfully transferred the property to the USPS for re-use as a regional mail sorting facility. Jack earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.
He enjoys playing tennis, swimming, hiking and outdoor photography in his spare time.
Barb McIlvaine Smith
Ms. McIlvaine Smith was an elected member of the PA House of Representatives from 2007 through 2010. Previously, she was a Borough Council member in West Chester, serving as vice president from 2004 to 2006. A lifelong resident of Chester County, she graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education. She taught fourth grade in the West Chester Area School District, environmental education at the Brandywine Valley Association, and recently retired from the Unionville Chadds Ford School District. Because of her interest in ecology and the environment, she also worked at both NALT and Willistown Conservation Trust for several years. From 1980 until 2007, she and her late husband owned and operated their family water conditioning business, Brandywine Water Systems, Inc. Through her maternal side, she is an enrolled tribal member by birth of the federally-recognized Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.
J. Paul Haldeman, Treasurer
Mr. Haldeman served as the Business Manager of Conservation Advisors and the North American Land Trust from 1994 until 2004. In October 2004, Mr. Haldeman was appointed Vice President of North American Land Trust and presently serves as treasurer. In addition, he serves as board member and treasurer of the Chadds Ford Historical Society, board member and treasurer of the Brandywine Valley Hemophilia Foundation and serves as Chairman of the Pocopson Township Open Space Advisory Committee.
Based in Virginia, Jeff is currently serving as managing partner for a new company focused on bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration utilizing purpose-grown biomass and pyrolysis to produce bio-oil and biochar. With extensive experience in international forestry, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and the international carbon markets working on land conservation and climate change, Jeff advises clients and NALT on land management, carbon, biomass energy, timber and wildlife. He recently served as the Chief Technical Officer for Forest Carbon Offsets LLC a company devoted to the development of forest carbon offset projects in tropical forests and the United States. FCO developed the first Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project in the tropical western hemisphere certified by both the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance and the Verified Carbon Standard. He has managed research centers at Virginia Tech for 23 years and has been integral in the development of NALT’s bat studies!
John D. Snook
Before retirement, Mr. Snook served as Senior Advisor on the staff of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center and has extensive experience in working with local governments, landowners and developers in preserving open space through innovative site planning and design efforts. Mr. Snook makes frequent presentations to a broad range of audiences interested in community planning issues and also serves on occasion as an adjunct professor of land use planning at West Chester University, PA.
After working on our Team as our Director of Conservation Easements for more than a decade, Karen retired, only to return as a Board Member (and we are so happy she’s back with us). Following previous work in the higher education field, she brings with her years of experience gained from the land trust community, with a focus on the legal side of things. Married to her husband Ray for 50 years and mother to two children, Lori and Jay, you can often spot Karen cheering loudly for her four grandkids at soccer games, swim meets, track and field events, and choir concerts. When she’s not rooting on the sidelines, she’s holding out hope for her favorite Philly sports teams; we can always count on Karen to bring us the latest updates on the Phillies’ and the Eagles’ progress…or lack there of. One of Karen’s proudest accomplishments has been her education. After supporting her children through their educations, Karen began taking college courses at the age of 47, graduating some years later. She spends her evenings walking with friends through the neighborhood or tending to her garden.
After serving on the Board for many years as Assistant Secretary, Steve is now a voting member of the Board. He is also NALT’s President, and you can read more about him here.
Bill is a retired partner of Quarles & Brady, LLP, where he focused his practice in the area of litigation, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and commercial/business disputes. Joining us from Milwaukee, Bill devotes his time to a variety of community and volunteer activities, including monitoring for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, presiding over hearings for the Village of Grafton Zoning Board of Appeals and serving as a member of Celebrate Grafton, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining a vital and healthy business and retail community. In his free time, Bill enjoys golfing, working at home outdoors and readings. He is also attempting to learn rudimentary Spanish by attending college courses at the University of Wisconsin.
John van Heusen Halsey, emeritus
John v.H. Halsey is founder and President of the Peconic Land Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization serving Long Island, NY. The Trust’s professional staff identifies and implements alternatives to development that result in the perpetual protection of working farms and natural lands on Long Island. Since it was founded in 1983, the Trust has completed more than 400 projects. In partnership with landowners, communities, municipalities, and like-minded organizations, the Trust has protected approximately 12,000 acres. The Trust is currently engaged in over 100 pending projects comprising several thousand acres that are key to defining the communities of Long Island and to preserving its rural heritage. John serves on the board of the North American Land Trust in an emeritus status (meaning he is a non-voting board member working in an advisory capacity), as well as the boards of Nassau Land Trust, South Fork Land Foundation, and the Southampton Youth Association. He is former Chair of the Land Trust Alliance/New York Advisory Board and board member emeritus of the Long Island Community Foundation. Mr. Halsey earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley.
George Asimos, Jr., Esquire, Secretary
A partner with the firm of Saul, Ewing LLP, Mr. Asimos has practiced real estate and land use law for 25 years. He has represented North American Land Trust since its founding. Mr. Asimos has drafted or supervised the drafting of most of North American Land Trust’s conservation easements. He is a regular presenter at seminars and conferences on the subject of conservation easements and conservation planning in the context of development.
Krista Somers, Assistant Secretary
Krista has been Assistant Secretary for NALT’s Board since 2019, and she is also NALT’s legal assistant. You can learn more about Krista here.