Land Trust elects five new members

From left, Wendy Serrell, John Conte, Elizabeth Hopley, Lindley Pless and Richard Powers have joined the land trust board. —Kyle Norton

From left, Wendy Serrell, John Conte, Elizabeth Hopley, Lindley Pless and Richard Powers have joined the land trust board. —Kyle Norton

The Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) added some fresh faces to its board, recently electing five new members, at its annual meeting. The new directors include John Conte, Elizabeth Hopley, Lindley Pless, Rich Powers and Wendy Serrell.

Mr. Conte is a registered landscape architect and licensed arborist and owner of Conte & Conte, a landscape design firm in Greenwich and Bedford, N.Y. His volunteer activities include the boards of the Round Hill Association, Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Greenwich Green & Clean, Family Centers, Audubon Greenwich and Greenwich’s Architectural Review Committee.

Ms. Hopley has had a career in the fashion and luxury goods industry, including Hermès of Paris. She has served on the Land Trust’s Communications and Go Wild! committees as well as volunteering with the Aldrich Museum, Greenwich Country Day School and First Presbyterian Nursery School.

Ms. Pless pursued an early career in finance before becoming a producer at CNN Financial News and an on-air reporter at News 12 and New York 1. She recently launched The Sentimentalist online magazine and a video production company. She is on the Greenwich Academy and Greenwich Country Day School Alumni Boards and recently co-chaired Go Wild!

Mr. Powers has had a career in financial services. He has been an active volunteer for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and Alumni Fund, a sports coach and has served on the boards of the Church Commissioners for England, American School in London, German Marshall Fund of the United States and Urban Land Institute.

Ms. Serrell ran her own floral design firm after working as a buyer and a catering director. Her volunteer activities include the Junior League, Greenwich Hospital, Breast Cancer Alliance and Garden Education Center. Ms. Serrell is a member and past president of Hortulus and is the Vice Chairman of Nominating for the national Garden Club of America.

“We are thrilled that these five individuals have committed to serving on the Greenwich Land Trust’s Board,” said Land Trust Janice Trebbi Richards. “Our board is very involved with helping the Land Trust achieve its mission of land preservation. We are proud of the Land Trust’s ability to attract people of such high caliber and I look forward to working with them in the coming years.”

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