Ben is an active outdoor enthusiast, be it running, cycling, hiking, or camping. His passion for the great outdoors fits in perfectly with the work of the Conservancy and even allows Ben to take advantage of his passion for photography by sharing images of the important places the Conservancy protects.
Since 2007, Ben has assisted in all areas of the organization. Starting as an intern, Ben was hired as the organization’s first Stewardship Director and in 2013 became the Executive Director.
A graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minor in environmental studies, Ben has remained a resident of Geneseo. He is an active member of the community and has served as Village Trustee, on the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo board, and on the Geneseo Farmers Market board.
The seeds of conservation were planted in Matt early on growing up along the creeks, farms, and rolling hills of Naples, NY. He strives each day to deepen his relationship with the natural world, whether in his garden, on the trail, or wherever the land calls. He and his wife met while attending SUNY Geneseo together and currently live in Honeoye Falls with their son Arlo.
He most recently worked for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as an employee of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council on an energy initiative aimed at encouraging climate resiliency and carbon mitigation strategies with communities in the area. Prior to that, he was a contractor for The Nature Conservancy in Montpelier, Vermont working on a community-based river restoration policy project.
A graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Colorado State University, he holds a Master’s of Science degree in Conservation Management and undergraduate degrees in Business and Economic disciplines. His blended background in development, energy, and conservation converge well in collaborating on the complex environmental problems that challenge our landscape and the Genesee Valley Conservancy.
Dave has resided in the town of Perry for 25 years where he and his wife raised their 3 children on six acres overlooking the Genesee Valley. His hobbies include woodworking, gardening and outdoor recreation.
For 13 years Dave served the Western New York agricultural community as a Certified Crop Advisor and as a Concentrated Animal Feed Operation planner for the dairy farmers.
Starting in 2010, his responsibilities with the Conservancy include implementing the agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program and assisting local towns and counties with farmland protection planning efforts. Dave also focuses on public outreach and general education of the Conservancy farmland protection program and the importance and public benefit of a viable farm economy.
Growing up outside Concord, Massachusetts, in a farmhouse built before the Revolution, Jim spent most of his free time looking through natural history books and exploring surrounding woods, swamps, and fields. When his family moved to the Rochester area, he transferred his interests to the landscape of Western NY. Although this sounds like ideal preparation for his current stewardship work, his affinity for nature and open space initially led toward drawing and painting, and a career in fine art.
You can learn about his nationally-recognized Itinerant Artist Project at his website: www.jimmott.com.
In his 30s Jim took some time at SUNY Brockport to pursue a degree in environmental science/water resources. He subsequently worked for 15 years as a freelance environmental consultant, with clients including the Nature Conservancy, the Western NY Land Conservancy, and Ducks Unlimited, before happily joining the Genesee Valley Conservancy in 2017.
Marcia is the Buisness Coordinator at American Rock Salt Company, LLC at their Hamptons Corner Mine location, after transferring from their Accounting Office in Retsof, NY.
Prior to joining the American Rock Salt team in 2012, she was the Vice-President of Operations at Perfect Form Manufacturing in Henrietta, an assembly facility for world-class brands of archery equipment. She has also worked for The ARC of Livingston-Wyoming, Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) at SUNY Geneseo, and was the Accounting and IT Manager at Four Corners Abstract Corp in Rochester.
Kim grew up in Lima, NY and now lives on a farm in Springwater, NY.
She loves spending time outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and snowshoeing.
Kim studied Natural Resource Conservation and Conservation Law in college and completed an internship with the Department of Environmental Conservation riding with an Environmental Conservation Officer on patrol.
Although her career took her in a different direction for the past 20 years working as an analyst, Kim is excited to be able to work with the Genesee Valley Conservancy and pursue her passion for conserving our area’s natural resources and protecting the dwindling farmland.