Officers and Trustees
Bob Canace, president
Bob Canace is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years professional experience. He was employed by the New Jersey Geological Survey from 1979 to 2008, where he served as section chief of the Ground Water Resources program, specializing in regional water resource evaluation, impacts of water use on the environment, and development of methods and models to assess water supply sustainability.
Bob currently serves as the Program Officer for Land Conservation for the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation of New York, which provides support to land conservation organizations in the Hudson River Valley of New York and in Connecticut. His private consulting practice – Conservation Advising Services – assists municipalities and private individuals with preserving open space and farmland. Bob and his wife Cindy have a 10-acre horse farm in Frelinghuysen.
george schaberg, vice president
George has been a RVC Trustee since 2013. He currently works as the Land Projects Manager for Raritan Headwaters Association.
In this position, George is responsible for land transactions, stewardship activities, grants and volunteer coordination. He has previously worked for the Orange County Land Trust as the Director of Conservation and Stewardship. He worked for The Nature Conservancy’s NJ Chapter as a Land Steward, where his work included habitat maintenance and restoration.
He holds a master’s degree in business management from St. Michaels College, with an undergraduate degree in sociology from Centenary College. He is an active volunteer with Pass-It-Along, a youth outreach program in Sparta. George can often be found on the RVC preserves walking his dogs and doing trail work.
jason kurtz, secretary / treasurer
Jason has been an RVC Trustee since 2011. He is a property and casualty consulting actuary in New York, having received his BSc in business administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Jason is an avid hiker, fisherman, birder, and conservationist, and looks forward to helping preserve more land in the region.
DENNIS BRIEDE, TRUSTEE
Dennis’ passion has always been the outdoors and nature. He is a former member of the Knowlton Township Environmental Commission and wrote a nature column in the former Knowlton News for four years. Dennis is a self-taught naturalist and has been leading bird and nature walks for many different organizations for the past 25 years. After 20 years in the information technology field Dennis decided to pursue his passion in the outdoors field and became the Stewardship Manager for the Land Conservancy of NJ. His interests are birding, hiking, traveling, gardening, and photography. Dennis has traveled to eleven countries on birding and nature trips. He has been on the RVC Board of Trustees since 1998.
joel mcGreen, TRustee
Joel McGreen is a retired engineer. He worked for over 33 years as a project engineer and business manager at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, NJ. Since retiring, he has volunteered for various Blairstown committees including the Planning Board, Environmental Commission, Open Space Committee, and Agriculture Advisory Committee. As chairman of the Blairstown Open Space and Agriculture Advisory Committees for the past 10 years, Joel has helped preserve farmland and open space in Blairstown. He worked part time for the Land Conservancy of New Jersey from 2007 to 2009, managing Harmony and White Townships’ farmland preservation programs. He also worked part time as a personal fitness trainer from 2005 to 2009. He has been on the RVC Board of Trustees since 2001.
liz marshall, trustee
Liz Marshall, who joined the RVC Board in 2016, is an attorney who handles a variety of civil matters with Richard Keiling’s law firm in Blairstown, NJ. She is a Jersey native and has lived in Warren County since 1992. An advocate of sustainable agriculture and healthy food, Liz is a trustee of the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm and a former employee of Genesis Farm. She volunteered for years at the Ridge and Valley Charter School, which her two children attended. Liz received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School. Over the years she has enjoyed many a long walk along the beautiful trails of Warren County.
roman osadca, trustee
Roman Osadca is a Chemical Engineer who worked for a Global Pharmaceutical Company for 35 years and was responsible for production, quality assurance, and global technical problem solving. He would then rush home to work on his family farm. Roman’s specialty is gourmet heirloom garlic and shallots, over 250 varieties, and beekeeping. Having lived through the energy crises of the 70’s, in 1984 he designed and built a house that is self sufficient in terms of solar heating, hot water, and photovoltaic electricity.
Roman has been involved with RVC since the beginnings as a Trustee. He is also the VP and Secretary of the Hardwick Township Historical Society, which is developing the Vass House Farmstead Historic Site into a community cultural center. Roman is also involved with Genesis Farm, Foodshed Alliance, and Newton Transition Movement on agriculture, renewable energy, and sustainable community practices. He loves to read, write, ski, and play volleyball in his spare time.
sharon wander, trustee
Sharon was so inspired by a life-changing wilderness trip to Montana that she abandoned a career as an editor and copywriter and returned to college to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology. She met her future husband and business partner, Wade, at Cook College, and both went on to earn graduate degrees from Rutgers University. For her doctoral dissertation Sharon studied the effects of forest fragmentation on breeding Ovenbirds.
Capitalizing both on their degrees and on many years of field experience with the plants and animals of New Jersey, Sharon and Wade then established their own environmental consulting practice, Wander Ecological Consultants (WEC), in 1985. Since then they have conducted endangered species surveys, produced environmental impact statements, performed wetland delineation and permitting, developed mitigation and restoration plans, and provided a variety of other services to a diverse array of clients. As a partner in WEC, Sharon wrote the Natural Resource Inventory for Fredon Township. In the 1990s Sharon and Wade became particularly interested in butterflies, and have since been very active members of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) – leading field trips and presenting programs for the North Jersey chapter and compiling the Springdale 4th of July count since 1992. As Director of the NABA Butterfly Count Program, Sharon edits the organization’s annual report for some 450 butterfly counts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
She and Wade are especially proud of the butterfly garden at their Fredon Township home, which has attracted a state-record 84 species. Sharon hopes put her knowledge of natural history and her interest in habitat restoration to constructive use for the Ridge and Valley Conservancy.
staff, counsel & advisors
Susi Tilley, Director of Development and Outreach
William J. Gold, Esq., Sr. Legal Counsel
Matthew Dank, Esq., Legal Counsel
Carla Lee Lewis, Consultant
James Watling, White Lake Preserve Manager