George is the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and has served as the President of ICF for 27 years. Since 2000, he has devoted his time to the study and conservation of the Korean DMZ, the restoration of Siberian Cranes in west Asia, and building an endowment fund for ICF. He received his bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University and his doctorate from Cornell University.
Julie Bailey is a former executive coach/organizational consultant who began as a political and financial journalist in Latin America. Her board experience includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, East Harlem Tutorial Program and Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Since retirement, she has worked to preserve open space and working family farms in New Milford, make available farmer business/marketing training through the Litchfield-based Farmer’s Table and guided board development pro bono for several area non-profit start-ups. She is a Mount Holyoke College graduate with an MS degree in Organizational Development from New York City‐based New School.
Julie Tammenoms Bakker
Juliet is the Founder and Managing Director of Longitude Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm. Previously, Juliet was a General Partner at Pequot Ventures and was responsible for investments in healthcare and biotechnology for the Pequot venture and private equity funds. She holds a M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.
Melissa is a science lab teacher for grades 4 and 5 and science curriculum coordinator for Litchfield Intermediate Schools. Melissa has a BA in Science, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and an Advance Graduate Study in Education Administration.
Dillon Ripley Lanius
Dillon Ripley Lanius is the Managing Member for Northern Shrike, LLC a sustainable investment and advisory company. His professional experience covers the due diligence, execution, origination and structuring of innovative development, financing, investment, growth and hedging strategies for project developers, operating companies and investors in environmental capital markets around the world. Dillon is the co-chair for the Nexus Global Youth Summit Climate Lab, commissioner for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) and on the leadership council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco.
Peter co-founded Litman, Asman & White in Bantam, Connecticut, a law firm that handles a wide range of issues, disputes and litigation in commercial and residential real estate, small business, estate planning and probate work. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Law.
T. Dennis Williams
Dennie Williams is a former journalist with The Hartford Courant, an investigative Internet freelance writer and an author of The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and All Those Other Wild Creatures. He is a graduate of the Choate School and attended Middlebury College where he received a BA in American Literature.
Julie Dillon Ripley
Julie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Duke University. Currently, Julie is a full-time homemaker and caretaker.
Andrew Roraback is a Superior Court Judge. He worked with his family law firm of Roraback and Roraback beginning in 1988. In 1994, 1996, and 1998, he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives, in the 64th Assembly District. Andrew served as senator for the 30th Senate District from 2000 to 2012. Roraback has been widely recognized for his work on education, domestic violence, agriculture and environmental issues. Andrew graduated from Yale University and earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.