Who we are
The PRLC board is comprised of individuals from the Pound Ridge community who are your neighbors, perhaps your friends and acquaintances. You probably see us around town and will meet us at our information kiosks sometimes outside the market and always at town events and fairs. We welcome your participation as a board member; we bring new members on in June and January at our annual membership meeting held at the Library. Our board is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds who add depth of experience to our endeavors. We always welcome your participation on our board sub-committees and volunteer work committees. Please contact us for more information or get to know us by attending our educational events, guided walks and volunteer opportunities all highlighted on our calendar.
Ken Okamoto is an architect whose primary focus is on local, residential architecture and construction. He, together with his wife Nita, have lived in Pound Ridge since 1996 and have raised three boys in the community. ”The Land Conservancy offers an active forum for landowners to take advantage of our beautiful surroundings and to share their experiences and interest in land preservation in our community.”
Jim Evans is a commercial real estate broker with NAI Friedland. He moved to Pound Ridge in 2006 with his wife and 2 children. He is a former scout master and enjoys the outdoors. He is committed to the preserving land through conservation and supporting the PRLC’s local mission.
Albert Gunnison is a retired biomedical teacher/researcher interested in preserving land in Pound Ridge in its undeveloped and natural state for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Elyse Arnow Brill has a law and strategic planning degree with expertise in the area of strategic global marketing. She is a published author and has been an adjunct Professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. She and her family have lived in Pound Ridge for 26 years. “My love of the outdoors and its beauty continues to inspire my work with this wonderful, local organization”.
Josh Fischer grew up in Bedford, and he and his wife have lived in Pound Ridge since 1988. He is a cabinetmaker and is involved with many community activities with his 2 sons. “I feel we should do everything in our power to preserve the rural, natural beauty of this area”.
Deborah Sherman is a matrimonial attorney in White Plains, and an avid gardener and lover of the natural outdoors. She has lived in Pound Ridge for 14 years. Having left NYC for a better view of the night sky, she is dedicated to preserving our incredible open space and wildlife habitat..
Mike Kagan is a mutual fund manager, who first moved to Pound Ridge in 1972. He treasures his boyhood memories of exploring the Pound Ridge woods, and is committed to preserving those forests for future generations.
Steve Greenbaum is a retired attorney. He grew up in various parts of New York City and has steadily moved north over the years, arriving in Pound Ridge with his wife in 2005. He brings to PRLC’s board of directors a love of writing and research as well as a keen interest and appreciation of effective communication with various constituencies, strong organizational standards and practices and board governance.
Andrew Karpowich is a mechanical engineer. He has lived in Pound Ridge for 8 years with his wife Diane and three boys. His interests include being outdoors, woodworking and playing the guitar. PRLC welcomes his involvement in the Armstrong House and Education Center’s energy systems design and the continuing integration of evolving technologies at this residential, educational prototype for living lighter on the land.
Pamela Corey is an attorney with a home-based firm. She has specialized in litigating fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and antitrust violations. She continues a focus on fiduciary and contract law and is involved with multiple bar associations and women’s group among her other non-profit leadership roles. She and her husband Troy have lived in Pound Ridge for 9 years and says her ”entrée into working with PRLC has been preserve management and stewardship”. They purchased their home abutting the 38-acre Halle Ravine Preserve after a climb up the embankment and view of the protected woodlands and ravine “sealed the deal”. Pamela enjoys the outdoors and wants to ensure that natural beauty is preserved and accessible to all.
Pictured above: Past PRLC President Elyse Arnow Brill (2005-2015) and current PRLC President Michael Kagan (2016)