Strike Team Staff

Susan BrookmanSusan Brookman

Executive Director

Susan holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Montana and an M.B.A. from Georgia College. She served as a founding member of our Board of Directors before becoming Executive Director in June of 2013. An experienced non-profit administrator, Susan spent eight years as the Executive Director of the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, an environmental education center in Florida, and worked in a variety of positions with Girl Scout Councils in Missouri and Georgia and with the Raritan Headwaters Association. Susan was a co-founder of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, a member of the South Florida Water Management District's Water Resources Advisory Committee, the Lee County Local Planning Agency and the Boards of Directors of many community organizations including RiverWatch, Audubon of Southwest Florida, the Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida and the Hill Runners of Hunterdon.

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Michael Van Clef, Ph.D.

Science Director

Mike is the owner of Ecological Solutions, LLC through which he contracts with the Strike Team as the Science Director.  Mike has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University and over 20 years of experience in land stewardship, planning and research, working extensively in the evaluation and management of rare and invasive species.  He has consulted with over 30 organizations in NJ including the NJ Invasive Species Council for which he prepared the New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species.

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Board of Directors

Jon Wagar

Chairman

Jon holds a BS in biology from Richard Stockton College, as well as a Master of Forestry Degree from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental studies.  He is the Deputy Director of Duke Farms.  He has had extensive experience with land acquisition, stewardship and restoration projects on behalf of several non-profit conservation organizations. Jon previously served as Vice President for Conservation Programs for Conservation Resources Inc, Director of Land Acquisition and Stewardship for Schiff Natural Lands Trust, and Director of Stewardship and Assistant Director of Land Acquisition and Stewardship for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Jon has served as Chair of the Mendham Township Open Space Trust Committee and as a Trustee of the Washington Township Land Trust, and has been a member of the NJ Forest Stewardship Committee and the Pinelands Forestry Advisory Committee.

Ken Klipstein

Vice Chairman

Ken is Director of Watershed Protection for the NJ Water Supply Authority.  He manages the Authority's activities in source water and watershed protection in the Raritan River Basin and Manasquan River watershed, and represents the Authority on statewide watershed policy issues.  Ken worked for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for 20 years, eight as manager for watershed protection and water supply planning. Ken is active with many municipal and non-profit boards, including the the Tewksbury Land Trust (of which he is President), the NJ Conservation Foundation, and the NJ Highlands Development Credit Bank.

Alda Krinsman

Secretary

Alda holds a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and a BA in Political Science.  Before moving to New Jersey in 1991, she practiced commercial real estate law in Maryland.  She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills through which she has implemented a woodlands restoration plan, which includes deer fence construction, trail relocation and renovation, invasives removal, native plantings and outreach with volunteers.  She is a Certified Master Gardener (Essex County) and a Board Member of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County and Millburn High School Music Boosters.

BenscoterKeri Green

Director

Keri received her B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University, Cook College. She is also a NJ Certified Teacher of High School Science and is certified by The Cloud Institute in Education for Sustainability.  Keri works as a Resource Management Specialist for the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. Her background includes expertise in rare, threatened and endangered (RT&E) species habitat evaluation and extensive environmental consulting experience. Prior to joining the Highlands Council staff, Keri worked with both government and private sector organizations, including the Air Force, Army, New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Department of Energy. Keri has served on the Township of Green Brook’s Environmental Commission since 2007, serving as Chair in 2009. She is a founding member of Green Brook’s Green Design Group, a sub-committee to Township Committee formed to advise township officials and residents on green initiatives and energy conservation measures.

Randy SantoroRandy Santoro

Director

Randy holds a B.S. degree in Forest Ecology from Rutgers University, Cook College. He is recently retired from his post as a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T. Randy's municipal volunteer activities include chairing the Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission since 2007, serving on the Bernards Township Planning Board and the Tree Protection Committee. He also enjoys volunteering for the VNA of Somerset Hills and the Great Waters Music Festival.