Board of Directors
David Tately, President of Orenda 2006 to present
Dave Tately joined Orenda as a Trustee in 2000. Dave grew up in western Massachusetts and upstate New York, a graduate of SUNY Brockport and the Boston University School of Law. Upon graduation in 1982, Dave moved to the Cape and eventually became interested in the field of municipal assessing. He is the Deputy Tax Assessor for the Town of Brewster.
Daniel J. Morast, Vice President of Orenda since 2006
Dan has been a board member since 1993. He is the former President of the International Wildlife Coalition, an organization that he founded in 1984 after spending three years with Jacques Cousteau. The IWC has been very successful in lobbying politicians and reaching out to concerned citizens about the welfare of whales, dolphins and other wildlife. He is also the chairman of the Development Committee.
Kenneth Burnes, Treasurer since 2004
Ken has lived in the New Seabury section of Mashpee since the 1960s and was already familiar with Orenda’s sanctuaries in Mashpee before he joined Orenda. Ken is also a member of the Land Stewardship Committee and has helped with the improvements at the various sanctuaries. Ken oversees Orenda’s various endowments and funding.
Farley Lewis, Clerk since 2009
Farley joined Orenda in the fall of 2002 and became a vital part of the Land Stewardship Committee. She is also a hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club/Cape Hikes. A graduate of Union College, Farley is a well known photographer and some of her photos can be seen on this website. When not traveling to photograph the beauty of natural wildlife habitat, Farley resides in Hyannis Port.
Richard Boyden, Board Member since 2001
Dick Boyden joined the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust in 2001. Dick has had prior trail making and maintenance experiences with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Hoosier Hiking Council in Indiana. He currently serves on the board of the Bourne Conservation Trust. Dick was attracted to the mission of Orenda and currently heads up the Land Stewardship Committee which is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of Orenda sanctuaries He resides in the town of Mashpee.
Diane Salomone, Board Member since 2006
Diane grew up in the suburbs of Boston and spent every summer since birth on the lands and shores of Cape Cod.She graduated with a Business Degree from Western New England College and for the past 16 years has been working for what is now U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, where, as a Vice President -CTFA. she is dedicated to the task of investing for trust and private wealth clients. Having always appreciated the Cape’s open space, shoreline and wildlife, Diane gladly accepted the opportunity to join Orenda’s board. “Being a board member has allowed me the chance to give back by having a small part in the process of preserving the lands here on the Cape as well as in other areas of Massachusetts”.
Jefferies Wyman, Jr.
A longtime friend and supporter of Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, a resident of West Barnstable and Sharon has now become our latest board member. Jeff first introduced himself as a concerned conservationist by being a part of the 1998 project to protect land on Meadow Lane in West Barnstable. That project became the Smith’s Dock Sanctuary and helped ensure that the endangered Diamond Back Terrapin would have a suitable habitat. Jeff is an avid fisherman and also a volunteer at the State Game Farm in Sandwich.
Board of Advisors
Barbara Birdsey, Founder, Past President
Laura Herbst, Past Director
Ralph Herbst, Past President
Theresa Barbo, Executive Director
Aaron Servis and Leah Servis, Nelson Sanctuary Caretakers
Starting in 2004 Leah and Aaron have been caretakers of Orenda’s Nelson Sanctuary in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They were recently blessed by the arrival of their daughter Maya Grace. Though they enjoy living in Plymouth, Leah and Aaron grew up on Cape Cod and have strong ties to the people and the land – Leah is a teacher in the Cape school system and Aaron is employed as carpenter for a Cape contractor. As caretakers, the Servis’ appreciate the peace and tranquility of preserved land and believe strongly in its value to wildlife and future generations. Baby Maya loves walks in the woods and playing by the pond.
Elizabeth Lewis, Administrator since 2009
Liz joined Orenda in 2002 as a board member and then served as clerk for several years. She was drawn to Orenda by her passion to preserve open space on Cape Cod. A graduate of Bennett College, Liz was the co-owner of Sesuit Tennis Centre in East Dennis and she is the current Chair of the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation. She resides in Hyannis Port.
Zak Mertz, M.S., Director, Wildlife Habitat Program
Mark Pokras, D.V.M., Consultant, Human-Wildlife Conflict Issues
Susie Perry, Graphic Design