Board of Directors
Daniel J. Morast, President
Dan joined Orenda’s board in 1993 and is a former President of the International Wildlife Coalition (IWC) then in East Falmouth. He specialized in non-profit management working for The Cousteau Society in New York and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Yarmouth Port. A hallmark of the IWC was its successful track record in regional and international lobbying and civic outreach on behalf of dolphins, whales, and endangered over-exploited wildlife. After serving as Orenda’s Vice President for a decade, Dan assumed the responsibilities as President of the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, Inc. in 2019. His stated primary goal is to provide professional administrative guidance so that Orenda specialists will have the means to acquire land, to establish and manage open-space sanctuaries, and to be successful advocates and educators for the protection of wild animals, and the conservation of natural ecosystems that sustain us all.
Meghan Douglas Hill, Vice President
Meghan Douglas Hill joined the Orenda Board in 2021 and currently serves as Vice President, contributing to all aspects of Orenda’s mission. When she is not working to protect land and wildlife, Meghan works as the Digital Communications Strategist and Community Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. An impact writer and communications designer by trade, Meghan is passionate about the creative potential of solutions journalism and the power of storytelling to bring about social change. She has extensive experience working in media for value-driven organizations in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Meghan earned her MBA from Babson, where she aimed at addressing humanitarian challenges and leveraging theory and tools that bolster the potential for solutions to be impactful, scalable and sustainable. She also earned a master’s degree in education with distinction from Lesley University and graduated with the New England Scholar designation from the University of Connecticut, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In her free time, Meghan can be found managing her family’s modern-day homesteading venture on their Cape Cod micro farm.
Grant Wiklund, Clerk
Grant joined the Orenda board in 2020 and was soon thereafter elected as Clerk, given his expertise in real estate and finance. A lifelong interest in the outdoors and hiking led Grant to Orenda. Awarded the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, Grant believes the woods should always be left cleaner and better after passing through them. Grant intends to apply his skills to future land acquisition and stewardship efforts, including inspection and mapping of Orenda’s many wildlife sanctuaries.
Dick joined Orenda in 2001. Prior to his retirement, Dick held office senior leadership roles in the college admissions profession. Dick has been active over the years in marking the easily accessed boundaries of the various Orenda sanctuaries. Dick is also a board member of the Bourne Conservation Trust where he heads up the volunteers who maintain the BCT’s many walking trails. He resides in the Town of Mashpee.
Amy joined Orenda’s Board in 2021. She is a graduate of Williams College (BA) and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (M. Ed). She describes herself as a professional volunteer. Currently, she is the president and head agent of her class at Williams. She also is a Vice Chair of the Williams Alumni fund. Amy is a member of the Vestry of The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill and chairs the Stewardship Committee. She also is a member of Advisory Board of the YMCA and development chair of Somos Amigos Medical Missions. Six years ago, Amy started a counseling program for disadvantaged students to help them plan for life after high school and continues to mentor them on their journeys through college and beyond. Amy is a lifelong summer resident of the Cape and like her relatives before her, shares a deep passion to preserve the land.
Zak Mertz joined Orenda’s Board in 2021. He is the Director of the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, MA and the Assistant Director of New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth, MA. He has worked in the field of environmental conservation and research for the past decade, and is a State and Federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Previously Zak worked as a hydrologist and holds a Master’s degree from UMASS with a concentration in both physical and socio-hydrology. In addition to serving on Orenda's Board of Directors, Zak Currently serves as a board member for the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Massachusetts and the New England Wildlife Centers.
Honorary Board Member for Life
Jefferies Wyman, Jr.
Recently Jeff was named an honorary Board Member for Life in honor of his long standing service to Orenda. Jeff was a longtime friend and donor to Orenda before he joined the board. A resident of West Barnstable and Sharon, Mass., Jeff was an integral part of the 1998 project to protect land on Meadow Lane in West Barnstable that eventually evolved into the Smith’s Dock Sanctuary. This helped ensure that the endangered Diamond Back Terrapin turtles had a suitable and protected habitat.
Board of Advisors
Barbara Birdsey, Founder & Past President
Mark Robinson, Executive Director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc.
Lindsey B. Counsell
Laura Herbst, Past President
Laura Herbst, Past President
Andrew Stapleton and Tyler Linnell, Residential Caretakers, Nelson Sanctuary, Plymouth
Andrew and Tyler became the Caretakers of Orenda’s Nelson Sanctuary in Plymouth, Massachusetts during the Fall of 2019. Having grown up as neighbors to each other on Cape Cod, they developed a passion for the outdoors at an early age. In their later years, both enjoyed extensive travel across the globe visiting 5 different continents combined.
Having seen much of the world and witnessing its natural beauty firsthand, they each hold a special place in their hearts for the Nelson Sanctuary and currently reside as guardians of the land and cottage on the property. They are also both avid outdoorsmen and believe strongly in environmental preservation and sustainability. Much Like Andrew’s older sister Leah, who was a caretaker for many years prior, they appreciate the peace and tranquility of preserved land and believe strongly in its value to future generations.