Board Members and Staff

Board of Directors

David Tately, President
Dave joined Orenda as a Trustee in 2000 and assumed the Presidency in 2006. A native of western Massachusetts and upstate New York, Dave is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and the Boston University School of Law. Dave resides on Cape Cod and is a former Deputy Tax Assessor for the Town of Brewster.

Daniel J. Morast, Vice President
Dan joined Orenda’s board in 1993, and is a former President of the International Wildlife Coalition that he founded in 1984 with Jacques Cousteau. A hallmark of the IWC is its successful track record in political lobbying and civic outreach on behalf of dolphins, whales and other wildlife.

Kenneth Burnes, Treasurer
Ken grew up in the New Seabury section of Mashpee. Long before he formally joined Orenda, Ken was already quite familiar with the organization! Ken oversees Orenda’s endowment and financials.

Farley Lewis, Clerk, Stewardship Committee Co-chair
Farley, the Clerk since 2009, is a well-known nature photographer and a hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club/Cape Hikes. She resides in Hyannis Port and is a member of Orenda’s Land Stewardship Committee.

Richard Boyden, Stewardship Committee Co-chair
Most days you’ll find Dick on an Orenda trail making sure all is ship-shape! Dick has had prior experience in trail-making and maintenance with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Hoosier Hiking Council in Indiana. Dick heads up the Land Stewardship Committee that’s responsible for the oversight and maintenance of Orenda’s sanctuaries. He resides in the Town of Mashpee.

Diane Salomone
Diane, who grew up near Boston and summered on the Cape, has been on Orenda’s board since 2006. She resides in Brewster and she serves as a Vice President of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management at the Yarmouth Port office. Diane says that “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.
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

Laura Herbst, Past President

Ralph Herbst, Past President


Theresa M. Barbo, Executive Director
Theresa has worked in natural resource conservation on Cape Cod since 2005. Her engagement in the natural world covers marine conservation, water quality, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat preservation. She joined Orenda in March 2017 and resides in Plymouth.

Elizabeth Lewis, Administrator
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’s a former Chair of the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation. She resides in West Barnstable.

Aaron and Leah Servis, Residential Caretakers, Nelson Sanctuary, Plymouth
Leah and Aaron have been caretakers of Orenda’s Nelson Sanctuary in Plymouth, Massachusetts since 2004. With their children, Maya and Benjamin, the Servis’ look after the land and the cottage on the property. Though they enjoy living in Plymouth, Leah and Aaron grew up on Cape Cod and have strong ties to the people and the land. The Servis’ appreciate the peace and tranquility of preserved land and believe strongly in its value to wildlife and future generations. As young stewards of the land, Maya and Ben love walks in the woods, playing by the pond, and are growing up with a great appreciation for wildlife and native ecosystems.

Zak Mertz, M.S., Director, Wildlife Habitat Program

Mark Pokras, D.V.M., Consultant, Human-Wildlife Conflict Issues

Susie Perry, Graphic Design
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Karen Ryder, Webmaster
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