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.
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.
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.
Richard Boyden, Stewardship Committee Co-chair
Most days you’ll find Dick on an Orenda trail making sure all is ship-shape! Dick also serves his interest in preserving the natural habitat of Cape forests and wetlands as a board member of the nearby Bourne Conservation Trust where he heads up the volunteers who maintain the BCT’s many walking trails. He resides in the Town of Mashpee.
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
Jeff Thibodeau, Executive Director
Mr. Thibodeau brings 25 years of experience in environmental protection to the position after earning a B.S. and Master’s Degree from Cornell University. Most recently he was the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Specialist for the Brewster Conservation Trust. Prior to that, he worked in the public sector as a Town Planner and Conservation Agent, the private sector as an Environmental Planner and Landscape Designer for various firms, and in the non-profit sector for The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts Inc. as its Director of Land Protection, and for the Orleans Conservation Trust as Coordinator of the 200 Coalition Project. Mr. Thibodeau was also President/Owner of a small environmental consulting company. He has worked on projects in every Cape and Islands community and has authored hundreds of documents and plans. In his personal time he enjoys being with his daughter, writing and consulting on health and wellness, and performing music.
Andrew Stapleton and Tyler Linnel, 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.
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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