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 (IWC) 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.

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


Jeff Thibodeau, Executive Director
Jeff Thibodeau against beach background
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.

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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