Connecting People with that land that sustains us



Kent L. Barwick has been President of the Municipal Art Society of New York, Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, President of the New York State Historical Association. He was a founder of the Historic Districts Council, Preservation League of New York, Landmarks Conservancy, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and the Otsego Land Trust. Kent now serves on the Boards of Erie Canal National Heritage Trust, Historic Hudson Valley, Parks and Trails New York and the Park Avenue Armory. He and his wife, June, reside in Cherry Valley.


 Jane Couch


Dave Bliss is a Cooperstown native whose family has been local to the region since the early nineteenth century.  He owns and operates a grass-fed general livestock farm and is a realtor with a local real estate agency.  Dave has a B.S. in history and B.S. and M.A. in Education.  He has engaged with youth as a volunteer for over over thirty years and as a softball coach for the Cooperstown High School team for over a decade.  In 2013, Dave was awarded the Fetterman Award for inspirational work with youth through athletics.  Dave is a Middlefield Town Supervisor, and he and his wife, Kim, a teacher, have three children.  

  John Carnahan is Treasurer of OLT. John retired from teaching at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies (CGP) in August 2013, after ten years of service. Prior to teaching at CGP, John directed museums in several states. During a 34 year career, John served with the Planning Department of the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska.  


Dan Sullivan and his wife Teresa own and operate Maple Lane farm in Richfield. They grow vegetables and fruits organically, and produce maple syrup and timber. In addition, they participate in two Farmers' Markets to which they bring both their own products and those from neighboring farms.


Martha Frey is a native of Madison County and was raised on a 9th-generation family farm that her ancestor’s homesteaded in the late 18th century.  She worked for the Otsego Land Trust in the late 1990s and has served on the board of directors since 2012. As the former executive director of Otsego 2000, she managed a range of initiatives, including designation of the Glimmerglass Historic District and expansion of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market as the region’s only year-round market.  She served as the president of the Route 20 Association of New York State and chaired the committee to designate Route 20 as a New York State Scenic Byway. Her other prior board appointments include the the American Red Cross (Cooperstown Chapter), the New York Federation of Lakes Association, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  Martha is the Vice Chairman of the Madison Mutual Insurance Company, an insurance company founded by her great-great-grandfather in 1893.  She is currently the Congregational Facilities Director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, where she manages facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii.  She and her husband, photographer Andy Baugnet, own a home in Middlefield.


Carla Hall Friedman member of OLT’s board since 2008 and past Vice Chairperson, lives in Morris, NY on land settled by her family in 1789. In 2006, her family protected 1,500 acres with an OLT conservation easement of the farmlands, and with NY State Department of Environmental Conservation created the General Jacob Morris State Forest. In 2008, she founded the Butternut Valley Alliance, dedicated to the preservation of the watershed. As an artist, environmentalist, brand communications consultant, she served as Treasurer of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and as a member of the Corcoran Gallery of Art College Board in Washington, DC. Carla graduated from Middlebury College and is mother to three children.


Joe Homburger is an Otsego County resident since 1968, has a BS Degree in Biology from SUNY Oneonta and enjoyed a 30 year career in natural resource management and protection. Employers included: Otsego County Forestry and Parks Department, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District/USDA Soil Conservation Service, Otsego County Conservation Association and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) retiring in 2007. At DEC he served as Chair of the Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Team (a coalition of landowners including; The Nature Conservancy, Izaak Walton League of America, Oneida County Forestry Department, and DEC) which together with a broad base of interest groups and elected officials purchased and protected 3,000 acres of the Rome Sand Plains Unique Area in Oneida County NY and was co-chair for the Oriskany Flats Working Group (established to restore wetlands, acquire additional acreage and integrate the 750 acre DEC Wildlife Management Area with initiatives at The Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site, Erie Canal Recreation Way and Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission). Since retirement Joe worked as OLT Field Representative and was a citizen member of The Mohawk Valley Greenway Group (led by the Herkimer/Oneida County Comprehensive Planning Program to develop a plan and strategy for conserving and developing economic, environmental and social attributes within part of the Mohawk River Floodplain). Joe serves as Chair of our Brookwood Point Committee.


Bruce Johnson joined the U.S. Geological Survey as a field geologist in 1975. He continued with the USGS as a full-time scientist until retirement in 2008, and as an Emeritus Scientist with the USGS to the present. In his early years, he conducted field-based research in remote camps in wilderness areas in Alaska and the western US. He used the results of this research to compile and publish more than 50 geologic maps and mineral resource assessment reports. Later, he managed a series of mineral resource assessment and computer application projects which included participants spread across the U. S. He also co-led a team that developed international database standards for digital geologic maps. Along the way, he participated in temporary work assignments in several foreign localities, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil. Bruce is an amateur photographer who volunteers as an event photographer for the OLT. He also volunteers as an usher for Glimmerglass Opera. He enjoys boating and boat-building, aviation, hiking, skiing, and travel. The Johnsons have three adult daughters and five grandchildren. Bruce is the chairman of OLT’s Conservation Committee.




  Marjorie Kellogg is the author of LEAR’S DAUGHTERS, THE DRAGON QUARTET, HARMONY and A RUMOR OF ANGELS. She leads a double life, designing scenery for theatres throughout the country, and digging into the hills of upstate New York, to write and garden and learn what the earth has to teach. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Colgate University. Resident Designer, National Actors Theatre, 1992-93. 45 years of Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. Awards: 2014 Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design, 2006 USITT Distinguished Achievement Award; 2002 Ruth Morley Design Award, 1995 Mary L. Murphy Award for Excellence in Design; the first Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration (1994); Boston Theatre Critics Circle, Los Angeles Drama-Logue.

Frank Kolbert serves as Secretary of the OLT Board and is a member of the Executive Committee. In past years, he has been Treasurer of the Board and Chairman of the Development Committee. A graduate of Yale University, he is an independent art dealer and curatorial consultant specializing in American art of the 20th century. He has been the principle owner of art galleries in New York City and Miami, where he lives part time. He and his spouse, Frank Farmer, own Springfield Hill Farm in the town of Middlefield. In 2000 they established a conservation easement for their property that is stewarded by Otsego Land Trust.

Harry Levine is the Chairman of OLT and was previously Treasurer.  He spent a career in commercial real estate development and was a part time adjunct professor of real estate finance at several graduate programs.  He and his wife Ellen raise sheep and bees on their property in Springfield, NY while also maintaining a home in Princeton, NJ.  He previously served as a president of the Princeton Public Library and director of the Delaware and Raritan Greenway (land trust) in Princeton, NJ.


Don Raddatz is an Attending Physician in the Division of Rheumatology at Bassett Medical Center.. He is a graduate of Holy Cross and Dartmouth and Minnesota Medical Schools. He is currently the Vice President of the Board for the Smithy Center for the Arts and a certified spinning instructor for Clarks Sports Center. He is married to Catherine Morrell Raddatz and has three children, Melissa, Gretchen, and George. 


Gilbert T. Vincent, PhD. is a graduate of Harvard College with Master's degrees from Cambridge University and the Winterthur Program.  He has a doctorate from the University of Delaware in American and European art history.  He has published books and articles on American architecture, decorative arts and American Indian art.  He is a past president of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum.  He is a founding trustee of Otsego Land Trust and the environmental organization Otsego 2000.  He was instrumental in creating the Cooperstown Farmers' Market and served as president for 17 years.  He and his wife Lin live in Cooperstown and have a house in the Florida Keys.


Caleb Wertenbaker is an entertainment designer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and works internationally in theater, opera, dance, and private events. His family has had some presence in Cherry Valley for ten generations, and he is one of nine owners of a family house and farm there that has been passed down from generation to generation since the late 18th Century. He also serves on the boards of The Otsego Golf Club and The Head of the Lake. 


 Joanne Tobey