Village and Wilderness

Our People

Our People

V&W is building a network of on-the-ground organizations, domain-experts and funders devoted to helping you create, test and share climate adaptation strategies that work for your community and ecosystem.

Because our model is to amplify and work through established organizations, we keep our staff as small as possible to minimize competing for funds that might otherwise serve our partners. We also maintain a board with the fewest number of officers necessary, which affords executive meetings with minimal planning but quick decisions. That said, we rely on a network of advisors, too large to list here, to inform our work. We are particularly grateful to a growing Advisory Council that represents a diversity of fields (e.g., ecology, human health, landscape architecture, climate change research) that can advance the microhabitat movement and other emerging climate adaptations.


Tom Chase Founder/Executive Director

Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard into a family with multigenerational roots, Tom Chase began working in the conservation field as a volunteer as soon as he got his driver’s license in 1970. With a masters of science from the Quaternary Institute Read more

Tripti Thomas-Travers Program Director, Microhabitat Program Incubator

Tripti's love of nature, birds and plants in particular, has been a consistent theme starting with her childhood in India and continuing to her life now in Newton, MA. After realizing that her own beloved home garden was an ecological desert, Read more

Tony Beranek Digital Strategist

Born and raised on the lakes in Michigan, Tony quickly fell in love with being on the water and all things outdoors. His love for fly fishing and hiking has brought him around the world. To continue his love for exploration and travel, he learned how to Read more

Board Of Directors

Kimberly Angell Treasurer

Kim is the co-founder of Abrams + Angell, a boutique firm that coaches small businesses and nonprofits on everything from business strategy and financial planning to activism and advocacy. Kim is deeply committed to the Martha’s Vineyard community Read more

Matt Pelikan Clerk

A Martha's Vineyard resident since 1997, Matt is the Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life (MVAL) Project at BiodiversityWorks. This communitydriven project aims to document the unique biodiversity of Martha’s Vineyard while inspiring Read more

Advisory Council

Luanne Johnson, PhD Founder & Director, BiodiversityWorks

Luanne is a wildlife biologist, and the founder and director of BiodiversityWorks. Established on Martha’s Vineyard in 2011, this innovative organization aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity through wildlife research and monitoring, while providing opportunities for people to engage in Read more

Glenn Lamb, Board Member, Land Trust Alliance

Glenn Lamb is a founding board member and the former Executive Director of the Columbia Land Trust, a group he led for over 30 years, from 1990 to early 2023. Over his tenure, the organization grew from a small group of volunteers protecting a single property, to 40 staff conserving 55,000 acres of ecologically significant land
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Desiree L. Narango, PhD Conservation Scientist, Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Desiree is a conservation scientist and research ecologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Her research focuses on biodiversity conservation and habitat restoration in the face of global change. She primarily studies plants, insects, and birds with a particular focus on multitrophic Read more

Christopher Neill, PhD Senior Scientist, Woodwell Climate Research Center

As a Senior Scientist at the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, MA, Chris's research interests broadly encompass how changes in land use, such as increased agriculture or residential development, impact ecosystem function and the restoration of impaired ecosystems. Read more

Peter Rabinowitz, MD MPH, Professor, Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Global Health, and Family Medicine, University of Washington

Peter is the Director of the UW Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington. The Center for One Health Research explores linkages between human, animal and environmental health in a “One Health” paradigm, including: zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal
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