Board of Directors


Joseph DeSisto Alling, President

Joseph graduated from UConn in 2016 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His interest in biodiversity began as a child in Maine, where he developed a love for unappreciated creatures. In college he conducted research on centipedes and millipedes at the UConn Biological Collection, and also has experience studying caterpillars, bees, beetles, salamanders, and marine fishes. He now works as a medical editor at Envision Pharma Group.

Steven Johnson, Vice President

Cheryl Cappiali, Treasurer

A 35 year Milford resident, Cheryl is focused on conserving and restoring natural habitat by removing non-native invasive plants, and replacing them with native plants that provide food and habitat for native insects, amphibians, animals, and birds. A UConn Extension Master Gardener, she mentors many interns and together they maintain four City of Milford native plant gardens while removing invasive plants. As a lover of the natural world, through study and observation she is continually learning the secrets of how living things interact. When she is not removing invasive plant species she can be found observing insects and their role in our environment.

Current board positions: South West Conservation District; CT Audubon Coastal Center; CT Soil and Water Conservation Council; Federated Garden Clubs of CT (Gardening School Chair); Experiment Station Associates (President).

Active membership: Milford Garden Club; CT Master Gardener Association; CT Beekeepers Association; Backyard Beekeepers Association; Milford Arts Council; Friends of Milford Library; Milford Historical Society. 

Wendy Zimbardi, Secretary

Board Members

Bryan Anderson

A four-term alderman from the 5th District, Bryan's interest in the environment stems from many years of hikes up Sleeping Giant, summers on Connecticut lakes, visits to his grandmother's farm, long bike rides through country towns and villages, and having grown up near watersheds with fish, snapping turtles, toads, and frogs. Annual family vacations on Cape Cod where he communed with crabs, starfish, horseshoe crabs, clams and other mollusks cemented a love of the outdoors.

Carol Dunn

Kelly Miller

Kelly firmly believes green open spaces positively effect well-being and human psychology. Past experiences working as a preschool teacher and with the elderly show that both age groups enjoyed being outdoors in nature and this had a profound effect on their well-being and development. Preserving land in Milford encourages people of all generations to visit and enjoy green open spaces and helps to plants "seeds" in the next generation minds that they need to protect it. Kelly is a lover of trees finding that love by reciting Joyce Kilmer's poem "Trees" in the second grade, fast forward forty years later she found herself planning a tree walk on the Milford Green as one of her duties as tree commissioner. It is an honor for Kelly to serve on the Milford Conservation Land Trust.

Allan Wilcox

Born and raised in Milford, dedicated to preserving remnants of Milford's past for future generations to learn from and have a better understanding of its past generations. Treasurer, Milford Preservation Trust.

Cathy Williams

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