Staff Scientists

Roderick G. Christie

Executive Director

Rod Christie provides leadership for the organization with primary responsibilities for directing programs and land acquisition efforts (acquisition and conservation easements).  Rod’s education degrees are in Wildlife Biology and he has more than 40 years of experience leading not-for-profits and incorporating science, research and education into land, wildlife and natural resource protection efforts. Some of Rod’s past and present affiliations include as a member of the steering committee of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership, the steering committee for the Westchester Open Space Alliance, and the steering committee for the Westchester County Deer Taskforce.  His present research includes cultivation of native herbaceous flora from local genetic stock for the purpose of habitat restoration and monitoring local breeding populations of wood and box turtles using shell pattern recognition. 

Chris checking camera traps

Chris Nagy, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Education

Chris Nagy has studied urban conservation and ecology in the New York Metro area for over 15 years.  He started working at MRG part-time while a graduate student in 2003, and became Director of Research and Education in 2013. Chris oversees MRG’s research and student research programs. His work focuses on protecting and restoring native biodiversity in urban/suburban areas, ecology of eastern coyotes and other urban wildlife, white-tailed deer management, and student mentorship

Budd Veverka

Director of Land Management

Research Interests: Black bear ecology; gallinaceous and passerine bird ecology; Northern forest ecosystems

Projects: Habitat restoration, regional black bear occurrence and movement; invasive species management, Preserve wildlife biology

Jean-Luc Plante

Preserve Steward


Kristan Winters

Communications & Development Director

Tina Barrett


Alison Kelly

Office Manager & Database Admin.

Board of Trustees – 2020


Timothy W. Evnin, Chairman

Christopher du P. Roosevelt, Vice Chairman

Andre A. Hunter, President

Kathryn Hoenig, Treasurer

Stacy Albanese, Secretary


Janet Conner

Nicholas Firth

William G. Foulke, Jr.

Lloyd Gerry

Gary S. Jacobson

Alexandra Kotur

Piers MacDonald

John S. Needham

Dan Ryan

Ashley Schulten

Walter C. Weissinger

Heather V. Wolf