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Board & Staff

Land Trust of Virginia’s distinguished Board of Directors includes many prominent Virginians who are widely known for their dedication to conserving Virginia’s open space, farms, forests, rivers, and historic resources.

Board of Directors and Officers
Polly L. Gault, Chairman 
Childs F. Burden, Vice Chairman 

Steffanie Burgevin, Secretary 
Rebecca McDermott, Treasurer 
Jay Bryant

Stephanie Kenyon

Paul Lawrence

Sarah Jo Luby
C. Dulany Morison 
Jon Nuckles 
Lilla Ohrstrom 
Sally B. Price
Kevin Ramundo 
Claude Schoch 

Melissa Winchester

Christopher C. Dematatis,

Director Emeritus

Chairman’s  Advisory Council

Kenneth Alm 
Patric Copeland 

Christopher C. Dematatis

Penny Denegre 
Missy Janes  
Merritt Jones 
Yakir Lubowsky 
Malcolm Matheson 
Mary Leigh McDaniel 

Phil Paschall

Linda Porter  
Laura Rheintgen 
Turner T. Smith, Jr.

Birge Watkins

General Counsel

Stephen C. Price, McCandlish Lillard


Ashton Cole, Executive Director
Ashton joined the Land Trust of Virginia in January of 2007, beginning with a focus on easement stewardship and eventually expanding into easement acquisition. Now in the role of Executive Director, Ashton enjoys working closely with LTV's Board and staff on all aspects of the organization, benefiting from an ongoing education thanks to his wonderful colleagues' diverse skills, expertise, and knowledge. He continues to play a significant role in new conservation projects and land stewardship matters, which he is passionate about. Ashton was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington. Ashton enjoys hiking, camping, trail work, and spending time with his wife, three children, and friends. Contact Ashton at

Natalie Burns, Conservation Associate
Natalie joined LTV in 2021 and assists with stewardship and new easement work. She grew up in Warrenton, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in geographic science and a minor in environmental science. Before LTV, Natalie worked on a trail crew for the Southwest Conservation Corps in Durango, Colorado, and is excited to continue her passion for conservation with LTV. In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking, rock climbing, seeing live music, and spending time with friends and family. Contact Natalie at

Madelyn Cooper, Stewardship Associate
Madelyn joined LTV in February 2024. Her responsibilities include visiting properties under conservation easement, working with landowners, and researching potential new easement donations. She grew up in Afton, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation and a minor in Pathways to Sustainability. She enjoys hiking, live music, antiquing, finding critters, and camping.  Contact Madelyn at

Arianne Govoni-Young, Office Manager
Ari joined LTV’s staff in 2019 after serving as a volunteer for multiple LTV events. She is responsible for the day-to-day office management and administrative duties of LTV. Ari was born and raised in Nokesville, Virginia and has traveled the country hiking and camping with her family. She currently enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and furry children camping and going to the track. She is also an avid Disney lover. Contact Ari at

Danielle Lilly, Communications and Marketing Manager

Danielle joined LTV's team in March 2024. Her role includes crafting monthly newsletters, announcements, press releases, social media campaigns, and graphic design projects.

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Danielle's upbringing brought her to various parts of the country as a military child and later spouse, instilling a love for travel and adaptability. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, dog, and bearded dragon, exploring places worldwide. She is passionate about music and theater and is continuously honing her skills in the French language and culture.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages from Austin Peay State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University, underlining her dedication to interdisciplinary knowledge and advocacy. Contact Danielle at

Damian Martin, Conservation Associate
Damian joined LTV in 2022 and assists with easement intake, mapping, and stewardship. Damian was born in Charlottesville, VA, but grew up in Bakersfield, CA, and the Midwest. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science with a focus in ecology from the University of Virginia. Before joining LTV, he was a Mapper for a title insurance company based out of Florida. Damian enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with his dogs and wife in his free time. Damian is also a freelance illustrator for a couple of breweries in central Virginia. Contact Damian at

Kerry Roszel, Development Manager
Kerry joined LTV in 2015. She has been part of the Loudoun and Fauquier County Communities for many years. Prior to joining LTV, Kerry was the Director of Education with the Associated Builders & Contractors – Virginia Chapter (ABC-VA), where she was directly involved with member training, development, and outreach. Kerry brings her strong communication skills to LTV to support and strengthen its fundraising efforts. She works on several projects to increase LTV's presence in the community by partnering with local organizations, running its volunteer program, and organizing LTV's signature events: our Garden Party, Sunset in the Field Party, and Bike the Gravel. Contact Kerry at

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