At the Nov. 13 Board Meeting, the Trustees voted unanimously to hire a new Executive Director: Michael Hveem (pronounced “Veem”) will take on the role beginning New Year’s Day, 2015.
Mike has been a member of Joshua’s Trust for 14 years, even though he’s lived in the Stamford area until moving to Vernon early in 2013. He is long familiar with the Trust, he says, beginning as an undergraduate at UConn (where he earned a BA in history with honors) and continuing as he lived and worked in Stamford and made frequent trips to visit family in Brooklyn, CT — often stopping on the way to hike a Trust trail. He says that he has hiked “nearly every” JT property in the walk book.
“I’ve always felt a deep attraction to this area,” Mike said, “and to work for Joshua’s Trust protecting this land I feel so strongly about is very exciting for me. I look forward to growing the Trust and making it even stronger as it moves into its next fifty years.”
For nearly three years, Mike has been the Executive Director of The Avon, a non-profit historic film theater in Stamford. Prior to taking that position, he worked for 12 years as a senior analyst for Royce and Associates, a mutual fund company also in Stamford. Mike is a licensed attorney, with a JD from Boston University School of Law, and earned an Executive MBA from UConn as well as a Master’s degree in library science from SCSU.
“He is just what we were hoping for,” said Doug Hughes, a Trustee who served on the search committee with former Trustees Margaret Welch and Dan Donahue. “He has all the skills to be a very effective manager of our organization, and will quickly master the intricacies of land conservation. But it’s his obvious passion for our mission and his drive to grow support for acquisitions and stewardship that makes him such a great fit for us.”
Mike’s start next January will coincide with the Trust’s move to its new headquarters at the historic Atwood Farm. “There’s some symbolism in that,” Mike said. “A new year, a new ED, a new address, but an unchanging resolve to protect open space in our beautiful part of Connecticut.”