Doug Hughes, Interim President Doug is a native of South Florida, where he developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. Formerly a strategic planning executive in a large international advertising agency, Doug moved from Atlanta to Connecticut with his wife, Susan Herbst, in 2011 and became a Trustee the next year. He’s served on the Finance, Membership, Nominations and Executive Director Search Committees. Doug is an avid fisherman, camper, golfer and motorcyclist.


Karen Zimmer, Vice President Karen has lived and worked on small farms in Rhode Island and Ohio and has hiked the trust’s trails since she moved to CT in 1988. She is a retired registered nurse, having specialized in mental health and addiction settings. Karen has experience as secretary to the board of the CT chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.



Nancy Silander, Secretary Nancy has been a member of the Trust since moving to Mansfield in the late 1970’s. She says that the Trust has been an important part of her life here – whether helping as a steward, enjoying the trails, or volunteering for other Trust activities. Since her retirement from E. O. Smith in 2011, she has been a Trustee. Nancy works with Paul Stern on the quarterly newsletter and is a member of the Atwood Farm committee. She is also a Board member for Region 19, a docent at the Benton Museum, and on the board of the Edwin O. Smith Foundation.



Frances Funk, Immediate Past President Fran grew up in Hartford and New York City, and spent time in Cummington, MA and western New Jersey — all places where opportunities for observing and experiencing nature first hand were available at will. She and her husband Chip moved to Coventry in 1961 and were lucky enough to find a place on a dirt road along the Willimantic River, where they are able to see deer, herons, eagles, and ducks, as well as hear foxes, owls, and fishers, often. She says it has been a terrific place to raise their two sons and numerous animals over the past 50 years. Fran was previously President of Joshua’s Trust from 1976 to 1980.


Gail Bruhn photo

Gail Bruhn, Treasurer. Gail is a retired investment professional who sits on the Advisory Council of the Hartford CFA Society. She has used her financial skills to help a number of non-profits, including the EO Smith Foundation and the CT Horticultural Society. A Delawarean by origin, Gail lives in Storrs with her husband Tom, who is retired from the University of Connecticut. They were the original tenants of the Wilbur Cross house, following Joshua’s Trust’s purchase of the Gurleyville Gristmill. Trails along the Fenton River remain favorites of their three sons when they visit with their families.



Incoming Executive Director Michael Hveem

Michael Hveem, Executive Director 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 in early 2013. He is long familiar with the Trust, beginning as an undergraduate at UConn (where he earned a BA in History with honors), continuing as he lived and worked in Stamford, and making frequent trips to visit family in Brooklyn. For nearly 3 years, Mike was 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. He earned an Executive MBA from UConn, as well as a Master’s degree in Library Science from SCSU, and is a licensed attorney with a JD from Boston University School of Law. He now looks forward to growing the Trust and making it even stronger as it moves into its next 50 years.