Our Staff

We are a small, hard-working team helping local people save local land. While we take on summer interns and part-time educators, the majority of our year is spent efficiently and effectively managing the acquisition, management, improvement, and promotion of our lands and providing all ages opportunities to learn more about and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Christopher J. Beichner

    President & CEO


    Christopher J. Beichner has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, non-profit executive, regional planner, and community and economic developer. Chris is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Allegheny Land Trust. His role as CEO is to set a vision, fundraise, and measure results.

    He has held various leadership positions in community and economic development organizations including the director of a Pittsburgh-based community development corporation, and the director of a regional economic development agency. In his career, Chris has raised millions of dollars in direct resources, which has leveraged over $270 million in public and private investments.

    He holds a degree in Business Management from Clarion University, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute certification program. Please contact Chris with questions related to ALT’s office and conservation area accessibility.

  • Dani Kramer

    Field Coordinator


    As ALT’s Field Coordinator, Dani works with volunteers and staff to manage, maintain, and improve the environmental well-being of our conservation areas.

    They have a strong belief that nature is for everybody, and that access to green spaces is invaluable. Dani hails from Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County, Maryland and moved to Pittsburgh in 2000. They previously worked as the land-based Program Coordinator for Allegheny CleanWays, working year-round to clean up illegal dumpsites on vacant and city-owned property. Their upbringing in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and involvement with environmental nonprofits has nurtured their appreciation for the ecosystem’s ability to heal itself with the help of well-informed human intervention, as well as the incredible power of volunteer community involvement!

    In their free time, Dani enjoys exploring the city by bike, camping all over our great commonwealth, quilting, foraging, and gardening.

  • Luke Haury

    2024 John Hamm Conservation Intern


    Luke is the 2024 John Hamm Conservation Intern at Wingfield Pines Conservation Area. He has just finished his sophomore year of college at Penn State Main Campus where he is pursuing a Wildlife and Fisheries major and a Forestry minor.

    Originally from Franklin Park, PA, Luke has always loved the outdoors. From a young age he was often hiking, birding, camping, and fishing with his family.

    Luke learned about ALT through his time in Boy Scouts where he volunteered at Devil’s Hollow removing invasive plants and Linbrook Woodlands cleaning up litter and installing a bridge and fence for his Eagle Project. He is excited to work with ALT not only because it will give him great experience in his field of study, but also because it will allow him to give back to the community he grew up in. He hopes to build a nice foundation of experience in both park management and environmental studies through his time at ALT. After college Luke plans to find a research position focusing on fisheries and their importance.

    During this summer’s internship, Luke is assisting ALT with critical stewardship, fieldwork, land management, volunteer recruitment, and restoration work at Wingfield Pines.

  • Phoebe Brown

    2024 Mark A. MacKay Conservation Intern


    Phoebe is the 2024 Mark A. MacKay Conservation Intern at Churchill Valley Greenway. They have just graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies.

    Raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Phoebe always felt an appreciation for the natural world – its salamanders and cicadas, and its opportunities to play in the dirt. It was this appreciation coupled with anxiety over the climate crisis that motivated their college major and led them to explore sustainable agriculture, food systems, food justice, and community-based agriculture.

    During their time with ALT, they hope to expand their knowledge of ALT, green space in the region, and native and invasive plant species. After this summer, they are interested in pursuing a career in sustainable and/or urban agriculture.

    This summer, Phoebe is assisting ALT in improving the ecological health and human enjoyment of the greenway.

  • Tyler Chilcott

    Development Director


    As the Development Director at ALT, Tyler utilizes his background in environmental policy and nonprofit fundraising to conceptualize and promote land conservation throughout the Southwest PA region.

    Tyler came to Pittsburgh as an Erie transplant after studying Environmental Science and Policy at Allegheny College and the University of Eastern Finland for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Moving to the City in 2017, Tyler has managed a green infrastructure grant program at PWSA, served as the Development and Marketing Lead at Conservation Consultants, Inc., and, most recently, acted as the Grants Manager at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh.

    Consideration for his overall environmental impact has been ubiquitous throughout Tyler’s entire life. From his love of the outdoors, to his oft tiresome need to be always decreasing his everyday footprint, Tyler feels truly at home with ALT. When not at work, Tyler enjoys writing, playing basketball, shooting pool, singing karaoke, and calling movies “films”.

  • Lindsay Dill

    Senior Director of Marketing & Community Engagement


    As ALT’s Senior Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, Lindsay leads all marketing, communications, public relations, and community organizing activities to promote ALT’s strategic priorities, initiatives, and projects. 

    Native to Erie, PA, Lindsay moved to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park University, where she graduated with degrees in Photojournalism and Global Cultural Studies. Lindsay fell for Pittsburgh while biking around each neighborhood exploring its city stairs, third places, and green spaces. 

    In her free time, she can be found crafting personal documentary photo series on place, labor, travelers, and stairs; volunteering with local bike- and play-promoting organizations; and running, biking, and city-stair climbing. Lindsay’s favorite conservation area is Dead Man’s Hollow because of its rich history, dark tunnels, and location along the Great Allegheny Passage.

  • Tom Dougherty

    Vice President of Development & External Affairs


    Tom joined the ALT team in January 2017 after a 31-year corporate business development and marketing career, coming to the conservation world from PPG where he had been a Director of Marketing since 2003.  He is responsible for growing public awareness of ALT, and expanding its base of support among individual, corporate, foundation, and public contributors.

    Tom redirected his career based solely on his deeply-held belief that ALT’s mission of helping local people save local land is vital to the quality of life in our region saying “I am honored to be part an organization that has preserved thousands of acres of green space, and excited about our amazing potential for additional land conservation and expanded environmental education programming in the years to come.”

    A native of Western Pennsylvania, Tom holds a B.S. Degree in Management from Penn State University and an M.A. in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University, and has been involved over the years as a member and volunteer of several area conservation and trail groups.  He loves hiking, running, paddling and skiing in the region’s woodlands, trails, waterways and mountains; and declines to name a favorite ALT conservation area saying “each one provides its own unique experience!”

  • Alyson Fearon

    Vice President of Land Conservation


    Alyson has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Sustainability (2014) and a Master of Sustainability and Master of Business Administration (2018) from Chatham University. She has over 21 years of combined work experience in various roles with the military and private sector. She joined ALT in 2017 as an intern, upon graduation in 2018 she accepted a full-time position and was promoted to her current role in October 2022.

    Alyson is the Allegheny Land Trust lead on land use research projects; new resiliency efforts like carbon credits; non-traditional conservation efforts of community garden preservation, green infrastructure and other urban greening efforts; and develops and presents content on these topics. Alyson is also the Land Protection GIS associate and works with WPRDC to develop the Greenprint Tool. She is also certified Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA), a certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P) and works as an Adjunct Instructor for her Alma mater.

  • Guido Girimonti

    Land Manager

    Guido Girimonti joined ALT’s staff in Fall 2019 as the organization’s first-ever, highly crucial Land Manager. He conducts annual monitoring, marks boundaries, maintains restoration project progress, supports volunteers, maintains green space health and trails, and so many more unique projects on the land.

    Guido has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help our team address the ever-changing needs of managing Conservation Areas from his experience as a US Army Veteran and his 39-year career in Emergency Services, including being a paramedic at Ground Zero and serving 20 years as a fire fighter at the ACAA Airport.

    His endless energy and positive attitude are a great addition to the team. When he is not with ALT he’s likely to be found training beagles at his local hunting club or whipping up something in the kitchen at home with his wife and dogs. You’re likely to catch Guido out on the land wearing his high-vis green ALT shirt, feel free to stop and say hello.

  • Shelley Harnett

    Development Associate


    As ALT’s part-time Development Associate, Shelley organizes and nurtures the organization’s database and relationships with members and donors. When Shelley joined ALT in 2021, she was effusive: “In my 15+ years of working with nonprofits, I’ve never met an organization as capable, effective, and inspiring as ALT. I’m so happy to be a part of this extraordinary team.”

    Her background is steeped in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, community development, and nonprofit management consulting with Dewey & Kaye and the Community Technical Assistance Center. Shelley studied English Literature and Cinema at Denison University, but through the lens of ecology and the human relationship to the natural world. Her own relationship with the natural world is as an outdoorswoman, wildlife gardener, and community activist.

    ALT has nearly 2,000 active members; and if you’re one of them, there’s a good chance you’ll connect with Shelley because she will very likely be on the other end of your phone call or email to ALT. Reach out to her at any time.

  • Sara Klingensmith

    Education Associate


    Sara joined ALT in May 2023 as the organization’s first Education Associate. She will manage school and education partner relationships, outreach program coordination, and internal material supplies. While she is new to this role, Sara has a long history as a contract-based environmental educator with Allegheny Land Trust; if you’ve attended one of our public events, you may have been guided by Sara. Most recently, Sara worked as an Environmental Educator at Powdermill Nature Reserve. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators, and is the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club’s Photography Chair. 

  • Casey Markle

    Conservation Associate


    As ALT’s Conservation Associate, Casey assists the team in multi-departmental functions, ensures ALT adheres to national land trust accreditation compliance, assists in grant applications, and supports staff with environmental education and stewardship events.

    Casey has a multidisciplinary background stemming from experiences in environmental education, laboratory and field analysis, and environmental consulting. Casey is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, devoting much of his research to abandoned mine drainage and eutrophication. Casey also worked with animals, assisted environmental education programs, and promoted stewardship through his time at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. Among these experiences, Casey was honored the Water Works Operators’ Association of Pennsylvania’s David A. Long Scholarship in 2018, is certified in Wetland Delineation through training at Gailey Environmental, and has applied ecological reef and watershed studies abroad in Australia through the School for Field Studies program. Before coming to ALT, Casey conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for sites across the United States with Atlas Technical Consultants in Pittsburgh.

    In his free time, Casey plays the oboe, enjoys spending time outside, and he is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins!

  • Tom Mulholland

    Community Conservation Director


    Tom joined ALT as the Community Conservation Director in February 2023. He is advancing Community Conservation initiatives for ALT by creating, developing, and sustaining relationships with residents, community groups, and neighborhood development organizations to facilitate green space protection in the City of Pittsburgh and first ring suburbs. Most recently, Tom worked as the director of programming at Grounded Strategies. Previously, at the same organization, he provided capacity-building resources to community greening projects and initiatives (clean-up groups, community gardens, etc.) and worked directly with cohorts of residents throughout the City of Pittsburgh and the Mon Valley to design, plan, and implement landscaping projects on vacant and overgrown lots.   

  • Emilie Rzotkiewicz

    Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer


    Emilie joined ALT in 2010 as the Stewardship Coordinator. She now manages ALT’s land assets, and directs the stewardship department in their care and management of the land.

    An undergrad degree in biology from Denison University and a Master’s Degree in Forest Resources from Penn State University, Emilie is equipped with the right knowledge for the job. With past work experience in the public, private, and non-profit sector of land conservation, Emilie develops and implements multi-disciplinary natural resource management programs and strategies that address the diverse natural lands of southwestern PA.

    Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Emilie appreciates what the outdoors provides to children, adults and all other creatures. Emilie resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and can often be found exploring ALT green spaces with her family and dog. Her favorite ALT conservation area is Fern Hollow, for this is where her husband Matt took her for their second date!

  • Caitlin Seiler

    Vice President of Stewardship


    After volunteering for several years, Caitlin joined the ALT staff in 2014. She now directs ALT’s “forest” of volunteers, and manages ALT green spaces.

    Caitlin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Carlow University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. Before joining ALT, Caitlin ran participation in a children’s respiratory health program at Healthy Home Resources, and provided environmental and safety regulatory education, consulting, and training in the United States and Canada at Printing Industries of America.

    She currently serves on the Trail Pittsburgh Board of Directors, and –when not covered in dirt on an ALT green space– she is likely to be found planning her next cooking or crafting project with her two Chihuahuas. Caitlin’s favorite green space is Sycamore Island, because it encapsulates the work of ALT’s mission with so much history, ecology, and stewardship activity in one, isolated location. It embodies a lot in a small package — like her dogs!

  • Julie Travaglini

    Senior Director of Education & Curriculum


    Julie joined ALT in June 2016 as the Education Program Director. Julie graduated from Muskingham University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in teaching.

    Julie’s entire adult professional career has been in environmental education. She has completed internships at Living Treasures Animal Park, The Dawes Arboretum, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. She served as the Senior Program Facilitator at The Outdoor Classroom for almost seven years where she taught more than 5,000 pre-school children the joys of nature, planned community events, and wrote curriculum– lots and lots of curriculum. She is also a Specialty Discipline Instructor for the state.

    When not writing curriculum and playing with toys meant for her preschool students, Julie can be found horseback riding, kayaking, watching reality TV, reading, or collecting exotic pets such as reptiles.