Our Staff

PANDEMIC NOTICE: ALT team members will be working on modified schedules between home and office. They have access to email and phone messages. There may be some delay in responding; please be patient with us. 

We are a small, hard-working staff 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, education, and promotion of our 3,400+ acres of green space.


  • Christopher J. Beichner

    President & CEO

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    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.

  • Shelley Harnett

    Development Associate

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    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.

  • Lindsay Dill

    Marketing Communications Director

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    Lindsay joined ALT in 2014, and is the Marketing Communications Director producing marketing, literature, photography, and other materials for the organization. She launched the organization’s first comprehensive communications plan.

    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. Lindsay also runs her own photography business, and prior to working with ALT, worked with the Tribune-Review, the Erie Times-News, and various photo clients.

    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 GAP.

  • Tom Dougherty

    Vice President of Development & External Affairs

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    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

    Senior Director of Community Conservation & Resiliency

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    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 June 2020.

    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.

  • Roy Kraynyk

    Vice President of Land Protection & Capital Projects

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    Native to Pittsburgh, Roy is ALT’s Vice President of Land Protection & Capital Projects.

    Roy is educated in landscape architecture from Penn State University. His career has involved land conservation, site planning, and community beautification. Over this 20+ year career, Roy has protected more than 4,000 acres and raised more than $15 million for land conservation. Roy founded the Hollow Oak Land Trust, and co-authored several award-winning publications.

    From 2001 to 2012, he served as the Executive Director for ALT. During his leadership, ALT achieved national accreditation and earned several awards: Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award, and American Society of Landscape Architects Special Recognition Award. In 2012, he received the Garden Club of America Conservation Commendation, and the Sewickley Herald named him the 2016 Man of the Year for his conservation work in the Sewickley Valley.

    Roy presents at regional and national conferences, and is one of several professionals featured in “Careers in Landscape Architecture.”

  • Emilie Rzotkiewicz

    Vice President of Stewardship

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    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

    Director of Stewardship & Volunteers

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    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

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    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.