Our Board & Staff

Sakonnet Preservation Association is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors.  Our Board is an engaged and hard-working group representing the Little Compton Community.  We have 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff members: Joy Elvin serves as our Executive Director, Adam Yorks as our Stewardship Director, a Susannah Johnson as Administrator. To connect with our team, click here.


We are currently looking for a part-time administrator. If you are interested in learning more, please click this LINK to see the full job description and instructions on how to apply.

Board Members in the NEWS…

July 2023

We are delighted to welcome two new Board members to the organization. Jeannie McAllister and Herb Case.

August 2022

Charlie Whipple joined our Board of Directors in 2009 and recently tendered his resignation. He ably served on our Land Protection, Stewardship and Campaign Finance committees, where he was instrumental in helping us raise nearly $2,000,000. Charlie was also a property monitor for 18 years, and he took on the role of interim Stewardship Director in 2021/2022. Charlie’s wisdom, dedication, and enthusiasm for SPA will be greatly missed, however, he has generously offered to continue as a property monitor and a community volunteer on the Fundraising, Projects and Public Relations committee.

January 2022

David Palumb joined our Board of Directors in 2014. He ably served on our Land Protection and Stewardship Committees and as a monitor for several properties during the course of his tenure. He has generously offered to continue service to SPA as a property monitor.

Jack Angell joined our Board in 2009 and served as Board Secretary from 2015 to 2018. He served on the Board’s Finance and Executive Committees as well as a property Monitor. Since his retirement from the Board in 2018 he has continued as both a property Monitor and as the evaluator of our annual insurance needs through 2021.

We are most grateful for the commitment of service these two outstanding Board members have made to Sakonnet Preservation and our community.

A Legacy of Leadership and Land Preservation – Members bid fond farewell as Heather Steers retires from Sakonnet Preservation Board (Sakonnet Times 7/19/2018).
On July 10th, Heather Steers retired from the board…she shaped for 27 years…At its annual meeting this year, more than 130 attendees laughed and applauded as Ms. Brooks led a group honoring Heather’s accomplishments.  Heather’s gift to both the conservation community and her home town is a legacy of land protection and stewardship practice of the highest quality.

Peter Merritt Award winners:  Sheila Mackintosh (2017), Heather Steers (2012), and Larry Anderson (2007)

Earlier in 2017, Sheila Mackintosh became the 3rd Sakonnet Preservation board member to be honored with the Rhode Island Land Trust Council’s Peter Merritt Award in the 16 year history of the award.  This award honors those who have demonstrated a hands-on commitment to conservation, and Sheila joins an impressive group.  Larry, Heather, and Sheila came to Sakonnet Preservation from different backgrounds and with different degrees of knowledge of conservation, but all share the same passion for Little Compton and all have made vitally important contributions to it.



Abigail Brooks, President
Sheila Mackintosh, Vice President
Bill Theriault, Treasurer
Ann Beardsley, Secretary


Paul Bazzoni
Michal Brownell
Herb Case
John Cook
Davy Cutts
Nan Haffenreffer
Maureen Harrington
Warren Jagger
Geoff Manning
Jeannie McAllister
Judy Melanson
Peter Rowley

Executive Director 
Joy Elvin

Stewardship Director
Adam Yorks

Susannah Johnson