Board of Trustees

William F. Conger


Bill has been a Trustee of the institution for over thirty years. His interest in raptors began in the 1970’s when he began seeing hawks on his commute from his home in Bethesda to his job in Baltimore. Upon moving to Millington in 1978, he met TRT founder Len Soucy and has been hooked on birds of prey ever since. Bill has spent fifty years in the financial services industry and is presently a Senior Managing Director at Simon Quick Advisors, a registered investment advisor in Morristown, NJ. Bill lives in Green Pond with his wife, Kate Conger, and is the father of three grown children. He formerly served on the board of Gill St. Bernard’s School and on the board of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. Bill graduated from the University of Maryland and is a veteran of Vietnam.

James F. Diverio


Jim currently works as the Director of Development for the Esplanade Association in Boston, MA. Prior to that, he spent over fifteen years at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ where he served as Director of Development. Earlier in his career, he worked at Blair Academy (Blairstown) and for Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Jim has been involved with The Raptor Trust since 1982. He was among – if not the first – to do a college internship at TRT. He continued to volunteer for years. Among other activities initiated by his involvement with The Raptor Trust, he became a licensed bird bander in 1987 and has been involved with various raptor banding projects, including the Kittatinny Mountain Raptor Banding Station, an operation begun nearly fifty years ago by (the late) TRT founder, Len Soucy.

Jim lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Regina. They have two grown children. All are huge fans of the work and the people of The Raptor Trust.

Gregory A. Tusar


Greg Tusar was most recently Head of Global Execution Services and Platforms at KCG Holdings. Mr. Tusar joined KCG in August 2013 from Goldman Sachs, where he spent thirteen years, most recently as a partner and global head of the firm’s equities electronic trading business. Mr. Tusar helped Goldman Sachs expand its electronic trading franchise.

Mr. Tusar was previously a limited partner at Spear, Leeds and Kellogg (“SLK”), when Goldman Sachs acquired the firm in 2000. He also worked for seven years at TLW Securities, most recently as its Chief Executive Officer, before it was acquired by SLK in 1999. He began his career at Mentor Graphics, an electronic design automation firm.

Mr. Tusar served as a member of the board of directors of Per Scholas, a national nonprofit organization providing technology education and job placement in low-income communities.

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R. Sean Devlin


Sean Devlin is a partner in the law firm Engel Devlin Sgambati, LLC and maintains a practice focused on estate planning, probate administration and private foundation law. He also serves as a Trustee for several private foundations, including the E.J. Grassmann Trust, N.R. Leavitt Foundation and Union Foundation, and is counsel to several family foundations. Previously, he served as a member of the board and board president of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.  Sean is graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law.  He enjoys long-distance hiking and lives with his family in Basking Ridge, NJ.

James Florentino

James Fiorentino

Artist James Fiorentino was the youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators. Known for his realistic images of sports icons, presidents, Nobel Prize winners and other notables, his award-winning art is showcased in museums, galleries and private collections across the globe.

James’ trademark wildlife work has been shown by the San Diego Natural History Museum; The Nature and Art Museum in Gloucester, England; The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition; Artists for Conservation and The Conserve Wildlife Foundation. James is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation in addition to the American and New Jersey Watercolor Societies and the Salmagundi Club. He also serves as a trustee for The D & R Greenway Land Trust.

Nancy Miller-Rich

Nancy Miller-Rich

Nancy Miller Rich joined The Raptor Trust Board of Directors in 2010, after getting to know the organization while serving on the Board of The Great Swamp Watershed Association. Nancy retired from Merck where she was Senior Vice President, Business Development, Strategy and Commercial Support for Global Human Health. Perhaps it was her constant international flying that got her interested in our avian friends. Nancy took the lead in obtaining donated medicines for TRT from Schering Plough and Merck animal products divisions.

Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Alderyra Therapeutics, and 4DMT all publicly listed companies. She also serves on the board of Attralus, and Biotheryx, two private biotech companies.  She is an advisor for multiple biotech companies.  Nancy is a high-energy person who works out daily, and lives in NJ and New York City.

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Barbara Franko

Barbara has “known” and loved The Raptor Trust for thirty years. When she got to know the TRT founders, Len and Diane Soucy, personally and saw what was done behind the scenes she knew that was what she wanted to do. After retiring in 2009 from a career in finance, Barbara started as a volunteer and was hooked. In 2011, she trained as a summer intern to become part of the Medical Staff. She feels honored to be able to assist the amazing Senior Rehabilitation Technicians and to help the birds that come in for care. Barbara has always had a passion for nature and especially birds, so her position is a dream come true. Currently she is a year-round, part-time volunteer Rehabilitation Staff member and has had the privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees since 2011. When not working at The Raptor Trust, she enjoys time with her family, cooking, gardening and travel.


Patti Russell

After getting acquainted with The Raptor Trust thanks to her bird-obsessed daughter Lauren, Patti Russell joined the board of trustees in 2016. Before retiring in 2017, Ms. Russell was Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a global Fortune 300 medical technology company.

Ms. Russell is currently President of P. E. Russell, LLC, providing advisory, legal and mediation services on a variety of corporate compliance, employment, regulatory, investigation, business and ethics matters. She is a civil mediator in New Jersey, and an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School and Rutgers Law School.

In addition to The Raptor Trust, Ms. Russell serves on the advisory board of Rutgers Law School Center for Corporate Law and Governance, the board of trustees of Act Now Foundation – Alzheimer’s Resource Center of New Jersey, and the bioethics committee of Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health Systems.


Caroline Ford

Caroline retired from The Capital Group Companies in 2009 after a long career as an financial analyst and promptly began volunteering in the rehab center at the Raptor Trust on Thursday mornings. She had been visiting for years and was inspired by TRT founders Len and Diane Soucy’s mission to make a difference in the world to do her small part to help injured wild birds survive too. Working with the staff and in the facility for over a decade has deepened her attachment to the Trust and understanding of birds in general.

Caroline serves on the board and is Treasurer of the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation, which funds and maintains the Cross Estate Garden in Jockey Hollow National Park. She also volunteers at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Rick Weiman

Rick Weiman is currently a guide and operations team member for the nature tour company Naturalist Journeys.   Before finding his dream retirement job he worked in Supply Chain and Quality Assurance for over thirty-five years for companies like GAF, Menshen USA, and Reckitt Benckiser.  While employed there he also helped lead these organization’s sustainability efforts.

Rick has been involved with the Trust since he first visited and met TRT founder Len Soucy in 1990. He has helped forge partnerships with the Trust and the companies he’s worked for ever since by organizing Earth Day and employee events involving the Trust, and fostering product donations and financial support efforts. Rick has coordinated many employee, school and scout educational outings at the Trust, as well as employee volunteer work days. He is currently a volunteer raptor runner, transporting injured wild birds down to the Trust whenever his schedule allows.

Rick lives in Oakland, NJ with his wife Patricia and two children, Jack and Annabel. He presently also serves as a board member of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and is an avid birder.

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Montana Vasquez-Grinnell

Montana Vasquez-Grinnell is a veteran educator who has worked with students of all ages. Currently, she works with adult students at Mount Wachusett Community College MASSLinks program as well as supporting programming for the African American Museum of Bucks County.

Her love of birds began in high school when she participated in a science program in her school and presented a project on Urban Peregrine Falcons at a city-wide science fair. Since then she has volunteered with the WildBird Fund in New York City as well as the NY Audubon window strike project monitoring buildings that present particular dangers to birds. Montana is a graduate of Hampshire College and Manhattanville College with a Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University.

Montana loves birding with her two children and husband on the weekends. She also enjoys cooking and lives with her family in Central NJ.

Leslie Arthur

Leslie S. Arthur

Leslie Arthur worked in the NJ Public School System for 30 years teaching African American History, U.S. History, Latin American Culture and Economics, and is a Ph.D. candidate in African American History from Rutgers University.

He is a cyclist and part of the Black cycling culture of the tri-state area, where on
weekends, cyclists from all over the area, as many as 60 people, get together for riding and charity events.

He is also an avid hiker and a certified hiking leader with the Appalachian Mountain Club which promotes diversity in hiking and outdoor activities.

Emeritus Trustees

Diane Soucy

Lynne Combs

Andrew Major

Honorary Trustees

Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Sr.