Date: August 31, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm


Our Annual Meeting of the Members will be held via Zoom videoconference because of the pandemic. We’ll keep the meeting brief this year, but hope to properly celebrate OCT’s 50th birthday in person in the future. We hope you can join our virtual meeting, where we’ll provide important updates and an overview of some exciting projects underway.

Registration for the meeting is required, and you can REGISTER HERE. You’ll receive an invitation via email once you have registered, with the link and credentials to join the meeting.

All voting will be done in advance of the meeting this year. We urge you to VOTE HERE for Trustees and Nominating Committee Members . In order to ratify that vote, we need a quorum of at least 50 people to attend our Zoom meeting, so we hope you can join us virtually! Our three Trustee candidates all currently serve on the board and are sitting for reelection to a three-year term. Their bios follow.

Slate of Trustee Candidates 

Steve Koehler

Steve has served on the OCT board since 2015 and has served as OCT’s treasurer for much of that time. Steve has a BA in management science from Duke University and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School in finance and accounting. He spent 38 years in the financial and accounting field, with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. He served as chief financial officer of The Medicines Company, and later as chief accounting officer of Schering-Plough Corporation. Steve chairs OCT’s Finance Committee; he has also volunteered as treasurer for several churches and on the board of Teligent, Inc. He has an interest in botany and natural history.

Diana Landau

Diana graduated from Skidmore College and started her publishing career in New York. In San Francisco she worked at Sierra Club Books, becoming executive editor, and later was catalog editor at Banana Republic. Since then she has freelanced as a writer, editor, and consultant in publishing and marketing communications, including for the national environmental group the Trust for Public Land. She has written or ghostwritten many books and other materials for print and the Web. Diana moved to Orleans in 2008. She has served on OCT’s board since 2014 and chairs the Communications and Marketing Committee.

Peter Van Oot

Pete is the cofounder and principal of a strategic consulting firm that focuses on leadership and board governance, and maintains a law practice in governance and conservation law. Pete previously served as a director and as corporate, strategic, and governance counsel at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Vermont and New Hampshire for three decades before retiring in 2018. Pete has taught environmental law, lectured on governance and leadership, and co-created successful nonprofit leadership summits. In additional to his professional work, Pete has served on numerous for-profit and nonprofit boards and commissions; in 2011 he was named Volunteer of the Year in the eleven Northeast states by the Northeast Vermont Development Association. He has served on OCT’s board since 2019 and fulfilled the remainder of an unexpired term, so is up for reelection in 2020. He and his wife, Alie, live in Orleans just off Namskaket Marsh and Creek, an OCT conserved property.