Janet Milkman has worked for and led non-profit organizations for 30 years, with a focus on community development, energy and environmental policy and practice. Her professional background includes advocating for statewide land use reform, including smart growth measures and community revitalization funding, supporting renewable energy and conservation through education, legislation, and advocacy. Her previous leadership roles include Executive Director of the Marion Institute and Executive Director of the Philadelphia-area Green Building Council.
Janet is a graduate of Wesleyan and Princeton Universities, and a Fulbright scholar. Janet Milkman is thrilled to be settled back home on Cape Cod after living in New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Her passion for nature and the Cape landscape drive her at work and play. When not at work, you can find Janet birdwatching, mountain-biking, running her favorite trails, or paddleboarding in the ponds and bays of the Cape.
Director of Development
Jane Harvey first visited Cape Cod as a child. “The memories of this special place stuck in my soul,” she said, “and the lure of the Cape was strong.” She returned as an adult, enjoying summers in Cotuit with her family. After her sons, Ryan and Christopher, went to college, Jane decided to sell their now-too-big house in Holliston and move to Cotuit.
Jane explains that her fundraising and development work at the Natick Organic Community Farm instilled in her the importance of staying connected to the land. Taking on the role of Director of Development at Barnstable Land Trust and Harwich Conservation Trust is an ideal fit. “I gravitated toward these organizations because of the importance of preserving land and the unique character of Cape Cod.”
By working on preserving her childhood and her children’s memories of summering on the Cape, she hopes the next generation will see and enjoy the beauty of this special place as they did. Among the many things she treasures about the Cape are long walks in nature, peaceful rides on picturesque roads, and calming natural vistas. “I cherish our ocean, beaches, wildlife, and wetlands, and our charming Cape Cod villages.” Jane is passionate about land preservation and thrilled to help support BLT’s mission of protecting open spaces and natural resources for future generations.
Land Protection Specialist
Jaci Barton fell in love with Cape Cod over 40 years ago and decided to make the Cape her home. In 1985 – as the environmental movement was just beginning to blossom – she became Barnstable Land Trust’s first Executive Director. At the time BLT had preserved less than one acre of land. Under Jaci’s leadership, BLT has become the steward of more than 1,000 acres in the Town of Barnstable, and membership has grown to over 1,800 families and businesses.
Jaci has received numerous awards, among them: the New England Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land’s New England Conservation Award for “outstanding vision, passion and dedication to the conservation of a unique landscape;” the Cotuit Community MVP Award presented by KeySpan, in partnership with the Cape Cod Baseball League, in recognition of her commitment to community; the distinguished Region 1-EPA Environmental Merit Award; and was celebrated as a Green Hero-Protector of Open Space by Cape Cod Magazine. Jaci has participated in 15 national land trust events. She is the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts and serves on the Board of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. She is also member of the Advisory Board of Three Bays Preservation.
Director of Administration and Outreach
Lillie Peterson-Wirtanen graduated with a BA in Classics from University of California Santa Barbara. She has spent much of her time between two coasts – living in Santa Cruz and West Barnstable. Currently, she is the BLT Director of Administration and Outreach, responsible for diverse duties such as programming, database management, special events, social media outreach and support for the BLT staff, Board of Directors and committee members.
Land Stewardship Coordinator
Kelly Barber joined BLT in 2019 as our Land Stewardship Coordinator. Originally from Lansdale, PA, Kelly has been drawn to the Northeast since her time at Unity College in Maine, where she double-majored in Ecology and Environmental Analysis. Kelly’s drive to protect nature started in middle school, where she realized the importance of protecting the outdoor places where she enjoys spending her time. Her commitment to giving back to the community and working to conserve nature led her to spend four terms with AmeriCorps, starting in St. Louis and ending in Cape Cod, where she decided to stay. She found the hands-on experience as a land steward in AmeriCorps proved to be a good fit as it allowed her to give back to the community, while connecting with other people who share her passion for protecting and stewarding open space.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys hiking, running, biking, good craft beer, and gardening. She is also a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a commitment she recognizes as long-term, but with great benefits like being able to give back to the community and spend time as a role model and positive influence in a child’s life.