New leadership at BIC

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:15pm

The following was submitted by the Block Island Conservancy:

At its most recent meeting, Block Island Conservancy’s Board of Directors elected Dorrie Napoleone as the new BIC President and hired Clair Stover as its new Executive Director.

 An Island resident since 2001, Dorrie Napoleone joined the BIC Board in 2016 and was elected a Vice President last October. 

In the first few years, Napoleone often traveled back to New York where she served as Director of Clinical Information Technology for Montefiore Medical Center. Since moving to Block Island, she has served on the board of BIRA and as Coordinator for the Farmer’s Market. She also currently serves as Treasurer for the Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild. From the first time she came to Block Island, Napoleone fell in love with its natural beauty and unspoiled landscape. 

“It is an honor to continue the work of so many here on Block Island to protect the Island’s heritage and natural resources. I look forward to continuing their efforts as well as working with the other conservation groups that together have contributed to keeping Block Island such as extraordinary place,” Napoleone said.

Clair Stover is a graduate of Hamilton College and has served for four years as The Nature Conservancy’s Philanthropy Specialist on Block Island and in Providence. She has worked in many aspects of conservation from working with a team to identify land protection priorities, to learning best practices for stewardship and restoration, to assisting in scientific research projects. She has helped organize major fund-raising events and is a strong communicator. She brings energy, enthusiasm and passion for conservation and is tremendously excited about joining Block Island Conservancy.

Other members of the new team are Jim McCormick, Stewardship Director, who will also lead our Accreditation Renewal Efforts, and soon-to-be Treasurer, Laurel Littlefield.

Napoleone succeeds Bill Comings. who has been BIC’s President since 2013 and an officer and director since 2010. Comings will continue with BIC as a vice president to assist in an orderly transition. Other officers with substantial BIC experience are Vice President Sue Gibbons; Secretary Rosemary Tobin; and Treasurer Debbi-Jo Horton. 

Clair Stover succeeds Executive Director, Michael Chapman, who submitted his resignation in February. The board thanked Michael for his contributions to BIC, wished him well on his new endeavors, and looks forward to his continued presence at BIC as a volunteer.

BIC marked its 45th anniversary in 2017 with a four-page celebratory insert in The Block Island Times late last summer. It has experienced substantial growth in recent years with the purchase of the Solviken site in partnership with the Block Island Land Trust in 2012; the opening of its Education Center and Office on Weldon’s Way in 2013; being accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2014; and hiring its first executive director in 2015. This year, it plans its first annual BIC Country Fair on Aug. 16 as a day of old-fashioned fun, which will also serve to promote ecologically responsible products and practices.

The new leadership team will bring fresh energy and commitment to BIC’s growth, coordination with The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Land Trust, and land preservation and stewardship activities.