Board of Directors

The Stone Trust has an active board including professional dry stone wallers and members of other professions who are interested in dry stone walls.  The Stone Trust is currently looking for additional board members.  If you are interested in serving on the board of directors, please contact us for more information.

Staff

Pete Ryder, President

Pete Ryder (New Hampshire) got the walling bug in 2015 at a workshop at The Stone Trust. After 32 years in aerospace engineering, working with stone was a big change and tremendously gratifying. Dry Stone Walling has been a growing obsession ever since. In 2016 he founded Touched By Stone LLC to build dry stone walls and features in southern New Hampshire. Pete is a DSWA Level 2 certified waller, and serves on The Stone Trust Board of Directors.

Pete Ryder at a stairs workshop at The Stone Trust

TJ Mora, Vice President

After years of marginally fulfilling work in the world of sports retail, TJ allowed himself to follow his heart…and it led him to stone. He found that it gives him something beautiful and enduring to show for a hard day’s work.

TJ has done several workshops and his DSWA testing through the Stone Trust and decided to give back by taking a spot on the board. He has earned his Level II DSWA certification, and is a DSWA Certified Instructor and has plans to make time in the future to achieve his Level III.

TJ Mora dry stone waller
TJ Mora

Peter Welch, Secretary

Peter Welch has been building with stone for over twenty years. He started his masonry company after a two year apprenticeship with a master mason and has never looked back. His company focuses on restoration of historic structures that are now part of the civil landscape. Walls that hold up roads, dry stone abutments that hold bridges, all of these structures are part of the narrative of New England and are all ready to be restored.

Additionally, Peter loves the people that are drawn to stonework. He has a saying: “Build with stone, and you’ll be happy.”  He feels that connecting yourself to the earth through the significance of building with stone will give you long lasting peace and harmony. “I encourage you to sign up to take a workshop – right now!”

Peter Welch is at the base of a dry stone wall bridge abutment in Green River, Vermont

Jerry Coggin, Treasurer

Jerry Coggin (Pennsylvania) co-owns and operates Laurel Stoneworks with his wife Kim (also a director of The Stone Trust) Jerry currently has a Level Two Certificate from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, and is also certified instructors. Jerry has an extensive background in accounting and for now still has a day job doing non-walling work.

Jerry Coggin
Jerry Coggin

Jared Flynn, Board Member

Jared grew up in southern Vermont and has always felt at home with the natural landscape.  Jared’s outdoor lifestyle inspired his interest in horticulture, which paved the way to a career in walling in the mid-1990s.  Like most wallers, Jared started by teaching himself and learning from others by working alongside them.  He started his own business in 2000 doing residential work primarily in southeastern Vermont.  After taking a workshop with Dan Snow in 2003, Jared became interested in craftsman certification from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) and earned his Intermediate Certificate in 2005.

Jared attained his DSWA Advanced Certificate in 2009 and is working toward the level of Master Craftsman.  While continuing to run his walling business, he has also instructs stone wall students in workshop and classroom settings, including courses at the Windham County Career Center.  Jared’s interest in education and the development of professional standards has opened conversations about statutes with the Windham Regional Planning Commission, Vermont state legislators, the Vermont Scenic Byways Council, and local communities.

He is committed to historic preservation of the stone walls and walling traditions of his native state.  To that end, he creates workshops focused on rebuilding historic walls and is working toward developing an inventory of Vermont’s historic roadside walls.  Jared lives in Dummerston, Vermont.

Jared Flynn Dry stone waller
Jared Flynn

Kim Coggin, Board Member

Kim has been building dry stone walls and structures since 2008. Kim’s journey in stone started shortly after relocating to Pennsylvania from the Southeast, when she became enamored with the numerous covered bridges, stone walls, furnaces, and other historical artifacts in Pennsylvania.

Kim currently holds a Level Two Certificate from the DSWA, and is also a Certified Instructor.  Kim is also an avid faux artist and muralist.  This training gives Kim a unique and profound perspective on the artistic aspects inherent in dry stone creations.

Potter Stewart, Jr. Board Member

Potter practiced law in Brattleboro, Vermont after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1974.  Prior to attending the University of Virginia, Potter received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.  Potter retired from the active practice of law in January 2014, and now focuses exclusively on mediation and arbitration, including acting as an early neutral evaluator for the mandated Vermont Federal District Court mediation program.

Potter’s service to the Vermont legal community has included serving on the Board of Managers of the Vermont Bar and the Board of Bar Examiners.  Potter was chosen to participate in the first mediation program set up by the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.  He is a designated Early Neutral Evaluator.

Potter has an interest in the historic stone walls on his property and beyond.  His interactions with The Stone Trust started when he took a workshop in 2013.

Potter Stewart, (image from: http://www.pdsclaw.com)

Nancy Shepherd

Nancy has always been fascinated by stones, stones in the woods and in rivers, and  stones that have been used to build walls.  An art teacher, and art department head for over 30 years, Nancy is now retired, and has been active with many non-profits in Southern VT and beyond.

Michael Murphy, Board Member

Began walling in 2006 and is now a DSWA-GB Level III, Advanced, Certified Waller, a Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC) Journeyman, as well as a Certified Instructor with both the DSWA and DSC. Michael works in Michigan and in Vermont where he now spends part of each year. He is a wonderful instructor and enjoys traveling to stone events and festivals throughout North America.

Michael Murphy dry stone waller
Michael Murphy

Staff

Brian Post, Executive Director

Brian starting building walls at age 10.  Since then he has continued working with stone whenever possible.  In 2006 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.   As part of his studies he spent 4 months in England, Scotland, and Wales working with several wallers including DSWA Master Craftsmen, Andrew Louden and Sean Adcock.

Brian gained his Master Craftsman (Level IV) Certificate from the DSWA, in 2016, and is a Certified Instructor and Examiner.  Brian is also a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Vermont.  Brian regularly works both in the design studio and in the field.   In 2010 he started his own firm, Standing Stone Landscape Architecture.  Brian was on the board of directors for the stone trust starting in 2012 and was the president from Nov. 2013 – June 2015, when he became the Executive Director.

Theresa Spear, Administrative Assistant

Theresa has a vast experience providing office support for many small businesses and non-profits in Southern VT.   Her skill and experience has been vital to keeping the office operations running smoothly.