Amy-Louise Pfeffer, Executive Director

With great pleasure and considerable surprise, I stepped into the role of executive director in the fall of 2019, bringing a variety of experience in nonprofit and small business development, as well as in public education. The board tasked me to lead the Stone Trust through a transition from growth to maturity by focusing on two priorities: governance and operations. Previous engagement in not-for-profit organizations—as a consultant, as a board member, as a professional intern, as a collaborative program coordinator, and as a volunteer—furnished different lenses from which to evaluate the Stone Trust’s needs and effectiveness in accomplishing its mission. Since then, collaboration with founders, board members, staff, and members of the professional walling community has enabled the spread of high-quality training and certification in the art and craft of dry stone walling from the Northeast to the Rockies!

In terms of governance, I enjoy supporting the board in clarifying goals, identifying priorities, and formalizing policies to guide the organization. We work together to continue to develop processes that allow us to work together efficiently and effectively. The same can be said of staff collaboration, as across the Stone Trust we improve communication and financial systems, at the same time developing the relationships that assist smooth program operations.

As a graduate student in Environmental Studies, I studied parallels between ecological and human systems as a way to design principles of cooperation and resiliency into workplace functioning. Key to resiliency: ensuring a flow among all organisms of the necessary information for decision-making. I feel honored by the opportunity to bring what I learned about nature-based leadership to promote ease and purpose as we work together to set direction and achieve outcomes.

While the Stone Trust’s rapid growth presents opportunities and challenges that can be difficult to negotiate, though demand for programs and services outstrips organizational capacity, despite too much to do, too little time, I appreciate the adventure offered by the Stone Trust to all of us friends of the Stone Trust.

I hold an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, an MS in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and certificates in Nonprofit Management, Strategic Development and Fundraising, and Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency. In October 2022, as a participant in the Derbyshire American Training Program, I achieved Level 1 Waller Certification through the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

My husband Mike contributes hugely to my ability to dedicate energy to the Stone Trust. We live happily together on a homestead in rural Rockingham, Vermont, where he raises hens and produce.

Amy-Louise Pfeffer, Board Member