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Old Dominion Land Conservancy

ODLC Mission Statement

Old Dominion Land Conservancy works with landowners and other stakeholders to protect in perpetuity Virginia’s land and waterways as well as to assist environmental stewards through scholarships and educational opportunities.

The ODLC Team

Henry Stribling ODLC

Henry Stribling

Executive Director

Henry Stribling has served as Executive Director of Old Dominion Land Conservancy since 2008. As Executive Director, Henry leads conservation easement acquisition and management efforts. Henry also works closely with public and private partners to enhance local efforts to protect lands for public use. Growing up in a family of hunters and campers and rooted in family, his love the of the outdoors continues to propel his work in the preservation of Virginia’s array of landscapes. In addition, he’s been a psychotherapist in a private practice in Purcellville, VA for the past 23 years. When there is spare time, Henry enjoys hunting, hiking, and golf.

Chris Fielding


As ODLC Board Chair, Chris Fielding’s primary role is to set the strategic direction for the organization. Once the Board of Directors reaches a consensus on an initiative, he then works closely with the Executive Director to ensure implementation. He has been in banking for over thirty years, is a graduate of the University of Richmond, and holds a Certified Financial Planning Certificate from Georgetown University. From an early age Chris had a keen interest wildlife and habitat conservation, and high school summers spent working on farms gave him an appreciation for the vital role they play in maintaining open spaces.
Kathleen Elder | ODLC Board Member

Kathleen Elder

Board Member

Kathleen Elder is a writer, baker, and mother living in Waterford, Virginia. She began her professional career in Washington DC working for a professional trade organization before heading to Capitol Hill where she worked for both the Senate and House of Representatives focusing on natural resource policy. After leaving the Hill she spent some time lobbying in the same field. She has also served on the board of The Waterford Foundation and volunteered with local non profits.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from The University of Montana. She is excited to join the board of ODLC, helping landowners and the community come together to conserve our vital natural resources.

Mike Ray

Vice Chair

As the ODLC Vice-Chair, Mike leverages his 28 years of experience in the legal field to keep the organization in compliance with conservation and non-profit laws. Throughout his career as an attorney in the Northern Virginia area, he has committed his focus and expertise on land and natural resource issues. Mike is an avid outdoorsman and participates in local programs like Virginia Adopt-A-Highway and construction projects to improve Virginia parks as part of Eagle scout programs. In his spare time, Mike likes to take his wife and two kids to visit parks and the local wineries throughout the Commonwealth.

Michael Mastroberti

Board Secretary

Michael Mastroberti has had a diverse career including contract work with the Maryland Department of Resources Fisheries Dept. He is currently the Sr Manager of Global Trade and Tax at Tesla Inc. and serves as Board Secretary for ODLC. He believes that land perseveration is critical for future generations to enjoy and to benefit from the environment. Michael likes to take full advantage of the Chesapeake Bay and is an enthusiastic sailor and fisherman. He also volunteers time to participate in beach and waterway clean ups.
Matt Parse Board Member ODLC

Matt Parse

Board Member

Matt, a 30+ year environmental steward and historic preservationist, has a wealth of experience in cultivating citizen engagement and historic building restoration.  His experiences comes from various positions on the town council and historic preservation associations. Matt received his BA from Kutztown University and a MA from the University of Arkansas.  Matt live in Purcellville, VA with his three daughters.  When able, they enjoy spending time in the outdoors (bike, hiking, skiing) with the kids and traveling. 

Geoffrey Nichols | ODLC Board

Geoffrey Nichols

Conservation Associate

As a Conservation Associate, Geoffrey assists with community outreach, property assessments, and easement management and monitoring. He is a graduate of William and Mary with a strong background in biology, environmental science, entomology, and finance. Geoffrey and his family are long-time residents of the Commonwealth, having farmed its lands since the 1700s. He believes in conservation as a pathway to preserving important wetlands and waterways as well as protecting threatened and endangered species. In his spare time, he helps manage his family farm and enjoys hiking local trails, gardening, and birdwatching.

About ODLC

All forms of life need food and water. We get our food from the land and our clean water from run offs, springs, streams, and rivers. Life cannot be sustained without access to uncontaminated land and water. Our small farms, gardens, parks, forests, trails, wetlands, grasslands, and yes…large commercial farms, local, state, and federal forests and parks are all part of the ecosystems that most people simply take for granted.

Our goals are to protect the land and water, and provide for future generations.

Originally formed in 2001 as International Partners in Education, Inc. we changed our name in 2008 to the Old Dominion Land Conservancy, Inc. to more appropriately reflect our focus on the preservation of Virginia’s beautiful, historic, countryside and valuable water resources.

Founded to protect land and water resources for their natural, scenic, recreational, historic, and agricultural values, the Old Dominion Land Conservancy, Inc. (ODLC) also seeks to educate the public on why land conservancy is so very important and so easily overlooked.

Under the leadership and guidance of ODLC, properties totaling over 19,000 acres have been successfully designated and preserved with conservation easements throughout northern Virginia.

ODLC accepts land donations, but also tailors conservation easements to meet the specific needs and conservation purposes of each landowner and our organization. ODLC is a Virginia nonprofit corporation and qualifies as a federally recognized public charity under IRS Section 501 (c) (3).