MERIDEN — Chauncey Peak advocate Harmony Scaglione will be the next Meriden Land Trust president, replacing former city manager Roger Kemp.
Scaglione, 40, works as an English teacher at Wilcox Technical High School.
A lifelong nature lover, Scaglione got involved in local conservation efforts in 2016 when she founded Save Giuffrida Park, a group focused on protecting Chauncey Peak from excavation by the neighboring Suzio York Hill quarry.
“I was not on the road to conservation whatsoever, but I realized I really loved it,” Scaglione said. “I think it lets me act on what matters to me, which is preserving nature and getting people in touch with the outdoors.”
Serving as vice president will be Frank Perzanowski, 40, owner of the Bilger Farm property and mechanic for the city of Meriden.
Working as a team, Scaglione and Perzanowski hope to up membership for the trust and draw in a younger crowd.
”We want to engage people and make the Land Trust relevant to them,” Scaglione said. “I think a lot of focus is on land acquisition, but I think there are a lot of other things the Land Trust can do.”
Kemp could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Land Trust Secretary Maryellen Mordarski said after the trust learned of Kemp’s intention to step down, Scaglione was identified as a good replacement because of her “go-getter,” attitude.
“She’s a very knowledgeable person,” Mordarski said. “She’s got a lot of enthusiasm.”
Scaglione and Perzanowski will be sworn in as president and vice president at the Land Trust’s annual meeting on April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Meriden Public Library.