NLC Board of Directors


Errol Hicks, Chair

Errol is a proud tribal member of the Mashpee Wampanoag. He has lived his entire life in Mashpee, Massachusetts and for 27 of those years he served as the Town of Mashpee’s Public Works Supervisor.  His history working for the town of Mashpee makes him a veteran leader and a perfect choice as our NLC Chairman. A humble man, Errol lives an uncomplicated life, creating the space and time for fishing, hunting and vegetable gardening; activities that come naturally to him. His primary interests include preservation and protection of the land, water, and natural resources so that future generations may enjoy them as much as he has.

Ramona Peters, Vice-Chair

Ramona is a Bear Clan member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and lives in Mashpee on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Currently, Ramona works for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 1990) Director. Her work focuses on repatriation, indigenous rights, historic and preservation, and many other endeavors of the Wampanoag.  She also serves her tribe in a variety of capacities as a Traditional Chief’s Councilor, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Woman’s Medicine Society, and a former member of the Tribal Council Board of Directors. She is the sole proprietor of the Peters Wampanoag Consulting Company, assisting other tribes, universities, museums, archaeological service companies, historic preservation agencies, and community development organizations.  Ramona has a Master’s degree in Applied Human and Community Development from the California School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Arizona. 

Leslie Jonas, Treasurer

Leslie is a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and has spent many years as an avid landscape designer and gardener. Leslie has a BA in Mass Communications, is a graduate CPA level certified federal Grants Manager, and currently a graduate student in the Community Economic Development Masters Program at Southern New Hampshire University.  In our Native culture, the natural world is symbolized by animals from the 3 earth elements of: Land, Water and Air. A member of the Wampanoag Eel Clan, Leslie is heavily committed to conserving and protecting water and protecting the natural world by shrinking her family’s carbon footprint.  Her lifestyle includes examining her commitment to various environmental practices like reducing water waste, using “green” products that don’t poison the environment, reducing energy use at home, boycotting companies with bad environmental records and always pursuing ways to live life without harming the planet. This Conservancy Project speaks to her passion as a “green” native of Cape Cod whose interests lie in the rescue, restoration and preservation of native Lands and Water.

NLC Advisors

Mark Robinson, Executive Director of the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc.; a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance and expertise to the land trusts and nonprofit environmental groups working to protect Cape Cod.

Kris Clark, Shellfish Farm Manager for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and a 2012 Founders’ Award recipient for Environmental Leadership by the Barnstable Land Trust.

Mark Forest, Executive Director, The Delahunt Group Mark has helped bring over $1 billion in federal funding to communities and organizations throughout the Commonwealth of MA. Mark has an extensive background in national energy, transportation, environment, marine and fisheries policy.

Letter from the Chair

We have created a Native-run land conservation group for the purposes of protecting sacred lands, natural and cultural resources, and encouraging the continuation of Native American traditional lifeways of the Northeast. The NLC’s mission is to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources, habitats, and ecosystems located in the Eastern Massachusetts region.

We are the first native-led land trust east of the Mississippi River and we wish to partner with other local and regional land conservancies to preserve land and provide tribal wisdom to the management and protection of all natural resources. We are grateful for a start-up grant for operations from the Fields Pond Foundation in Massachusetts and donations made to us by new friends and the other Cape Cod land trusts. We joined the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. in 2014 to learn from other established land trusts and the Compact staff about land conservation techniques. We are pleased to announce that the first gift of land made to us is expected in early 2015, a small but historic woodlot in Barnstable.

We hope that all peoples will feel welcome to join us as members and help us to rescue and preserve precious land.

--Errol Hicks, Chairman

Pictured from left to right: NLC Board Members Leslie Jonas, Paula Peters (past Board Member), Errol Hicks, Ramona Peters and NLC Advisor Mark Robinson. 

Who we are?

The NLC is a Native American driven organization that values the assistance of like-minded individuals. We presently have the honor of receiving guidance from three land conservation champions serving on our Advisory Board; Mark Robinson, Kris Clark and Mark Forest. We are a committed group of people with a profound collective knowledge about the natural world around us because we understand the challenges of over development, lack of access to waterways, pollution, habitats and species loss.

NLC Board Members

Errol Hicks, Chairman

Ramona Peters, Vice-Chair

Leslie Jonas, Treasurer

Pam Ellis, Board Member

Marcus Hendricks, Board Member

Danielle Hill, Board Member

Winona Hendricks, Board Member

Carol Wynne, Board Member

“Our Mother Earth feeds us in every way. She can restore us to our natural state of being when we find ourselves disconnected from what we think of as real.” Ramona Peters, NLC Founder