RIACC Logo, Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissioners, 100pxMeet the Board of Directors


Dan Novak – Chairman and PresidentDan Novak - Chairman and President of RIACC
Dan is a founding board member of RIACC (2001). He has been a member of the West

Greenwich Conservation Commission since 1996 and its Chairman since 2000. Dan is also a founding member and former trustee of the West Greenwich Land Trust.

Dan has taught at URI’s School of Education/ Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, for 10 years. His specialty is in the Humanities (History and Philosophy), which includes the social/cultural/political consciousness movements of the 1960s-70s. Dan also teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Logic courses at CCRI.

Dan was an academic advisor/facilitator with the University Without Walls Program in Providence. He served as the convener of the Smith Hill Neighborhood Homeowners Association. He performed community rehabilitation work in Providence with New Life Enterprises. He has also worked in direct care and as supervisor in an institutional facility for the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts.


Harvey Buford - Treasurer of RIACC

Harvey Buford – Treasurer
Harvey is a home improvement contractor and holds a BS in Building Construction. He has been a member of the Hopkinton Conservation Commission for more than twenty years, where he co-authored the Farm Viability Ordinance, the Groundwater and Wellhead Protection Ordinance and the ordinance creating the Hopkinton Land Trust.

He serves as the commission’s ex-officio member of the Hopkinton Planning Board. Harvey also serves on the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District and Friends of Hopkinton Land Trust. He is currently organizing the Hopkinton Conservation Commission’s initiative to log, map, and publish all public trails in the Town with the assistance of the SRICD.


Dori Boardman – SecretaryDori Boardman – Secretary of RIACC
Ms. Boardman has been volunteering with the South Kingstown Conservation Commission since July 2003 and is currently the Chair of the Commission. She has strong collaboration and team building skills. Ms. Boardman is a dedicated individual who consistently goes above and beyond the task at hand. She is skilled in presenting findings in a clear, concise manner to diverse audiences and is committed to preservation of natural resources.

In 2002, she graduated with a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Boardman has served as the RIACC Secretary since 2012.


John Monaghan – Director of RIACCJohn Monaghan – Director
John Monaghan was a newspaperman for 40 years. He retired as managing editor of the Providence Journal in 1998. He was a reporter for the Pawtucket Times for seven years, covering local news and the State House, and moved to the Evening Bulletin in 1965, where he covered LBJ’s anti-poverty program and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, then covered state and national politics. He was city editor and managing editor of the Evening Bulletin, and finally managing editor/administration of the Journal.

A 1955 graduate of Brown, he served on the board of editors of the Brown Alumni Monthly for 18 years, 12 as chairman. He served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Germany in the mid-1950s. He was a member of the Cumberland Conservation Commission for 10 years. John is currently on the RIACC Legislative Team closely following and reporting on current environmental legislation that effects local conservation commissions.

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