About us

The Lenape Union Land Trust is a program of Greenbridge CDC. Please note that a * preceding a name denotes a tribal member. 


Ruthann Purchase — President & Founder — Reuniting cousins across the Lenape Diaspora. Learning to honor her mother’s mother’s people, RuthAnn is a Water Protector immersed in Unami dialect of Lenape language, supporting cultural restoration and sustainable development through the arts, with honor for Lenape Everywhere. RuthAnn is truly a friend of Lenape everywhere. More here.
Simon Purchase James — Secretary — Lenape Forest Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Permaculture & Dynamic Governance Trainer in Training — Photo from here
JT Johnson*JT Johnson — Board member — JT is a Lenape Tribal Citizen, Immanuel United Methodist Church Trustee and Volunteer Fire Hall Accountant.
Meenal Raval — Board member — Meenal lives a zero-waste low-carbon life in a rehabbed Philly row home. When she ventures outside, it’s often into a garden, leaving her wondering why she still lives in a city! She is active with Sierra Club’s Southeastern PA Group. Meenal also maintains our website. More here.
Jennifer Adkins — Board member — Jennifer is Director of Clean Water Supply at American Rivers, for the Delaware River Watershed and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Previously she was as Executive Director of Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. More here. Photo from here.
GardeniaStephen (AKA Gardenia) Clark — Board member —

Trustees and collaborators of the Lenape Union Land Trust

*Dennis J. Coker, Elected Chief, Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, Cheswold, DE. See some events he has organized with us.
Zach ElfersZach Elfers is founder of the Keystone Tree Crop Cooperative (a nut processing co-op) and Future Forest Plants (a nursery specializing in tree crop species, native edible root foods, and other native plants and medicinals). Zach is also active with the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education and will be our training coordinator for forest WWOOF-ers to regenerate forests. See also his interview about experiential ethnobotany.
*John LoweProfessor of Indigenous Nursing, University of Texas at Austin
*Airiel PeoplesBright Spot Farms, Wilmington 
*Courtney StreettNative Roots Farm Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director, Wilmington 
*Dan WahpepahOjibwe Anishinaabe Kickapoo Sac & Fox Song Carrier and Permaculturalist 
*Jay MorganCheswold Community Member, Retired Military
*Craig MorrisCheswold Community Member, Dover City Grounds Personnel, Immanuel Union Cemetery Care Employee
*Stephen Clark, JrNanticoke Tribal Citizen, Indigenous Life Ways, Permaculture, and Reforestation Apprentice
*Mayor ChristensonDover, Delaware, Lenape/Nanticoke
*Beth TerryMy Plastic Free Life, Lenape/Nanticoke
Matt HeimInterfaith Partnership for the Chesapeake Bay
Collin O’MaraPresident, National Wildlife Federation
Brandon McFaddonUniversity of Delaware, Department of Agriculture, works with MI & WI Tribes
Dale HendricksArborist, Nurseryman, Horne Farm Center for Agricultural Education 
Chris KaneSuperior Yardworks Inc, Landenberg PA
Roger Mustalishretired West Chester University professor and president of Amazon Center for Environmental Research (ACEER)
Ted GlickCommunity Organizer, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Maribel BeasCultural Landscape Restoration Specialist — Maribel research while at the University of Delaware includes indigenous tangible and intangible heritage and traditions from the Amazon. Her current research is ‘Preservation of Indigenous Cultural landscapes.’

Partners / Allies 

Delaware Humanities Forum, Wilmington DE  — Delaware Humanities is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Healthy Communities DE
Immanuel United Methodist Church, Townsend DE
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Wilmington DE  
University of Delaware, Newark DE 

Page last updated: Jun 26, 2022

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