Jeanie McIntyre, President
Jason Berard, Stewardship Coordinator
Amber Boland, Conservation Mapping and Field Specialist
Douglas Brown, Stewardship Assistant
Sara Cavin, Conservation Project Manager
Pete Helm, Vice President Stewardship
Lorie Hood, Office Manager
Peg Merrens, Vice President Conservation
James Thaxton, Conservation Project Manager
Chris Nesbitt, Brownsville, VT (Chair) - Chris is a founding partner at Focus Acquisition Partners where he works with a broad array of clients who have an interest in financial services, medical devices, manufacturing, business services and off-shore opportunities in both Europe and Asia. He is a veteran entrepreneur and a former commercial banker. During his career Chris has owned and successfully grown a series of middle market manufacturing and business services companies. Chris holds two patents for flexible, medical dispensing devices, is a published author and an active community volunteer. Chris and his wife, Nancy, live in West Windsor, Vermont.
Tracy “Skip” Brown, Fairlee, VT – Skip’s roots in the Upper Valley go back to 1957 when he rode the camp train to Fairlee for his first summer at Lanakila, beginning a lifelong involvement with the Aloha camps. In 1985 he became a trustee of the Aloha Foundation, which brought him back to Vermont four times a year. In 2002 he purchased a property on Lake Fairlee for summer visits, but within a few years decided that it would become a full time home. Skip has worked with and for non-profits in almost every capacity for most of his adult life. In 1973 he founded an alternative drug education program. Experience bucking the system led him back to law school. In California he found that his aptitude for computers was in greater demand than his law degree, and he built a successful career helping not-for-profit law firms successfully incorporate technology into their operations. Skip served eight years on a district school board, and has been running the milfoil eradication program of the Lake Fairlee Association for six. He is chairman of the West Fairlee Planning Commission, and is still active with the Aloha Foundation Board.
Tom Ciardelli, Hanover, NH – An avid outdoorsman, Tom has been a member of UVLT’s Advisory Council for many years. He serves as a Trustee of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Tom and his wife donated a conservation easement on their 220-acre Sharon, VT property in 2000. Early in his career, Tom worked as an assistant research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany. Tom spent his scientific career in the Upper Valley as a Professor of Pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School and an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College as well as a research chemist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, VT. Following his retirement as a biochemist, Tom owned the Lyme Angler and Hanover Outdoors, retail outfitters based in Hanover with a special focus on fly fishing.
Steve Fowler, Hanover, NH – Steve moved to Hanover in 1997 when his wife accepted a teaching and administrative position at Dartmouth, his alma mater. The move came after living and practicing law in Rochester, NY for most of his career. He is currently “of-counsel” with the Concord law firm of Rath,Young & Pignatelli. Though he is now “mostly retired”, his practice has concentrated on complex commercial real estate transactions and particularly alternative energy projects of all kinds, most of which are outside New England. Steve served on the Hanover Board of Zoning Adjustment for several years and was recently appointed Town Moderator. He has been active in land conservation in New Hampshire, having served on the boards of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Hanover Conservancy. He has done legal work on a number of land conservation projects, on both a paid and pro bono basis, for various conservations organizations. Steve and his wife Linda are enthusiastic paddlers, world travelers, wine drinkers, gardeners, music performers (Linda) and appreciators (Steve) and grandparents.
Reggie Greene, Hanover, NH – Reggie recently moved to the Upper Valley from Burlington, Vermont with his wife Susan. He is a Senior Vice President and the Senior Lender at Ledyard National Bank. After five years in Houston and two in New York, Reggie and Sue moved the family to Vermont so that their four children could grow up in a more rural and scenic environment. The family enjoys biking, running and Nordic skiing. Reggie has been active in Rotary and is a current member of the Hanover Rotary Club, he has also served on the school board of the Town of Chittenden (VT). He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and the Jones Business School at Rice University.
Roger Hanlon, Thetford Center, VT – Roger is “gradually retiring” from the practice of commercial real estate law with the Hartford, CT firm of Day Pitney. Roger and his wife Ann have maintained a home in Thetford for more than 20 years where he enjoys caring for an orchard of apples, pears and blueberries. The Hanlons are avid hikers and Roger is a trail maintainer who has worked the Appalachian Mountain Club. He serves as a Director of the Hartford-based House of Bread, a soup kitchen. Roger is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School and is a former minor league baseball player.
June Hemberger, Enfield, NH – June’s love of the outdoors began as a child when she spent hours climbing trees and swimming in Long Island Sound. That interest led to a BS in Zoology, and an MS in Education; later June completed an MBA at UNH. June moved to the Upper Valley 35 years ago. Now retired, June most recently was practice manager for medical specialties DHMC and previously worked as an independent consultant focusing on team and leadership development, and strategic planning. She formerly owned a successful retail business, Board and Basket, in Lebanon and, prior to that, worked in the Lebanon Public School system. During this time June lived in Norwich, VT, while serving on the Norwich School Board, the Proctor Academy Board and the Upper Valley Land Trust. June believes deeply in the importance and value of preserving land. Her family conserved land on an island in Maine where her son built their off-the-grid cottage —- a personal experience in the conservation and stewardship process. She recently moved to Enfield NH where she is on the Enfield Shaker Museum board. Her love of nature and the outdoors continues; she feels most “at home” walking in the woods or swimming in saltwater. Whenever possible, she loves to sail, ski, garden, and be outdoors with her two children and three grandchildren.
Anne Peyton, South Strafford, VT – Anne has worked in and with not-for-profits for more than 30 years. Her career includes academic and medical librarianship, experiential education at Hurricane Island Outward Bound, and major gift/campaign fundraising at Dartmouth. Her consulting includes organizational development, leadership and board governance, strategic and business planning, and major gift and campaign fund raising, with facilitation and training as additional areas of expertise. Anne works with a variety of social benefit, not-for-profits: conservation and the environment, youth, education (K-12 public, private and higher education), the arts, cultural organizations, museums, hospitals and clinics, social service agencies, professional associations, and more. She is the board chair of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel and a charter partner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting. An alumna of the Vermont Leadership Institute, she served on the boards of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, the Wellborn Advisory, and the Upper Valley Region, NH Charitable Foundation. She was a founding member of the Strafford Conservation Commission, securing grants for riverbank restoration and wildlife habitat protection. She participated in Keeping Track and Vermont Coverts and manages her woodland for timber, a sugar bush, and wildlife habitat. Anne is a Wilderness First Responder and former EMT as well as author of “The Development Assessment,” a chapter in The Fundraising Feasibility Study: It’s Not About the Money, Wiley, 2007.
Susan Renaud, Hanover, NH – Susan is an experienced senior finance/general management executive with roots in Vermont. She recently joined the Finance team at Dartmouth Hitchcock as Director of Strategic Integration. She previously was Chief Financial Officer at King Arthur Flour. Prior to that, she was a Mergers and Acquisitions Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, England. Susan has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School. Her professional experience also includes many years working in various capacities for Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont and Europe.
James A. Reynolds, Hanover, NH – Jim spent over two decades in the financial services industry in asset management and private equity. He was a member of the Investment Committee at Fayez Sarofim & Co. and had large institutional clients in the U.S. and overseas. He also helped to start a private equity firm, Fundamental Capital, in San Francisco. Jim moved here from San Francisco seeking the quality of life that this area provides for him, and his family. Here, he is active as a private investor. Jim is on the Board of Advisors for Norris Cotton Cancer Center, serves on the Affordable Housing Committee for the Town of Hanover and has provided consulting services to a hedge fund. His time is also spent looking after a young daughter who has varied interests as well as pursuing his own passion for travel!
Manning Rountree, Lyme, NH – Manning was born and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia. “Save the Island, Blow the Bridge,” a popular late 1970’s bumper sticker, best sums up his early attitudes toward conservation. These attitudes evolved with a slightly more constructive project to reintroduce ante-bellum rice farming techniques to Hofwyll Plantation. After graduate school, he married a Yankee, moved North, and swapped sand dunes for sugar maples. Manning now works as Managing Director of White Mountains Capital, where he oversees merger and acquisition activity, and is President of White Mountains Advisors, where he looks after their investment assets. Manning’s wife, Kendall Hoyt, teaches a Technology and Biosecurity course at Dartmouth and is a researcher and author in the fields of vaccine development and national security. Manning and Kendall live in Lyme with their two children, Eli and Rhys, whose labor they shamelessly exploit in the garden.
Elisabeth Russell, Norwich, VT – When Liz first arrived in Norwich more than 25 years ago board member, June Hemberger, was working to save Farrell Farm from development and contacted her for support. Since then Liz’s primary volunteer interest has been some aspect of land conservation. She was active in the Norwich Hartford Greenway Project, the Conservation Commission, Norwich Special Places and is still a member of the Trails Committee. She was a recipient of the Ashley Award for helping to conserve the “Bragg Hill project” and is a member of UVLT’s Lands Committee and an easement monitor. In 2002 she bought and conserved the 123-acre Sise Farm on Cossingham Road and provided public access on trails designed by John Morton – a project that continues to be of immense satisfaction. In addition to hiking, skiing and maintaining the trails, her “job” is a seasonal farmer as shepherd of two sheep, two pigs and a real farmer’s beef cows.
Nick Russell, Hanover, NH – Nick is is a Partner at Tuckerman Capital, an investment firm based in Hanover where he invests in small manufacturing and industrial services businesses throughout North America. Nick is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business. He has served as an advisor to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and is an active member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. Nick’s wife, Jennifer Caine, is a painter and faculty member in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth. Nick and Jen are passionate about land and nature conservation issues, a raison d’être that was instilled in Jen from childhood growing up along the decreasingly rural Connecticut shoreline. Jen’s late father was active in land conservation activities in Connecticut and passed his values along to Jen and Nick. They live in town in Hanover, spend much of their free time hiking or running (usually with their dog) amongst the Upper Valley’s trails and public forests, and are also frequently found wandering the many conserved parcels at the southern end of the Connecticut River Valley in Lyme, Connecticut.
Bob Wetzel, Lyme, NH – Bob is a ‘gentleman farmer’, passionate gardener and private investor. He retired in 2002 after a 20-year career with Accenture, formerly Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting. He lives on a small farm in Lyme, NH. He manages that property and others in the Upper Valley together with local farmers. Bob has served on the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center and is past-Chairman of that Board, and of the Board of Overseers of the Hood Museum of Art; and is the Co-Chairman of the Hopkins Center Members. He received an AB in Economics and Theater from Dartmouth in 1975; and an MM in Finance and Marketing from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern in 1982.
Willis Wood, Weathersfield, VT – Willis returns to the UVLT Board, on which he served from 1996 to 2002. Since then he has been active on the Advisory Board and the Lands Committee. He and his wife Cristina continue to farm in Weathersfield- this is their 43rd year- on a farm that has been in his family for more than 200 years. They raise a few beef cows and sheep, and sell hay. But their primary occupations are making maple syrup in the spring and cider, boiled cider and cider jelly in the fall. Willis has been active on the Weathersfield Planning Commission and was a founding member of the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. He has been active in his local community, among other things as president of the local historical society and lead organizer for a volunteer built school addition. He presently serves on the board of the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, an organization that helps to conserve land in his town.
Chuck Wooster, Hartford, VT – Chuck owns and runs Sunrise Farm in White River Junction on land he and his wife conserved with UVLT in 2007. The farm is an all-CSA (community-supported agriculture) operation with 130 family memberships per year, providing more than 50 varieties of vegetables along with lamb, pork, and chicken. Chuck is a contributing writer for Northern Woodlands magazine in Corinth, a publication dedicated to promoting sustainable forestry and land management in the Northeast, as well as an OpEd contributor for the Valley News. Chuck is the author of Living With Pigs (Lyons Press 2008) and Living With Sheep (Lyons Press 2005) and the editor of The Outside Story: Local Writers Explore the Nature of New Hampshire and Vermont (Northern Woodlands 2007). At night, Chuck is the chair of the Selectboard in Hartford.
UVLT Advisory Council
Virginia Barlow, Corinth, VT
Bill Breed, Hanover, NH
Lisa Cashdan, Norwich, VT
Ray Clark, Lyme, NH
Susan Cross, South Pomfret, VT
Deecie Denison, Thetford, VT
Quentin Faulkner, Piermont, NH
Myra Ferguson, Meriden, NH
Sharon Francis, Charlestown, NH
Mary Gorman, Norwich, VT
Donald Graham, Vershire, VT
Clark Griffiths, Lebanon, NH
Paul Gross, Thetford, VT
George Grove, Newbury, VT
Marion McCollom Hampton, Belmont, MA
Karen Harris, Norwich, VT
Kate Harrison, Etna, NH
Nick Harvey, Hanover, NH
John Hawkins, South Strafford, VT
Kathy Larson, Lyme, NH
Frank Lesher, Hanover, NH
Bill Lipfert, Cornish, NH
Doug Loudon, Meriden, NH
Stephen Loughman, South Strafford, VT
Bruce McLaughry, Norwich, VT
Gordon Richardson, Hartland, VT
Patricia Richardson, Hartland, VT
Chris Rimmer, Norwich, VT
Rick Roesch, Etna, NH
Frank Sands, Norwich, VT
Bruce Schwaegler, Orford, NH
Mike Smith, Lyme, NH
Peter Stein, Norwich, VT
Freda Swan, Lyme, NH
Hank Swan, Lyme, NH
Steve Taylor, Meriden, NH
Fred Thomas, Thetford Center, VT
Brian Walsh, Hanover, NH
Jennifer Williams, Norwich, VT
Doug Wise, Grantham, NH