Jeanie McIntyre, President
Jason Berard, Stewardship Director
Andy Boyce, Conservation Mapping and Field Specialist
Douglas Brown, Land Steward
Sara Cavin, Programs Director
Megan Chapman, Conservation Project Manager
Lorie Hood, Office Manager
Alison Marchione, Land Steward
Peg Merrens, Vice President, Conservation
Craig Privett, Conservation Project Assistant
Leslie Rimmer, Vice President, Operations
John Roe, Vice President Stewardship & Strategic Initiatives
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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.
John Archer, Enfield, NH has taught high school history, served parishes in New Jersey, Michigan and California as an ordained Episcopal priest, and lectured in church history, preaching and liturgics. John became involved early on in the digital media publishing industry, managing his own editorial services company, and working at McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and the Boston-based Pearson Education Central Media where he retired as Managing Director in 2012. While in Boston, he served as a non-stipendiary priest on the staff of Church of the Advent, Boston. John and his spouse, Susan Abel, moved to Enfield in November 2011, when Susan took a position as an editor for University Press of New England in Lebanon. John is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Enfield Shaker Museum. He also sings with the Handel Society at Dartmouth, and is a visiting mentor and sometime editor at the Wingspan Foundation, based in Warrenton, Virginia. Since moving to the Upper Valley, John has served as a UVLT volunteer in collecting documentation relating to land conservation projects, and has recently participated in stewardship training and in visitation and monitoring of parcels of Upper Valley land that are currently under conservation easement.
Jeff Bernstein, Woodstock, VT is the Managing Director of the law firm of BCK, Law. P.C. and practices environmental, energy and technology law in Massachusetts and Vermont. A magna cum laude graduate of both Brown University, A.B. 1978, and Boston College School of Law, J.D. 1982, he has broad public policy and private sector experience and represents several land trusts in southern New England. He is a poet in his other life and divides his time between Vermont and Massachusetts along with his wife Stacey Cushner, an artist and arbitrator. His daughter Ally was a Patchen Miller intern at UVLT some years ago and is pursuing twin interests in art and environmental science while his son Ben runs a digital media company in Brooklyn and trusts his Dad to guide legal issues. Jeff is happiest outside with his family and dogs, whether in the snow or checking the output of the solar array on his barn.
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.
John W. Gerstmayr, Reading, VT recently retired as a partner with the law firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP. During his 39 years with the firm, the firm grew from a regional law firm headquartered in Boston to an international firm with over 1000 lawyers located in ten offices across the US, London and East Asia. John’s practice focused on corporate and securities law matters. He served as the head of the firm’s Investment Management Group and chaired committees of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association focusing on investment company matters. John is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Handel & Haydn Society, and previously served on its board of directors. He has served as a director and secretary of The Miramichi Salmon Association (U.S.), Inc. for over 20 years. In 1998, John and his wife Pam purchased land in Vermont and began building a weekend home, which is now their principal residence. They share their 115 acres with two horses and an English Setter. (They confess to spending winter months on Seabrook Island, near Charleston, SC. ) John’s academic background includes a BS in Physics, an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a JD (magna cum laude) from University of Pennsylvania Law School. John’s interests include gardening, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, piano, golf and reading history.
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.
Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, Plainfield, NH – Robin is currently pursuing a graduate degree in environmental studies with a concentration in conservation biology in order to begin her “encore” career in environmental stewardship after spending almost three decades in health care financial management. Most recently Robin was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System and responsible for all of the financial functions of the almost $2 billion non-profit enterprise. While at D-HH Robin also led the Health System’s Environmental Sustainability Program that received several “Top 25 Hospitals in the United States for Environmental Stewardship” awards by Practice Greenhealth, the nations leading organization dedicated to reducing the environmental footprint of health care. After working in finance and behind a desk for 30 years, Robin is excited to “get her hands dirty and contribute to the world in a different way”. She is looking forward to focusing on helping local communities permanently protect forests, wildlife habitat, water resources, trails and scenic landscapes Robin received a B.S. in Accountancy from Bentley University, an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire College System; and an M.S. in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. She is also a graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire Program and Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Hampshire. Robin lives with her partner Jan and daughter Kate in Plainfield, NH.
Elena Mihaly, Norwich, VT is a Staff Attorney for Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a New England-wide environmental nonprofit advocacy organization. Elena works primarily within CLF’s Clean Water and Healthy Forests Program, using her legal background to clean up stormwater pollution, curb nutrient pollution, and enforce the Clean Water Act. Elena is also engaged in CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub, a free legal services clearinghouse for farmers and food entrepreneurs. Elena received her J.D., summa cum laude, and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Before law school, Elena worked on a small dairy farm in Vermont, where she fell in love with cows and homemade butter. The experience left Elena deeply committed to preserving New England’s working landscapes. When she’s not fulfilling her CLF duties, Elena is out exploring the natural world through climbing, skiing, or trail running. Elena lives with her husband, Justin, and cattle dog, Shubie in Norwich.
Susan Renaud, Hanover, NH – Susan is an experienced senior finance/general management executive with roots in Vermont. She previously was a member of the Finance team at Dartmouth Hitchcock as Director of Strategic Integration and 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.
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, Hartland, VT – 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 has owned and managed farmland tracts 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.
Stan Williams, Norwich, VT is CFO, board member, and former CEO and Chairman of ValleyNet, the operating partner of the East Central VT Community Fiber-Optic Network (“ECFiber”). ECFiber is a VT Telecommunications District formed by 24 towns with a mission to provide high speed Internet to every location in its member towns in a financially sustainable manner. He received an A.B. in Physics from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Stan’s for-profit career was spent financing, developing and operating cellular telephone and cable networks in the US, Italy and the UK. He serves on the Vital Communities board and is a member of Norwich’s Milton Frye Nature Area Committee, a former trustee of the VT Nature Conservancy and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and a former member of the school boards of Norwich, Vermont and the Dresden School District, Hanover, New Hampshire. He prefers to be outdoors on his bike or tractor, in his gardens or greenhouse, or in his kitchen.
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
Jim Zien, Thetford, VT– Jim recently retired as Executive Director of the Aloha Foundation, which owns and operates summer youth and family camps, wilderness tripping programs and a year-round center for outdoor education, meetings, conferences and retreats. Jim is a graduate of Dartmouth College (’69) and received a master’s degree in real estate planning and development from MIT. He spent many summers as a camper, camp counselor and horseback riding instructor at a camp in northern Wisconsin and, later in life, at a family camp on the coast of Maine. As a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Jim became interested in non-formal, experiential approaches to learning, and subsequently served for more than a decade as the Director of Community Services & Educational Resource Development at the Boston Children’s Museum, developing innovative educational programs for children and their parents. The Aloha Foundation has provided grants in support of the Palmer Forest and Ely Mountain projects in Thetford, and the Hulbert Outdoor Center has been a partner in delivering our naturalist education curriculum.
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
Stephens Fowler, Hanover, 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
Roger Hanlon, Thetford Center, VT
Karen Harris, Norwich, VT
Kate Harrison, Etna, NH
Nick Harvey, Hanover, NH
John Hawkins, South Strafford, VT
Kathy Larson, Lyme, NH
Lee Larson, Lyme, NH
Frank Lesher, Hanover, NH
Doug Loudon, Meriden, NH
Stephen Loughman, South Strafford, VT
Bruce McLaughry, Norwich, VT
Anne Peyton, South Strafford, VT
Jim Reynolds, Hanover, NH
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