Board of Directors
Board of Directors 2012-2013
Rosalind Page, Lisbon, President
Rosalind, a United Kingdom native, moved to the U.S. in 1980 to live and work in Connecticut. She started her own surveying business in 1993. Rosalind spent 17 years visiting the White Mountains hiking, camping and skiing having owned a condominium in Lincoln before moving to Pearl Lake in 2004. Rosalind is a member of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors, the Southern Connecticut Surveyors Properties Council, the State of Connecticut Advisory Committee on Surveyors Code of Practice Standards, the Wallingford, Ct. Energy Conservation Commission, and speaks at schools on non-traditional careers for women.
Rosalind enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, taking care of her dogs, traveling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, reading, being a “localvore,” and annual trips to Umbria, Italy to help her family with their olive harvest and oil pressing. Rosalind is making the transition to full time residency in the North Country with her partner Tom and their family of “fur kids.” Rosalind and Tom conserved a the Pearl Lake Shorefront portion of their Lisbon land with ACT, finishing a project started by previous owner Betty Matthews.
Chuck has over 40 years experience in business and industry in operating management roles — manufacturing, finance, labor relations, human resources – and in both internal and external consulting. He established the organization development function for the Aircraft Engine Group of General Electric, serving as manager of organization development for eight years and providing consultation across much of GE during that time.
Since leaving GE in 1982, Chuck has worked with a variety of organizations world-wide — industrial, financial, educational, governmental, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit — on a wide range of strategic change management consultations, organization improvement initiatives, and training and development projects. He is now a principal/partner of Sapience Organizational Consulting. He is an avid birder and photographer.
Rufus Perkins, Sugar Hill, Treasurer
After graduating from Harvard and receiving a master’s degree from the University of California, Rufus joined the Metropolitan Area Planning Authority and was primarily involved in developing the economic base analysis for a regional transportation plan for the Boston metropolitan area. After the completion of that project, he joined Arthur D. Little, Inc. working as an economist until his retirement. He was involved in projects in utilities, new towns, regulatory issues, recreational demand, and railway planning. He worked extensively in the Middle East and in Europe. His main area of experience is in the development of economic models for the projection of consumer demand.
Rufus is an enthusiastic skier, both cross country and downhill, and enjoys all the many activities of maintaining his land. His connection to the region is lifelong, as his great-grandfather built a summer house on Sunset Hill in 1889, and Rufus claims to have spent at least some part of every year of his life in the area. He spends a large portion of his time in the area but maintains ties to Cambridge Mass. He and his sister and brother permanently conserved their family land on Bronson Hill in 2009.
Ed Craxton, Dalton, Secretary
A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ed has been coming to the North Country for 40 years visiting his brother, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and skiing in the White Mountain area. An ordained Presbyterian clergyman, Ed has served in many areas of church work including the pastorate, regional governing body staff, and, for 20 years, on the national staff for the denomination. As Associate Director for the Congregational Ministries Division, he was engaged in many aspects of ministry including camp and conference ministry, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, church leadership development programs, age group ministries, and curriculum development.
Now retired from active ministry, Ed and his wife, Ann, manage 25 acres of forest in Dalton, NH, volunteer for various groups in the North Country, and enjoy sitting in their rockers by the fire, watching the leaves change and the snow fall.
Ned Cutler, Easton
Ned has over 25 years of management experience in sales and marketing, and in product and program development and implementation. Other areas of experience include operations management, public relations, customer service, and commercial insurance.
Since 1997 Ned has specialized in the restoration of antique furniture, a business that he moved to Easton several years ago. He and his wife, Lisa, had supported land conservation efforts in Massachusetts before moving north and becoming involved in ACT. Ned holds a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science from New England College.
Douglas Evelyn, Sugar Hill
Doug has been active in the American museum field for over four decades, starting at the American Association of Museums in the 1960s before a 36-year career at the Smithsonian Institution where he was deputy director respectively at the National Portrait Gallery in the 1970s, the National Museum of American History in the 1980s and the National Museum of the American Indian from 1991 until his retirement in 2005. He’s served as Treasurer of the American Association of Museums, President of the American Association of State and Local History, and a trustee of the US Committee of the International Council of Museums. Currently he’s an independent museum planning and management consultant and member of non-profit boards, including serving currently as Chairman of the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown. Doug, his wife, Martha, and Martha’s brother donated family land in Sugar Hill to ACT. The MacCornack-Evelyn Forest is adjacent to ACT’s Foss Forest and the Bronson Hill Conservation Area.
Marghie Seymour, Littleton
Marghie has made the North Country her home for more than three decades. Originally here as a college student, over the years Marghie worked in the natural world in myriad jobs throughout the region. She has farmed and gardened, been a logger, a surveyor’s assistant, a mapper, and recycling and landfill manager, all pursuits performed out of doors. After raising two children, Marghie returned to school, completed her bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science and moved on to law school. She earned a JD with a Certificate in Environmental Law at Pace University in New York and then returned to the North Country to open her own law practice. Marghie brings to the ACT board her interest in the natural history of the region, her dedication to preserving the unique natural and working landscapes, and her legal training. Marghie also serves on the Littleton Select Board.
Rick Walling, Bath
Rick was born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. With his wife, Camille Wharey, he moved to a defunct dairy farm on the Connecticut River in Bath in the spring of 1998. Rick holds bachelors and masters degrees in anthropology from Memphis State University. While he now operates a cabinetry shop and carpentry business based in one of the farm buildings, most of his professional life was spent in the field of cultural resources management (primarily review and compliance archeology) within university, state, and private sectors. Most of this work was in the southeastern U.S., with a bit being in the Caribbean, and some in Vermont and New York.
Since moving to the area Rick has taught himself to downhill and cross-county ski. He enjoys kayaking/canoeing, fishing, and wandering around the farm and woodlot, although there is never enough time. Rick spends much of his in-season-time in his organic garden and, with his wife, harvesting and processing their small but very productive (and what is becoming locally famous) raspberry patch. He started beekeeping with a neighbor a couple of years ago and has recently taken up the guitar.
Rick serves or has served on various committees and boards in the town of Bath and represents the town on the Ammonoosuc River and Connecticut River Local Advisory Committees. He serves as a NH commissioner on the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. He is also active in ACT’s Keep Growing Initiative.