Rebecca Brown, Executive Director
Rebecca and others founded ACT in 2000 as the North Country’s first locally-based, grassroots land conservancy. Rebecca served as ACT’s first board president.
Rebecca graduated from Mount Holyoke College and took an M.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her early career was in Philadelphia, where she did policy work for political campaigns and elected municipal officials, and was government relations director for an investment bank. She left the corporate world to start a company renovating historic Philadelphia homes, and later evolved that business into a non-profit contracting enterprise training inner city women in the building trades.
After arriving in New Hampshire in 1993, she took a job as a cub reporter for The Courier newspaper in Littleton. Her newspaper and freelance work focused on forestry, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. She also reported for N.H. Public Radio for some years before becoming editor of The Courier. Rebecca left the newspaper to become Communications Director for the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Rebecca’s book, Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering was honored by the National Outdoor Book Awards. She is editor and contributing author of Where the Great River Rises: An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River Watershed. She wrote the concluding chapter on the region’s future in the acclaimed book, Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country, published in 2011.
Rebecca is also a dedicated volunteer. She is past chair of the North Country Region Advisory Board of the N.H. Charitable Foundation. She served on the board of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and on the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission. She is a trustee of the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vt., serves on the Sugar Hill Planning Board and the board of the North Country Council, and is president and a NH commissioner on the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. She serves in the NH Legislature representing the towns of Franconia, Lisbon, Lyman, Monroe, and Sugar Hill. She is on the Environment & Agriculture Committee. When not running the roads between Bethlehem and Concord, Rebecca can be found on trout streams, trail running, hiking, and hunting. She lives with her husband Harry Reid and their nemesis Wily-Mo (Australian shepherd) in Sugar Hill.
Lynn Kenerson, Operations & Compliance Manager
A West Coast native, Lynn graduated from UC San Diego and went on to the University of Oregon for graduate study in Exercise and Movement Science. Moving to central Idaho provided her with the opportunity to work outdoors year-round, as a ski instructor in the winter and a white-water river guide in the summer.
Lynn has lived in New Hampshire’s North Country since 1994, working for the ski school at Cannon Mountain and raising her family. An invitation to serve on the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission was her introduction to volunteering for local non-profits. She has also served as an officer of the Lafayette Regional PTO, and together with a group of parents founded the Gale River Cooperative Preschool. Lynn served on the ACT Board of Trustees from 2000 – 2012 and held the offices of Vice-President and Secretary during that time. Lynn and her extended family were among the founding members/contributors to ACT. Lynn helped guide ACT through the national accreditation process.