Rebecca Brown Executive Director
Rebecca founded ACT as the North Country’s first locally-based, grassroots land conservancy and served as its first board president.
She’s a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a master’s degree 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, on the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission, and the North Country Council board of directors. She is a trustee of the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vt., serves on the Sugar Hill Planning Board, and is 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 and sits 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.
Rachelle Lyons Project Manager
Rachelle is working with ACT on a contract basis while an employee of Plymouth State University. This summer she’s been slogging through the area’s streams as project supervisor for our Clean Water/Healthy Trout project. She is also focused on Keep Growing, our initiative to revitalize the North Country’s agricultural economy and build a strong local food system.
Rachelle brings rich experience in teaching and environmental education and field work, plus research, advocacy, and project implementation around local food. She conducts research relating to food systems sustainability, local scale environmental stewardship and rural community development for the Center for Rural Partnerships and teaches in the department of Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University.
Lianna Lee Outreach & Membership Coordinator
Lianna is our Outreach and Membership Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Originally from the Lakes Region of NH, spending time outside in the beautiful lakes and forests sparked her interest in land conservation. A NH local, she has worked at Gunstock Mountain Resort as a ski instructor and is well versed in the importance of outdoor tourism for the state. In addition to downhill and XC skiing, she also loves hiking, paddling, and rock climbing.
At ACT her role includes coordinating and organizing all of ACT’s outreach programs, and keeping members up to date through the monthly e-news and creature feature. Additionally she helps manage the membership database, coordinates volunteers, and oversees all of the annual appeal mailings. One of her favorite projects at ACT is the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest, which you should visit out if you like scenic mountain views.
Lianna’s passion for understanding on the ground environmental issues has taken her from the mountains of China, to the rainforests of Cameroon. She brings a breadth of experience having served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a land trust in Massachusetts, and from her time as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in Peace Corps Cameroon.