Rebecca brown
Executive Director
 

You can reach Rebecca at: rbrown@aconservationtrust.org

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 was a trustee of the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vt., served on the Sugar Hill Planning Board, and was president and a NH commissioner  on the Connecticut River Joint Commissions.

She served two terms 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 in Sugar Hill with Toby and Ricker, Australian shepherds. 


lynn Kenerson
operations & compliance manager

You can reach Lynn at: office@aconservationtrust.org

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 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. She also helped guide ACT through the national accreditation process.


Gal Potashnick
Outreach & Member services director

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You can reach Gal at: outreach@aconservationtrust.org

Gal is an avid hiker and cyclist, and was looking for mission-driven work where she could express her passion for living in the North Country.  She has a background in photography and project management, and brings a fresh and creative eye to the ACT team. Gal graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Photographic Arts & Sciences. She lives in Dalton.


RICK WALLING
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE 

You can reach Rick at: rwalling@aconservationtrust.org

A former ACT trustee, Rick and his wife Camille own historic farmland along the Connecticut River in Bath. Since moving to the area in 1998, Rick has served on a number of committees and boards for the Town of Bath and the surrounding area. Rick is active with the Ammonoosuc River Local River Advisory Committee and the Connecticut River Joint Commissions.

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 his 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. Rick is now working with ACT on land protection projects.


Jesse Mohr
Consulting Wildlife Biologist and Ecologist

As an ecologist, biologist, forester, conservation planner, and educator at the collegiate and high school levels, Jesse has worked and studied at the nexus of humans, nature, and conservation for over 15 years.  As a practitioner and academic, Jesse has sought approaches and solutions that balance the needs of wildlife and ecosystems with healthy human communities. Jesse holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and a B.S. in Forest Ecology from the Evergreen State College.  

Jesse grew up on a farm in upstate New York.  After managing the farm for a few years, Jesse moved to Washington State and pursued a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Ecology from the Evergreen State College.  After graduating from Evergreen, he served as the college’s first forest manager and restoration coordinator, helping to balance and restore the diverse academic, recreational, and educational values of the schools’ 1800-acre forest and preserve.  During his time in Washington, Jesse also supervised a Washington Conservation Corps Crew that worked on trail projects deep in the backcountry of Rainer and Olympic National Parks and the region’s many National Forests.

Jesse returned to New England for graduate school.  He received his Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2006.  While in graduate school, he founded Native Geographic, LLC.  After graduate school, Jesse balanced his time between Native Geographic, LLC and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in natural resource inventory and analysis at the University of Vermont.  From 2010-2015, Jesse served as the part-time Executive Director of the Upper Valley Stewardship Center, a non-profit landowner collaborative dedicated to sustainable land management and advancing stewardship and outdoor education in the upper valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Jesse is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with the WildlifeSociety, a Certified Forester with the Society for American Foresters, a licensed New Hampshire Forester, and a Technical Service Provider with the Natural Resource Conservation Services.


TRACY CASSIDY, CPA
FINANCIAL REPORTING CONSULTANT 

Tracy Cassidy works with us on our monthly financial accounting and financial statements. She has been practicing as certified public accountant for more than 20 years.  Prior to starting her own practice, she worked for a small practice in Maryland and a large regional firm in San Diego.  In addition to providing tax planning and preparation services for individuals and small businesses, she is a Certified QuickBooks Advisor and consults with non-profit organizations on various topics including budgeting, grant tracking, net asset reconciliations and functional expense allocations. Tracy is based in Portland, Maine.


ACT ADVISORS

Steve Blackmer

Steve has extended his lifelong commitment to the earth by becoming an Episcopal priest and starting the Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH. Steve is the founder of the Northern Forest Center. 


Julie Renaud Evans

Julie lives in Milan, NH and is a forester. She is on the staff of the Northern Forest Center and is focused on community forests and other working landscapes.


Doug Evelyn

Doug is a former ACT trustee and continues to represent ACT in its intervenor role in opposition to Northern Pass. Doug lives in Sugar Hill, where he and his wife, Martha, donated forest land to ACT for permanent conservation and public enjoyment.


Dave Govatski

A former ACT trustee, Dave is retired from the U.S. Forest Service, and is an avid birder. He lives in Jefferson, where is very involved with the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge.


Ken Kinder

Ken, a non-voting member of the Finance Committee, is with Stifel Nicolas in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and advises ACT on its investment portfolio. Ken lives in Haverhill and enjoys managing his several hundred acres of forest land.


James Seidel

Jamie is a former ACT trustee who lives in Lyman He is retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, where he worked with numerous farm and forest land owners on conservation practices.


Brendan Whittaker

Brendan is a forester and retired Episcopal priest who was one of the church’s earlies activists on conservation issues. He is the former secretary of the agency of natural resources in Vermont. He lives in Brunswick, Vt. and serves on ACT’s Lands Committee.