Rebecca brown
Executive Director

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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

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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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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 Littleton.


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.


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.