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 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.


Liz Wyman
Director of Education & Outreach

Liz is passionate about the North Country and its mountains, rivers, trails, forests, history, and community.  Her background combines non-profit outreach, academic research and writing, and teaching environmental science and ecology to students from middle school to graduate school, both in the classroom and outdoors.

A native of the Monadnock Region, Liz spent her college years researching global sustainability at the University of Miami while studying and working in France, Zambia, Thailand, and the Galapagos Islands.  She returned to her New England roots in graduate school, earning a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. 

Liz continued her academic career as a teaching and research assistant in environmental studies and natural resources at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Vermont.  She has taught place-based courses at the Community College of Vermont and White Mountains Community College and has worked as a science teacher in local middle and high schools.  Her non-profit experience includes programming, event planning, marketing, communications, membership, development, and volunteer coordination for organizations focused on nature and the outdoors. 

When she is not teaching or writing about conservation, Liz can be found running or riding back roads and trails, trudging uphill with a heavy pack, or sleeping under the stars.  She is an avid peak-bagger who has hiked all 67 of New England’s 4,000-foot mountains at least twice (including winter) and is section-hiking the Appalachian Trail one weekend at a time.  


RICK WALLING
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE 

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, 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.