Board of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors

Annie Faulkner
Conservation Landowner
Annie is a conservationist and landowner with conserved properties in New Hampshire and Maine. Annie is a founding board member of the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition to land conservation, Annie has worked as an environmental activist and writer, community organizer, and reproductive health researcher, educator and counselor. Annie likes to hike, ski, and camp in remote and/or high elevation terrain; winter is her favorite season. She lives with her husband, Bob King, their two amazing teenagers, and two black pets in a nicely converted woodshed in Keene, NH.

Mark Anderson
Vice President
The Nature Conservancy

Mark is Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy’s eastern U.S. region. Mark provides science leadership, ecological analysis, and landscape assessment tools for conservation efforts across eighteen states. His current research interests include ecological resilience, disturbance processes, geophysical landscape properties, and seafloor mapping. Mark lives with his family and works in the Boston, MA area.

Dean Lizotte
Private Practice

Dean (on the left) is a Certified Public Accountant and advisor to closely held and family-owned businesses, as well as non-profit organizations.  His experience includes senior management and finance positions with several major manufacturers and real estate companies. Dean is a graduate of Bentley University, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the NH Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Dean resides in NH and spends as much time as possible outdoors in the woods and on the waters and mountains of NH and Maine, often with his partner, Sue, and dog Bear (above right).

CC White
Artist and Conservation Landowner

As a small child, CC loved to climb trees, play in spring brooks, ski and hike with her family, and paint. Today, CC is an artist, and she and her husband, David White, live off-grid in Sandwich, NH, on a modern-day ‘homestead’ they built themselves.  She still loves to play outside in all kinds of weather (although she doesn’t climb many trees these days).

Kristin DeBoer
Kestrel Landtrust
Kristin is the Executive Director of Kestrel Land Trust, which is dedicated to conserving, caring for, and connecting people to the wildlands, woodlands, and farmland of the Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts. Kristin has a BA in economics and environmental science from Bucknell University and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, and has worked in the environmental field for more than 25 years. Kristin lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Jim Dehner
Indiana Land Protection Alliance
Jim is the Executive Director for the Indiana Land Protection Alliance, a regional land conservation advocacy organization with an office at The Nature Conservancy green building in Indianapolis. He also teaches graduate level courses in nonprofit management, leadership and ethics. Jim has been involved in the land trust field for more than 30 years, primarily in the Northeast, and has worked for organizations including the Trustees of Reservations, the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and was the Founding Board President for the Ashburnham Conservation Trust. He holds BS and MS degrees in environmental science, an MS in nonprofit management/leadership, and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Northeastern University in Boston. Jim and his family have residences in both Indiana and Massachusetts.

Brett Engstrom
Brett is a consulting ecologist and botanist specializing in the inventory and mapping of wetland and upland natural communities, and the inventory of rare, threatened and endangered plants, in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine.  He has worked on many inventory projects in northern New England, especially Vermont and New Hampshire focused on inventorying a wide variety of natural communities, and rare, threatened, and endangered plants for a variety of clients. He also teaches workshops on natural communities and plant identification and was part-time faculty at Lyndon State College for ten years. Brett lives with his family in Vermont.

Susie O’Keeffe
Artist, Author, and College of the Atlantic
Susie lives in Montville, Maine. She holds Master’s of Science with distinction in Environmental Management from Oxford University, England. She serves as a Research Associate and Visting Faculty at the College of the Atlantic. Her writing has appeared in Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, the Maine Review, Naropa University’s Phylogeny, and the Spoon River Poetry Review. Susie lives in Maine.

Henry Tepper
Conservation Consultant and Instructor
Henry is a conservation consultant and an instructor in the Masters Program in Sustainability at the Harvard University Extension School. He has a background in land conservation and has played a direct role in the protection of almost one million acres around the world. Henry’s past work experience includes fourteen years at The Nature Conservancy, first as the Director of the New Hampshire Program and then as the Director of the New York State Program. Henry serves on the Board of Directors of Tierra Austral Land Trust in Chile. Henry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy from Cornell University. He lives with his family in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Board Member Emerita

Merloyd Ludington


Meade Cadot, PhD
Land Program Director & Senior Naturalist
The Harris Center for Conservation Education

Mike DiNunzio
Staff Ecologist
PROTECT the Adirondacks

Marc Lapin
Assistant Laboratory Professor in Environmental Studies
Middlebury College

Bill McKibben
Journalist and activist
Author of The End of Nature and Eaarth

Stephen Trombulak, PhD
Professor of Biology
Middlebury College

George Woodwell, PhD
Woods Hole Research Center

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