Board of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors

Mark Anderson
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 across twenty-two states. His current research interests include ecological resilience, disturbance processes, geophysical landscape properties, and seafloor mapping. Mark lives with his family, two goats, three cats, one dog, occasional chickens, a visiting pair of barred owls, and a lot of trees in coastal MA.

Susie O’Keeffe
Vice President
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.

Jim Dehner
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.

Kristin DeBoer
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.

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.

Carol Fox
Carol is General Manager, Global Accounting Firms, at Thomson Reuters in New York. She received a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.  She is also a certified Master Composter. Carol spends much of her free time in the Adirondacks with her partner Phil Brown.

Daniel Hildreth 
Daniel is board chair of Diversified Communications, a family-owned trade media company based in Portland. Diversified produces trade shows and conferences for a variety of industries in North America, Europe, and Australia. Daniel currently serves on the board of Acadia Center, a clean energy policy and advocacy nonprofit, and on the Maine advisory board of the Conservation Law Foundation. In the past, he has also served on the board of Maine Audubon. He and his wife live in Falmouth, Maine.

Rick Rancourt
Rick is a CPA and he currently works as the controller of a fast growing tech company in Vermont.  Previously he worked for a large public accounting firm performing financial statement audits and other financial reporting services for various organizations.  Rick is a wilderness enthusiast who currently lives in Stowe, Vermont with his wife and son. 

Henry Tepper
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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