Jon joined Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2017 to serve as Executive Director. Prior to joining our team, he served as the Executive Director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy in the Four Corners region of Colorado. During his time at Montezuma Land Conservancy, he completed 23 conservation easement transactions that protected over 13,000 acres and also led the organization in expanding its mission through the implementation of outdoor-focused educational programming. Joining NWT is a return to New England for Jon and his family. He earned a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School. In his spare time, Jon enjoys hiking and long distance backpacking and has completed the Long Trail. Upon trading the dry desert canyon country of the Four Corners for New England, he looks forward to many years of exploring the Northern Forest’s wild areas.
Shelby received her master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s field naturalist program, and holds a bachelors in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A Vermont native, she has also lived and worked in the Adirondacks, California, the Caribbean, Wyoming, and West Africa, where she served a term in the US Peace Corps. In her free time Shelby enjoys hiking far away from trails, swimming in mountain streams, and identifying mysterious plants, fungi, and slime molds.
Cathleen comes to Northeast Wilderness Trust with two decades of nonprofit experience. She received her BA from Hawaii Loa College, now part of the Hawaii Pacific University system, and attended the School for International Training’s Master’s Program in Intercultural Management. She worked for almost a decade in Washington, DC for a range of nonprofits before relocating to Vermont with her family. She also spent seven years studying and teaching in Hokkaido, Japan. Her experience with public health has connected her to the mission of the Trust. In her free time she enjoys living in Montpelier, reading, exploring, and cooking with her family.
After fourteen years exploring, stewarding, and advocating for wild places and wild critters in the Cascades and Northern Rockies, Zack is thrilled to bring his passion for wilderness back home to his native New England. Zack got his start in wilderness as a backcountry ranger on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State and on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. Most recently, Zack served as Western Montana Field Director for the Montana Wilderness Association in Missoula, where he built community support for wild public lands and ran point on federal legislation to designate 80,000 acres of Wilderness in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Zack and his wife Kassia are excited to be surrounded once more by the deciduous forests, cascading streams, wild coastlines, and granite mountains of their youth along with their daughter, Celeste, and black lab, Stella.