Upper Valley Land Trust Staff

To reach our staff by email: firstname.lastname@uvlt.org

Jeanie McIntyre, President

Jeanie joined UVLT as the bookkeeper way back in 1987 and has been thrilled as UVLT has grown and changed to meet the needs of the Upper Valley community. Jeanie’s childhood was in Lyme, roaming the woods with her brother, raising calves for spending money, sugaring, haying and generally loving the land around her. Jeanie has a BA from Davidson College where she studied economics and the myths and realities of American land use history.

Favorite Outdoor Activity: If I’m not on my tractor, my favorite place is on the trail to Trout Pond.

“It’s the safest, most long term, highest payback
and lowest risk investment that we know… your place,
land, your community, each other, the future.”
-Janisse Ray

Jason Berard, Stewardship Director

Stewardship Director Jason Berard has worked at UVLT since March 2010.  He grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of VT and spent equal parts of his youth hunting, fishing, and hiking within a 30 mile radius of St. Johnsbury. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Boston University, he moved back to Vermont. Jason lives with his high-school sweetheart, their three children and two cats in a 1780 farmhouse which is surrounded on three sides by UVLT-conserved land. When not at work, Jason enjoys spending time outdoors, whether on foot, bike, skis, or on the water. Currently, Jason spends much of his free time restoring a wood and canvas 1936 Old Town Otca.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the Upper Valley? Micro adventures! https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures/

What’s your favorite UVLT conservation area or conserved trail? The next one we protect!

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

George Gordon Byron

Paul Blazevich, Outreach and Donor Programs Coordinator

After graduating from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016, Paul’s conservation journey began in La Crosse, Wisconsin with the Wisconsin Conservation Corps. His two years in La Crosse were filled with a short graduate school stint, many weeks of conservation crew field work, spreading the gospel of nature as an environmental educator, and bike exploration around the Driftless Area. The saguaros of Tucson, Arizona and a crew leader position with the Arizona Conservation Corps then beckoned before another trek across the country to the Upper Valley. He looks forward to learning about the unique culture of New England, engaging with the local outdoors community, exploring the many nearby peaks and trails, and getting back to downhill skiing after a warm winter in Arizona. Paul works primarily on Upper Valley business engagement, volunteer coordination, and event logistics for the Upper Valley Land Trust.

Favorite Outdoor Activity – Road biking around enchanting Upper Valley communities and exploring our extensive trail networks.

Favorite UVLT Trail or Conservation Area– Lyme Pinnacle! Can’t beat that view.

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”
– Aldo Leopold. Conservation Esthetic, A Sand County Almanac.

Andy Boyce, Conservation Mapping and Field Specialist

Favorite outdoor activity in the Upper Valley?  seasonal: spring = mtn bike, summer = swim, fall = hike, winter = pond hockey

Favorite UVLT trail or conservation area?  Post Mills Nature Area (Town of Thetford, UVLT conservation easement)

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men [people] and land”. – Aldo Leopold

Megan Chapman, Conservation Project Manager

A native of the Upper Valley, Megan finds it truly awesome to get to actively work to protect the special places that helped to shape her path in life. The river, brooks, fields, trees, and hills have always felt like home. Megan has a couple of degrees in environmental studies but has always found she learns best on the job and values the strong mentorship and openness that the conservation field provides. She currently resides in the Big City (Lebanon!) and appreciates being able to take public transportation to work!

Favorite Outdoor Activity – Rowing on the Connecticut River.

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail -French’s Ledges in Meriden

“Conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we say ‘Our work is finished.’”-Rachel Carson

Kaytee Currie-Huggard, Land Steward

Kaytee Currie-Huggard is a Land Steward, focused on, and committed to, monitoring easements, maintaining trail corridors, and working with volunteers.  She is passionate about conservation and cares genuinely about preserving our natural landscapes. She feels very fortunate to be involved in land conservation in the Upper Valley region and delighted to apply her experience and passion in a community she loves.

“Take a course in good water and air; in the eternal youth of Nature, you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” – John Muir

Lorie Hood, Office Manager

Lorie Hood has been employed as the Office Manager at UVLT for 15 years. She has lived in the Upper Valley her whole life and was very happy to be able to be a witness at the signing of a conservation easement on part of the property that she grew up on in East Thetford, VT! The rest of the property had previously been conserved as well so she is thrilled to know the 200 acres of land she explored as a child will remain as she remembers it forever.

Lorie has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking and hiking, going to sporting events, traveling to the beaches in Maine and the White Mountains.

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail: Smith Pond Shaker Forest. She enjoys hiking through the woods, seeing the waterfalls, and the trip to the top is worth it when you get to the pond!

Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, Vice President of Operations and Finance

Robin Kilfeather-Mackey is the Vice President of Operations and Finance for the Upper Valley Land Trust.  She is responsible for administrative and financial operations to ensure the UVLT team has the resources it needs to provide technical assistance and conservation solutions to landowners while fulfilling all of our land stewardship responsibilities. Robin also provides support to the Board and President in implementing our annual operating and fundraising plans. Before transitioning to environmental conservation a few years ago and earning a master’s degree in environmental sciences with a concentration in conservation biology, Robin spent almost three decades in healthcare financial management.

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking, forest bathing, and photography

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail: Rix Ledges Conservation Area

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”― Lorraine Anderson  

Alison Marchione, Programs Director

Alison is from Central Vermont, where she grew up playing “house” and “olden days” in the forests and farm fields that surrounded her home. She also had a slight obsession with Little House on the Prairie. In a year off before college Alison caught the bug for both local agriculture and travel – spending half the year working at the local food co-op and the other half traveling around New Zealand and the American South West. This led her to study Environmental Science and Biology at Wells College as an undergrad and to get her Masters of Environmental Science and Land Management at Sacred Heart University. During her time at Sacred Heart she worked with the Aspetuck Land Trust in Fairfield County, Connecticut on several projects including her capstone thesis. This experience led to a strong desire to work in the land conservation field. Upon returning to New Hampshire to apply for jobs, she volunteered with the Upper Valley Land Trust, which led to an internship, and then a job. Alison worked with the stewardship team at UVLT for two years before transferring into the Programs Director position. Alison loves Vermont (and New Hampshire) and is very grateful that she is able to live and work here. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to connect people to the land around them and creating accessible ways for everyone to be able to get outside.

Favorite Outdoor Activity: In the summer working in my garden, in the winter cross country skiing.

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area: Smith Pond Shaker Forest

“We are free to find our own way
Over rocks – through the trees –
Where there are no trails. ”
—Gary Snyder “Off the Trail”

Peg Merrens, Vice President, Conservation

Peg grew up hiking and skiing in the White Mountains and exploring the woods near her home in southern New Hampshire. In these places, she gained an appreciation for the outdoors and a passion for environmental protection, having witnessed first-hand the rapid conversion of historic farmland to subdivisions in her hometown. She earned a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, and spent a year as an ecologist in the Bornean rainforest, before returning to study law and environmental policy at the Vermont Law School. After three years of consulting in Seattle, she returned to the Upper Valley, with husband Ed and children Sam and Anna, to join the Upper Valley Land Trust. Since 2001, she has been helping landowners and communities protect the special places, natural resources, and working lands they love.  These days, she still enjoys hiking, skiing, and exploring the woods near her home, but is comforted to know that so many of her favorite places have been protected.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity in the Upper Valley: Depending on the season – trail running or cross country skiing.

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail? Smith Pond Shaker Forest

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new places but in seeing with new eyes.  – Marcel Proust

Mallory Okuly, Land Steward

Mallory hails from southern New Hampshire and earned a B.S. in Animal Behavior with a minor in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She then went on to explore parts of the East Coast, Pacific Northwest and Alaska, where she spent the last eight years and began her land trust journey. Mallory enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and general outdoor adventuring with her dog, Scout, as well as backpacking abroad whenever possible!

Favorite Outdoor Activity in the Upper Valley: Hiking!

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail: Still exploring – check back in!

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”  – Aldo Leopold

Craig Privett, Conservation Project Assistant

Originally from the eastern end of Long Island, NY, Craig Privett first joined the Upper Valley Land Trust as a legal-intern in 2013 while completing his JD and MELP studies at Vermont Law School. He would go on to join the staff in 2014, shortly after graduating.

Favorite Outdoor Activity in the Upper Valley: Disc golf, wiffle ball, hiking

Favorite UVLT Conservation Area or Conserved Trail: Mink Brook Trail, where I got engaged to my now wife.

“Everything not saved will be lost.” – Nintendo ‘Quit Screen’ Message

Jeanie McIntyre with Chris and Harvey Hill at the celebration for Up on the Hill Conservation Area

Jason Berard

Paul Blazevich

Andy Boyce instructing a former intern on baseline documentation.

Megan Chapman (left) at a conservation easement closing

Kaytee Currie-Huggard (C) helping folks into boats at Paddle the Border

Lorie Hood (seated, R) with a group of hikers at Smith Pond Shaker Forest

(L to R) Craig Privett, Megan Chapman, Robin Kilfeather-Mackey at the VT Statehouse

Alison Marchione (C) at the Brookmead Garden with volunteers

Jeanie McIntyre (R) and Peg Merrens (C) at a property closing

Malloary Okuly at Smith Pond Shaker Forest

Craig Privett (R) with Jason Berard (L) at Edgewater Farm where UVLT staff participated in a gleaning with Willing Hands

UVLT Trustees

John GJohn W. Gerstmayr, Reading, VT (Chair) recently retired as a partner with the law firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP. During his 39 years with the firm, the firm grew from a regional law firm headquartered in Boston to an international firm with over 1000 lawyers located in ten offices across the US, London and East Asia. John’s practice focused on corporate and securities law matters. He served as the head of the firm’s Investment Management Group and chaired committees of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association focusing on investment company matters. John is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Handel & Haydn Society, and previously served on its board of directors. He has served as a director and secretary of The Miramichi Salmon Association (U.S.), Inc. for over 20 years. In 1998, John and his wife Pam purchased land in Vermont and began building a weekend home, which is now their principal residence.  They share their 115 acres with two horses and an English Setter. (They confess to spending winter months on Seabrook Island, near Charleston, SC. ) John’s academic background includes a BS in Physics, an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a JD (magna cum laude) from University of Pennsylvania Law School.  John’s interests include gardening, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, piano, golf and reading history.

John Archer John Archer, Enfield, NH has taught high school history, served parishes in New Jersey, Michigan and California as an ordained Episcopal priest, and lectured in church history, preaching and liturgics. John became involved early on in the digital media publishing industry, managing his own editorial services company, and working at McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and the Boston-based Pearson Education Central Media where he retired as Managing Director in 2012. While in Boston, he served as a non-stipendiary priest on the staff of Church of the Advent, Boston. John and his spouse, Susan Abel, moved to Enfield in November 2011, when Susan took a position as an editor for University Press of New England in Lebanon. John is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Enfield Shaker Museum. He also sings with the Handel Society at Dartmouth, and is a visiting mentor and sometime editor at the Wingspan Foundation, based in Warrenton, Virginia. Since moving to the Upper Valley, John has served as a UVLT volunteer in collecting documentation relating to land conservation projects, and has recently participated in stewardship training and in visitation and monitoring of parcels of Upper Valley land that are currently under conservation easement.

Patty Armstrong, Hanover, NH & Fairlee, VT

Patty Armstrong moved to the Upper Valley 20 years ago and recently retired from working in the music programs at the middle and high schools in Hanover. Growing up in the midwest she spent summers on Lake Morey in Fairlee with her extended family. She has a degree in Natural Resources & Public Policy from Skidmore College and a MBA from RIT. Her career path included grant and contract administration at the University of Vermont, business review of federally-funded research projects, and management guidance for non-pro􀏐its in Rochester, NY. Wherever she has lived Patty has been an active community volunteer. For the past 15 years she has focused her efforts on preserving water quality and environmental resources as a board member of the Lake Morey Protective Association and currently the Lake Morey Foundation. Patty and her husband, Fred Perkins, enjoy family activities, boating, travel and outdoor adventures.

gullotta_avatarJustin Gullota, Brownsville, VT

Justin is an engineer at Hypertherm in Hanover NH where he designs industrial products and is also very active in Hypertherm’s community service culture.  During his time at Hypertherm, he has had the opportunity to volunteer with a wide range of organizations on many different projects in the Upper Valley.

He holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a named inventor on three US patents.  Justin and his wife Kelly live in Brownsville VT and enjoy skiing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and rock climbing.

June Hemberger, Enfield, NH

June’s love of the outdoors began as a child when she spent hours climbing trees and swimming in Long Island Sound.  That interest led to a BS in Zoology, and an MS in Education; later June completed an MBA at UNH.  June moved to the Upper Valley 35 years ago.  Now retired, June most recently was practice manager for medical specialties DHMC and previously worked as an independent consultant focusing on team and leadership development, and strategic planning. She formerly owned a successful retail business, Board and Basket, in Lebanon and, prior to that, worked in the Lebanon Public School system. During this time June lived in Norwich, VT, while serving on the Norwich School Board, the Proctor Academy Board and the Upper Valley Land Trust Board.  June believes deeply in the importance and value of preserving land. Her family conserved land on an island in Maine where her son built their off-the-grid cottage —- a personal experience in the conservation and stewardship process. She recently moved to Enfield NH where she is on the Enfield Shaker Museum board. Her love of nature and the outdoors continues; she feels most at home walking in the woods or swimming in saltwater. Whenever possible, she loves to sail, ski, garden, and be outdoors with her two children and three grandchildren.

IMG_1184Debbie Klene, Brownsville, VT

Debbie has always enjoyed the outdoors and became even more interested in land conservation and stewardship while serving nine years on the Board of The Farmington Land Trust in Farmington, Connecticut.

Debbie grew up in Ohio and moved to Connecticut after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. Debbie started her career in health care and then founded and ran Horse Sense Building Frames for 25 years. Debbie retired in 2012 and her husband Roger retired in 2015 as President of The Mott Corporation. They bought their Vermont property in 2002, but enjoyed it on weekends only until they moved here permanently in 2015. They now share their 60 acres in Brownsville, Vermont with two dogs, several chickens, and their horses nearby.

Debbie served as Conservation Chair of the Farmington Garden Club, on the Board of The Farmington Land Trust, as well as volunteering for many organizations. Debbie and Roger have two daughters, and five grandchildren. Debbie’s life long love of horses allows her to explore many of our beautiful trails on horseback. When not riding, she enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and travel.

Chris_NesbitChris Nesbitt, Brownsville, VT 

Chris is a founding partner at Focus Acquisition Partners where he works with a broad array of clients who have an interest in financial services, medical devices, manufacturing, business services and off-shore opportunities in both Europe and Asia. He is a veteran entrepreneur and a former commercial banker. During his career Chris has owned and successfully grown a series of middle market manufacturing and business services companies. Chris holds two patents for flexible, medical dispensing devices, is a published author and an active community volunteer. Chris and his wife, Nancy, live in West Windsor, Vermont.

Laurie RistinoLaurie Ristino, Hanover, NH is the former director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School and an associate professor of law. She is a legal and policy expert on food security, the farm bill conservation title, ecosystem services, and private lands conservation.

She began her career as an attorney at the USDA during the George H.W. Bush Administration and continued to serve until President Obama’s second term as a senior counsel and in various administrative leadership roles. Her public service deeply informs her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching, which is committed to practical innovation in service to people and the planet.

She has served in various leadership roles, including editor and columnist for the American Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environment magazine; Vice Chair of the Government and Private Sector Innovation Committee, American Bar Association; Section Leader, Section of Food and Agriculture Law, American Association of Law Schools; and Steering Committee, University of Vermont Food Systems.

Elisabeth Russell, Norwich, VT

When Liz first arrived in Norwich more than 25 years ago Board member, June Hemberger, was working to save Farrell Farm from development and contacted her for support.  Since then Liz’s primary volunteer interest has been some aspect of land conservation.  She was active in the Norwich Hartford Greenway Project, the Conservation Commission, Norwich Special Places and is still a member of the Trails Committee.  She was a recipient of the Ashley Award for helping to conserve the “Bragg Hill project” and is a member of UVLT’s Lands Committee and an easement monitor.  In 2002 she bought and conserved the 123-acre Sise Farm on Cossingham Road and provided public access on trails designed by John Morton – a project that continues to be of immense satisfaction.  In addition to hiking, skiing and maintaining the trails, her “job” is a seasonal farmer as shepherd of two sheep, two pigs and a real farmer’s beef cows.

Steve Taylor, Meriden, NH

Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture. Steve served on the UVLT Board previously from 1996-2002.

Renee Vebell, Hanover, NH

Renee Vebell is a nurse educator at Colby-Sawyer College specializing in the use of high-tech simulation as a teaching and learning tool to prepare the next generation of nurses. She also teaches students how to use their learning styles to promote academic success in the nursing program. Renee worked at The Good Neighbor Clinic which provides free health care for the community. She served on the ALS Board at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Renee completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. After living in urban environments for many years, Renee moved to the Upper Valley 20 years ago with her husband Jeff. They enjoy hiking, travel and art. Deeply appreciating the outdoors, Renee values the need to protect land for community use and the environment.

Allan WeimanAllan Wieman, Hanover, NH

Allan Wieman was Managing Director and Head of Forest Products for General Electric Capital from 2001 until his retirement in 2015. In his role at GE Capital he led GE Capital’s investments in and financings of over 13 million acres of timberland, primarily in the United States. Over 99% of timberlands were certified for sustainable management by third party (primarily FSC). Allan worked closely with conservation organizations in several important transactions, including a landmark transaction with The Nature Conservancy that conserved over 300,000 acres of formerly Great Northern Paper timberlands near Mount Katahdin/Baxter State Park in Maine. He also worked on conservation projects with conservation organizations in the US Southeast and Pacific Northwest. Allan moved to the Upper Valley with his wife, Jo Shute, in 2015. They enjoy hiking the many beautiful trails in the area.

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Stan Williams, Norwich, VT

Stan Williams is board chair, CFO and former CEO of ValleyNet and the operating partner of the East Central VT Community Fiber-Optic Network (“ECFiber”.) ECFiber is a VT Telecommunications District formed by 24 towns with a mission to provide high speed internet to every location in its member towns in a financially sustainable manner.

Stan’s for-profit career was spent financing, developing and operating wireless and wired telecommunications networks in the US, Italy and the UK with several publicly traded communications firms spun off from Cellular Communications, Inc., including Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico (CCPR), Cellular Communications International (CCIL), and NTL (now Virgin Media), all based in New York.

Stan, his wife Jenny, and their family live in Norwich, VT. He is a member of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and Upper Valley Land Trust Boards.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.