Jack Calhoun of Harrisville, Chair, has lived in the Keene area since he was six weeks old, with the exception of his college years and an 18-month stint in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in political science, and a M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. Jack has served as a longtime member and chair of both Harrisville’s school board and planning board. He also serves as a trustee for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and has served for nine years as trustee and president of the board for the Monadnock Conservancy. Jack is interim director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Public Policy at Antioch University New England, based in Keene, where he focuses on training, supporting, and developing citizen leadership in rural communities. Jack was also the New Hampshire Lakes Association’s first full-time executive director from 1992 to 1998.
Annie Card of Peterborough moved to the Monadnock Region after graduating from Boston University with a degree in journalism and photography. After completing a nine-month internship at Yankee Magazine, she joined the staff for another 16 years, the last ten as picture editor. In 2000, she left Yankee to try some other things, including a canoe scouting trip for Outward Bound on the Coppermine River in Canada. The 300-mile trip landed the wind-whipped paddlers in the Coronation Sea in the Arctic Ocean. She’s dabbled in white water kayaking — often upside down — but prefers gentle water paddling, often with a good book. Annie started Annie Card Creative Services in 2007 after returning from a two-year stint in Mississippi where she founded Mississippi Home Again, a relief NGO that provided beds, refrigerators, and other basics to residents after Hurricane Katrina. Annie’s marketing agency helps businesses and nonprofits reach their audience with stories that inspire and prompt action.
Susan Copley of Peterborough, Vice Chair, has a lifelong love of the outdoors, and wants children today to have the chance to learn bird calls, catch salamanders and turtles, and explore their local fields and woods. Since growing up in Princeton, NJ, Sue earned her B.A. from Bates College, master’s degrees from Mount Holyoke and the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She loves to teach children and adults of all ages and backgrounds. Recently retired as the long-term Principal of Peterborough Elementary School, Sue is currently the Executive Director of an educational non-profit. She has served on the Boards of Brantwood Camp, the NH Journal of Education, the Monadnock Summer Lyceum, various educational organizations, and the ConVal Community Scholarship Foundation. She is an active member of the Monadnock Rotary Club. Sue is a past recipient of the Harris Center’s “Educator of the Year” Award and loves sharing all-season picnics with her husband, Doug, on the summit of Thumb Mountain.
Hunt Dowse of Hancock, writes, “My wife Sara and I have enjoyed the Monadnock Region for many years, first as staff for an outdoor education program each fall in Harrisville at the old Camp Marienfeld property on Silver Lake and then as residents of Hancock. It was easy for us to begin our association with the Harris Center due to our backgrounds in education and our love for this region. The three-sided mission of the Harris Center — conservation education, land protection, and programs for the public — is unique for a conservation organization. This strong mission has kept me involved at many levels over the ensuing years as a member of the Board of Trustees, as an occasional hiker on trips, as a proud parent watching our son grow through the Wol’s Nest summer camp experience several years back.”
Jim Hassinger of Peterborough has enjoyed exploring the wilds of the Monadnock region for the past 25 years. After completing business degrees at the University of New Hampshire and Boston University, he led canoeing, skiing, and hiking expeditions for Outward Bound. Since then, Jim’s career has focused on providing leadership and organizational development consulting services in both the public and private sectors. His interest in the important mission of the Harris Center began when his children attended Wol’s Nest. As a lifetime advocate for wilderness preservation, he has served on the Peterborough Open Space and Master Plan Steering Committees. He is currently the Treasurer of the Peterborough Human Services Fund, which operates the Peterborough Food Pantry. Jim’s other interests include gardening, photography, and glass blowing. He and his wife Christine Mann particularly enjoy meandering down to the beaver pond below Thumb Mountain with their dog, Simon.
Dan Langille of Harrisville has a passion for the environment and sees tremendous value in investing in programs that combine the joy of being in nature with the experience of learning. He has a B.A. from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and has served as a camp counselor and a team leader for international service programs. As the current Director of Assessing for the City of Keene, Dan brings experience in land use, local government, and community relations — and an appreciation for the conservation efforts right in our backyard — to his service on the Harris Center board. He is a native of the Monadnock Region, and a graduate of Leadership Monadnock. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and anything else that requires being outdoors. He and his wife, Erin, can often be found on the trail!
Gordon Leversee and his wife Marcy came to Keene in 1981 to raise two girls and a gaggle of cats. In Keene, he found a lifelong project as Dean of Sciences and occasional Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keene State College. He is proud to be part of the growth and improvement of the College, including its work with AVEO and now the Harris Center. Born and raised in Cohoes, New York to a conservationist/teacher father, Gordon got his B.A. in biology from Dartmouth and Ph.D. in zoology from Duke. His academic career has included teaching, grant-funded environmental research, and eventually administration. Gordon’s love of the outdoors has consumed a number of road bikes, a dozen or more kayaks and canoes, and now some timeworn joints. His volunteer work in the region has included long service with the Council for a Healthy Community and the Heading for Home Coalition for Monadnock Region workforce housing.
Richard Pendleton of Peterborough loves wandering around in the woods, especially with his wife and daughters, by foot, ski, skate, or bike. He earned a B.S. in Geoscience from Hobart College and an M.S. in Hydrology from UNH. He has been a member of the Peterborough Conservation Commission, the Peterborough Water Resources Subcommittee, and the Monadnock Conservancy board, where he served on the Stewardship Committee and was chair of the Lands Committee. He has worked as an environmental consultant since 1987, and has operated his own business, Eastview Environmental, since 1997. Along with his wife, Sage Wheeler, and two partners, he founded Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm cohousing community in Peterborough. He hopes to have finished skiing the 300 mile Catamount Trail in Vermont before his Harris Center term ends!
Steve Roberge grew up in the North Country, surrounded by the Great North Woods and the White Mountains. There, he discovered his passion for the outdoors and the natural beauty of New Hampshire. He earned a B.S. in forest science from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Forestry from Yale University. As the Cheshire County Extension Forester for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, it is his responsibility to educate forestland owners about their important role as stewards of the forest. Steve currently serves on the New Hampshire Forester Licensing Board, is the Educational Coordinator for the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters, and is one of the founding board members of the Glass Museum, a non-profit arts and music organization in Peterborough. Steve and his wife Rachelle Beaudoin live in Peterborough with their dog, Theo.
Alison Rossiter of Hancock, Secretary, earned a B.S. in nursing and an M.B.A. from Rivier College. She has taught in the graduate program in health services administration at Framingham State College. Alison and her husband Dennis have lived in Hancock since 1980. “As a neighbor,” she says, “we have enthusiastically supported many of the Harris Center’s efforts over the years.” With more than 25 years of experience in providing and managing nursing and healthcare services, Alison is vice president of clinical services for Life Coping Inc. of Nashua.
David Sobel of Harrisville is senior faculty in the Education Department and Director of the Center for Place-based Education at Antioch University New England. He was one of the founders of the Harrisville Children’s Center, and has served on the boards of both public and private schools. He is the author of Children’s Special Places, Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators, Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors, and many other books and articles examining the relationship between child development, authentic curriculum, and environmental education. He holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.Ed. from Antioch University New England.
Craig Stockwell has lived in Keene for 22 years. He is an artist and a professor of art at Keene State, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Union Institute & University. His abstract paintings have been shown widely and are in many private and public collections, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. He is very involved in the Keene community, having served on the board of AVEO before it joined with the Harris Center and also on the board of the Colonial Theatre. He founded the art school that is a part of MOCO Arts. His love of the outdoors was developed during years of work for Outward Bound.
Carol Thompson and her husband, Dennis, built their Frost Pond home in Jaffrey over 20 years ago as a part-time refuge from life in Cambridge, MA. Carol earned a B.A. in music history from the University of Michigan, but spent her career as an academic administrator within liberal arts universities. Carol has enjoyed a lifetime passion for the out-of-doors, having grown up on a river in small town Illinois. She discovered birding after her move to Jaffrey, and is particularly interested in bird sounds and song. In 2003 she joined the board of the Monadnock Conservancy, serving first as Chair of the Stewardship Committee and later as Vice President and then President of the board.
R. Charles (Chuck) Van Horn of Hancock, Treasurer, has lived in the Monadnock Region since 1983. He was born and raised in Michigan, but moved to New Hampshire when he took a job as Vice President-Finance and Treasurer of Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington. Since 1997 he has operated his own accounting, tax, and investment advisory practice in Antrim. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a B.B.A. degree in accounting and general business. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a personal financial specialist (PFS). He and his wife Nancy have been active in church and community affairs in Hancock since they moved here. Chuck served as a board member and treasurer of the Hancock Depot Association and also served as Trustee of Trust Funds for the Town of Hancock. He lives on property that is adjacent to the Moose Brook Conservation Area and has explored that area (and the Harris Center trails) for many years. His personal interests are photography, hiking, kayaking, and working with non-profit organizations. Chuck has two children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Michigan, so he and his wife travel back there frequently.
Thomas Warren has had a lifelong interest in ornithology since being introduced to a Scarlet Tanager at age 4 by the president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance. His business career began at General Electric and Harvard University. As a compensation consultant to the banking industry, he has worked for more than 1,000 banks in all 50 states over the past 40 years. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, New Hampshire Audubon, New England Baptist Hospital, Belmont Hill School, and the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. An active field ornithologist, Tom has guided bird walks in New England, Ontario, and the Rocky Mountains in the western United States and Canada. He has been a youth hockey coach for 21 years and still plays senior hockey with the Legends at tournaments in New England, California, and Canada. He and his wife Anne Marie live in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Roger Sweet, Sullivan
Francie Von Mertens, Peterborough