Karen Bennett of Antrim is Extension Forestry Professor and Specialist at UNH Cooperative Extension, where she has been helping people care for their woodlots since 1979. She specializes in forest management on private lands, providing education to landowners, land managers, conservation volunteers, and public decision-makers. She helps lead New Hampshire’s county forester program and is pleased to have been the project manager and editor for Good Forestry in the Granite State. She has served on the boards of the Beaver Brook Association, Project Learning Tree, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the NH Board of Licensure for Foresters, and in leadership roles with many professional forestry organizations. She lives with husband, Andras Lazar. Her favorite activities are tending her vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens, and spending time outdoors with her grandson, Milo.
Susan Copley of Peterborough, 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, Vice Chair, 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.”
Nathanael (Sandy) Greene of Peterborough earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Yale, but after a year and a half in the profession, he switched to the world of finance, where he spent the rest of his career. He started as an analyst of technology companies, and went on to work in venture capital, corporate finance, and portfolio management. The last twenty years of his career were spent with Wellington Management in Boston, where he co-managed a large portfolio invested in very small public companies. In 1971, Sandy bought an old farm in Peterborough as a weekend retreat; it is now his retirement home, where he and his wife Frances maintain a flock of sheep. His many interests include old cars, travel, and gardening.
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.
Tyler Hogan of Peterborough grew up in the Berkshires exploring vernal pools, streams, and hillsides in search of the region’s unique reptiles and amphibians. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has worked in the renewable energy field, and is now Co-President of Pure Flow, a commercial and industrial high purity water systems and service provider. He and his wife, Kira, moved to the Monadnock Region from Boston in 2015. Guided by an overly energetic border collie mix, they spend as much time as possible on local trails.
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, Treasurer, 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.
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.
Roger Sweet, Sullivan
Francie Von Mertens, Peterborough