marilyn booth, landaff
Marilyn Booth grew up in Southern NJ and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Zoology. During her 30 year career she was responsible for obtaining environmental permits and conducting environmental impact studies for electric utility facilities. She retired in 2006 and moved to Landaff, NH where she lives with her wife, Rachael, and their two dogs and two cats. She enjoys woodworking, kayaking and birdwatching.
ned brewer, franconia
Ned and his wife Jane have come to love the North Country in all seasons after spending many winters skiing in the area. They moved to Franconia from Boston, where Ned has been practicing in the corporate, securities and general business law fields for over forty years. He is past President and member of the Board of Trustees of MAB Community Services which provides assistance to individuals with disabilities including brain injuries and developmental and visual impairments and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center which provides young people from the greater Boston area including inner city middle school students with courses in environmental education, peer leadership, challenge and wilderness adventure at its facility on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor.
Jeff Burt, franconia
Jeff has been actively involved with land conservation for over two decades and currently serves on the board of the Thousand Islands Land Trust (NY) and the Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Mountain Club. After many years of winter and summer treks to the White Mountains with his family, he made Franconia his home, building a house in 2014 after 60 years in Connecticut. Prior to 2000, Jeff devoted 30 years to the trust investment business in Connecticut, managing personal, institutional and endowment client accounts for Colonial Bancorp, Shawmut Bank and serving as Chief Investment Officer for Webster Trust Company. He received an MBA from University of Bridgeport (CT) and BA from Franklin College (IN). Jeff is never far from a tennis court and enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing, hiking, woodworking and sailing.
ray dionne, sugar hill
Ray became a full time resident of the North Country in June 2013 after purchasing a home in Sugar Hill in the Fall of 2010. He has been a regular visitor to the area for over 40 years in pursuit of his interests in hiking, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and just general appreciation of the White Mountain region and its way of life. Ray grew up and resided in southeastern Massachusetts for much of his life while also spending a period of time in western Massachusetts where he met his wife, Eileen.
He is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City where he obtained a degree in Philosophy and U. Mass. – Amherst where he obtained a degree in Forestry. While his educational background served to color his views of the world, his career path diverged into retail management, real estate, insurance, and finally commercial banking for the last 27 years. He is currently employed by the Connecticut River Bank as a Regional Vice President and Commercial Lender. Ray serves as a member of the North Country Council loan committee, a Trustee of the Trusts for the town of Sugar Hill, a Littleton Rotarian, and a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and SPNHF. Ray and Eileen have two daughters, Elise and Jackie.
margaret gale, bethlehem
Margaret is a long-time resident of New Hampshire’s North Country, whose interest in organic farming is evident in her large garden. Recently retired from her tenure at The Littleton Public Library, Margaret is a wonderful resource for good books relating to all topics - but especially food forests and wildlife.
CHRIS NICODEMUS, FRANCONIA
Chris grew up on a family farm in eastern Long Island where he developed his passion for land conservation, property stewardship and sustainable land use as a philosophy. His family was active in a long standing community driven effort to preserve of the Nissequogue River Valley and its ultimate designation as a New York State Wild and Scenic River.
Chris and his wife Ping have owned a house in Franconia since 1986 and in the past decade Chris has headquartered his business as a biomedical research consultant in Franconia with ongoing collaborations at research institutes and hospitals around the world. A graduate of Harvard College and the State University of New York, he is a board certified medical subspecialist in clinical immunology and has extensively published in the fields of molecular biology, clinical immunology and medicine. He holds multiple patents in the area of therapeutic cancer immunology. He has 25 years of senior management experience working with several biotechnology companies in the greater Boston area.
Chris is an avid outdoor recreationalist with a passion for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and sailing. He is on the Board of the New England Mountain Bike Association and the president of the Franconia Area chapter. He serves on the Franconia Conservation Commission and became actively involved with ACT during the early years of establishing the Cooley Jericho Community Forest as a regional asset. He scouted, mapped and helped construct the trail network on that property and is an active member of the ACT Lands committee seeking to assure responsible stewardship for the many properties being preserved by ACT and its family of volunteers.
rosalind page, lisbon
Rosalind, a United Kingdom native, moved to the U.S. in 1980 to live and work in Connecticut. She started her own land surveying business in 1993. Rosalind spent 17 years visiting the White Mountains hiking, camping and skiing before moving to Lisbon in 2004. She is a member of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors, the Southern Connecticut Surveyors Properties Council, the State of Connecticut Advisory Committee on Surveyors Code of Practice Standards, and speaks at schools about non-traditional careers for women.
Rosalind enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, taking care of her dogs, traveling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, reading, and supporting local farmers and businesses with her partner Tom and their family of “fur kids.” Rosalind and Tom conserved the Pearl Lake Shorefront portion of their Lisbon land with ACT, finishing a project started by previous owner Betty Matthews.
Her volunteer work in addition to ACT includes the Lisbon Conservation Commission, the Lisbon Planning Board, the Lisbon representative on the North Country Scenic Byway Council, and the Ammonoosuc River Local Advisory Committee.