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.
Jim Pasman, Lisbon
Jim has enjoyed living and visiting in New Hampshire for over sixty years; working, farming, gardening, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, back country skiing, camping and fly fishing. He has lived in Bow, Durham, Enfield, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney and Lisbon where he and his wife, Eileen Mahoney, own Red Oak Farm; conserved with ACT in 2016.
They have three adult children and two grandchildren. His business career spanned two industries; financial services and telecommunications from 1973 through 2014 predominantly in the Greater Boston area where he and Eileen now live. He is currently Chairperson, Town of Randolph, Massachusetts Conservation Commission, Chairs the volunteer Protectors of the Ammonoosuc River Corridor (PARC) in Lisbon and serves on the ACT Finance Committee as well as sitting on the Board.
Charlie Wolcott, Sugar Hill
Charlie grew up in a large family in Underhill Center Vermont with Mount Mansfield as his backyard. His family raised Morgan horses and skied whenever possible. A graduated of Williams College, he was the last Williams four event skier in the Division 1 carnivals. He went on to graduate from University of Vermont Medical School and intern in Minneapolis Minnesota. Completing his internship he became a Peace Corps Physician and moved with his wife, Paula, to Cameroon, West Africa. In his time there he worked in Cameroon, Chad, Gabon and Central African Republic.
In 1975 they settled in Sugar Hill to be part of a small town with unlimited easy access to hiking and cross country skiing and to raise their two sons. His love of cross country skiing solidified as he competed in marathons for over thirty years.
Charlie held a variety of leadership roles at Littleton Hospital and N.H. Academy of Family Practice, worked as medical director of Lafayette Center and ACTS, a development project in rural Honduras. And joined Ammonoosuc Community Health Services as medical director in the last 10+ years of his practice.
In 2015 Charlie retired from his Family Practice after forty years. Since retirement he has been focusing on fostering healthy lifestyles which has included developing family friendly non-motorized trails (as a member of Friends of Profile Trails as well as an ACT board member), helping to coach Profile School x-c skiing, and being a board member of the Littleton Food Co-op.
Ellen Pritham, EastoN
Ellen was born in Boston and spent her childhood in Cambridge and Melrose. She graduated from New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and Boston College. As an RN Ellen spent most of her time in Pediatrics and the ER and then teaching Pediatric nursing.
She and husband Howard moved to Littleton and raised a family and Ellen started a business, Duck Soup, where she spent the next several years in retail. They also raised three children here in the White Mountains.
Ellen first became aware of the importance of protecting the landscape when her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm on Martha’s Vineyard was taken by eminent domain to build a high school. This was devastating to them and was a huge loss of a beautiful saltwater farm to the community. If only there had been the knowledge and an organization in place to help protect that land, thus my interest in conservation.
Ellen has served her community throughout many ventures. She has been on the School Board in Bethlehem, The Franconia Ski Club Board of Trustees, The White Mountain Mental Health Board and the Burch House Board. She is a current member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Easton.