Max Feldman lives in Petersham with his family. Max worked for over 15 years as a freelance recording engineer in New York and returned to the region in 2008. Max assists in the stewardship of his family’s 380 acres in Athol, Petersham, and Phillipston. He serves on Petersham's Energy Committee and helped the town achieve Green Community designation in 2013. Max enjoys building wooden toys and furniture.
Mimi Hellen Jones worked as an attorney for the District of Columbia in land use and business regulation for twenty years, and later practiced real estate law in a D.C. firm. She is now "mostly retired" and spends time working on the family land in Petersham, much of which is protected. Mimi is a life-long activist for social and environmental justice, as well as a huge sports fan. Mimi grew up in New Salem and Petersham, has two adult children, and is a resident of Washington, D.C.
Lenny Johnson and his wife Marjorie have lived in Carlisle for the past 30 years. They both have a strong lifelong interest in New England outdoor activities and land conservation, and have nearly completed hiking the New England 100 Highest Peaks. In recent years they have greatly enjoyed the landscape of the North Quabbin region. Lenny, a researcher in electronics and optics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has long been active in local Carlisle activities. He is treasurer of the local non-profit newspaper, the Carlisle Mosquito, and he previously chaired the town Finance Committee and Capital Requirements Committee.
Joanne McGee, her husband Bill, and their two daughters moved to Northfield in 1981. Joanne is a retired reference librarian and active in town affairs, including serving as a Girl Scout leader for many years. She served on the Northfield Zoning Board, the Northfield Selectboard, and led the team that developed the town’s first Open Space and Recreation Plan. She currently is a member of the Open Space Committee, the Stewardship Advisory Committee that assists the Conservation Committee with management of the town conservation properties, the Board of Directors of Friends of Schell Bridge, and a long-time member of Mount Grace’s Land Committee. Joanne’s interests include traveling, hiking, mah jongg, and kayaking.
Larry Fitzmaurice and Ann Fitzmaurice live in Wellesley and have recently donated Earleacres, land formerly owned by Larry's family, to Mount Grace to become part of the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area in Warwick. Larry is a graduate of Babson College who worked at Sylvania, Tyco Laboratories, Analog Devices, Balco, and as Vice President at State Street Bank from 1982 to 2002. Larry taught courses at Northeastern University and the New England College of Finance and served as Director of the Babson College Alumni Association. He has also served in government and the nonprofit sector, working as Massachusetts’ Comptroller, Commissioner of Revenue, and State Lottery Commissioner; President and CEO of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans; and Treasurer of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Bryan Long grew up north of Boston. He attended UMass Amherst, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Literature, which led to him becoming a carpenter’s apprentice in a high end woodworking company in the Boston area. Since 2001 Bryan has been self-employed as a building contractor and property manager. His interests include parenting, permaculture, gardening, whole systems management, and food security. In 2013 he and his wife, Ingrid Schatz, returned to where her family has lived for four generations. They own and operate the Dance Studio in the Central School Building in downtown Orange, the town they both now call home.
Lis McLoughlin, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and writer. Her current research involves the intersections of identity, land, and religion. She lives off-grid in 76 acres of forest in Northfield, MA with her husband Warren, and part of the year in Montréal, Québec; and serves on the Northfield Historical Commission and edits NatureCulture, the science page of the Montague Reporter newspaper. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and SCUBA.
Steve Rawson and his wife Kathy have lived in Winchendon for over 30 years in an energy efficient house they built themselves on 18 acres abutting land protected by Mount Grace. They have two grown daughters. Steve spent over 33 years at Simplex and SimplexGrinnell as Director of Contracting and Sales Engineering, followed by time at Paige Electric as Director of Business Development. He has a small business providing products and services to the electrical contracting industry. Steve enjoys hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and kayaking.
Al Rose holds degrees from Boston and Cornell Universities. His Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics thesis is, “The Family Farm and Direct Marketing: Adapting to an Urbanizing Environment”. After working for Frito-Lay, Al and his wife, Nancy, and their children returned to his family’s now diversified and exclusively retail farm operation, Red Apple Farm, in 2001. The operation includes a year-round, on-farm retail store and events barn, two retail winter locations at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, and a downtown store at the year-round, indoor Boston Public Market. Al, Nancy, and their 4 kids represent the 4th and 5th generation to work at the farm. Al serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association—as past President, Heywood Healthcare, GVNA Healthcare, the Family Business Association of Massachusetts Advisory Council, and is Chairman of Visit North Central Massachusetts Tourism Association.
Joel Shaughnessy, his wife Jean, and their children live in Athol. Joel has worked at the L.S. Starrett Company in Personnel/Human Resources for more than 25 years. He is a long-time member of the Petersham Curling Club. He is on the board of directors of Camp Wiyaka and also volunteers his time to the Athol Area United Way and YMCA.
Al Siano is a Greenfield native who worked in pharmaceutical sales with Parke-Davis and Johnson-Johnson. He is a former teacher and coach, and served as a lieutenant in the US Air Force. After retiring at age 60, Al and his wife, Mary, joined the Peace Corps and served in Romania. Al is a member of the Greenfield Town Council, and has taken an active role with local civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of DIAL-SELF, and serving as President of the Lions Club.
David Spackman was introduced to nature at his grandfather’s farm in Pennsylvania, where he spent summers building and repairing stone walls and clearing land. A lawyer specializing in health care and nonprofit law, he recently retired as general counsel for Lahey Health after working to establish Beth Israel Lahey Health. He served as Chief of the Massachusetts Division of Non-Profit Organizations & Public Charities in the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, where he was responsible for promoting transparency and enforcing fiduciary standards for the 22,000 public charities operating in Massachusetts. He currently lives in Royalston and serves as a Trustee of Heywood Healthcare. The land he protected in partnership with Mount Grace in 1993 is now part of the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area.
Phil Stevens has kept the 1,000-acre Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre flourishing through a combination of creativity, ingenuity, team work, and hard work. Phil and his family have addressed changes in the dairy market by diversifying their farm by adding a farm store which sells raw milk, organic vegetables, and their own ice cream. They also host a variety of obstacle races throughout the season. Most recently, in 2016 they opened Stone Cow Brewery, now one of the foremost craft breweries in New England. They use their own blueberries, pumpkins, and local hops in their beers and use only wood harvested from their farm for brewing. Phil has been an advisor to the Massachusetts NRCS soils program and is a leader in Barre and in the state agricultural community.