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Board, Staff, & AmeriCorps Members

Board of Directors

President Steve Rawson Winchendon
Vice President Nancy Allen Petersham
Treasurer Pam Hanold Montague
Clerk Max Feldman Petersham
     
  David Christianson Ashburnham
  Warren Facey Leyden
  Lenny Johnson Carlisle
  Mimi Hellen Jones Petersham/Washington DC
  Bryan Long Orange
  Joanne McGee Northfield
  Lis McLoughlin Northfield
  Gail Oswald Royalston
  Joel Shaughnessy Athol
  Al Siano Greenfield
  Jerry Wagener Northfield

Staff

Executive Director Leigh Youngblood
Land Protection and Operations Director Sarah Wells
Farm Program Manager Jamie Pottern
Community Conservation Program Manager Fletcher Harrington
Stewardship and Engagement Director Jay Rasku
Major Gifts and Grants Manager David Kotker
Communications and Engagement Coordinator Cami Duquet
Office Manager Lisa Cormier
Administrative Assistant Carol Mayer
Director of Finance John Dooley
   
TerraCorps CEO David Graham Wolf
TerraCorps Chief Innovation Officer Sean Pollock
TerraCorps Chief Program Officer Hanna Mogensen

In 2017, our MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Program began its transition to TerraCorps: an independent nonprofit working at the intersection of the land trust and urban agriculture movements to create a future where land is the foundation of health and well-being for all people in every community. Starting this year, the TerraCorps program is now an independent entity, run from a new office in Lowell.  For convenience, links for TerraCorps staff now redirect to the TerraCorps website. Mount Grace will continue as a host site for new teams of TerraCorps members who will support our mission each year.  

2018-19 TerraCorps Members Serving at Mount Grace

   
Land Stewardship Coordinator KimLynn Nguyen
Regional Collaboration Coordinators Kat Kowalski
  Michael McGrath
Youth Engagement Coordinator Jessica Tierney

Board of Directors

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.

Nancy Allen, Vice President, and her partner Charles Crowley moved to Petersham from Boston. Nancy is a graphic designer and Charles is an architect.  Nancy is currently on the board of the Petersham Historical Society and Petersham Craft Center, where she is also co-president, and is a former board member of the Petersham Memorial Library. She has participated in a variety of local and regional projects mainly focused on environmental, historical, and cultural interests. She has served on a variety of local boards including as chairman of the Petersham Selectboard and Historic District Commission, and as a member of the School Committee and Capital Planning Committee, among other public positions.

David Christianson Jr. is a lifelong resident of Ashburnham, MA. He and his wife Lynn have two grown children and enjoy the wilds of northern Worcester County almost every day. Dave has been something of a “jack-of-all-trades” in the business world with experience in banking, technology services and consulting, and currently works as an independent management consultant. He is chairman of the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee, and a director of Rollstone Bank & Trust in Fitchburg, MA.

Warren Facey has owned Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden since 1972.  The farm, a dairy, also produces maple syrup from a 3,000-tap system.  He has been Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers for over twenty years and serves on the boards of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, the Our Family Farms milk marketing cooperative, and the Leyden Agriculture Commission and Leyden Planning Board.

Max Feldman, works as the Operations Manager at Honest Weight Brewery in Orange and lives in Petersham with his family. Max worked 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.

Pam Hanold and her husband John moved to Turners Falls in 2002.  Pam chaired the Montague Public Safety Building Committee and serves on the Energy Committee.  The Hanolds own farm land in Montague which they lease to Red Fire Farm. Pam’s years of living in farming communities, have given her a broad and very nationally connected sense of how important it is that we share our knowledge and viewpoints to best understand living sustainably in community. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Lis McLoughlin, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and writer. She lives off-grid in 76 acres of forest in Northfield, MA with her husband Warren. She serves on the Northfield Historical Commission and edits NatureCulture, the science page of the Montague Reporter newspaper. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, SCUBA diving, and free-diving.  She is a volunteer with the Nolumbeka Project, and is on the Four Mile Brook Watershed Advisory Committee.

Gail Oswald moved to Royalston in 2013 after retiring from her 30-year practice in upstate New York as a psychotherapist and health psychologist, with ongoing interest in chronic illness and aging.  She is a volunteer and member at Quabbin Harvest—the North Quabbin Community Food Co-op. Gail has been active in local opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  She is also a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association and the North Quabbin Trails 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.

Jerry Wagener, a retired engineer, and his wife Jean volunteered for several years for the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma.  In 2005, the couple moved to Northfield from Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near family.  Soon after, Jerry began volunteering in various local activities, with particular interests in conservation and preservation of farmland and open space.  He is currently on the Northfield Planning Board, Open Space Committee, and Agricultural Commission; he also serves as treasurer for two small 501(c)(3) corporations in Northfield. Other than his volunteer work, he is a mostly-retired mountaineer who also likes wood-working, growing hot peppers, and spending time on the family farm in West Virginia.
 

Mount Grace Staff

Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director, During Leigh’s tenure, Mount Grace has grown from two to ten staff, and has initiated and spun off the successful TerraCorps program, which supports 20+ partners in southern New England working at the intersection of land conservation and urban agriculture. With its partners, Mount Grace has protected more than 32,000 acres since 1986, and actively manages 1,500 acres of forest land. Leigh’s application of a cooperative approach, both internally and externally, has led to many successful partnerships and innovative landscape-scale conservation projects with land trusts of all sizes, state agencies, and multi-level collaboratives. Leigh has served as an officer of the Mass Land Trust Coalition and on Land Trust Alliance national committees. She played a key role in establishing and maintaining the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, which brings together diverse groups to protect strategic open space. Leigh has consulted on conservation projects in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Georgia. youngblood@mountgrace.org

Sarah Wells, Land Protection and Operations Director, manages Mount Grace’s Landscape Conservation Program which focuses on biodiversity conservation by designing multi-landowner landscape-scale land protection projects. She is also responsible for providing leadership for the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership. Before joining Mount Grace in 2012, Sarah was the MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Regional Conservationist with the Partnership where she was responsible for organizing the multi-partner/multi-landowner Quabbin to Wachusett (Q2W) Forest Legacy Project. Sarah is a wildlife biologist and conservationist with five years of experience working on ecological restoration and land protection projects, and holds a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Studies with a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from UMass-Amherst. Sarah is a native of Orange, MA and lives at Fox Hill Farm in Orange. wells@mountgrace.org

Jamie Pottern, Farm Program Manager, focuses on protecting the working farms of our region using both traditional methods such as APR, and new innovative models that protect the land, support the local farm economy, and secure the future affordability of farms for new farmers. She is also responsible for managing farm project intake and assessments using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is professionally oriented toward fostering sustainable, resilient food systems in the region—she has worked on organic farms, including at the Farm School in Orange, and has conducted landscape design and food systems planning projects across Massachusetts. Jamie has a M.A.L.D. from the Conway School’s masters program in Sustainable Landscape Planning & Design and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She has family roots in the town of Athol and currently lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts. pottern@mountgrace.org

Fletcher Harrington, Community Conservation Program Manager, Fletcher works with local partners and community leaders to identify important community conservation priorities and develop viable land conservation scenarios.  A lifelong New England resident, Fletcher grew up exploring the local forests and coastlines, eventually finding the mountains and wilderness of the northern states. These experiences left him with a strong desire to conserve and steward natural spaces and introduce them to others. After working in the tech sector, Fletcher completed his degree in environmental science and served two terms with Mount Grace as a TerraCorps Land Steward and Community Engagement Coordinator.  harrington@mountgrace.org

Jay Rasku, Stewardship and Engagement Director: Since joining Mount Grace in 2006, Jay has engaged municipal conservation boards, smaller local and regional land trusts, and state agencies in collaborative conservation partnerships that have boosted conservation capacity across the region. Before joining Mount Grace, Jay worked as an environmental organizer for 12 years first with MassPIRG and later with the Toxics Action Center organizing community groups to clean up and prevent toxic pollution from landfills, incinerators, hazardous waste sites, polluting facilities, and pesticide applications. Jay has B.S. degree in biology and studio art from Bates College and lives in Ashfield, MA with his wife Iris and daughter Ivy. rasku@mountgrace.org

David Kotker, Major Gifts and Grants Manager, joined Mount Grace in 2007. He is responsible for managing major gifts fundraising, foundation grants development, and the annual and spring appeals. He has worked in fundraising for nonprofit environmental and conservation groups for over ten years, including four years with Greenpeace and four with the Citizens Awareness Network. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. kotker@mountgrace.org

Cami Duquet, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Cami connects with our members and the general public by organizing events, creating our newsletter and other publications, updating our website, and coordinating philanthropic initiatives.  Cami was born and raised in France.  Her family relocated to Acton when she was twelve. She graduated from St Lawrence University with a major in environmental studies and sociology, focusing on environmental impacts felt disproportionately due to socioeconomic background. She has interned at a non-profit organization called GardenShare fighting hunger through affordable distribution of fresh products from local farms and spent a summer alongside the conservation department in her local town, organizing conservation projects. She served with TerraCorps during the 2017-18 service year. duquet@mountgrace.org

Lisa Cormier, Office Manager, joined Mount Grace in 2007 after working seven years for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. Prior to that, she worked for many years at Simplex Time Recorder Co., starting as a payroll clerk and promoted to administrative assistant in several departments due to her software skills. Lisa specializes in database management and office efficiency. She appreciates nature and exploring the back roads of New England. She is also an artist who favors drawing in pen and ink. cormier@mountgrace.org

Carol Mayer, Administrative Assistant, joined Mount Grace in 2014. She previously worked as an Office Manager and Assistant Project Manager for many years in the construction world and for three years as Administrative Coordinator for the Town of Orange.  Carol has lived in Athol for 29 years with her husband, Bob, and has two grown children, Andrew and Alexandra.  She simply loves nature, the outdoors, walking, hiking and motorcycling with her husband in all parts of New England.  In the summer, you will find her on the beach with a book in hand whenever possible. mayer@mountgrace.org

John Dooley, Finance Director, joined Mount Grace in Aug. 2015.  John has worked as a Director of Finance or CFO for over 27 years, since 1988, at the age of 25.  He has worked with both non-profit and for-profit organizations, with annual revenues ranging in size from $500,000 to $35,000,000.  He began his career in the for-profit corporate healthcare arena and soon after became a Hospital CFO in 1990 for the largest Healthcare Chain in the US with revenues in excess of $10 billion a year.  John enjoys skiing, kayaking, laser tag and movies with his son and nephew.  He also enjoys gardening and construction.  John has his BBA and MBA.

 

2018-19 TerraCorps Team

Katharina Kowalski, Regional Conservation Coordinator, Kat is an avid lover of music, animals, and vegetables and is a recent graduate of Environmental Geography from UMass Amherst.  This is her second term of service with Mount Grace as a TerraCorps member.  Over the course of her education she has seen the connections between food systems and environmental and public health. After a trip to Hawaii for a work retreat learning about regenerative agriculture, Kat has engaged these intersections through course work and activism on campus and in the community including volunteering at the Holyoke Food Justice Conference.  farmconservation_americorps@mountgrace.org

Michael McGrath Regional Conservation Coordinator, Michael’s journey has been a serendipitous one. Having already lived in eight states he has been fortunate enough to encounter a diversity of cultures and bio-regions. Michael recently graduated from Xavier University where he majored in Political Science and held minors in Environmental Studies, International Studies, Theology, and Peace and Justice Studies. As a systems thinker he is passionate about transferring the abstract ideas of researchers and academics to practical local community projects on the ground. When away from the office you can catch Michael chilling with his friends, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring some place new, or learning something random about life. Michael is looking forward to serving with Mount Grace where he will be calling Massachusetts his ninth state and will once again be able to connect with his New England roots from childhood.  conservationist_americorps@mountgrace.org

KimLynn Nguyen, Land Stewardship Coordinator, KimLynn returns to Mount Grace for a second year of service with our TerraCorps team.  A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in wildlife ecology and conservation, KimLynn aided monitoring programs focusing on threatened and endangered species at St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges, an experience which taught her the importance of conserving the land for the benefit of wildlife and people. She has also served as a park ranger conducting environmental education at Merritt Island NWR where she taught youths to embrace the joy and understand the importance of conservation.  service_americorps@mountgrace.org

Jessica Tierney Youth Engagement Coordinator, Jessica is a former Elementary School teacher who loves taking children outdoors. In the past, Jessica worked with children in various capacities, including three years as a public school teacher in Springfield, different staff roles in therapeutic settings, and as an environmental educator and summer camp co-director at Mohonk Preserve in New York State. Having spent a majority of her childhood weekends and summers in the Adirondacks, Jessica has always had a deep appreciation for wilderness and has been waiting for the right time to pursue a career that celebrates this. She is ecstatic to be serving as Mount Grace’s Youth Education Coordinator this year while she pursues a second bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.  outreach_americorps@mountgrace.org