Our Board & Staff

Above: Board and staff at our 50th Anniversary Celebration at the summit of Balch Hill, September, 2011

Current officers

kristineKristine McDevitt is President of the Board and serves as Chair of the Lands Committee. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Kristine is Contracts Manager at Pitney Bowes.   McDevitt served as co-chair of the Lyme Road Village town committee on the rezoning of Lyme Road, and currently serves as a member of the Hanover Improvement Society and the CRREL Restoration Advisory Board.  She and husband Pat and their three teenage children have lived in Hanover since 2001, which included a three-year stint as ex-pats in Belgium.  Family forays to Balch Hill were the basis for her deep appreciation of the readily accessible, unique natural resources in Hanover.


karen-geilingKaren Geiling, Vice-President of the Board, is a financial advisor and principal of KLG Financial Solutions. She holds an MBA from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in biology.  An active outdoorswoman, she says that easy access to such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, skiing, and paddling attracted her to Hanover.  Karen serves on the board of Tuko Pamoja, a  socially responsible LLC serving marginalized women in Kenya, and on the Finance Committee of Our Savior Lutheran Church. She recently served on the Hanover Affordable Housing Commission and has given her time to several citizen groups that care for the community in various ways. She and her husband, Jim, live in the Greensboro neighborhood of Hanover and are the parents of young adult children. Karen co-chairs our Development Committee.


jayJay Pierson serves as Treasurer. He is a retired accountant and graduate of Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business.  His extensive community activities, both present and past, include service on the boards of Kendal at Hanover, Northern Stage Company, Lebanon Opera House, Howe Library, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Upper Valley Planned Giving Council, and the Hanover Chamber of Commerce. His municipal roles have included service on the Hanover Select Board, Board of Assessors, the Board of Directors of the Hanover Water Works Company and as Trustee of Trust Funds. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Etna, next to the King Bird Sanctuary.


Above – our board and staff in November, 2013 (not shown: Joanna Whitcomb)

Members At Large

stan-collaStan Colla, Vice President for Alumni Affairs at Dartmouth until 2005, was Vice President for University Relations at Alfred University. A Dartmouth College and Tuck School alumnus, he also holds a master’s in Education from Harvard and has advised many non-profit organizations. He has served on the boards of Hanover Improvement Society, Vermont Academy, Dartmouth Alumni Association, and the Mountain School, among others. A long-time Hanover resident, he lives in the Balch Hill neighborhood with his wife, Judi. He observes that living in this extraordinary community reminds us that wholesome resources like clean air and water, conserved wilderness, and healthy food are the products of thoughtful stewardship.

nancy-collierNancy Collier, former president of the board (2010-2016) holds a B.S. from the University of Vermont and Master’s degree in Resource Management & Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College.  She is a former community planner at Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission and environmental consultant at DuBois & King, Inc., preparing environmental impact studies. Nancy chaired the Hanover Planning Board for 12 years, leading the Master Plan revision effort. She also chaired the Hanover Conservation Commission, served on the Etna Library Board of Trustees and Hanover Scenic Locales Committee, and volunteers for the NH Coverts program. A member of the Hanover Improvement Society, Nancy is a hiker, XC skier, mountain biker, pond hockey player, and gardener. Nancy and husband John are the parents of two adult boys.

thomas-p-jack_Tom Jack, former Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth, has taught laboratory science for 19 years in addition to his research interest in plant biology. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale. An avid hiker, trail runner, and cross country/backcountry skier, Tom volunteers to maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail and assists the Conservancy with similar stewardship projects. He and his wife, Elizabeth Barry, have lived in Hanover since 1993 and have a passion for the outdoors and for the importance of preserving outdoor and wilderness spaces. Tom is co-chair of the Trescott Recreation Committee and also chairs our Stewardship Committee.

ryan-johnson-2Ryan Johnson is responsible for direct originations in the Retail Finance Division at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. He holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Babson College. Ryan joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2007 after spending nine years with Wells Fargo’s wholesale bank, most recently serving as senior vice president of market growth and development supporting new business efforts.  Ryan is an avid outdoorsman, nature enthusiast, and was a fly fishing guide in Truckee, CA.  He lives with his young family near the Balch Hill Natural Area and is an active volunteer at Balch Hill.

hugh-mellertHugh Mellert has been the Fitness Director at Dartmouth College for many years. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University. Hugh is active in the community, serving on the Hanover Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and coaching youth sports teams, and is President of the Connecticut Valley Babe Ruth League. He enjoys numerous outdoor activities and has led many nature hikes for the Conservancy into the woods on trails in Hanover. Hugh and his wife Barbara live in the Slade Brook neighborhood and have two college-age sons.


ann-malenkaAnn Malenka, Director of Administration and Special Projects in Advancement Administration at Dartmouth, has deep experience in alumni relations, fund-raising, and special events planning. She is a Trustee of the Howe Library Corporation and a member of the boards of the Friends of CHaD, the Dartmouth Athletics Sponsors program, the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Hanover Hockey Association. A Dartmouth graduate, she received her MBA from Columbia University with a concentration in marketing and finance. She and her husband, David, live in Etna and have college-age twins. She chairs our Education Committee and co-chairs our Development Committee.

mary-sloatMary Sloat has a strong background in municipal and regional planning, serving for many years as Chair of the Planning Boards for the Town of Northumberland, NH and the Unincorporated Places in Coos County.  Appointed by Governor Judd Gregg to serve as a Commissioner of the New Hampshire Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission, she has participated in river management planning with a variety of stakeholders. A lifetime outdoorswoman, Mary is a hiker, skier, and canoeist who has paddled many miles on the Connecticut River. She lives with her husband, Bruce, at Kendal.

dudley-smithDudley Smith is a Dartmouth graduate and a retired insurance industry executive, having spent 35 years with Chubb & Son where he was a Senior VP and the President of the Chubb Foundation. He brings a wealth of high-level experience in the non-profit sector where he has been either President or Board Chair of the Dunbar Free Library, Canaan Lake Association, Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley and the New London Hospital. He currently serves as the president of the Dartmouth Class of 1960. Dudley and his wife, Julie, have lived in the Upper Valley for 20 years, moving to Cutting’s Corner in 2015. The Smiths love spending time on the many local trails, including the AT.

ariccaAricca van Citters is a consultant to the Center for Population Health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and a researcher for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA. Aricca completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Dartmouth, where she studied Evaluative Clinical Science. She is also a member of the governing board of the Howe Library Corporation and the Hanover Improvement Society, and an active leader in the Ford Sayre Ski Program, where she heads the Nordic Ski Program and is lead coach for the kindergarten and 1st grade skiers. She lives in the Balch Hill neighborhood with her husband, Doug, and their young family.

jim-woosterJim Wooster’ s 33-year career with New England Telephone and NYNEX included experience in operations, public relations, labor relations, marketing and human resources, with a tour as General Manager for the State of Vermont.  An alumnus of Dartmouth College, Jim holds Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration from the Thayer and Tuck Schools.  Since retiring to the Upper Valley, he has been involved in many Dartmouth activities, and has served on the Hospice board and the board of the VNA/VNH. Active with ILEAD, he also belongs to the AMC 4000 footer club (four times over) and is a section adopter of the Appalachian Trail.  Jim and his wife Betsy live at Berrill Farms near the Greensboro Ridge Natural Area, where he is President of the Home Owners’ Association.


adair-2Adair Mulligan, Executive Director, holds a master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Smith College, and has worked in the conservation field for 40 years. A former loon biologist and Education Director for New Hampshire Audubon, she moved to Lyme Center in 1992 to join the staff of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. As Conservation Director, she managed the task of 150 volunteers to write management plans for the 275 miles of the river’s path in NH and VT. Adair is the author of several books and of essays in Where the Great River Rises and Beyond the Notches, an anthology of NH’s North Country and has completed the NH 4000 footers. A member of the Lyme Conservation Commission for 14 years, she now serves on the Lyme Heritage Commission and is a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities to Go” program. Her three  adult children are pursuing careers in the law, environmental economic policy, and medicine.  Adair came to the Hanover Conservancy in June, 2010.

c thumbnailCourtney Dragiff, Program Coordinator, holds a degree in Marine & Biological Sciences. Her research included anemonefish population dynamics and research in Jordan on the impact of tourism on coral reefs.  More recently, she has worked as a teaching lab technician at Dartmouth while volunteering her time in many capacities at the Hanover Conservancy, planning outdoor trips and events, building trails, and conducting habitat improvement projects. She previously served as the Conservancy’s Stewardship & Records Coordinator, organizing our half century of records.