Above: Board and staff at the Conservancy offices, June 2019
Heidi Trimarco, President of the Board, is an environmental attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, where she works to protect clean air, clean water, and healthy communities in New Hampshire. She is a proponent of renewable energy and a member of Sustainable Hanover’s Energy Subcommittee. She and her husband, Tom, are both Dartmouth graduates and lifetime members of the Dartmouth Outing Club. An experienced outdoorswoman, she coaches Ford Sayre Nordic skiing for K-2 skiers. In addition to skiing, she and her family also enjoy hiking, camping, and biking. She observes that through her work she has come to value the conservation of land as one of the purest and most effective forms of environmental protection. The Trimarcos live in Hanover with their three young daughters.
Mary Brown, Vice-President of the Board, is a court-appointed guardian for children in state custody. She has worked in admissions at Bates College, Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business, and in alumni relations at Harvard Business School. Mary is a longtime board member of The Family Place and served as chair of its board. Brown has been a member of HC’s community engagement committee since 2016. An active outdoorswoman, Mary is an officer of the Dartmouth Class of 1978. She and her husband, Scott, live near the Connecticut River and are the parents of four grown children.
Ryan Johnson serves as Treasurer. 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.
Kelley Lemay, Secretary, is a general urology and urologic oncology nurse practitioner at DHMC. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from Yale University. Kelley has been active on many committees at Dartmouth Hitchcock and is a dedicated community volunteer – a member of the Howe Library corporation, recently past Girls on the Run coach at the Ray School, Girl Scout troop leader for the Richmond School Cadettes, and presently a Ford Sayre ski coach. Kelley has spent countless hours hiking, running and skiing with friends on Upper Valley trails. She and her husband, Rick, live in Etna with their two daughters.
Members at Large
Martha Beattie has worked as a math teacher, a rowing coach, and a volunteer leader and board member for schools and nonprofit organizations. She was a national team rowing coach and the founding coach for three rowing programs. In 2011 she was named Vice President for Alumni Relations at Dartmouth College. Since her retirement in 2018, she serves on the regional advisory board for the NH Charitable Foundation, is a trustee of Pine Park, a board member, coach, and program chair for the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation serves Dartmouth College on a number of alumni committees, and is a volunteer coach with the Dartmouth women’s and men’s rowing teams as well as Cancer Recovery through Rowing. She lives in Hanover with her husband Jim. They are often joined by one or more of their three adult children on bike rides through the hills of Vermont, hikes in the Whites, and ski trips. During the warmer months, Martha rows a single scull on the Connecticut River as often as she can.
Xavier Gonin is treasurer for the North American operations of Capgemini, a company specializing in IT and strategy consulting, outsourcing, and professional services, operating in more than 30 countries. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a certified public accountant. He lives in Hanover with his wife, Victoria. Xavier enjoys skiing, fishing, and hiking, and is planning to climb NH’s 48 4,000-footers in the next few years.
Marc Hiller has worked with forestry companies, nonprofit organizations, and communities on sustainable forest management and conservation issues. He currently works with Mercuria’s Environmental Products group, supporting landowners to maintain and increase carbon stocks on forested properties through enrollment in carbon offset projects. Previously, Marc worked on forestry investments with The Lyme Timber Company and GreenWood Resources. He has served on the boards of the Willamette Partnership, The Climate Trust, and Ecologic Development Fund. Marc holds Master’s degrees in Forestry and in Business Administration from Yale. He lives with his wife, Erica, and young family on Reservoir Road.
Richard Howarth is Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Dartmouth, a position once occupied by former Conservancy president Jim Hornig. Professor Howarth is an environmental and ecological economist who studies the interplay between economic analysis and the ecological, moral, and social dimensions of environmental governance, including climate stabilization policy. He is also editor-in-chief of the professional journal, Ecological Economics. Howarth holds degrees in biology from Cornell, in Land Resources from U. of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives with his wife, Kari Asmus, in Hanover Center.
Steve Lubrano lives on Huntington Hill in Hanover, a 500-acre parcel of land put into conservation trust by Sam Doyle. Weekends are mostly spent on the property mowing fields, rebuilding stone walls, harvesting cordwood, and doing trail maintenance. Steve has degrees from St. Lawrence University and the Tuck School of Business where he has been employed since 1994. He is a former board member and chairperson of the Howe Library Corporation. He and his wife Allegra are parents to three wonderful adult daughters. Among the items on Steve’s bucket list is a desire to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, but first needs to tackle 11 peaks to become a member of the AMC 4,000-footer club.
Ann 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.
Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College and is the author of A Lot of People Are Saying, a book about conspiratorial thinking in American politics. He also serves on the Hanover-Lyme delegation in the NH House of Representatives, where he sits on the Election Law Committee. An active hiker, Nordic skier, and cyclist, Russ lives with his wife, Antonia, on Lyme Road.
Aricca Van Citters is a Senior Research Scientist at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Aricca completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Dartmouth, where she studied Psychology and Evaluative Clinical Science. Her work largely focuses on improving the quality of health and healthcare. She is also a member of the governing board of the Hanover Improvement Society, and an active leader in the Ford Sayre Ski Program. She lives in the Balch Hill neighborhood with her husband, Doug, and their three children.
Jim 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 Kendal.
Hugh Mellert served on the Board of Directors from 1998-2018. An energetic and dedicated community volunteer, Hugh leads outdoor trips, advises on stewardship of our natural areas, and, most recently, stepped up to lead the complex effort to replace the trail bridge at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve. He was honored as Emeritus Board Member in 2022 and is a valued voice on our Community Engagement, Lands, and Land Stewardship Committees. Hugh is also vice-chair of the Hanover Conservation Commission and chair of its Trails Committee.
Gail McPeek served on the Board of Directors from 2007-2016, including as Secretary (2013-14). A treasured volunteer and wildlife biologist, Gail leads outdoor trips, manages the Trails Challenge program, and advises on stewardship of our natural areas. She was honored as Emerita Board Member in 2021. She continues as an energetic and imaginative member of our Community Engagement and Development Committees.
Adair 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 NH Audubon, she moved to Lyme in 1992 to join the staff of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. As Conservation Director, she directed 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 board of the Lyme Historians 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.
Barry Matthews, Program Coordinator, joined the Conservancy staff in September, 2023. Barry is a storyteller, educator, and environmental historian committed to fostering sustainable relationships with the natural world. As Program Coordinator he is responsible for caring for conserved lands, coordinating volunteers, and engaging the community through the Conservancy’s public events and school partnerships. Barry comes to Hanover Conservancy after working at other conservation non-profits across New England, most recently as Community Engagement Manager at Stowe Land Trust in Stowe, Vermont. He holds an MA in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and a BA in Art History from VCUarts. Barry serves on the board of Hartland Winter Trails and is a volunteer programmer at Central Vermont Community Radio. An outdoors enthusiast, he can often be found exploring the Upper Valley’s trails, roads, waters, and slopes.