Above: Board and staff at the Conservancy offices, June 2019
Kristine McDevitt is President of the Board and serves as Chair of the Lands Committee. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Kristine is Real Estate Projects Manager at Twin Pines Housing. 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 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.
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.
Members At Large
Mary Brown 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.
Stan Colla, Vice President for Alumni Affairs at Dartmouth until 2005, was Vice President for University Relations at Alfred University. A Dartmouth 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 near Balch Hill 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.
Kelley LeMay is a general urology and urologic oncology nurse practitioner at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. 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, have two lovely daughters.
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.
Jill Kearney Niles has been recreation director for the town of Norwich for 25 years. She has a degree in physical education and health education from McGill University. A longtime Hanover Conservancy volunteer, including as steward of the Trescott lands and the Greensboro Ridge Natural Area, she is experienced at recruiting other volunteers and encouraging community involvement. Among her favorite pastimes is getting out on our local trails, whether it be running, hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Jill moved to Hanover 13 years ago and lives with her husband, Nat, in Etna. She is the mother of two well-known athletes, a son and daughter.
Patrick O’Hern oversees Dartmouth’s buildings and utilities renewal program on the Facilities Operations and Management team. Previously, he led real estate and construction projects for several consulting and development firms. He holds degrees in civil engineering and business from Northwestern University. Patrick coaches youth sports and is a board member at Twin Pines Housing Trust. He moved to the Upper Valley in 2010 with his wife, Karen, and two children. They live in Etna where they enjoy their proximity to the Trescott Lands and Appalachian Trail.
Dudley 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 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.
Heidi Trimarco is an environmental attorney with a decade of experience in the field. 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. She and her family also enjoy hiking, camping, road and mountain 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 have three young daughters.
Aricca 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 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.
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 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.
Courtney Dragiff, Program Coordinator, holds degrees in Marine & Biological Sciences. Her research included anemonefish population dynamics and research in Jordan on the impact of tourism on coral reefs. A former teaching lab technician at Dartmouth, she came to the Conservancy in 2011 as a volunteer and joined the staff in 2014, 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. She also serves on the Norwich Conservation Commission, and volunteers with the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Speaking For Wildlife and NH Coverts programs.