The Center’s Board of Directors is dedicated to achieving a shared vision for the region based on three essential ingredients: thriving communities, healthy forests and innovative and resilient local economies.
Board of Directors
Board members are drawn from a wide range of fields, including business, forestry, non-profit management, conservation, education, community building, cultural preservation and philanthropy.
Celina Adams, Chair—Kittery, ME
Celina Adams is the CEO of Celina Adams Consulting, a philanthropic and social impact advising firm dedicated to guiding families, foundations, and businesses to do the most good with their full suite of resources. An Integrated Capital Fellow at RSF Social Finance, Celina works with people using their wealth, time, and networks to solve complex social and environmental issues, build community wealth and further social justice. She has a particular interest in community-scale food and farm issues.
Before launching her own firm, Celina was the Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Thomas W. Haas Foundation and before that a Program Officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation where she served as a trusted philanthropic advisor to numerous families and individuals. While at the Charitable Foundation Celina co-led development of the institution’s impact investing strategy. She now serves on that Foundation’s Impact Investing Advisory Committee. Celina’s career in social enterprise and philanthropy began at the Timberland Company headquartered in NH, where she directed global community investments. Celina has served on numerous boards, believes strongly in volunteering, and provides occasional pro bono advice to environmental and social justice organizations.
Celina and her husband Cameron Wake split their time between the rocky coast and rolling peaks of Maine. Celina is living the new forest future through the recent acquisition of an 1875 Grange hall outside of Bethel, Maine, and from her off-the-grid yurt in the Northern Forest.
Tabitha Bowling, Vice Chair—East Burke, VT
Tabitha Bowling is the President of Root 8 Venture and co-founder and CFO of Kingdom Pellets LLC. Prior to this she was a founding partner and former COO of Bungalow, LLC, a casual lifestyle brand best known for its line of SCOUT bags. Under her management sales grew from $800K to $8M over 6 years. She continues to manage the Company’s overseas sourcing, production and quality assurance activities as well as serve as an advisor to the executive team.
Tabitha moved to East Burke, VT in the fall of 2014 with her wife and their son Marshall. They represent the 7th and 8th generations of the May family to live in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK).Their family has over 200 acres of land enrolled in the State’s Current Use program and are committed to informed and responsible stewardship of the working lands that have supported generations since the 1790s.
Since living in VT’s Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Tabitha has been engaged in the world of wood pellets. She first discovered Automated Wood Heat through a tour of Burke Town School’s newly installed wood pellet heating system. She was so inspired by the system’s environmental, community and cost savings benefits that she decided to convert to wood pellet heating in her home and to learn more about the automated wood heat industry in Vermont.
She formed Kingdom Pellets, LLC, in partnership with Chris Brooks of Vermont Wood Pellet, to fund and execute an expansion strategy of several community-scale super premium softwood pellet mills.
Jerry Delaney—Cadyville, NY
Jerry Delaney, like many Adirondackers, wears many hats. He owns a small logging and excavating business based in Saranac, New York; and serves as a Councilman for the Town of Saranac. He also represents Clinton County as Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, which is constitutionally directed to advise and assist the Adirondack Park Agency in land use issues in the park. Jerry is also a board member of the Association of Towns and Villages that represents local government in state-level policy issues. He has retired from a career at the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY. He has a particular interest in increasing the use of wood-based biomass heat in his and surrounding communities.
Bradford S. Gentry—Cheshire, CT
Brad Gentry is the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Management, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Practice at the Yale School of the Environment, and a Director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Trained as a biologist and a lawyer, his work focuses on strengthening the links between private investment and improved environmental performance, with a particular focus on increasing investment in natural areas. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from Harvard Law School. He grew up in Vermont and the Adirondacks.
Christine Heinrich—East Burke, VT
Christine Heinrich has over 25 years’ experience implementing geospatial technologies for municipal and public safety needs. She is the business development visionary at Whiteout Solutions, which provides real time information necessary for forest stewards to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of the forests they manage.
Previously she served as Vice President of microDATA for an NG9-1-1, GIS/GPS and software engineering company. Christine, an entrepreneur at heart, is expert at understanding business opportunities that align with emerging technological solutions. She leverages her expertise to deliver new data acquisition technologies into the markets of forestry, infrastructure, utilities, municipal, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat.
Christine assists in specifying software requirements while also developing sales channels and business opportunities for Whiteout Solutions’ custom LiDAR & multispectral scanning, 3-D Models, and data analysis systems. She holds a BA from the University of Vermont.
Eric Herr—Hill, NH
Eric is a retired business executive and economist. He began his career on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors that led to a career as a senior executive in firms in the investment management, publishing, hardware, and software industries.
In retirement, he has chaired boards of directors for private and publicly traded companies. He has worked in the public sector, chairing 5 commissions for the State of New Hampshire and being a member of NH’s shorefront protection commission. And he has worked with not-for-profits as National Volunteer Chair for Programs and Services at the American Red Cross, Chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Chair of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, and CASA guardian ad litem.
Brian Houseal—Brunswick, ME
Brian Houseal is past Director of the Huntington Wildlife Forest, a 15,000-acre biological field station in the center of the Adirondack Park. He has extensive wilderness conservation experience throughout the Western Hemisphere, where a variety of organizations supported his work, including: US Peace Corps, US Agency for International Development, World Bank and World Wildlife Fund. Brian was a Vice President for the Nature Conservancy’s International Program for 15 years, where one of his major achievements was to design and direct the “Parks in Peril Program,” which protected over 65 million acres of critically threatened parks and reserves throughout Latin America.
Houseal holds a BA degree from Colgate University and graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from Syracuse University and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York.
Currently, Brian is Chair of the US Biosphere Network, representing 28 internationally recognized Biosphere Regions with the goal of conserving biological diversity while also supporting sustainable human communities in harmony with nature. Formerly of Westport, NY, Brian now lives in Brunswick, Maine.
Kara Hunter—Gorham, NH
Kara is a creative problem-solver with a knack for getting complex work done on the trail and in the backcountry. She is the co-owner and manager of Hub North, LLC, a unique hospitality-based business with a focus on comfortable lodging in the beautiful mountain, biking, and hiking town of Gorham, NH.
Hub North resulted from nearly a decade's experience in construction and carpentry with Raytheon Polar Service in the South Pole Station of Antarctica where she helped scientists design and build the data collection tools they needed to achieve their goals. In between her four- to six-month deployments to Antarctica, she worked on the Appalachian Mountain Club’s construction crew maintaining and constructing backcountry facilities and mechanical systems. Kara’s passion for mountain biking led her to cofound the volunteer run Coos Cycling Club to help create better mountain biking opportunities in Gorham. Through her leadership role in the CCC, she manages trail building activities and leads weekly women’s mountain biking group rides to help women riders boost their skills and confidence.
In addition to running Hub North, she is also the co-owner of Simple Structure, LLC, a home renovation company based out of Berlin, NH. Over time, Hub North has grown into a cycle-centric venue and now includes a beautiful 4-room lodge, several outbuildings and 4 “glamping” sites in handmade yurts. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
Lucas Jenson—Williston, Vermont
Lucas Jenson left a career in corporate marketing to start The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop in South Burlington, Vermont in 2014. His passion for woodworking inspired the new venture, which now serves as a destination for woodworkers looking for a full range of quality lumber or custom milling services. In 2021, Lucas expanded the company by launching The Vermont Butcherblock Company, which markets Vermont Maple Butcherblock counters and other products.
Before opening The Tree House, Lucas owned a small construction company that concentrated on built-in cabinetry and decks. He earned a degree in marketing at Northeastern University. His marketing career included roles at Marketing and Planning Systems, a strategic marketing consulting firm, Ben & Jerry’s, where he managed consumer testing for new products, strategic marketing initiatives, website, and customer service; and 7th Generation.
Lucas serves as president of The Vermont Woodworks Council, and as a board member of ReBuilding Together (greater Burlington Chapter), a non-profit providing home improvement services for people in need. He lives in Williston, Vermont, and enjoys off-road adventure motorcycling as a part-time tour guide for MotoVT and spends as much time on the water as possible boating and rowing.
David Marvin, Director Emeritus—Morrisville, VT
David Marvin is a sugar maker and forester. He is founder of Butternut Mountain Farm, a family enterprise focused on producing, processing and marketing maple products from its own farm and hundreds of others. The nearly 100-employee business provides diverse maple products to all market sectors of the food industry, as well as forestry consulting services to hundreds of clients. In recognition of his service and accomplishments, David has been named the Vermont, New England and National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, the Vermont Maple Industry Council Maple Person of the Year, and the Lamoille County Forest Steward of the Year. In 1995, David received the Lifetime Sugarmaker Award from the Vermont Sugarmakers’ Association, and is a farmer inductee into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.
David is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Forestry and has served on the boards of numerous conservation and community organizations and currently serves Shelburne Farms, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Studio Center, and the International Maple Syrup Institute. David and his wife Lucy reside in Hyde Park as a do their two grown children: Emma and Ira who are engaged in the family business.
Roger Milliken—Portland, ME
Roger Milliken is Chair of the Board of the Baskahegan Company, which owns and manages 150,000 acres of forestland in eastern Maine. Baskahegan is known for its commitment to support the natural dynamics of the forest while also managing for forest products, and is a recognized leader in Maine’s forest industry. Baskahegan has been green-certified by the Forest Stewardship Council since 2004. Roger joined the company in 1983 and served as president from 1989-2020. During that time he expanded the company’s lands by more than 60% with the expansion funded by income from timber management, and sales of a conservation easement and a carbon project.
From 2000-2011, Roger served on the global board of The Nature Conservancy, which he chaired from 2008-2011, helping to grow the organization from its strong US base into a more global organization. He co-chaired the Conservancy’s Maine Chapter’s the $55 million “For Maine Forever” campaign in the late 1990s, which protected 185,000 acres along the St. John River. He subsequently co-chaired the Katahdin Forest campaign, which conserved another 295,000 acres, including 40,000 acres around the Debsconeag Lakes. He served on the advisory board for the Manomet Forest conservation Program, as an advisor to the Open Space Institute’s Northern Forest Protection Fund, and on the board of the Land for Maine’s Future program. In 1994 he co-founded and later chaired the Maine Biodiversity Project, and was a director of the Maine Forest Products Council from 1986-1996.
Rob Riley, President—Canterbury, NH
Rob joined the Center in 2007 as director of programs to lead development of programs emerging from the Center’s Sustainable Economy Initiative, and assumed leadership of the Center in spring 2008. Rob has guided the Center to become the respected regional innovation and investment partner it is today, and launched the Center’s first impact-investment opportunities to support the Millinocket Housing Initiative and Lancaster Main Street Fund.
Rob led creation of the Northern Forest Board Forum and the Rural Development Innovation Group, a partnership with the Aspen Institute and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He is particularly proud of the Center’s team and its ability to bring expertise and resources to help Northern Forest people and communities while advocating for the region at the national level. The New Hampshire Union Leader included Rob in its 2003 list of Forty Outstanding Leaders Under 40 in New Hampshire.
Keith Ross—Warwick, MA
Keith Ross is a Senior Advisor with the Real Estate Consulting Group of LandVest, which provides conservation advisory services to private landowners, non-profit conservation organizations, public agencies, and charitable foundations specializing in conservation transactions. Keith has worked with private landowners for more than 30 years as both a forester and a conservation consultant, protecting more than 1 million acres of forestland in New England. His forestry consulting firm managed forestland for private individuals, municipal watersheds and public lands; he founded a successful regional land conservation trust; and served as president and the director of land protection for the New England Forestry Foundation, where he successfully completed the largest forestland conservation easement in North America, the Pingree Forest Partnership on 762,192 acres in Maine.
Keith holds a Bachelor degree in Forestry from University of Massachusetts and a master’s in Environmental law from Vermont Law School; a professional forester’s license in Massachusetts, and real estate broker’s license in three states. He is married with two children and lives in Warwick, Massachusetts, where he serves on several committees and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Sean Ross, Secretary—Lyme, NH
Sean Ross, a Managing Director and Partner at The Lyme Timber Company, is a professional forester with over 20 years’ experience in forestland management. Since 2004, Sean has served as Director of Forestry Operations, working with a small team of professionals to source, evaluate, place capital, and manage timberland investments. He assumes the lead role in developing ownership goals and objectives, drafting forest management plans, securing and monitoring third-party forest certification (both Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative), and ensuring that forest management complies with applicable forest management plans, conservation easements, and investment objectives on the company’s 750,000 acres of investment property in the US.
Sean is passionate about forestland stewardship, values collaboration and teamwork, and feels that open and transparent communication with stakeholders is critical to success of the forest products industry. Prior to working in timberland investments, Sean worked as a consulting forester for a small firm in Vermont, assisting private landowners with the management of their properties. He earned a B.S. in Forest Resource Management from The University of Vermont in 1997, is a licensed forester in New Hampshire, and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Forest Stewards Guild.
Ann Ruzow Holland—Willsboro, NY
Ann Ruzow Holland, Ph.D, AICP, has worked in hamlet revitalization, community and environmental planning and development for over 30 years. Ann provides a range of management services to government, non-profit and private institutions through her consulting business. She works extensively with the counties, towns, villages and hamlets in the Adirondacks, Champlain Valley, and in other parts of the Northeast to facilitate collaborative efforts translating complicated programs and technical data to local communities. Ann has raised more than $750 million for her clients through federal, state and private grant proposals.
Previously she created the circuit rider community technical assistance programs in Essex and Clinton Counties, and founded the Friends of the North Country, Inc. a not-for-profit community planning and development organization where she served as Executive Director for 21 years. Ann earned her Ph.D. in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, and her MA and BA degrees from Plattsburgh State University. Her work has been recognized with several awards for public outreach, community service and humanitarian contributions.
Gordon Scannell—Pownal, ME
Gordy has represented individuals, business entities, including non-profits, municipalities, lenders, and borrowers in all aspects of the purchase, sale, leasing, and ownership of commercial and residential real estate for over 30 years. In the last five years he has represented private entities and non-profit organizations in the purchase, sale, and ownership of over 450,000 acres of Maine timberlands in transactions totaling over $200 million.
He is Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Chambers USA as a leading real estate practitioner in Maine, as well as listed in New England Super Lawyers in Real Estate. Mr. Scannell is a graduate of Harvard College and University of Maine School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Maine Law Review. Prior to entering private practice, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Edward T. Gignoux, Senior Judge, and the Hon. Gene Carter, Chief Judge, both of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
Lucas St. Clair—Portland, ME
Lucas St. Clair is an entrepreneurial and strategic leader focused on conserving wilderness for public use in northern Maine. Raised in rural Maine fishing, paddling, and hiking with his family, Lucas had years of outdoor recreation that helped form the basis of his connection to conservation. Since 2011 he has served as the President of Elliottsville Plantation, Inc., in Portland, Maine, where he led the way in securing community and government support for the newly created 125,000-plus-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Throughout his work, he emphasizes the conservation and outdoor recreation benefits of sustainable stewardship and develops strong strategic collaborations among partners through open-minded listening.
Lucas also has extensive management experience in the hospitality industry, which provides him with a unique perspective on the destination development potential of the Katahdin region. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London, went on to become a pastry chef at Danny Meyer’s Eleven Madison Park, and spent his early career developing wine inventories and launching restaurant openings. Lucas has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail and frequently hikes with his family in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. He serves on the boards of Maine Public, Maine Conservation Voters, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, The Trust for Public Land, Elliotsville Foundation, the Quimby Family Foundation, and the Roxanne Quimby Foundation.
Jim Tibbetts, Treasurer—Columbia, NH
Jim Tibbetts, Vice Chairman/Director, First Colebrook Bank/First Colebrook Bancorp, has served in the financing community for more than 35 years, with most recent positions as President, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of First Colebrook Bank and previously as President & CEO of Northern Community Investment Corporation. Jim has also served on a number of non-profit boards including the NH Bankers Association, Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, Colebrook Development Committee, Advisory Board Member of White Mountain Community College, Advisory Board Member of Louise and Neil Tillotson Fund, and Northern NH Charitable Foundation Incorporator.
In 2009 the NH Bankers Association named Jim the New Hampshire Community Banker of the Year. Under Jim’s leadership, the bank was recognized in 2008 for its ongoing support of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. Jim has been a key player in numerous projects supporting the overall health of New Hampshire’s North Country. In 2002, his bank joined the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Northern Forest Center in creating a Leadership Exchange to address the challenges facing northern forest communities. In keeping with the bank’s long roots in forestry, Jim led his bank to help the town of Errol create the 13 Mile Woods Community Forest by financially supporting the $4.5-million project with $2.1 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing. Jim resides in Columbia, NH, with his wife Brenda and is actively enjoying retirement.
Tim Volk—Burlington, VT
Tim is a business leader with 30+ years of broad-based consumer marketing experience in hospitality, energy, financial services, telecommunications, and professional services. He served as president of regional marketing firm Kelliher Samets Volk (now KSV) before stepping back from the day-to-day to serve as partner, advisor and shareholder. In 2020, Tim and his partners sold KSV to a group of employees.
Tim has developed diverse and in-depth corporate and non-profit board experiences over two decades with more than a dozen discrete board engagements. His expertise includes Marketing and Branding, M&A Communications, Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, and Executive Compensation.
Ann Fowler Wallace—Boston, MA
Ann brings a wealth of experience in environmental grantmaking and philanthropy to the Center’s board. Whether it’s effectively deploying resources to renew former industrial cities, managing smart growth collaboratives, or working to reduce the impact of our built environment on environmental and public health, Ann is committed to improving the vitality of our cities and towns to function sustainably for the benefit of people and place.
Based in Boston, Ann is Director of Programs for the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. As a staff person for that Network, she guides the One Region Funders’ Group, heads up the Network’s responsive service work in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, and staffs the Green Building Green Neighborhoods Working Group. She also provides support to the Network’s Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities working group, and manages the Network’s team of field consultants.
Previously, Ann worked as a program consultant to the John Merck Fund, mostly their environmental health grants program. She is a former partner at GMA Foundations, a philanthropic consulting firm serving charitable foundations and individual donors, where for fifteen years she headed up GMA’s environmental grantmaking and consulting practice. Among her past environmental clients, Ann worked for the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, the Dolphin Trust, and The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation.
She is currently a trustee of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and sits on the Massachusetts Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land. Ann has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. with concentration in environmental policy from Tufts University
Ross Whaley—Tupper Lake, NY
Dr. Ross Whaley had a career in public service and policy. After 30 years of experienc as a university teacher, researcher and administrator, he served as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and Senior Advisor to the Adirondack Landowners Asso-ciation. Previously, he also served as Director of Economics Research for the U.S. Forest Service. Ross led SUNY College of En-vironmental Science and Forestry for 16 years as its President and continued as University Professor with an interest in the politi-cal economy of sustainable development.
Ross has served as a consultant to or member of several state, national, and international commissions devoted to natural re-source and environmental issues. Many leading conservation and natural resource organizations have recognized Ross's leadership with awards, including the Pinchot Medallion from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award from the New York Conservation Council, and the Heiberg Memorial Award from the New York Forest Owners Association.
Steve Wight—Newry, ME
Steve Wight has an extensive resume in public service and in the hospitality and tourism industry in Maine. He served 34 years as a selectman for the town of Newry, and 23 years as a member of the Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission (LURC). He owned and operated Sunday River Inn and outdoor recreation center in Newry, which he built into a quality tourism destination.
Steve currently serves as president of the Bethel area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC), a network of Oxford County nonprofits that work to create Quality of Place by partnering on projects that benefit the community as a whole. He also provides group facilitation and collaboration building through his consulting firm, Wight Enterprises, LLC.
Aaron Gwin Woolf—Elizabethtown, NY
Aaron Woolf is an award-winning documentary journalist and small business entrepreneur. His filmmaking has focused on the human dimension of government policy, and his work in business has focused on building resilient rural infrastructures, particularly at home in Essex County, NY.
Aaron is the director and producer of the critically acclaimed film, King Corn, for which he won a Peabody Award. Other works include Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball, and the United States; Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling; Denial, Beyond the Motor City, and To Be A Miss.
At the start of 2021, Aaron had four projects in production including The Happening, a documentary about undocumented migrants serving long sentences in the US prison system, and The Iowa Mountaineers, which looks at a locus for birth of wilderness education in the heart of the corn belt.
Aaron is interested in ways to repurpose infrastructures to support fair and efficient distribution of locally produced food. In 2007, he founded Urban Rustic, a Brooklyn NY market cafe designed to connect downstate consumers with upstate-sourced local and organic foods. In 2016, he led efforts to re-open the Deer’s Head Inn in Elizabethtown NY, refocusing the 19th century tavern on local food. More recently he has focused on recreational development.
In 2017, Aaron conceived of and co-founded the Elizabethtown Bike Ranch, a community-owned Bcorporation set up to develop the East’s first off-the-grid, pedal-in, mountain biking lodge and trail system. The project will break ground in 2021. Working with the Northern Forest Center in 2019, he co-founded ACRA, the Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance, a working group dedicated to promoting public and private investments in recreational infrastructure across Northern New York.
Aaron is deeply committed to community and conservation efforts in New York’s Adirondack North Country and has served on the boards of the Adirondack Council, Champlain Area Trails, Mountain Lake Public Television, and the Adirondack North Country Association. In 2014 he was the Democratic nominee for US Congress from NY’s 21st congressional district and now serves on the planning board for the Town of Elizabethtown.