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, Vice Chair—Kittery, ME
Celina brings extensive experience in the realm of philanthropy, having worked as the chief philanthropic officer for a private foundation, as a senior program officer for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and as community investment manager for Timberland. She has developed donor engagement strategies, worked with nonprofits to build capacity and realize investment, and managed programs from incubation to evaluation. As an advisor, she has helped individuals, families and businesses invest their resources to achieve a variety of charitable goals. Her experience also includes co-leading creation of an impact investment strategy for the Charitable Foundation.
Celina lives in Kittery, Maine and spends as much time as possible on a mountain in western Maine. She earned a masters of education and a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire. Her volunteer work includes serving on the NH Charitable Foundation's Impact Investment Advisory Committee; NH Business for Social Responsibility, which she co-chaired in 2003-2006; and Share Our Strength, Seacoast Chapter.
Peter Bergh—Portsmouth, NH
Peter Bergh has spent his career in commercial banking and consulting. Peter is active in land conservation and outdoor education, including working part-time as a Registered Maine Guide for L.L. Bean for 15 years. He is past chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation board of directors and a member of the board of directors for the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Peter also served on the Society for Protection of NH Forests' board for six years, and was a founding director of the Seacoast NH Land Trust (now part of Southeast NH Land Trust) and The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, as well as participating in a number of other community committees and boards. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. He and Janet live in New Castle, N.H.
Paul O. Bofinger, Director Emeritus—Concord, NH
Paul O. Bofinger came to New Hampshire on what he thought was a lark: to fish for landlocked salmon while awaiting his draft notice. The notice never came, the salmon were biting, and 50 years later he is still here. In 1961, after a stint in the lumber business, Paul started work for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) as a Tree Farm Inspector and stayed there for over 35 years.
In 1965 he became he Forest Society’s President/Forester. He worked for regulation of septic systems and wetlands and was instrumental both in the passage of Current Use property tax assessment in the 1960s and in the campaign for the Trust for New Hampshire Lands, which protected more than 100,000 acres. He served on the Governor’s Task Force of the Northern Forest Lands Study and the Northern Forest Lands Council. Known as a great negotiator, he has worked to bring consensus on New Hampshire environmental issues too numerous to mention. Now retired from the Forest Society, Paul continues to serve on many boards, but arranges his meeting schedule around his fishing dates.
Tabitha Bowling, 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; he works for NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY; and serves as a Councilman for the Town of Saranac. He also represents Clinton County as Chairman on 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 a particular interest in increasing the use of wood-based biomass heat in his and surrounding communities.
Elizabeth Ehrenfeld—Portland, ME
Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, teaches at Southern Maine Community College where she directs the Biotechnology program. She has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. Elizabeth lived in Switzerland for five years doing post-doctoral work in bacterial genetics at the University of Geneva Medical School and the Nestle corporate research center. In 1992, she moved to Maine to work for IDEXX Laboratories where she developed diagnostic tests for the food industry. She has written numerous scientific papers, and has several patents on detection of bacteria in drinking water and food.
Elizabeth is also a Registered Maine Guide who enjoys many outdoor pursuits, including sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, and cycling. She has guided trips for LL Bean, Maine Audubon, and the Woodenboat School. Elizabeth is a past member of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection and Portland Trails and currently serves on the board of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Elizabeth lives in Falmouth, Maine, and spends time in Jackson, N.H. She is a native of New York City and has lived in Vermont and Michigan, in addition to Switzerland.
Bradford S. Gentry—Cheshire, CT
Brad Gentry is the Senior Associate Dean for Professional Practice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, a Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of Management 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. He has worked on land, water, energy, industrial and other projects in over 40 countries for private companies (GE, Suez Environnement, Working Lands Investment Partners), public entities (UNDP, World Bank, Secretariat for the Climate Change Convention) and not-for-profit organizations (Land Trust Alliance, The Trust for Public Land, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation). He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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, Chair—Westport, NY
Brian Houseal is the Director of the Newcomb Campus and Adirondack Ecological Center, which are part of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at the State University of New York. From 2002 to 2012 he served as Executive Director of the Adirondack Council. He has extensive conservation experience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, where a variety of organizations supported his work, including: US Peace Corps, US Agency for International Development, World Bank and World Wildlife Fund. Houseal 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.
In 2012, Brian was appointed by the Obama administration to chair the US-EPA National Advisory Committee on issues related to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He is a co-founder of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance, and Board member of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation.
Brian and his wife Katherine have been seasonal visitors to the Adirondack Park for over 35 years, and are now full-time residents of Westport in the eastern part of the Park on Lake Champlain. He has great admiration for Adirondack wilderness because he can still get lost in it, and often does.
Harold Janeway, Secretary—Webster, NH
Harold Janeway has dedicated himself to conservation and non-profit leadership in New Hampshire and New England since moving to the state in 1978. He has chaired the boards of the NH Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Society for Protection of NH Forests, and the NH Charitable Foundation, and also served as a board member for the Appalachian Mountain Club. He served six years on the Northern Forest Advisory Board of the Open Space Institute, and is currently a director of Red River Theatres. He served on the Board of Trustees of Milton Academy for 17 years, including five as chair.
Harold is a chartered financial analyst whose career included 18 years as a security analyst, research director, and chief of investment policy with the Wall Street firm of White, Weld, and more than 20 years as founder and president of White Mountain Investment, now a division of Cambridge Trust. He has shared his investment expertise as a trustee of the NH Retirement System, and currently chairs its independent investment committee, which oversees the System’s $5-billion fund.
Harold retired from the investment business in 2006 and ran for the NH Senate, where he served two terms. He and his wife Betsy live on an old farm in Webster, NH, where they spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoy visits from their five children and eight grandchildren. Harold earned his B.A from Yale, served two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and—in great NH tradition—has served as Town Moderator for Webster, N.H. for more than 20 years.
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.
Mary McBryde—Norwich, VT
Mary McBryde is the founder of Long Haul Conservation Advisors, a consulting firm that works closely with philanthropic entities—private grant-making foundations, community foundations, families, and individuals—to address complex conservation and environmental issues. Through the development, execution and evaluation of conservation initiatives and the strategic deployment of capital, Mary helps catalyze meaningful, on-the-ground impact in natural and human communities. She also works alongside the land trust community and with other conservation organizations to advance innovative conservation programs and research.
Prior to starting Long Haul Conservation Advisors, Mary was with The Lyme Timber Company for 13 years, serving as Director of Conservation Strategies and Research. She assisted private foundations, families and individuals on the design and implementation of land conservation initiatives and program strategy. Mary also worked closely with private landowners to design and execute land conservation dispositions through a combination of fee and bargain sales and conservation easement transactions.
Mary also serves on the Vermont Land Trust Board of Directors. Mary lives in Norwich, Vermont with her two children, husband, and three dogs.
Roger Milliken—Portland, ME
Roger Milliken is president and CEO of the Baskahegan Company, which owns and manages 120,000 acres of forestland in eastern Maine. Baskahegan is known for its commitment to managing for timber while respecting the natural dynamics of the forest and is a recognized leader in Maine’s forest products industry. Baskahegan has been green-certified by the Forest Stewardship Council since 2004. Roger joined the company in 1983 and became president in 1989. During that time he was involved in a number of forestland purchases and the sale of a conservation easement. He has served as a director of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, a real estate and energy company, and currently serves as a director of Milliken & Company, a global textile and chemical company.
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 has been a trustee of the Conservancy’s Maine chapter for more than 20 years, and co-chaired the $55 million “For Maine Forever” campaign, which protected 185,000 acres along the St. John River. He also co-chaired the Katahdin Forest campaign, which protected 295,000 acres. He has also 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 is a recognized nonprofit leader who has successfully led the Center in its transition through the 2008 economic downturn to produce tangible results for Northern Forest communities. Rob is quick to find opportunities for innovative approaches to generating local wealth and conserving working forestland. He keeps constant vigil over delivering on the Center’s mission and careful resource allocation to get the job done. Rob joined the Center in 2007 as director of programs, leading development of new programs emerging from the Center’s Sustainable Economy Initiative.
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.
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.
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 partner and advisor at KSV, a marketing firm with offices in Burlington, Providence and New York City. He's a business leader with 30+ years of broad-based consumer marketing experience in hospitality, energy, financial services, telecommunications, and professional services. Tim served as president of regional marketing communications firm Kelliher Samets Volk (now KSV) before stepping back from the day-to-day to serve as partner, advisor and shareholder.
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
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.
Ross Whaley—Tupper Lake, NY
Dr. Ross Whaley has an impressive career in public service and policy, after 30 years of experience as a university teacher, researcher and administrator. Since October of 2007, Ross has served as Senior Advisor to the Adirondack Landowners Association. He served the Governor of New York as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency for four years. He also served as Director of Economics Research for the U.S. Forest Service for 6 years. Ross led SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 16 years as its President and continued as University Professor with an interest in the political economy of sustainable development.
Ross has served as a consultant to or member of several state, national, and international commissions devoted to natural resource and environmental issues. Many leading conservation and natural resource organization have recognized Ross's leadership with a number of awards. Awards of note include the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award by the New York Conservation Council, the Heiberg Memorial Award by the New York Forest Owners Association.
Ross also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Audubon New York, the Wild Center, Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program, and the Common Ground Alliance.