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—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.
Darby Bradley—Calais, VT
Darby Bradley devoted most of his career to land conservation in Vermont. Darby graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in 1967 and received his J.D. from the University of Washington Law School in 1972. He practiced law in Washington State for two years before returning east to become the assistant director and counsel for the Vermont Natural Resources Council in 1974, a position he held until 1981. Darby joined the staff of the Vermont Land Trust as general counsel in 1981 and served as president from 1990 to 2007. For the next seven years, he served as a Special Assistant for Donor and Governmental Relations and as a lobbyist on conservation issues, until retiring from the Land Trust in 1914.
Darby served as chair of the Vermont Environmental Board (1985-87); was a member of the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Vermont (1987-88); and served as a member of the Vermont Forest Resources Advisory Council (1976-82), chairing that group (1995-97) when the state was grappling with issues of clearcutting, herbicides, and property taxes. He is a past trustee of the Land Trust Alliance and served on the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors under Governor Howard Dean. He currently serves on the board of the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation.
Dan Corcoran—Millinocket, ME
Dan Corcoran is a native of Watertown, Connecticut, and moved to Maine in 1969 after serving in the U.S. Navy. He attended Unity College where he received an AS in Forestry and a BS in Outdoor Recreation Management. After graduation, he began a 30-year career as an industrial forester for the Great Northern Paper Company, then the state’s largest landowner with 2.1 million acres of timberland. While working at Great Northern Paper, Dan served in various forestry positions throughout northern Maine and as road surveyor on the Golden Road Project, manager of Spruce Budworm Project, manager of Land Use, district forester, and finally as manager of Forest Policy.
For many years Dan served as Great Northern Paper Company's forestry representative with the Maine Forest Products Council in Augusta and also represented Great Northern on the Administrative Committee of The North Maine Woods organization in Ashland, Maine. In 2003 Dan left Great Northern Paper and began a career in real estate and is currently the owner of North Woods Real Estate in Millinocket, Maine. Dan is a licensed forester and a licensed real estate broker and serves on the Board of Directors of the Forest Society of Maine. Dan has four grown children and lives in Millinocket with his wife Jean, who is a Millinocket native and a well-known Maine artist.
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.
Brian Houseal, Vice 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—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, Chair—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.
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.
Kate Williams—Waitsfield, VT
Kate has devoted her career to balancing her passion for spending time in the outdoors with her commitment to doing the often desk-bound work of stewarding and advocating for outdoor places. From instructing 30-day wilderness courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to serving as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), Kate’s work has spanned the United States and has had a significant focus on building networks to catalyze positive change.
Kate earned a BA at Princeton University where she majored in history, and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on Systems Theory. Kate lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. They spend as much time outdoors as possible on skis, in running shoes, and in boats. Kate has been active in local politics, and is committed to extending her service through involvement on nonprofit boards. She is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of NOLS.