Stephen P. Barba serves as Executive Director of University Relations for Plymouth State University (PSU), overseeing public and media relations, conferences and events and the Silver Center for the Arts. In addition, he is the University’s principal administrator for state and federal legislation and for the PSU Business Liaison Program.
Prior to joining PSU, Steve was one of three managing partners of the BALSAMS resort and co-owner of the operating company for the entire 15,000-acre resort from 1971 to his retirement in 2005. His career at the BALSAMS began in 1959 when he attended caddy camp and included positions as greenskeeper, bell hop, doorman, waiter and bartender. From junior high through to a graduate teaching assistantship in English literature at Michigan State University, Steve returned to the BALSAMS whenever school was out.
Peter Bergh is semiretired from Prince Communications — an employee communications consulting firm he co-owns with his wife, Janet Prince. Prior to joining Prince in 1988, he spent eight years in commercial banking, finance and marketing. Peter is active in land conservation and outdoor education, including working part-time as a Registered Maine Guide for L.L. Bean, teaching in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Classroom program, and writing for outdoor publications.
Peter is current chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation board of directors and previously served on the Foundation’s Piscataqua Region advisory board for six years. He 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 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 (SPNHF) as a Tree Farm Inspector and stayed there for over 35 years.
In 1965 he became SPNHF’s President/Forester. He worked for regulation of septic systems and wetlands and was instrumental both in the passage of Current Use assessment in the 1960s and in the campaign for the Trust for New Hampshire Lands which protected more than 100,000 acres. He has 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 SPNHF, he continues to serve on many boards, but arranges his meeting schedule around his fishing dates.
Darby Bradley is special assistant for donor and government relations for the Vermont Land Trust. 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.
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
John Collins’ ancestors emigrated from Ireland to the Adirondacks in the mid-1800s. Other than the three years he served in the U.S. Army, John has always lived in the Adirondacks. He currently is retired from a 28-year teaching career. He has long been extensively involved in his greater community. John served for 17 years as chairman of his town Planning Board, and also as a trustee and then as president of the board of The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. He was appointed in 1984 by Governor Cuomo to the Adirondack Park Agency, serving as chairman of the Interpretive Programs, then as chairman of the subcommittee on Local Planning. He served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency from 1992–1995.
In 1990 John helped organize the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and continues to serve on that committee. John also has a long-standing association with the Adirondack Museum, serving as trustee and then Director. He has served since 2003 on the Board of Governors of the Bruce L. Crary Foundation, whose primary mission is to provide scholarships to college-bound Adirondack students. In his spare time he also manages land for his extended family. John attended Lemoyne College in Syracuse and graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in history. He is married to Ellen Callaghan. They have two grown daughters (Cathleen and Sarah) and three grandchildren. He and Ellen like to canoe, hike, and ski both cross-country and alpine. Winter weekends are spent cutting wood for family fireplaces. He’s admittedly a New York Times addict.
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.
Katharine Eneguess, President of the White Mountains Community College in Berlin, joined the Community College System of New Hampshire in 2003. She started her community college career with both the Laconia and Berlin campuses, and since 2006, continues to grow the White Mountains Community College.
Katharine came to the Community College System of New Hampshire from her own consulting firm Cloveridge Consultants, an organizational development firm specializing in organizational strategies and rural community development initiatives. For the prior 18 years she served as Vice President of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and functioned as lead policy analyst for legislative, regulatory and government affairs issues, specifically working on education, human resource, community development and rural policy.
In addition to chairing The Center’s board of directors, Katharine is a trustee of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; Trustee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; member of the American Association of Community Colleges Community Colleges Workforce Advisory Council; trustee of the Rural Community College Alliance Board; chair of the NH Women in Higher Education Leadership Network; member of the Canadian/ American Alliance of Rural Colleges Board and of the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Ban k of Boston. Katharine served as co-chair of the Citizens Commission on State Courts, past board member of Ocean Bank, and has served on numerous other non- profit organization boards.
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 successfully 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.
Terrance J. Large is the director of Business Planning and Customer Support Services for Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH), where his responsibilities include preparing the company’s annual business and capital spending plans as well as overseeing PSNH’s Community and Economic Development department and Conservation and Load Management program.
Terry was a key player in the development and passage of the New Hampshire Power Plant Mercury Reduction law, which will help to reduce mercury emissions from the state’s coal-fired power plants by at least 80 percent by July 1, 2013. Terry holds degrees from Dartmouth College and from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He has completed the Penn State University Executive Management Program and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. Terry resides in Bow with his wife, Christine, and their two children, Kevin and Sarah. He is the most recent chair of PSNH’s Easter Seals team, and he serves as chairman of the board for the Wanakee United Methodist Center, a camp and retreat ministry in Meredith, NH.
David Marvin and his wife own and operate Butternut Mountain Farm, a 1000-acre diversified woodland operation that produces maple syrup, Christmas trees and timber products, in addition to processing and distributing honey and maple syrup from other farms. They sell their products nationally and internationally through specialty food stores and world-renowned grocers and retailers. They also sell maple sugaring equipment, operate a farm retail store and mail order business, and provide forestry consulting services to land owners in the Northeast.
David is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Forestry and has served on numerous local and state civic and industry boards and commissions. He currently chairs the Shelburne Farms board and the College of Agriculture Advisory Board of the University of Vermont as well as serving on the boards of the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Maple Industry Council. He is the past chair of the International Maple Syrup Institute, the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Maple Industry Council.
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, 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 resides in Hyde Park, Vermont, with his wife Lucy Routhier Marvin. They have two children, Emma and Ira, who both work in the business.
Mary McBryde is the Director of Conservation Strategies and Research for The Lyme Timber Company, which she joined 2001. Mary focuses much of her time on the company’s advisory business while also tracking conservation funding opportunities for Lyme’s investment activities. Through Lyme Timber’s advisory arm, Mary provides strategic advice to private foundations and philanthropic individuals on the design and implementation of land conservation initiatives that target high priority conservation lands and leverage philanthropic investments. She also assists private landowners with conservation-oriented real estate dispositions through a combination of fee and bargain sales and conservation easement transactions.
Prior to joining Lyme, Mary worked for the Jackson Hole Land Trust where she negotiated conservation easement and fee transactions and coordinated the conservation buyer program. Mary earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1992 and a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Washington in 1998. Mary co-authored the chapter on revolving loan funds in the book, From Wall Street to Walden: Frontiers of Conservation Finance (Island Press, 2005). She lives in Vermont with her husband, George, two young children, Maddie and Angus, and two dogs.
Richard Nichols grew up outside of Boston, graduated from Dartmouth College and taught geology and physics for three years at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. In 1992 he left teaching to join Nichols & Pratt, LLP, a partnership of professional trustees in Boston providing fiduciary and investment services. He is a partner in the business and a chartered financial analyst. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analyst Society. The career change brought Richard and his family to Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he now resides. Richard is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust.
Ellen Pope is vice president and chief operating officer of the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide community foundation with $300 million in assets and annual grantmaking of $18 million. Before joining the foundation, she was senior vice president for financial resources at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. She has also worked with the White Mountain School, the N.H. Commission on the Arts, and the White Mountain Festival of the Arts.
Ellen earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and is a graduate of Leadership Maine Nu Class. Ellen’s other voluntarism includes serving as a trustee of Fryeburg Academy in Maine and chairing its investment committee, and serving on advisory or development committees for the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and GrowSmart Maine.
Keith Ross is a Senior Advisor with the Real Estate Consulting Group of LandVest, a for 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 is serves on several committees and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Jim Tibbetts, Executive 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 Operating 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.
Henry Whittemore, Director of Timber Investments and Acquisitions for FourWinds Capital Management, identifies and negotiates acquisitions for the Timber group. Four Winds is a private equity firm whose mandate is to build a global portfolio of forest and forest-related assets. Henry has 18 years of global timberland acquisition experience totaling more than $750M, with a particular focus on North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and Eastern Europe. He recently closed one of the first TIMO investments in a wood pellet manufacturing plant in Serbia.
Previously, Henry worked for Hancock Timber Resource Group as Northeast Regional Manager and Portfolio Manager, recommending timberland acquisitions for the portfolios of institutional investors. Henry’s experience includes managing and developing investment models to determine valuation, and managing ongoing investments within clients’ portfolios. He also serves as environmental officer for the Phaunos Timberland Fund to ensure operational controls in forest management and conformance to the principles of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Henry served in the Peace Corps, holds a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Masters in Forestry from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He serves on the boards of Northern Woodlands Magazine, Maine Farmland Trust and served 19 years on the board of the Forest Society of Maine.