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NH Audubon Welcomes Six New Board Members

Concord - NH Audubon is happy to welcome six new members to its Board of Trustees, growing the size of the board from 11 to 14.

“We’re very excited by this period of growth on our Board, which aligns with the success of the organization in the last two years. Our trustees are more engaged and excited about our future than ever,” said President Doug Bechtel.

Tom Lee, recently elected Chair of the Board, agrees.  “An already strong but small Board has been greatly enhanced with the addition of six exceptionally talented, enthusiastic, and forward-looking new trustees.”

Back for a second round, Sylvia Bates held the position of Chair of New Hampshire Audubon’s board in the early 2000s, and is an honorary trustee as well. Bates is newly retired after a long career with the Land Trust Alliance, where she was most recently the Director of Standards and Educational Services.

Alexandra T. Breed had a long career as an attorney, focusing most recently on estate planning and conservation easements at McLane Middleton in Concord, from which she recently retired.  Breed has served on many nonprofit and environmental boards and lives in the Lakes Region.

Nisa Marks served for several years on New Hampshire Audubon’s Environmental Policy Committee, which she now chairs. Her master’s degree was focused on the intersection of policy and rare species recovery. Marks is the Watershed Coordinator at NH Department of Environmental Services, which leads efforts to improve water quality state-wide.

“NH Audubon's amazing mission inspired me as a volunteer. I look forward to continuing to support the amazing work of staff and volunteers to protect New Hampshire's environment and connect people with nature,” Marks says.

Jason Morse works in the Sustainability department of BAE Systems as New England Energy Manager. Morse has expertise in energy efficiency, building sustainability, renewable energy, and energy policy. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, hiker, climber, and naturalist. He says, “It's an honor to be able to serve such a great organization with such an important mission. I hope that I can help protect some of New Hampshire's wild places, and create opportunities for everyone to get to know and value the outdoors.” 

Bev Shadley is currently Deputy Director of the Southeast Land Trust, one of NH Audubon’s land trust partners. Her current service as a trustee is somewhat of a return to NH Audubon for Bev; in 1990 she was hired to be a naturalist educator, and credits NH Audubon for launching her distinguished conservation career.

David Silk (NH Audubon Treasurer) has a distinguished career in the finance and banking sector, and is currently the treasurer of a healthcare technology firm. Silk has been a long-time supporter of cancer research and comes to NH Audubon because of his growing interest in and dedication to environmental issues.

About New Hampshire Audubon
NH Audubon is a nonprofit statewide membership organization dedicated to the protection of New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. Independent of the National Audubon Society, NH Audubon has offered programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and environmental education since 1914. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults in schools and at four nature centers throughout the state. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.

Posted on: June 6, 2022
Topics: Board Announcements | Something New

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