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The Amherst Land Trust Trustees

Bruce Beckley

Bruce Beckley joined the Land Trust Board in 1997. He lives with his wife Sharon at the end of Baboosic Lake Road, where they maintain their land as a private wildlife sanctuary.

Bruce worked for PSNH and other New England utilities for 37 years primarily in the engineering and construction of nuclear power facilities. His interest in environmental subjects stems from several years as a sanctuary director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and from managing many environmental programs for industry.

Bruce is also a member of the Amherst Conservation Commission with prime responsibilities for land protection and public relations. He writes the "Conservation & More" column in the Amherst Citizen.

Bill Birchard

Bill is a freelance journalist, author, and book consultant who writes about management, health care, and the environment. Among Bill's books are Merchants of Virtue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), the story of the making of a sustainable company, and Nature's Keepers (Jossey-Bass, 2005), the story of the world's largest environmental group, the Nature Conservancy. Bill's writing has appeared in Chief Executive, CFO, Fast Company, Strategy + Business, and other magazines.

Bill and his wife, Suzanne, have lived in Amherst since 1989. Bill served as a youth soccer coach and scout leader for many years. Bill spends his free time in the outdoors, hiking, skiing, and canoeing, and has traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America to remote and mountainous regions. He blogs about book writing at www.StairwayToEarth.com.

George Bower

George and his wife Jackie have lived in Amherst for more than 30 years. He has served on the Amherst Land Trust Board of Trustees since 1997.

George earned his Ph.D at Michigan State University and as a principal in ESRA Consulting, provides scientific, technical, and regulatory services to industrial facilities. George twice served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on Science and Technology at conferences with the former Soviet Union and has provided committee testimony to the US Congress on technology issues. Dr. Bower has frequently served as a human factors expert in industrial, product safety and traffic accident cases. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pennichuck Corporation and is the co-inventor of a patented, high-performance oil/water separation and recovery system.

George has served on the Town of Amherst Planning Board, the Road Commission and was twice elected to terms on the Souhegan Cooperative School Board.

Randy Chapman

Randy currently flies domestic and international flights as a captain for American Airlines. He also owns and operates Countryside Self-Storage in Amherst. He earned a BS in Physics from Millersville State University (1981) then continued his studies at Penn State in Aeronautical Engineering. He completed USAF pilot training in 1983, flew Special Ops combat missions in Desert Storm and finished his military career in 1993 as a Major.

Randy has been an active resident of Amherst since 1995. He was instrumental in the effort to purchase the Lindabury Orchard and the creation of the Friends of the Orchard, a group charged with the restoration, maintenance and improvement of the 40 acre orchard. He has coached/managed numerous youth sports activities that include the youth soccer program, recreational and travel baseball and

Jay Dinkel

Jay and his family have lived in Amherst since 1988, and he has been a Trustee of the Amherst Land Trust since 1997. He currently serves on the Amherst Ways and Means committee and is a former Selectman. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an active member of the Milford Rotary Club. He is Treasurer of Opportunity Networks and a director of Education For All Children. A New Hampshire native, Jay and his wife, Toni, have two daughters who were raised in Amherst. He is Vice President and Senior Commercial Relationship Manager for NBT Bank.

Suk Harvey

Hyon Suk O. Harvey (Suk) has been a resident of Amherst for nearly 30 years. She is the CEO and founder of MicroLan Systems Inc., an IT integration business. She was a director on the Boston Celebrity Series Performing Arts Board for nine years, and is now a member of their Overseers as well as chairman of the Hanscom Air Force Base Scholarship Committee, treasurer of the Amherst Lions Club and in church leadership.

Suk and her husband John have two grown children and two wonderful grandkids.

Jim Hendrix

Jim Hendrix is that rare creature, an Amherst native.

Over the years he has served as a youth soccer coach, been on the Board of the Animal Rescue League and on their Advisory Committee, served as a Trustee of the Derryfield School and on their Alumni Council.

Jim's passion for Amherst started when he played in these fields, streams and woods as a kid. Now he hikes, skis and bike rides them. He joined the Amherst Land Trust board because he wants to be part of helping future generations enjoy the same benefits of Amherst's open space.

Jim and his wife Cyndi Carr live on Christian Hill Road with three adopted dogs.

He is the managing partner at Visual Persuasion, LLC, a marketing and PR agency.

Ronald J. Houle

Ron is a founding partner of Brayman, Houle, Keating & Albright, PLLC where he specializes in the area of individual, partnership and corporate taxation. He has considerable experience with easements and other land-related tax issues. Ron is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. He received his Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley College and B.S. in Accounting from Plymouth State College. Ron is an avid skier and general outdoor enthusiast. He and his wife, Ann Foster, live in Amherst Village.

Addie Hutchison

Addie grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and yes, she is the one with the "49ers" license plate. After marrying her husband William, and having two boys, in 1986 she moved to Amherst where she quickly got involved in town activities. Addie served on the Souhegan Cooperative School Board for 14 years. She also served as Chair of the Amherst Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee; was a member of the Amherst Recreation Commission; was a member of the Souhegan Scholarship Foundation; and was an Amherst Democratic Committee Board member for years. Through her various involvements, Addie has seen the value of moderating growth and preserving open space as both a way of honoring our environment and allowing the direction of tax monies to maintaining existing infrastructure instead of expanding (and then having to maintain) new projects.

R. Gordon Leedy

Gordon is a land planner and landscape architect who has practiced in New Hampshire for most of his 35 year career. He is a graduate in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, and is a licensed Landscape Architect in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. He specializes in complex land use entitlements, land planning, community planning, environmental restoration and sustainable design. His public service includes 18 years of service on the Amherst Planning Board, membership on the PlanNH Board of Directors, and past membership on the New Hampshire Board of Landscape Architects and the Souhegan River Local Advisory Committee. Gordon has lived in Amherst for nearly 20 years.

James Ramsay

Jamie Ramsay grew up in Amherst and has watched it grow and change. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Economics and returned home to establish his business. Jamie is president of Highland Construction Corporation and knows that all building is not bad building but that open space is an important part of maintaining a livable community and that some land is just worth preserving.

Jamie has served for many years on the Amherst Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is chair of the Amherst Historic District Commission.

Wes Robertson

Wesley Robertson has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He is currently employed as a Sales Engineer for Palo Alto Networks, a Network Security company.

Wes has a passion for the outdoors, and spends his free time hiking, biking, fishing and skiing. A desire to engage in community service led him to appointments on Conservation Commissions in Amherst and Mont Vernon, NH, where he served as Chair for 10 years. He is currently a board member and President of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions.

Wes has summited the 48 four thousand foot peaks in New Hampshire, and is working on the remaining New England 4000 footers. He lives with his wife and children in Amherst, NH.

Joe Taggert

Joe Taggart is Executive Vice President and the Director of LandVest's Timberland Transaction Division, specializing in the marketing, valuation, disposition planning and acquisition of institutional timberland properties across the United States. Prior to joining LandVest in 2000, Joe worked as a timberland appraiser, log buyer, and land sales manager for the Weyerhaeuser Company in Washington and Oregon and Pacific Lumber and Shipping Company in Seattle, and Mistik Management, Saskatchewan.

Sally Wilkins

Sally has lived in Amherst since she and her husband, Tom, built their house on a piece of family land in 1981. (Tom is a descendent of several of the founding families of Amherst.) They maintain a small homestead on Green Road and run the family business, a sawmill started by Edward Hartshorn in 1808.

Sally is a graduate of Boston College. She is the author of a number of books including Sports and Games in Medieval Cultures from Greenwood Press, several titles in Capstone's Bridgestone Science Library for young readers, and The Insider's Guide to New Hampshire (co-authored with Nancy Elcock of Wilton).

Tom's grandfather, Harold Hartshorn Wilkins, Jr., was one of the charter members of the Amherst Land Trust, a man with a life-long commitment to land preservation. Tom and Sally have tried to carry on that legacy both in the way they run their business and in their community activities. This has included such diverse threads as running a 4H group, giving farm and mill tours to school groups, canvassing for signatures and writing heated letters to the newspapers! Sally and Tom donated a piece of Harold's land to the Amherst Land Trust when he died in 2003. They recently placed more than 500 acres of land in Amherst and Mont Vernon under permanent easement with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.