SELT is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors consists of the following individuals:
Roger Stephenson, President
Roger owns Stephenson Strategic Communications and has over 20 years of experience providing public relations expertise and counsel to corporate management, government agencies and non-profit executives regarding internal communications, stakeholder relations, strategic public campaigns, and community relations. He’s a member of the Leadership New Hampshire class of 2013, father of two grown daughters, and lives in Stratham with his wife Mona. He is an active birder, enthusiastic paddler and aspiring gardener.
Sam Reid, Vice President
Sam is a Certified Financial Planner® and Partner in Charter Oak Capital Management, LLC, a Maine-based Registered Investment Advisor. He is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maine and New Hampshire. Sam was the President of Strafford Rivers Conservancy before its merger with SELT. He currently serves as the Chair of the Dover Zoning Board of Adjustment and is Vice President of Strafford Economic Development Corporation, a regional business development corporation based in Dover, New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine School of Law. He lives in Dover. He enjoys boating, skiing and running road races with his two children, Joseph and Katherine.
Ann Smith, Treasurer
Ann has been an avid antique dealer/collector for thirty plus years. Mother of two adult children and grandmother of three, she lives on a farm in Kensington with her husband, Steve, a retired Phillips Exeter Academy history instructor. She was a board member of the Greater Piscataqua Charitable Foundation and was very active in Kensington town affairs for many years. An active biker, birder, and gardener, she spends as much of her summer as possible on the coast of Maine.
Ann Welsh, Secretary
Ann, a retired special education teacher, is active in environmental matters, currently as the Chairman of Durham’s Conservation Commission, a Durham representative to the Lamprey River Advisory Committee, and formerly as a member of the New Hampshire Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Land. A mother and grandmother, she enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including canoeing, kayaking, hiking and camping.
Don retired from Phillips Exeter Academy in July 2005, having been the Director of Facilities Management there since 1987. Don is an active participant in local civic affairs, and he presently is a member of Exeter’s Conservation Commission, the Raynes Farm stewardship committee and the town’s Amtrak station committee. He is an avid hiker and an enthusiastic cyclist. Don and his wife Mary Jo reside in Exeter where they raised four daughters and now praise their three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, staying engaged in community affairs, connecting with friends, and following their own satisfying agenda.
Bill is a retired teacher, having spent 41 of his 55 years teaching, as a math instructor and coach at Phillips Exeter Academy. A former Exeter Town selectman and Chair of the Conservation Commission, he continues to be active in the Town, serving on the Board of the Historical Society and as an alternate to the Conservation Commission. He and his wife Anne live in Exeter and are parents of three grown sons. He enjoys gardening, birding, and walking in the woods.
Tom spent 30 years in the hardwood lumber business, most of which was with Northland Forest Products in Kingston, NH and is now mostly retired. Tom spent many years on the Exeter Conservation Commission and was involved with the Rockingham Land Trust for about 20 years. He became the first President of the Southeast Land Trust when the Rockingham Land Trust and the Seacoast Land Trust merged. Tom has lived in his 300 year old house in Exeter with his wife Patience for 35 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Dan is the Branch Manager of the Exeter NH branch of ReVision Energy. A native of Randolph, Massachusetts, Dan Clapp grew up spending weekends in New Hampshire at his family’s lake house in Wakefield (built from the ground up with his parents, brothers and other extended family) and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation. Dan’s love of travel and the outdoors have brought him on a number of interesting adventures, including a Semester at Sea, where he circumnavigated the globe and explored multiple countries, and many years skiing and hiking in the Sierras while living in San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe, California. Dan lives in Madbury with his wife Sarah Serling, their daughters Larkyn and Hadley, and Rhodesian Ridgeback Bella.
Terry works for City Year NH. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with high need public schools to provide full-time targeted student interventions. City Year’s teams of 17 to 24 year old AmeriCorps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class support. Terry has 3 adult children who live with their families in NJ and 2 students attending Montana State University. Terry is a member of the Little Harbor Yacht Club and enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking and cooking.
Bob grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, but moved to Rye in 1990, where he now lives with his wife, Betty, three children, and two yellow labs. He is an attorney and mediator. Besides his job, he is the Town and School District Moderator in Rye, and President of the Concord (MA) Independent Battery, a horse-drawn artillery unit formed in 1804. He is an avid golfer, amateur historian and genealogist, and cross-country traveler.
David is the owner of Churchill’s Gardens, an award winning seacoast garden center, four time winner NH Best Garden Center award, five time winner Revolutionary 100 US Garden Centers award. Father of three, dog and book lover. Would like to be more like Roger every day.
Scott is Vice President of the National Center for the Improvement in Educational Assessment, Inc., a Dover, NH non-profit consulting firm. Scott is a recognized national leader in student assessment, school accountability and educator evaluation, working in states and districts across the country, including New Hampshire. A former field biologist and high school science teacher, serving as a SELT board member allows Scott to combine his background in environmental science with his current work at a non-profit. Scott has three children and lives in Rye with his wife Debra Holloway and his one daughter still at home. Scott also serves as a school board member for the Rye School District.
Linda comes to the SELT Board with more than 10 years of land conservation toil under her belt; she worked during those years in various capacities on the Strafford Rivers Conservancy Board of Directors before SRC merged with Southeast Land Trust in 2014. Linda, a Cooperative Extension master gardener, lives with her husband, children, pets, bees and chickens on a 32-acre hay farm in Rollinsford. NH.
While not involved in protecting land, Robin is the Editorial Director for Jouve, North America. She has over 20 year of educational publishing experience from ranging from elementary to higher education with specific expertise in science and math education. She was the founding president of the Seacoast Land Trust, is a Coverts Volunteer, mother of two, and lives with her husband, Bob and dog, Bode in Portsmouth. She is passionate about bicycling and gardening, has traveled around the world enjoying it’s natural beauty, and is an aspiring naturalist.
Joanie has been a SELT Board member since 2011. A former teacher and farmer, Joanie and husband, Charlie Pratt, owned and operated Apple Annie in Brentwood from 1983-2011 . They were very active in protecting open space in Brentwood, especially along the Exeter River. Joanie lives in Exeter now and still volunteers at the CSA she helped start in Brentwood and at Apple Annie. She grows most of her own food in her back yard and at the summer place on Cape Cod that she shares with her children and grandchildren. She also loves playing tennis , cross country skiing, sings with the Rockingham Choral Society and is a big supporter of 350.0rg and its efforts to expose the issues of climate change that we face on a global scale.
Rick is a former trial attorney and New Hampshire State Senator. He currently leads backpacking trips in the Rocky Mountains, the Southwestern United States and Internationally. Rick works as a consultant for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators. An enthusiastic environmentalist, he is one of the founding board members of Conservation New Hampshire and Friends of Kingston Open Space and has served on numerous non-profit boards. Rick has two sons, and two grandchildren. He lives in Kingston with his partner.
Laurie spends her work days as a furniture specialist for Officeworks of New England, providing furniture solutions, space planning and interior design services to commercial clients. She also enjoys residential interior decorating with her own business, Distinctive Decor. In her free time, she likes kayaking, gardening, outdoor activities and spending time with her husband Greg and their three adult children. Residing in Dover, she has been actively involved with the Strafford Rivers Conservancy, and is happy to now be part of the Southeast Land Trust.
Emma, originally from NJ, developed a passion for wildlife and conservation at a young age playing in the woods and catching frogs on her parents’ farm. She came to NH in 2005 to pursue a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology at UNH. She fell in love with the Seacoast region and has been here ever since. Emma currently works as an educator at UNH Cooperative Extension, sharing her passion for conservation with others. She lives in Newmarket with her fiancée and goofy dog, and is an avid baker.
Dan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Partner at Peloton Advisory, a boutique business advisory firm focused on serving entrepreneurs. He is also a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) and Partner at BlueLine Advisors, a NH based Registered Investment Advisor firm. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. Dan lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife Lena, four children, Michael, Emma, Kate and Anna and dog Tilly. He enjoys cycling, running and fly-fishing.