Meet Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Board of Trustees:

Rick Steber
Chair
Glen, NH

Rick Steber is a retired former Pump Industry business executive.  He is a self described lifetime learner, and particularly passionate about birds.  Now in 6th year as trustee for Tin Mountain, he serves on several committees, including chair of the board. Rick enjoys spending time with his 3 grand daughters, birding, reading, photography, and travel. Put simply, he loves life in this great area!

 

Nancy Devine
Vice-Chair
Silver Lake, NH

Leslie Schomaker
Treasurer
Jackson, NH

Leslie Schomaker grew up in Scarsdale, NY. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1966 and received her MBA from UNH in 1983. In the very early days of personal computers (DOS 1.0) she established a consulting business to help computerize accounting functions for small businesses, often custom programming an application to prepare a client’s data to be imported into traditional accounting software. After living in Kennebunkport, Maine for 25 years, she and her husband Warren moved to Jackson, NH in 1996. In New Hampshire she enjoys skiing (downhill and cross country), biking, kayaking, pickleball and hiking. She has served on many boards, usually as treasurer.

 

Johanna Vienneau
Secretary
Freedom, NH

Johanna Vienneau is outside at every opportunity*: kayaking, birdwatching, hiking, gardening, cross-country skiing, and exploring old roads and trails. She majored in Wildlife Science and has a Master of Education degree. She taught middle school science in Tamworth, New Hampshire for 28 years. Dissecting squid then cooking calamari, creating a family tree and following an inherited trait through the family, exploring tide pools, collecting minerals at the old lead mine in Madison and the Moat Mountain Mineral Collecting site, and the Consumer Fair were favorite activities. And she occasionally taught a bit of introductory German.

*A favorite indoor activity is reading, with a cat in her lap.

 

Tom Albert
Center Conway, NH

Tom Albert has lived in the Mount Washington Valley since 1976, growing up on a potato and turf farm before founding a tech company in 1997. He still runs that company, serving the IT needs of many local businesses, municipalities, local government offices, and homeowners. He and his wife Karen have two wonderful grown children, one in teaching and the other in conservation and sustainability.

An avid (and always learning) birder, tagging along on a Tin Mountain bird activity led to him joining the board in the spring of 2018. He and his wife hike, paddle, pedal, slide and glide in all seasons in this beautiful place. Other interests include cooking, baking and gardening.

Kim Bowker
Eaton, NH

Kim Bowker has worked in the renewable energy industry for 25 years and currently does Technical Sales for the altE Store, a Massachusetts based distributor of solar and energy storage equipment.  Raised in Philadelphia, Kim began to develop a deep respect for nature and tall mountains after moving to Colorado in the 1980’s. Her interest in a clean environment led to a passion for clean energy and, eventually, a B.S. in Applied Environmental Technology with a focus in Wind Energy. Three states and fifteen years later she moved to Eaton, NH to live with her partner, David, in a timber-frame house that he built on family land. Walking or snowshoeing on this land with the dogs is the highlight of every day. Kim is a member of the Tin Mountain Energy Team (formerly TMREI) and has served on the Tin Mountain Board of Trustees since 2018.

 

Will Broussard
North Conway, NH

Will Broussard serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Mount Washington Observatory, where he coordinates and leads programs on Mt. Washington’s natural, cultural, and scientific history. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Maine and a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. Originally from midcoast Maine, his passions include hiking and bird watching.

 

Sue Clark
Jackson, NH

Susan Clark also joined the Tin Mountain Board of Trustees.  Susan’s unique background includes experience teaching kindergarten as well as experience in both historical preservation and therapeutic horseback riding.  She served as the secretary for both the Historic District Commission Board in Amherst, NH and the board of Questers, a national non-profit organization that brings historical and antiquity programs to elementary grade students. Through her therapeutic equestrian programs, Susan worked with differently abled adults and children including a program for wounded warriors.  These programs enabled challenged individuals to experience the healing power of horses. In several of these roles she contributed her talent and expertise in development.

 

Jason Dennis
Madison, NH

Jason moved, with his wife and daughter, to the Mt. Washington Valley in 2019. Originally from Virginia, Jason first moved to Concord, NH after her graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2008. Jason is an attorney with Hastings Malia P.A. in Fryeburg, ME and has practiced law for going on 12 years. He is currently serving as the Out-of-State Governor on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Jason loves all the outdoor adventure opportunities that the Mt. Washington Valley offers, and his favorite thing about Tin Mt. is all of its endeavors to teach kids about the natural world. Jason’s other interests include writing, travel, sports, eating good food, and cooking (he was recently a regional finalist in a burger cook-off held at Fenway Park). Jason’s favorite superhero is Batman.

 

David Freedman
Conway, NH

David’s experiences with Tin Mountain Conservation Center stretches back to the early 1980’s while he was teaching sixth grade at Conway Elementary School. He fondly remembers the joy and excitement a simple field trip to the Saco River flowing through the meadow behind the school would evoke in his students. He also recalls hacking out rampant juniper at the nascent Tamworth summer camp site, telling stories at the original Halloween Hoots in Jackson, and dropping his son off for his first Nature Nuts summer session.

Since then, he taught and eventually retired from Kennett High School and now teaches history and humanities courses at White Mountain Community College. He has also traveled extensively, most intensively on a sabbatical that found him circling the globe over the course of 10 months.

He continues to enjoy our wondrous natural world avidly hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and listening to the crickets at night and loons flying overhead as they head to nearby Silver Lake. He has been on the Tin Mountain Board of Trustees since the fall of 2016.

 

Pat Heiges
Glen, NH

Pat is a native of New Hampshire and graduated with a BS degree from Plymouth State College in 1971.  She has been coming to the Valley since the early 70’s and moved here full time in 2006 when she retired from a career as Project Leader and Senior Programmer/Analyst for an insurance company in Massachusetts. She and her husband Bob live in Glen.

When not traveling, Pat enjoys Tai Chi, hiking, biking and XC skiing.  She is a long time volunteer at the Angels and Elves program and a supporter of many other local charities and programs in the Valley.

Pat joined the Board for a second term in 2019 and is on the First Season, Bike Events and Diversity.

 

Margaret Marshall
Conway, NH

Pam Mason
Jackson, NH

Pam leads Mason & Mason’s Management Liability Practice, specializing in management liability coverages for life science and technology firms as well as the venture, angel and private equity firms that fund them.

Because of her strong technical understanding of the insurance products that facilitate risk transfer, Pam’s focus with her clients centers on risk assessment. She has extensive experience with complex litigation, including securities fraud and other shareholder rights matters, bankruptcy matters, M&A indemnity claims, and employment actions.

Prior to joining Mason & Mason, Pam was a Senior Vice President of Marsh, Inc., a global insurance broker, where she led the company’s regional FINPRO management liability practice in Boston.

Pam frequently lectures and writes on risk management and insurance topics. She has spoken at Venture and Angel Group association meetings at national and local venues. Pam’s articles and commentary have appeared in Venture Capital Journal, Red Herring, Bloomberg and other publications.

Pam is a Certified Insurance Counselor and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance and received a B.A. degree from the University of Vermont.

 

Kim Matte
Conway, NH

Kim moved to the Valley with her husband Christopher 16 years ago.( Her daughter was born here in the Valley). They own and operate Black Mountain Property Services, LLC. Kim has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work. Prior to moving to the Valley she was employed as a Hospice Social Worker for over 10 years. She has also worked as an Oncology Social Worker in hospitals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for several years. (Before going to graduate school she was employed as a teacher for 5 years). Kim chose to join the BOD to give back to Tin Mountain as her daughter has enjoyed Tin Mountain camps and program for years. She enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, gardening and all the things then Valley has to offer.

 

Bill Petry
Bedford, MA

Tin Mountain has been the perfect organization for Bill and his wife Tim to use as a source for nature programming and environmental activities in the Valley.  They are both retired and work for conservation groups here and in their winter home in Delray Beach, Florida.  Bill’s career was founded on electrical engineering, but shifted to technical sales and marketing, world wide, in the electronics industry.

Bill and Tim have had a home in Center Conway for over 30 years and made many friends as they’ve hiked and skied the mountains, paddled the Saco, biked the trails and hills all over, and boated on Conway Lake for rest and relaxation.  They are both very active with the TM Bird Society and look after the Valley loon population annually.

 

Karl Pfeil
North Conway, NH

Karl grew up in Andover Mass. He is a Vietnam Veteran, USMC. Karl worked as a Shipwright at the Boston Naval Shipyard and then at Raytheon Company in Andover MA for 35 years in the Missile Systems Division as a Financial Analyst/Program Manager. Karl has 2 sons and 3 granddaughters.

He retired 2007 with my wife Susan, but has remained very busy. Karl served as a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Tin Mountain Conservation Center – (Board member from 2009-2016), and has completed the Naturalist Certification program. He is an active member of TMCC’s Bird Society and is on the board of the North Country Camera Club. He is also an active member of the local Trout Unlimited organization.

Karl is also actively involved veterans’ issues.  He is a past Commander of the American Legion North Conway, officer of VFW post in Bartlett, and a life member of DAV and MOPH.

He enjoys hiking, fishing, birding, snowshoeing and photography.

Susan Pfeil
North Conway, NH

Sue grew up in Andover, MA and raised two sons in Methuen, MA, with her husband, Karl.  They purchased a second home in the MWV 18 years ago and in 2007 both retired and moved full time to North Conway.  They’ve been members of Tin Mountain since then and love the work it does with the local schools and the community.

Professionally Sue worked for Agri-Mark, Inc., which is New England’s largest dairy cooperative and owns Vermont’s Cabot Cheese and McAdam Cheese in upstate New York.  She served as the Corporate Risk Manager, managing the company’s worker compensation for over 400 employees, liability and 200+ million-dollar property insurance programs.

Since living in MWV full time, Sue has served on the Board of the Friends of Conway Library for many years; the President of their condo association’s Board for 8 years; and currently serve on Memorial Hospital’s Patient Advisory Board.  In 2018 Sue was named Tin Mountain’s Volunteer of the Year for her tireless work on the First Season’s auction.

Sue love hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing in the winter.

 

David Govatski
Honorary Trustee
Jefferson, NH

David Govatski is a retired Silviculturist and Forest Fire Management Officer with the US Forest Service. He is a US Army veteran and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. David currently works as a naturalist, and he has been an expedition ship naturalist in Alaska for five summers. He is on the board of the NH Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Loon Preservation Committee, Friends of the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Museum of the White Mountains, and is the President of the Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon, and the Friends of Pondicherry. David is also the Chairman of the Nash Stream Forest Citizens Advisory Committee.

David lives in Jefferson, N. H., and enjoys traveling to natural areas. He has visited all 175 National Forests and Grasslands, 399 of 419 national park units. David is on a quest to see all of the native conifers of the US. He enjoys hiking, canoeing, and Nordic skiing. David is the co-author of Forests for the People – The Story of the Eastern National Forests.

Seth Rockwell
Honorary Trustee
Portland, OR