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Ryan Owens

executive director

Ryan joined the Monadnock Conservancy as a conservation project manager in 2006 and was promoted in 2008. He completed his master’s degree through the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, where he studied natural resource inventory and interpretation with an eye to applying science and communication to land conservation challenges. Prior to that, he worked in nonprofit development with The Wilderness Society in Boston. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he studied ecology and environmental studies. He is a member of the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council and is vice president and bass singer with the Chamber Singers of Keene. When not working, Ryan can be found in his woodshop or out telemark skiing. He lives with his wife and son in Walpole.

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Lacy Gillotti

deputy director

Lacy joins the Monadnock Conservancy after serving as the director of canine operations at NEADS, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit committed to training world-class service dogs. Earlier in her career, Lacy worked in higher education, finding joy in coaching and teaching. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield College, and a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Fitchburg State. When she’s not in the office, Lacy is most likely adventuring in the outdoors with her wife, daughter, and two dogs; hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and just about anything that combines fresh air and the wilderness. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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Anne McBride

land protection director

Anne joined the Conservancy in 2008. Prior to that, she worked for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. She first moved to New Hampshire for an AmeriCorps program, teaching environmental education and doing trail work in numerous state parks. After spending time on the coast of Maine and in the Hudson Valley of New York, she returned to the Granite State for a master’s degree in conservation biology at Antioch University New England. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in environmental studies, concentrating in geology and geography. Anne enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and following old woods roads to see where they take her. Anne lives with her husband and two kids in Nelson.

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Pete Throop

conservation project manager

Pete returns to the Conservancy after working for the past seven years as director of planning and community development for the Town of Peterborough. Previously, he was the project director for the Conservancy’s Community Conservation Partnership. Pete has a background in land use planning and natural resources as well as strategy and management, having worked for businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities. He has a master’s degree in business administration from New York University and a master’s degree in environmental conservation from Antioch University New England. Pete enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing, and listening to the spring sounds in the Monadnock region. He shares his home in Keene with his teenage daughter, two dogs, and a cat.

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Alex Metzger

stewardship director

Alex comes to the Conservancy from a job as an environmental scientist with Eastern Research Group Inc. He has previously worked as a summer forestry technician with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and as a stewardship specialist with Piscataquog Land Conservancy. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a dual master’s degree in natural resources and forestry from North Carolina State University and the University of Helsinki, and a doctorate in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His hobbies include many things outdoors (particularly hiking and backpacking), mushrooming, traditional fiddling, and Aikido. Alex currently lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Manchester.

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Richard Pendleton

stewardship coordinator

After a 30-year environmental (geologic and hydrogeologic) consulting career, including his own firm (Eastview Environmental), Richard is now excited to explore a parallel vocation path in land conservation. A former member of the Monadnock Conservancy board (two terms) and the stewardship and lands committees, he has also served on the Peterborough Conservation Commission and Water Resources Committee. He is also the current chair of the Harris Center for Conservation Education board. A graduate of Hobart College and the University of New Hampshire, Richard is an avid cyclist and cross-country skier who loves exploring the remoter parts of the Monadnock region. He lives in Peterborough with his wife; they have two young adult daughters.

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Rick Brackett

land manager and GIS specialist

Rick oversees the monitoring, management planning, habitat improvements, and public access for the lands owned by the Conservancy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Keene State College and a master’s degree in resource management and conservation from Antioch University New England. Rick enjoys hiking and fishing. He and his wife and their three pets live together in Fitzwilliam.

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Lindsay Taflas

development director

Lindsay joined the Conservancy in 2017 after previously working for Keene State College in the alumni relations and fundraising office. Prior to that, she worked for Stonewall Farm where she was responsible for community outreach. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and dance performance from Keene State College and is a certified yoga instructor. Lindsay currently serves on the board of directors for the Little Ossipee Lake Association in Waterboro, Maine, where she spends summer weekends with her extended family. Lindsay lives in Jaffrey, with her husband and daughter, where she can often be found practicing yoga while weeding her garden.

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Kate Sullivan

operations and development manager

Kate joins the Monadnock Conservancy after serving as the volunteer manager at NEADS, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit committed to training world-class service dogs. Previously, she worked for nearly a decade in the forestry industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Vermont. In her spare time, Kate enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing, and traveling. She lives in Princeton, Massachusetts.

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Katrina Farmer

communications and outreach manager

Katrina's background is in publishing, having worked for Yankee magazine, an independent book publisher, and as a freelance writer and editor. Katrina is currently on the board of Historic Harrisville, and has served on the boards of the Peterborough Folk Music Society and the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors as often as she can whether biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing, or snowshoeing. Katrina lives with her husband and son, and their dog, in Harrisville.

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