Board and Staff Members
Amy Bodwell - - Roxbury
Amy Bodwell who moved to New Hampshire from the Chicago area in 2007 to be closer to nature and wildness. She enjoys being outside, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, watching birds, bugs and other critters, working on her 200 acres and golf. Her past work as a registered nurse included working in intensive care units and as head nurse of a spinal cord unit. After a big career change, she worked in zoos in Atlanta, Belize, Central America and Chicago mainly as an environmental educator and in local conservation. In addition to CCCD she volunteers for Healthy Monadnock 2020, United Way, and is Chairperson of the Roxbury, NH Planning Board.
Bill Fosher -- Westmoreland, Chair
Richard Mellor -- Rindge
Andy Pressman -- Jaffrey, Vice Chair
John Treat -- Keene, Treasurer
John Baybutt - - Roxbury & Nelson
Tom Beaudry - - Walpole
Chris Bowen - - Swanzey
Holly & Chris Gowdy - - Walpole
Michael Nerrie - - Walpole
Jake Nonweiler - - Keene
Though he grew up in Oklahoma, Jake relocated to New England to attend Middlebury College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and environmental studies. Between his studies on bird feathers, he interned at the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship as well as at MiddCORE, a leadership and innovation program for college students. In his current role at the Hannah Grimes Center, Jake is passionate about driving forward systemic changes that promote business as well as resolve social issues in the area.
Peter Renzelman - - Alstead
Tara Sad -- Walpole
Tara Sad is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration. She has had careers in film and law, and is currently a State Representative for New Hampshire’s Cheshire County Second District, where she serves as Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Committee. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Committee for Administrative Rules and the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund Board. On the Cheshire County Delegation, Tara is a member of the Executive Committee and is Chair of the County Farm Committee. Tara is past president and current board member of the Walpole Historical Society, founding member of the Town of Walpole’s Local Energy Committee (TVEC) and is secretary of The Walpole Players.
Tracie Smith -- Fitzwilliam
Tracie Smith has been growing vegetables for families in the Monadnock region since 1999. In 2001, she graduated from UNH with a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture. In 2008, she bought conservation land in Fitzwilliam, NH where Tracie's Community Farm continues to grow food for a 280 member CSA farm. She has a passion for growing healthy food and aims to nourish the community throughout her life. Tracie currently serves as a member of the Agricultural Advisory board for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture.
John Snowdon -- Westmoreland & Sullivan
Falling in love with the Monadnock Region during their first visit in 1975, John and his wife, Gayla, vowed to find a way to make it their home. They realized their goal in 1986 when John founded Captured Light Studio, Inc, a video and multimedia production company in Keene. The company has since taken John to over 500 different localities across the globe.
When the family settled in Westmoreland in 1991, the concept of land stewardship became an important part of their lives and drives their management decisions today. Sharing Gayla’s love for organic gardening eventually led John to beekeeping, specializing in “no treat”, northern raised honeybees. With their family now grown, current projects include working with a local farmer to convert their 18ac hayfield in Sullivan, NH into certified organic pastureland, developing areas of their property into native pollinator habitat, starting a small holistic orchard and organic blueberry field at their Westmoreland home and spending time with their long-coat German Shepherds. When not building their small organic farm, you can often find them kayaking on one of our local lakes or ponds.
John’s travel created his strong appreciation for home and a realization that there is no other place in the world he would rather live and raise a family than the Monadnock Region. Serving as an associate supervisor with the Cheshire County Conservation District provides a unique opportunity to give back and help ensure the natural beauty and values that drew the family to New Hampshire remain for future generations. John also serves as a Trustee at The Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene.
Pete Throop -- Keene
Amanda Littleton, District Manager
Amanda J.C. Littleton is the District Manager of the Cheshire County Conservation District. Her appreciation for the land blossomed as a child, as she spent her free time exploring the woods behind her home or the shores of Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Antioch University New England's Environmental Studies program with a M.S. in Environmental Education and has completed a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. Before coming to the CCCD, she has held positions in various public outreach and education roles promoting agriculture and the study and conservation of the natural environment. She currently chairs the Localvore Project in the Monadnock region, and is a board member for the Hannah Grimes Center and Monadnock Sustainability Network. She has great interest in supporting the region's working landscape for the value that it contributes to the local economy, the good stewardship it provides for our local environment, and the benefits it brings to our rural communities. She lives in Chesterfield NH with her family, and when not working can often be found fixing up their old home, skiing, hiking, or playing in the waters of the Monadnock Region.
Sharlene Beaudry, Administrative Coordinator
Sharlene LeClair Beaudry was recently hired as the Administrative Coordinator for the Cheshire County Conservation District. After graduating from UNH with a BS in Animal Science she worked as a technician for a veterinarian and then a poultry breeding company. She left the work force to focus on dairy farming , raising her family and later cheesemaking. She and her husband own and operate a small purchased feed dairy operation, Elm Island Farm, in Walpole, NH. Their farm consists of registered Holstein and Ayrshire cattle that will be shown at local fairs throughout the season. They also provide the milk for the Walpole Creamery ice cream mix. Sharlene is a long time Pinnacleview 4-H leader who has coached 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and N.E. Holstein Dairy Bowl at the local, state and national level. Over the years she has been a member of numerous boards: Granite State Dairy Promotion, Frederick B. Hooper Institute, NH Health and Human Services Committee, NH Holstein Club and the Extension Advisory Council, to name a few. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, horseback riding, photography and creative writing. Sharlene is passionate about conservation on both a personal and professional level and looks forward to helping others achieve their goals.
NRCS Staff, Walpole Field Office
NRCS Soil Conservationist Mary Ellen Cannon joined the Walpole Field Office on a permanent basis in June of 2012. Mary Ellen mapped soils for NH NRCS in Coos County , on the Merrimack/Belkap survey, and in the White Mountain National Forest. She also helped map soils in Essex and Caledonia Counties in Vermont. She earned a BS in Agronomy from The Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Soils from Montana State University. Mary Ellen served as a Peace Corps volunteer working with children in Tunisia after graduate school. She believes in supporting local agriculture and soil health. She delights in buying local greens grown in seasonal high tunnels in December .