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Board and Staff Members

 CCCD Board of Supervisors

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

Associate Supervisors

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 SadTara 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

Trace SmithTracie 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

Pete ThroopPete’s connection to the land formed at an early age, exploring the woods in a nature preserve abutting his childhood home in Connecticut and spending summers on his grandparent’s sheep farm in North Hebron, New York.
Most recently working as a City Planner in Keene, New Hampshire, Pete gained extensive experience supporting the efforts s of community groups: facilitating planning efforts, critically analyzing proposed development projects, and drafting a variety of natural resource protection ordinances. Pete also served as an Associate Core Faculty member in the Resource Management and Conservation Program at Antioch University New England Graduate School, where he taught course work in land use planning, land protection and stewardship, and community and organizational sustainability.
Prior to his planning and teaching work, Pete spent 18 years in the business world as a management consultant, specializing in strategic planning and organizational development. He has an MBA from New York University and a Masters in Environmental Conservation from Antioch. When not pursuing his passion for protecting the integrity of the landscape, Pete can be found puttering around the family’s farm, working in his garden at his home in Keene, or exploring the region's natural areas with his wife Michele and daughter Emily.

   CCCD Staff

Amanda Littleton, District Manager

 AmandaAmanda 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

The Cheshire County Conservation District works in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff who supply technical conservation assistance.
Steven Pytlik, District Conservationist
Mary Ellen Cannon, Soil Conservationist 

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 .

Heidi Smith Konesko, Soil Conservationist
Heidi Smith Konesko has been working with farmers to optimize their grazing systems for the past 16 years, as a Soil Conservationist with NRCS in New Hampshire.  She has always been interested in animals and animal behavior, and worked with horses while growing up. In college she was introduced to dairy cattle and worked on a local dairy farm. She studied Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1987. After graduation she worked on different farms in the U.S. and Europe, gaining experience with dairy and mixed livestock.   While caretaking a small diverse farm in England she was introduced to Rotational Grazing. It seemed like a natural choice for the animals, the land, and for the farmer. Upon returning to the U.S. she came to New Hampshire to work on a grazing dairy, where she gained more experience with cattle and grass management. Eventually she returned to school and earned a Master’s in Adult and Occupational Education from the University of New Hampshire. She continued studying and learning about grass farming during a wonderfully intense year at a small college in northern Vermont, where she interned with the Farm Management faculty. It was there that she acquired her first set of insulated coveralls and a perspective on the sustainability of grass based agriculture in the northeast. She was hired by the NRCS soon after, and with them has worked on conservation programs with all kinds of farm and forest landowners, including grass based dairy, sheep, goat, poultry, and horse farms. 
Wendy Ward, Soil Conservationist
I am a 3rd generation New Hamshireite (is that what we call ourselves?) Native to Keene.
My work with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in Walpole is to help landowners conserve the natural resources on their land - mainly water quality and soil erosion in the woodlands, wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration and invasive plant control.
I have two grown daughters and a significant other who are my biggest fans and most tolerant of my obsessions with all things plant like and tiny. In my spare time when I am not cleaning my house, I love to garden -both veggies and flowers and read. If I actually get away from my own place, I like to hike and look for birds, insects and wildlife in general. My passion is native plants and insects and I love to find new places with unique plants I have never seen before.

Recent News

Gleaning Program now available in the Monadnock Region!  -- Please contact for more info and to get involved