Board of Directors

Would you, or someone you know, like to serve on the NH LAKES Board of Directors?

The success of NH LAKES is due largely to its volunteer Board—all of our current board members as well as those that have served before them. If you or someone you know loves New Hampshire lakes and is interested in contributing their “time, talent, and treasure” to this organization, please contact any of the Board members or NH LAKES President, Tom O’Brien, at

The Board elects its members for three-year terms, with term limits of three consecutive terms before a one-year break in service. While there are responsibilities, there is also the reward of being part of a great organization with a very important mission, conserving the lake and pond water resources about which we all care deeply.

Please note that although a NH LAKES Board member may be personally affiliated with one or more lakes, s/he is expected to act in an impartial manner with a duty of care and of loyalty to the NH LAKES mission and its statewide membership.

Our Board


Stuart ‘Stu’ Lord, Chair, Madison

Stuart (Stu) is a retired Procter & Gamble executive with over 33 years of increased responsibility in manufacturing, sales, supply network design/execution, and corporate strategy development. He has lived and worked in seven states from coast to coast with significant international travel. He is passionate about planning, work quality, efficiency, effectiveness and delivering results. Retired in New Hampshire, he is a member of the Silver Lake Association of Madison and enjoys the pristine lake and surrounding mountains with his wife Karen and family.

John A. Edie, Vice Chair, Meredith

Following five years on Capitol Hill, John was Vice-President and General Counsel of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC, from 1981-2003. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Exempt Organizations Tax Services group in 2004 until retiring in 2012. He has extensive experience advising private, family, community, and corporate foundations on a wide variety of tax and nonprofit policy issues. He is the author of several books in the nonprofit foundation field. With five grown children and 11 grandchildren, John and his wife live in Bethesda, Maryland, and in Meredith on Big Beaver Island on Lake Winnipesaukee.

John-Michael (JM) Girald, Secretary, Rye

JM Girald has had the pleasure of enjoying many of New Hampshire’s lakes over the course of his life spending the most time on both “Big” Lake Sunapee and Little Lake Sunapee. He values and enjoys all that our lakes have to offer, in particular the reflections of mountains, trees, and clouds on still water, and fishing, swimming, and boating. JM has been an advisor to entrepreneur owner-managers and their privately-held businesses for his entire professional career. JM is a founding partner of Peloton Advisory, LLC, a boutique advisory firm, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that works exclusively with entrepreneurs to help build the value of their businesses and capture the value through a sale or recapitalization of their company. He is a graduate of Villanova University where he was fortunate to meet his wife during their sophomore year. They now reside in Rye, New Hampshire, and are busy raising three children who are all within 3.5 years of each other.

Jim Lovell, Treasurer, Ossipee

Jim is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual since 1989, helping professionals and business owners plan for a secure retirement. He and his family enjoy New Hampshire’s natural beauty and have vacationed on many of its lakes over the years. Jim and his family reside in the seacoast area and spend recreation time at their lake home on Ossipee Lake. Jim joined NH LAKES to support the organization and the important work being done to keep New Hampshire’s lakes and watersheds healthy for future generations.

Susan R. Goodwin, At-Large, Wolfeboro

Susan is a life-long summer resident of Lake Wentworth. She and her husband Peter retired and moved to Wolfeboro full-time in 2008. For many years she served as a Vice President of the Lake Wentworth Association, editor of its newsletter, and also managed its annual membership drive. She now serves on the board of the newly-formed Wentworth Watershed Association where she is Chair of Programs and Outreach. In addition, she serves on the Wolfeboro Milfoil Control Committee and, for several weeks each summer, can be found out in her kayak mucking milfoil behind the DASH unit working in Wolfeboro’s Back Bay. She also serves on the Board of the Lakes Region Curling Club. Previous jobs included teaching chemistry at Kent School in Kent, CT, for 20+ years and working as a lab assistant at Sloan Kettering Institute of Cancer Research in NYC. She enjoys traveling, x-c skiing, kayaking and hiking and, once upon a time in another life, she hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.


Nancy Devine, Silver Lake

Nancy has been dedicated to various areas of Philanthropy since 1978 with extensive experience in healthcare and community foundation marketing and development. She began her consulting business part-time in 2002 to help small nonprofits in board development, establishing and implementing comprehensive fund raising programs and assisting professional advisors with charitable estate and gift planning strategies. For several years, she was on the faculty for Council on Foundations Institute, Washington, DC and Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She has a BA from St. Joseph’s College, Maine, and is a graduate of the Healthcare Philanthropy Institute, University of Wisconsin.

Nancy’s philanthropy extends past her work through volunteerism and gift giving. She currently serves as regional board chair of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, a trustee of the Pequawket Foundation, and member Madison Conservation Commission and is involved with the lake water program for Silver Lake. Nancy has been vacationing in the Mt. Washington Valley since early childhood and in 2009 rebuilt her home on Silver Lake where she now lives full time. She is an Ambassador at Cranmore Mountain winter months, loves to ski, play tennis, hike and all things New Hampshire lakes.

Bruce Freeman, Strafford

Bruce is a consultant and executive advisor to private equity portfolio companies. His prior experience includes twenty years at GE in manufacturing and business management roles, including the top leadership position at GE Meter in Somersworth, NH. Subsequently, he spent twelve years in president positions at privately held companies. During his previous time in the state, Bruce was a NH Seacoast United Way Board Director and he chaired their corporate campaign in 1995. He and his wife, Kipp, returned to this area in 2014 to get back to NH and to be near their three grown children and families. They now reside year-round on Bow Lake in Strafford and love being part of the NH LAKES community. One of Bruce’s strong interests is to protect our beautiful lakes in NH for current and future generations.

Joseph Goodnough, Sunapee

Joe has owned his camp on Lake Sunapee for 48 years and presently serves on the NH Public Water Access Advisory Board. He retired from the computer industry where he worked in sales and marketing. He is a former president of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) and has served on the board and committees of NH LAKES for the past 12 years. At Lake Sunapee he is an active weed watcher, water tester and honorary LSPA Board member.

Shirley Green, Enfield

Shirley resides with her husband, Glyn, and West Highland White Terrier, Maisie, on Crystal Lake in Enfield. Shirley has been passionate about protecting Crystal Lake’s water quality, wildlife, and its watershed since the early eighties. She has been an active board member of the Crystal Lake Improvement Association for over twenty years. Serving as an officer repeatedly, she organizes the Weed Watcher’s program on the lake and volunteers as a Lake Host. She and Glyn organize the Annual Crystal Lake Cleanup, Independence Day Boat Parade, and Lake Association Picnic.

Shirley is an ardent supporter of NH LAKES and the Loon Preservation Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Lakes Association for eleven years. Glyn serves on the Board of Trustees of the Loon Preservation Committee. Shirley was awarded, jointly with her husband, the John F. Morten Memorial Award for Exemplary Lake Stewardship in 2010.

Andre A. Hunter, Newbury

After successfully selling their travel planning business a couple of years ago (founded and run with his wife Kelly for 20 years), Andre is currently doing some private consulting and is devoting most of the rest of his time to supporting other not for profit organizations. These include his role as president of the board of the Mianus River Gorge Inc. (New York), the president of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing, and co-president of his Dartmouth College class. Prior to his career in the travel business, Andre spent 10 years in banking and real estate investment in New York. Both Andre and his wife graduated from Dartmouth College and both subsequently received their MBAs from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

In 2010, Andre and his wife bought a second home in Newbury, and are fortunate to enjoy wonderful views of lakes Sunapee, Todd, Massasecum, Blaisdell, and Mountainview, which only serve to reinforce how important the quality of the lakes are in the state. They enjoy all of the seasons in New Hampshire, and are avid skiers, hikers, and kayakers.

Jim McElroy, Freedom

Jim is retired as CEO of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, Inc., (iNEMI). Prior to joining iNEMI, he was VP of International Operations for MicroModule Systems. He also worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years. He has authored numerous papers and articles in the areas of technology, manufacturing, and industry collaboration, holds one patent, and has been active in several industry trade associations. He received BSME and MSME degrees from Northeastern University. He and his wife Jeanne have been married for 47 years and they have two children and three grandchildren. They have resided in rural New Hampshire towns for 45 years. Jim is also active on several town committees including the Freedom Aquatic Invasive Species Committee  where he serves as chairman.

David W. Packard, Goffstown

Dave is a scientist working for Public Service of New Hampshire. He spent much of his career in the construction, start-up, and repair of power generating plants around the southwestern United States and New Hampshire and currently negotiates major contracts for the corporation. He is the Co-chair of the Goffstown Solid Waste Commission (the town with one of the highest recycling rates in New Hampshire); is a former Boy Scout leader; and has a profound interest in the preservation and wise use of the state’s waters and natural resources. Dave and his wife, Pat, also enjoy birds, wildlife, and two wonderful energetic grandchildren on and in the water at Lower Suncook Lake in Barnstead

Robert W. Shaw, Jr., Moultonborough

Bob and his wife Anne have lived full time since 1993 in a home they designed and had built on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Whenever possible he is on the water in his sailboat, deckboat, or canoe. For nearly thirty years Bob ran a venture capital firm that he founded which invested in alternative energy technology companies. Before that he was a senior partner and director of consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton and led the firm’s energy and environment division. Earlier in his career he was a scientist doing basic research at Bell Laboratories. Now largely retired, he is serving on several government, university, and association advisory boards. He has engineering bachelors and masters degrees from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, as well as an MPA in organization design and development from American University.

Robert N. Snelling, Holderness

Bob is a retired environmental engineer/scientist having served for 36 years with the U.S. Public Health Service, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Since retiring and relocating to Holderness in June 2000, Bob has been a volunteer docent and Trustee with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, serving as Chairman from 2003 to 2006. He has served as a member of the Holderness Planning Board since 2003 and represents Holderness on the Lakes Region Planning Commission. He has served on the Governor’s Shoreland Protection Commission, the State Groundwater Commission, chaired the Shoreland Advisory Committee, and is currently appointed to the NH Wetlands Council. He is also a Trustee of the Spaulding Youth Center. Bob is married with two grown daughters and loves hiking, biking, skiing, and tennis.

Peter Sorlien, Moultonborough

Peter began a career of nonprofit service simultaneously with his professional career, by founding a nonprofit arts organization in Chautauqua County, New York. Having summered on Squam Lake since 1964, he became an activist for loon preservation and served on the board of the Loon Preservation Committee for 15 years. He also served on the board of the Squam Lakes Association, chairing a committee that published Squam Wildlife Guide. Professionally, he has been an accredited appraiser of art and antiques since 1988. For the American Society of Appraisers, he has served as President of the Boston chapter and International Education Chairman for Personal Property (twice), and has co-authored the textbooks and courses required for accreditation as an appraiser. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in art history.

Robert W. Varney, Bow

Bob is the President of Normandeau Associates and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Administrator. He was Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for 12 years and also served as the Director of the New Hampshire Office of State Planning, Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, and the Executive Director of the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Council. He is considered one of the nation’s most experienced and respected environmental leaders. In 2009 he was presented with EPA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Environmental Merit Award. Bob is a former resident of Meredith on Lake Winnipesaukee, and he has been a strong supporter of the NH LAKES Association since its formation in 1992.

Elaine R. Warshell, Moultonborough

Elaine is a retired attorney who practiced law in Hanover for more than 25 years. She is a member of the New Hampshire State Council of the Humane Society of the United States, was on the Board of Directors of the VNH (Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire) for nine years, and is former President and Chairman of the Board of the Upper Valley Humane Society. She likes to travel, kayak, hike, and read. She lives on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Honorary Directors

Courtland Cross, New London

Joseph Farrelly, Deerfield

Anne Lovett, Holderness

Sidney Lovett, Holderness

Philip Parsons, Sandwich