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. He is an active member of the Madison community as Vice Chair of the Madison Zoning Board of Adjustments and a member of the Silver Lake Association of Madison. He enjoys the pristine Silver 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 12 grandchildren, John and his wife live in Bethesda, Maryland, and in Meredith on Big Beaver Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. He is a graduate of Princeton and the University of California Law School (Berkeley).

Bruce Freeman, Treasurer, 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, New Hampshire. Subsequently, he spent twelve years in president positions at privately-held companies. During his previous time in the state, Bruce was a New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire for current and future generations.

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.

Kim Godfrey, At-Large, Holderness

Kim is a passionate nonprofit executive who fell in love with Squam Lake in 2013 and became a year-round resident in August 2017. She is a co-founder of two nonprofit organizations that work nationally to integrate adolescent development research and practices into juvenile justice systems so youths receive the services they need to continue on the pathway to becoming healthy, productive, and purposeful adults. She serves as the executive director of the PbS Learning Institute and led the transition that created the nonprofit from a fully federally-funded project into an independent, financially stable, and now thriving organization. Much like she is drawn to her work with youths and future generations, she joins NH LAKES energized to support the work to care for and sustain the beauty of all New Hampshire’s lakes for future generations.


Reed D. Gelzer, Newbury

Reed is a retired physician who continues service in healthcare through his consultancy in information systems policy, oversight, and care quality improvement. He co-founded a charitable healthcare organization and is a continuing member and leader in volunteer organizations in information system standards and information law. He is also Newbury Zoning Board of Adjustment Alternate. Waterways-bonded from growing up on Michigan lakes, he and his wife, Andrea, with three sons, “discovered” Lake Sunapee in 1998. They are now full-time residents. His favorite pastimes include kayaking, swimming, hiking, following current events, and rediscovering cycling and sailing.

Susan R. Goodwin, 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. She is trustee of the Lake Wentworth Watershed Association, serves on the Lakes Region Curling Association board, and also chairs the Wolfeboro Milfoil Control Committee. Before retiring, she taught chemistry at The Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, and, before that, worked at Sloan Kettering Institute of Cancer Research in NYC. She enjoys traveling, kayaking, curling, x-c skiing, and hiking (including once hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada). Susan originally served on the NH LAKES board from 2009 through 2017, serving as board chair from 2012 through 2016. She rejoined the board in the late-fall of 2018.

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 twelve 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 nonprofit 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. 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 Lovell, Ossipee

Jim has been 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.

Roger F. Murray, III, Wolfeboro

Roger is an attorney in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, whose practice areas include conservation law. He has represented conservation organizations, worked with individual clients on conservation easements, and served as attorney for the Lake Wentworth Association and for the Lake Wentworth Foundation until the combining of those two organizations as the Wentworth Watershed Association, which he continues to represent and serves on its Board of Trustees. A lifelong summer resident of Lake Wentworth, Roger and his wife, Linda, divide their time between their Lake Wentworth summer house and a nearby 1800s cape located two miles up the road.

Robert W. Reed, Chichester

Bob grew up in New Hampshire and attended Plymouth State College. Upon graduating, he went to work for Mobil Corporation in New York City, starting in the International Division and progressing through the Accounting and Supply and Trading organizations. In 1995, Bob was relocated overseas to negotiate commercial structures with various governments and their national oil companies to develop their gas resources. After 20 years overseas, and a total of 35 years with ExxonMobil, Bob retired back to New Hampshire with his wife, Cathy. He now enjoys his Bow Lake house in Strafford and his 150-acre farmhouse in Chichester. He is a fly fisherman and is passionate about preservation of New Hampshire’s waters and natural resources.

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 worked a scientist conducting 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 currently serves as chairman. He represents Holderness on the Lakes Region Planning Commission. He has served on the Governor’s Shoreland Protection Commission, the State Groundwater Commission, and chaired the Shoreland Advisory Committee. He served six years on the New Hampshire 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 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. As a Board member, she is most interested in using good governance practices to maximize impact, act strategically, and ensure that funds raised are spent efficiently and effectively. She lives on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Honorary Directors

Joseph Farrelly, Deerfield

Anne Lovett, Holderness

Sidney Lovett, Holderness