Tom O’Brien, President
Tom has been the President of NH LAKES since 2011, returning to his native New England from the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked in natural resource management and water resource protection “his entire adult life” in jobs that have included: Executive Director of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils; Executive Director of the Watershed Agricultural Council in the New York City water supply watersheds; Watershed Team leader for the Housatonic and Hudson watersheds of Massachusetts; Watershed Ranger Program Coordinator at the Wachusett and Quabbin Reservoirs in Massachusetts; and Park Ranger for a dozen years in Massachusetts and Kansas.
Tom is the proud father of four children. In addition to nonprofit executive and natural resource management professional experience, his life experiences include timber framing and livestock rotational grazing, and he is now an avid New Hampshire hiker and paddler. He brings to NH LAKES a deep commitment to building relationships and consensus among stakeholders and to facilitating environmental stewardship at the local level by those people physically closest to and most affected by those natural resources. In 2015, Tom graduated from Leadership New Hampshire and is a member of the Concord Coachmen, a men’s chorus singing in the barbershop style.
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President
Andrea brings a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively work with volunteers, the ecology and health of the state’s lakes, and what can be to be done to protect and improve lake quality in the state, having coordinated the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Volunteer Lake Assessment Program for six years before joining NH LAKES in February of 2007.
Prior to working at DES, she worked with the BSC Group, Inc., an environmental education and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Massachusetts. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Environmental Management degree in Water Resources from Duke University.
Andrea is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire Program. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors kayaking, swimming, camping, and hiking with her husband (who comes from the Finger Lakes Region of New York) and their daughter.
Martha Lovejoy, Development Director
Martha joined the NH LAKES staff in the summer of 2012. She brings over 20 years of non-profit administration experience having served in a variety of administrative roles with organizations such as the Harvard University Art Museums, Dubuque Museum of Art, League of NH Craftsmen and Leadership NH. Martha lives in Hopkinton with her family and enjoys supporting her daughter’s interest in competitive swimming. She grew up in Warner and split her summers between sailing on Lake Sunapee and the Maine coast.
Kelly Buchanan, Advocacy Program Coordinator
Kelly holds a degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. She brings her knowledge of ecosystem management and environmental policy to NH LAKES. Kelly’s love for New Hampshire lakes took root from several summers spent at Squam Lake and a senior thesis project to research conservation practices there. Prior to joining NH LAKES, Kelly interned for The Nature Conservancy, Environment New Hampshire, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, riding her horse, cooking, and reading.
Krystal Costa, Conservation Program Coordinator
Krystal is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation Science with a focus on watershed management and wetland ecology. In 2012 she received a Natural Resources Stewardship & Sustainability certification. Her professional experience includes: working as a scientist with FB Environmental providing technical assistance to towns and homeowners in Maine and NH to address all aspects of watershed restoration, working for the UNH Herbarium, teaching college level plant biology at UNH, and serving as a wilderness and wildlife educator for Coyote Club Wildlife Education. Krystal spent many years as a Lake Host with the Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association and was an intern for NH Audubon.
Krystal is passionate about homesteading, systematic botany, building rain gardens and being outdoors. She spends her spare time backpacking in the White Mountains – and is infamous for abruptly running off to photograph some precious plant she’s just spotted!
Erin Graichen, Membership Program Coordinator
Erin comes to NH LAKES from the New England Aquarium in Boston where she worked for eight years in the education department. Erin is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology and brings many years of database management and administrative experience as well as a passion for the conservation of oceans and lakes. Her excitement for all things water-related stems from visiting both Salisbury Beach and Newfound Lake for family vacations each year. Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son, playing cards, swimming, having impromptu conservation conversations, organizing things, whale watching, and paddling.
Erin Mastine, Outreach Program Coordinator
Erin holds a degree in Professional Communications from Plymouth State University. She comes to NH LAKES from the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) where she was the Communications and Administrative Coordinator for four years. Her background in community engagement includes interning at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Cultural Resources in Concord. She really found her calling at LRCT during the hands-on time she spent with volunteers at outreach events and programs. Her love for the outdoors inspired her to volunteer as a Land Steward for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. When not volunteering her time, Erin can be found with her daughter and husband on her favorite lake–Winnipesaukee–or hiking in the Belknap Range. She also enjoys gardening and cooking for those she loves.
Megan English, Outreach Program Assistant
Megan is a rising senior at the University of New Hampshire, studying environmental conservation and sustainability, and minoring in political science. Her long term goal is to attend law school and focus on environmental law. Although she grew up on the Jersey Shore, Megan has been around lakes while camping in the Adirondacks and swimming in Lake Wequaquet on Cape Cod. During the school year, Megan is involved in the co-ed community service, Alpha Phi Omega, she serves as the president of Oxfam, and plays intramural co-ed flag football (and has won back to back championships!). During the summer, she spends most of her time at the beach, and now she will spend time by the lake, too! During summer 2018, Megan will serve as the NH LAKES Outreach Program Assistant, traveling throughout the state teaching kids and adults alike about all the great things our lakes do for us, and what we can do for them!
Ashley Fortune, Conservation Program Assistant
Ashley plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to study hydrology, and has earned an Associate’s Degree of Science with an emphasis in chemistry from Pima College in Tucson, Arizona. Having grown up in New Hampshire, the lakes and rivers were central to her childhood and continue to motivate her to pursue a career in environmental conservation. She takes great delight in sharing her love of water and water conservation, teaching, and learning more each day. Ashley spends her spare time reading a broad range of books, and hiking with her dog. During summer 2018, she will assist with the administration of the NH LAKES Lake Host Program and will assist with outreach events.