Tom O’Brien, President
Tom has been the President of NH LAKES since 2011, returning to his native New England most recently from the Pacific Northwest. Tom is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his professional experience includes: Executive Director of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils; Executive Director of the Watershed Agricultural Council in the New York City water supply watersheds; and 20 years of watershed and park management public service for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For many years, he’s been working with all things water and watersheds.
Tom is the proud father of three sons and a daughter. In addition to nonprofit executive and natural resource management professional experience, his life experiences include timber framing and small-scale farming, and he is now an avid New Hampshire hiker and paddler. Tom 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 closest to and most directly affected by those natural resources. In 2015, Tom graduated from Leadership New Hampshire and has become an enthusiastic barbershop singer (if you call the baritone part singing…).
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.
Erin Graichen, Membership 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.
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!
Kelly Buchanan, Research Assistant
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.