OUR STAFF & BOARD
Tom O’Brien, President and Policy Advocate
Tom has been the President of NH LAKES since 2011. He brings to NH LAKES a deep commitment to relationship building and helping people work together to conserve natural resources. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked in natural resource management for his entire adult life, in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Tom’s work has extended from Boston Harbor and Cape Cod, to the Wachusett and Quabbin Reservoirs of Central and Western Massachusetts, to the Catskill Mountains and New York City water supply watershed, and out west to Oregon.
In 2015, Tom graduated from the Leadership New Hampshire program. He is a member of the Concord Coachmen Barbershop Chorus, board member with the Friends of the (Concord) Audi, and Member of the NHSCOT (Highland Games) Scholarship Fund Committee.
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs and Operations
Andrea joined NH LAKES in February 2007 and brings a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively work with volunteers, the ecology and health of the state’s lakes, and protecting and improving lake health. She coordinated the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Volunteer Lake Assessment Program for six years before joining NH LAKES. Prior to that, she worked with the BSC Group, Inc., an ecological services 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. She has taken several continuing education classes in environmental education and nonprofit management. She is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire Program and currently serves on the Newfound Lake Region Association Board of Trustees. 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, Director of Finance and Development
Martha joined the NH LAKES staff in the summer of 2012. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit administration experience, having served in a variety of leadership roles with a number of organizations including the Harvard University Art Museums, Dubuque Museum of Art, League of NH Craftsmen, and Leadership New Hampshire.
Martha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Business (Arts Administration) from the Wisconsin School of Business at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in Warner and split her summers between sailing on Lake Sunapee and the Maine coast.
Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator
Krystal is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where she received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation Science with a concentration in watershed management. Her professional experience includes working as an environmental consultant, working with the UNH Albion Hodgdon Herbarium, and serving as a wilderness instructor for Coyote Club Wildlife Education. In 2012, she received a Natural Resources Stewardship & Sustainability Certification through UNH Cooperative Extension. As an undergraduate, she taught plant biology at UNH and worked with NH LAKES as a Lake Host. Krystal spent two seasons as a program assistant with NH LAKES before joining the staff full-time as the Conservation Program Coordinator in 2017. Krystal obtained a Professional Stormwater Management Certificate in 2019.
Krystal is passionate about being outdoors. When she’s not in the office, she is homesteading or hiking and kayaking with her husband and small dog. She is infamous for abruptly running off to catalog some precious plant she’s just spotted and for slipping “fun” facts about septic system maintenance into everyday conversations.
Michelle Davis, Advocacy Program Coordinator
Michelle joined NH LAKES as the Advocacy Program Coordinator in September of 2020. She worked to instill her appreciation and stewardship of the outdoors with others during eight years as an outdoor and environmental education instructor in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Alaska and as a Program Coordinator at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont.
Michelle holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Wilderness Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. While studying at Vermont Law, Michelle volunteered with a local planning commission to support conservation commissions’ efforts to protect public resources. In her free time, Michelle enjoys hiking, camping, and swimming with her partner and their two dogs. If she could only eat one food for the rest of her life, it would be cheese.
Soren Denlinger, Business and Development Assistant
Soren graduated from Colby College in 2020 with a B.A. in environmental computation and geoscience. Before joining NH LAKES, he worked at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Colby Forest Ecosystems Lab, helping to preserve natural spaces across northern New England. Currently, he is excited to help ensure protection for New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds for years to come.
Out of the office, Soren enjoys hiking (on- and off-trail), kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and camping. On rainy days, he can be found reading, baking, or curling.
Erin Graichen, Membership Coordinator
After completing a degree at the Florida Institute of Technology, Erin worked in the education department of the New England Aquarium before joining NH LAKES in 2014. She brings many years of database management and administrative experience, as well as a passion for the conservation of lakes and oceans, alike. As the Membership Coordinator, she is happy to have her work contribute to keeping New Hampshire a beautiful place to live, one lake at a time.
A native New Hampshirite, Erin fell in love with all things water during yearly family vacations to Newfound Lake and Salisbury Beach. Her very first kayak paddle trip was at NH LAKES’ 2014 Raft-a-palooza, where she was part of the team that captured the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous launch of canoes and kayaks—she hasn’t stopped paddling since! While not in the office, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, playing cards, swimming, having impromptu conservation conversations, organizing things, and, of course—paddling!
Erin Mastine, Outreach Program Coordinator
Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications from Plymouth State University. She comes to NH LAKES from the Lakes Region Conservation Trust where she was the Communications and Administrative Coordinator for four years. Her love for the outdoors has inspired her to volunteer in a number of ways. She currently serves as a Land Steward for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, serves on the board of the Belknap County Conservation District, and has participated in the NH Coverts program through the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.
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 has a love for local food and enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Jessica Sayers, Conservation Program Assistant
Jessica is a graduate of New England College where she received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She began her environmental career working for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services where she had the chance to conduct river sampling and field data collection. Jessica came to NH LAKES in the spring of 2019 in a seasonal position as the Conservation Program Assistant and was made a year-round part of the team the following year. Jessica was born and raised in Maine and loves everything about the New England lifestyle. When she is not working, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
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’s lakes and is interested in contributing their “time, talent, and treasure” to this organization, please contact any of our board members or NH LAKES President, Tom O’Brien, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board elects its members for three-year terms, with term limits of three consecutive terms before a one-year break in service. As a board member, you have important responsibilities, but it is rewarding being part of a great organization with an important mission—keeping the lakes we call love clean and healthy.
Although a NH LAKES Board Member may be personally affiliated with one or more lakes, they are expected to act in an impartial manner with loyalty to the NH LAKES mission and its statewide membership.
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 pristine Silver Lake and the 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 a graduate of Princeton and the University of California Law School (Berkeley) and 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.
Bruce Freeman, Treasurer, Strafford
Bruce is a retired business executive. His career began at GE in manufacturing management and executive roles, eventually serving as General Manager of the GE Meter business headquartered in Somersworth, New Hampshire and as President of two GE Capital companies. Subsequently, Bruce was the President of two privately-held companies and then was an Operating Partner/Executive Advisor for a private equity firm and was the Board Chairman for two of their portfolio companies and a Board Director for a third. Bruce has Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. He is currently a Board Director and Vice Chairman of the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire and a Board Director of the Bow Lake Camp Owners Association. Bruce and his wife reside year-round on Bow Lake in Strafford, NH and love being near their four grandchildren and family. Bruce greatly enjoys being part of the NH LAKES community and has strong interests in protecting our beautiful lakes 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, and, in particular, the reflections of mountains, trees, and clouds on still water. He also enjoys fishing, swimming, and boating. JM has been an advisor to entrepreneur owner-managers and their privately-held businesses for his entire professional career. He is a founding partner of Peloton Advisory, LLC, a boutique advisory firm, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that works exclusively with entrepreneurs to 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 become 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.
Susan R. Goodwin, Wolfeboro
Susan is a life-long summer resident of Lake Wentworth and has lived in Wolfeboro year-round since she and her husband Peter retired in 2008. With a degree in biology from Wellesley College, she worked for many years at Sloan-Kettering Institute of Cancer Research in New York and then taught chemistry at The Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. Since retirement, Susan has focused on her passion for lakes and protecting the lake experience by serving on several boards in addition to NH LAKES – the Wentworth Watershed Association, Loon Preservation Committee, Lakes Region Curling Association, and she also chairs the Wolfeboro Milfoil Control Committee. She took part in the NH Coverts Program in 2019. When not at meetings or working as a Lake Host, she enjoys traveling, hiking (long ago completed the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada), kayaking, x-country skiing, and curling. 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, Marni, 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 and volunteers as a Lake Host. She and Glyn organize the annual Crystal Lake cleanup, Independence Day boat parade, and lake association picnic. Shirley serves on several town and community committees, commissions, and boards. Most recently, she has served on the search committees for the Town Manager of Enfield and the Executive Director of the Enfield Shaker Museum. She has also recently served on the Strategic Governance Advisory Committee of Enfield.
Shirley is an ardent supporter of NH LAKES and the Loon Preservation Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of NH LAKES for fifteen years, and her husband Glyn, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Loon Preservation Committee. Shirley was awarded, jointly with Glyn, the John F. Morten Memorial Award for Exemplary Lake Stewardship in 2010.
Breckie Hayes-Snow, Wolfeboro/Concord
Breckie is the Executive Director of Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC), a nonprofit legal aid program located in Concord, New Hampshire. She has been with LARC since 1996, having started as a supervising attorney when she left private practice. She is a graduate of Brewster Academy, Boston University, and the UNH Franklin Pierce Law School.
She spent her early years on Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Sunapee where family had summer homes, before moving to Wolfeboro permanently with family.
Andre A. Hunter, Newbury
After successfully selling their travel planning business several years ago (founded and run with his wife Kelly for 20 years), Andre is currently doing private consulting and is devoting most of the rest of his time to supporting other nonprofit organizations. He serves as Board President of the Mianus River Gorge Inc., President of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing, and a member of the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board. 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 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—reinforcing his resolve on 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.
Chris Hussey, Windham
Chris is a lifelong resident of NH, growing up in Keene and going to college at UNH. He began vacationing on New Hampshire lakes, including Spofford Lake, Sunapee, and Granite Lake, as a small child. In fact he took his first steps at a cottage that his family rented for many years on Spofford. Currently he lives on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham with his wife and three boys. They spend just about every evening after work on their boat, water skiing, tubing, wake surfing, and taking relaxing cruises. Even the 7 year old gets in on the action!
In his professional life, Chris is a senior tax manager with the CPA firm Baker Newman Noyes. Chris primarily serves high net worth individuals and family groups, and has been for more than 15 years. Much of his practice focuses on the patriarch/matriarch of a family, and extends to other members of the family as well as various family-held assets of varying complexity, including real estate holdings, operating businesses, and partnerships.
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 clean and healthy for future generations.
Brad W. Melson, Gilford
Brad is a corporate attorney with Orr & Reno, Professional Association, based in Concord, New Hampshire, where his practice focuses on advising local and out-of-state business clients on a wide range of commercial and transactional matters. Though a Massachusetts flatlander by birth, Brad has enjoyed New Hampshire’s lakes from a very young age—originally as a summertime visitor to Squam Lake and, for the better part of the last two decades, year-round at his family’s cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Meredith Neck. Brad attended Boston College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Economics, and went on to receive an JD/MBA from Northeastern University. After completing their respective graduate studies, Brad and his wife, Madalyn, were married at Squam Lake and moved permanently to the Lakes Region to raise a family with their two dogs. As an Eagle Scout, outdoorsman, and avid boater, Brad can often be found taking full advantage of and exploring New Hampshire’s many lakes and mountains year-round, while doing what he can to ensure that future generations can do the same.
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 the Lake Wentworth Foundation until the combining of those two organizations as the Wentworth Watershed Association—an organization he now represents and serves on its Board of Trustees. Roger is also on the board of the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation and one of Wolfeboro’s representatives to the Lakes Region Planning Commission. 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 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, supply, and trading organizations. While in New York City, Bob obtained an MBA from Fordham University. In 1995, Bob was relocated overseas to negotiate commercial structures with various governments and national oil companies to develop gas resources. After 20 years overseas living in four different countries, and a total of 35 years with ExxonMobil, Bob retired back to New Hampshire with his wife, Cathy. He now enjoys their Bow Lake house in Strafford and 150-acre farmhouse in Chichester. He is a fly fisherman and is passionate about preservation of New Hampshire’s waters and natural resources.
Susan D. Reed, Hampstead
Susan (Susy) Reed works in museum education at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a lifelong summer resident of Big Island Pond in southern New Hampshire. She is grateful for a family legacy of environmental engagement. Her grandfather served on the board of the New Hampshire Lakes Association, now known as NH LAKES, and she is honored to have the opportunity to continue the tradition.
Susy loves nothing more than to jump in the water for a swim, explore the swamps in a kayak looking for turtles and herons, or enjoy a boat picnic.
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, Bob 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 the consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton and led the firm’s energy and environment division. Earlier in his career, he worked as a scientist conducting basic research at Bell Laboratories. Now largely retired, he is serving on several government, university, and association advisory boards, and as a director of Ecolectro, Inc. He has engineering bachelors and masters degrees from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He also has 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, currently serving as chairman, and 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 also served six years on the New Hampshire Wetlands Council. He is a current board member of the Spaulding Youth Center. Bob is married with two grown daughters and loves hiking, biking, skiing, and tennis.
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. She served on the Board of Directors of the 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. While she was practicing law, she chaired the budget and allocations committee of the United Way of the Upper Valley and also was a board member of a local bank and a local credit union. As a NH LAKES 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.
Joseph Farrelly, Deerfield
Anne Lovett, Holderness
Sidney Lovett, Holderness