Board of Directors

waterman-fund-board-members-20162016 Waterman Fund Board of Directors

L to R: Matt Larson, Peter Palmiotto, Ryan Harvey, Laura Waterman, Charlie Jacobi, Brendan Wiltse, Seth Jones, Will Kemeza. Missing: Kim Votta.

Ryan J. Harvey, President

ryan-harvey-waterman-fundRyan J. Harvey is a licensed professional forester, land manager, and trails consultant. He has worked various backcountry stewardship positions in the White Mountains, Adirondacks, and Berkshires, including nine years serving in the Pemigewasset District of the White Mountain National Forest. Now working as a forester, he oversees land management of both private and public lands. As a trail consultant he continues to work with New Hampshire towns and residents to build and maintain recreational trails. Ryan also serves as the Chair of the Dorchester Conservation Commission, and as a board member of Rumney Ecological Systems/Pemi-Baker Land Trust. He resides with his partner, Bethann Weick, and their dog, Mica, in Dorchester, New Hampshire, where they homestead 28 acres along the South Branch of the Asquamchumauke River.

Brendan Wiltse, Vice President

Brendan Wiltse Waterman FundBrendan is the Science and Stewardship Director for the Ausable River Association located in the northeastern Adirondacks. He also runs a professional landscape and nature photography business dedicated to connecting people with the natural world. He worked as a Summit Guide on Poke-O-Moonshine from 2004 to 2005 and as an Adirondack High Peaks Summit Steward from 2006 to 2008. He continues to volunteer his time and talents as a photographer to the benefit of the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. In his free time Brendan can be found exploring the Adirondacks by foot, ski, or boat.

Nancy Ritger, Treasurer

Nancy Ritger has devoted her career to promoting an understanding of mountain ecosystems.  As an interpretive naturalist, guide, and program manager for Appalachian Mountain Club she focuses on educating outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Through her works she instructs courses on alpine and boreal forest ecology, provides interpretive skill development, manages volunteers, and creates activity books for the Junior Naturalist Program in an effort to cultivate strong connections between individuals and the natural world. In her free time she can be found hiking, biking, or skiing in Crawford Notch where she resides with her husband, Mark and family in the White Mountains.  Nancy is proud to be the 2015 recipient of the Guy Waterman Alpine Stewardship Award.

Will Kemeza, Secretary

Will Kemeza teaches in the experiential “Rivers and Revolutions” program in Concord MA. He has worked for conservation organizations across New England, including the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Green Mountain Club, and the Randolph Mountain Club. Will’s academic background includes a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, where he studied the intersection of religion and ecology. He lives in Harvard MA with his wife, Charlotte, two sons, Liam and Kai, and lots of animals. Will is an avid (and slow) rail runner, who goes hiking whenever he can.

June Hammond

June HammondJune Hammond Rowan is associate director of the Center for the Environment and a research assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University where she teaches courses in land use planning, land conservation, and outreach. June has previously worked as a land use planner in Berlin and Plymouth, NH; a forestry technician for the White Mountain National Forest; and a staff scientist for the Appalachian Mountain Club. She and her husband Peter are the editors of Mountain Summers: Tales of Hiking and Exploration in the White Mountains from 1878 to 1886 as Seen Through the Eyes of Women.  June is a New Hampshire native from the Monadnock region and now lives in Campton and Randolph, NH.

Seth Jones

Seth-Jones-Waterman-FundSeth Jones lives in Lake Placid, NY and is Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Education Programs Coordinator. He has worked for ADK since 2008 and is a former High Peaks Summit Steward and Johns Brook Lodge Hutmaster. Seth earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities that includes paddling, fly fishing, hiking, skiing and photography.

Sean Robinson

Sean worked as an Adirondack High Peaks Summit Steward in 1999 and 2000. He received his M.S. at SUNY-ESF and his Ph.D. at the University at Albany, specializing in bryology (the study of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts). In 2010, he joined the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta. He teaches courses in Botany including Bryology, Vascular Plant Systematics, and Dendrology. His research is focused on understanding how mode of reproduction in plants, particularly bryophytes, affects colonization of new habitats, range expansions, and gene flow within and between island populations. The alpine summits of northeastern North America have been the primary site for his work. Sean also conducts research focused on vegetation dynamics in the Adirondack alpine.

Laura Waterman

Laura WatermanLaura was married to Guy for nearly 30 years. They undertook the trail maintenance and stewardship of the Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in 1980. It was through this work of nearly two decades that they formed a close attachment to the Alpine areas of the Northeast, which became central in their lives and in their writing. The books they wrote together on the mountain history and environmental issues of the Northeast include Backwood Ethics and Wilderness Ethics. Laura now resides in East Corinth, Vermont.

Visit Laura’s website to learn more about her work.

Kim Votta

Kim VottaKim is the Research Coordinator for the Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, overseeing their environmental monitoring and stewardship programs. This is Kim’s second career; she spent many years in nonprofit finance and management beforehand. Kim lives in Lancaster, New Hampshire with her husband, Ken. Her favorite pastime is spending time in the woods whether in hiking boots or on cross-country skis.

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