Board of Trustees

  • Liz Adams
  • Ron Bailey, Emeritus
  • Martha Beattie
  • Bill Brown, Treasurer
  • Mary Brown
  • Bob Bruce
  • Rob Chapman
  • Laura Conkey
  • Heidi Eldred, Emeritus
  • Linda Fowler, President
  • Barry Harwick
  • Rob Houseman, Town Trustee
  • Brian Kunz, Emeritus
  • Dick Nordgren, Emeritus
  • Frank Roberts, College Trustee
  • Kathryn Stearns
  • Bill Young, Secretary

Trustees in September 2018
L to R: Mary Brown, Jeff Graham, Ron Bailey, Heidi Eldred, Bill Brown, Linda Fowler, Bill Young, Rob Chapman, Dick Nordgren, Bill Mlačak, Bob Bruce

Trustee Bios

Liz Adams, who joined the Pine Park board in 2020, has spent her career in conservation. From 2014-2017, she served as the Director of External Relations for The Lyme Timber Company, a timberland investment manager that focuses on lands with unique conservation values. She continues to consult part-time for Lyme Timber on conservation projects. Prior to joining Lyme Timber, Adams spent 12 years raising public and private funds for conservation nonprofits, including the Student Conservation Association and The Trust for Public Land. She lives in Hanover with her husband, Clay, and two daughters.

Martha Beattie, a Pine Park trustee since 2019, has worked as a math teacher, national-team rowing coach, and has volunteered for schools and nonprofit organizations. In 2011, she was named Vice President for Alumni Relations at Dartmouth College. Since retiring in 2018, she has served on the regional advisory board for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; as a board member for the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation; and on Dartmouth College alumni committees. She is a volunteer coach with the Dartmouth Women’s Rowing Team and Cancer Recovery Through Rowing. She and her husband, Jim, residents of Hanover, are often joined by one or more of their three adult children on bike rides, mountain hikes, and on the ski slopes.

Bill Brown, treasurer of the Pine Park Association, originally came to Hanover to attend the Tuck School of Business in 1976. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Brown was a nuclear submarine officer on board two fast-attack submarines and later worked in business operations in several industries before returning to Hanover in 2002 with his wife, Jean, and son, Ari. He currently works part-time at Dartmouth’s Facilities & Operations Management division and volunteers for other civic and community groups.

Mary Brown joined the trustees in 2018. She is vice president of the Hanover Conservancy and sits on the board of The Upper Valley Haven. She also volunteers as a court-appointed guardian for children in New Hampshire state custody. A former board member of The Family Place, Brown served as the organization’s chairwoman from 2013 to 2016. She worked in admissions at Bates College, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business, as well as in alumni relations at Harvard Business School. Brown remains active with her Dartmouth Class of 1978 and is an avid outdoorswoman.  She and her husband, Scott, moved to Hanover in 1996 and raised four children.

Robert Bruce joined the board in 2014. A retired partner of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, Bruce has helped the Pine Park Association with legal matters, including obtaining federal tax-exempt status. He and his family moved to Hanover in 2003 from London, where he worked on privatizations and international public offerings in the communications and telecom sectors. Before that, he served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. He is a former Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Digital Strategies at Tuck School of Business and a former chairman of the Hanover/Dresden School Board. He is currently a member of the Valley Net Board, which manages the EC Fiber network in numerous Upper Valley towns.

Rob Chapman is a retired faculty member of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Since moving to the area in the 1970s, he’s been interested in access to, as well as conservation of, trails in Hanover. He hopes eventually to see the reopening of a now-unusable trail along the Connecticut River that extended from the northern end of Pine Park to Rivercrest. He has chaired the Balch Hill Stewardship Committee and served on the board of directors of the Hanover Conservancy. He lives at Kendal in Hanover.

Laura E. Conkey recently retired after 33 years from the faculty of Dartmouth College, where she taught courses in physical geography, climate change, New England landscapes, and forest geography. Forests and the natural world command her interest, and she has long been a proponent of field-based teaching and research. She serves on the Stewardship Board of the Hanover Conservancy and just completed a five-year term as vice president of her condo association. She joined the Pine Park Association in 2015.

Linda L. Fowler has been an advocate for Pine Park since 2005 — as a concerned citizen, Hanover Town Commissioner, trustee, and now president of the association. She is Professor of Government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies, Emerita, at Dartmouth College, where she continues to give public lectures and conduct research. She moved to Dartmouth from Syracuse University to direct Dartmouth’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Social Sciences from 1995-2004 and has been recognized with multiple awards for undergraduate teaching and has published extensively in the field of American politics. She is committed to revitalizing Pine Park’s aging forest and trail system in keeping with its status as Hanover’s most heavily used and best loved recreational area.

Barry Harwick joined the board in 2020. He recently retired from his position as director of the Dartmouth College Track and Field program, where he coached for 28 years. He directed the well-known “Dartmouth Relays” and also served a term as president of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. A 1977 graduate of Dartmouth, Harwick first ran through Pine Park in the fall of 1973 and has loved its wooded trails ever since. He and his wife, Marcia, have lived since 1992 in Hanover’s Ray School neighborhood where they raised two sons. He also serves on the Hanover Howe Library board.

Frank Roberts is the trustee representing Dartmouth College, serving since 2019. Dartmouth appoints the trustee in this role to the board.  He is the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations Management at the college with responsibility for any college operations that involve Pine Park.  He has been working with the association for more than 15 years on matters related to the park.

Kathryn Stearns, a trustee since 2104,frequently enjoys the serenity and beauty of Pine Park, usually with her golden retriever in tow. She is a former journalist who edited and wrote for The Washington Post editorial and op-ed pages, The Economist, and served as editorial page editor of The Valley News from 2007 to 2012. She has contributed commentaries to Vermont Public Radio and currently serves as vice president of the Vermont Journalism Trust, which operates, a nonprofit news site. She and her husband, fellow trustee Robert Bruce, moved to Hanover in 2003. They have three grown children.

William W. Young, a retired physician, has for more than 40 years been drawn to Pine Park for hiking, running, cross-country skiing, and exploration of its forests, streams and the Connecticut River. The Appalachian Trail and White Mountains initially drew him to Hanover.  A board member since 2014 and  current secretary, Young has also volunteered for, and served on boards of, numerous other recreational, conservation and neighborhood groups.  Young specialized in medical education and international programs for maternal and child health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center.

Emeritus Trustees:

Ron Bailey was a Pine Park trustee for nearly 20 years and a volunteer park steward for more than 40, helping to maintain and clear trails, removing fallen trees and other debris from paths and from Girl Brook. He was often seen studying the dynamics of Girl Brook and its small urban watershed. Bailey taught and coached for the Dresden School District for 23 years, focusing on earth sciences with an emphasis on fieldwork that included Pine Park as a study site. He also worked for the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory on two projects in Alaska.

Heidi Eldred lived adjacent to Pine Park for more than 25 years and served on the board for much of that time. She views the park as the community’s “Central Park,” a natural and recreational treasure that all must steward and cherish. A former administrator at the Tuck School of Business and Director of the Office of Global Business at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, Eldred has taught global consulting and traveled extensively with students as a way of offering them business and cultural experiences. She now works for PreventAGE Healthcare, the developer of a diabetes complications risk assessment test.  

Brian Kunz joined the Pine Park Association as a trustee in 1987 and served as president for 20 years, from 1998 to 2018.  He has worked in the field of outdoor education since 1973, including leading Outward Bound and other young people’s groups in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Siberia and the Czech Republic. He worked for Dartmouth’s Outdoor Education Office from 1984 to 2019. Building on his work with the Young African Leadership Initiative, based at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center, he traveled to Nigeria and Ghana to lead young entrepreneur professional development sessions in teambuilding and creative design skills. His work continues with Russian colleagues, a partnership that promotes experiential education.

Richard Nordgren is a retired physician who served as Hanover Town Commissioner for Pine Park from 1989 until 2016.