The AMC's resident experts are excellent resources for commentary on timely conservation, education, and recreation issues central to our mission. To coordinate an interview with an AMC spokesperson, please contact our media specialists.

Conservation Education, Recreation and Mountain Safety


Alex DeLucia, North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor

Areas of Expertise:
Volunteer management, trail building and maintenance skills, outdoor leadership, and Leave No Trace.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Adventure Education and Outdoor Program Administration, Unity College
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Memberships and Affiliations:
AMC Search and Rescue Team Member

Awards:
  • 2009 Nominee for the New Hampshire Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Managers
  • 2008 AMC Community Award

Speaking Engagements:
Various programs, workshops, conferences, and events presenting on leadership, volunteer management, and technical trail work skills.

Publications:
Contributing author, editor, and illustrator, AMC's Complete Guide to Trail Building & Maintenance, 4th Edition, AMC Trails Department Staff, 2008


Bryan Wentzell, Maine Policy Director

Areas of Expertise:
Northern Forest and Maine Woods conservation issues, specifically land conservation and land use; Maine Woods Initiative, including community and economic development, nature tourism development, federal and state conservation funding, and general Maine conservation issues.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
  • Environmental Leadership Institute (League of Conservation Voters)
  • Leadership Maine graduate, Omicron Class
  • Private pilot, instrument and seaplane ratings
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Seaplane Pilots Association
  • OH Association (former hut crew)

Awards:
AMC Community Award



Cathy Poppenwimer
, M.S., Assistant Staff Scientist/GIS Specialist

Areas of Expertise: Land conservation and geographic information systems (GIS). Project topics include: land conservation assessment at the parcel and landscape scale; GIS data development using satellite imagery, GPS data, and analysis; development and management of the PA Highlands Conservation Information Center website that provides tools to assist conservation planning and implementation, as well as to track land conservation results in the PA Highlands; map development and design.

Education/Credentials:
  • A.S., Conservation Biology, Northwest Community College
  • B.S., Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho
  • M.S., GIS and International Development, Clark University
Memberships:
  • Member Society for Conservation and GIS
Publications and Projects:
  • Zakutansky, Mark, Catherine Poppenwimer, and Andrew duMoulin. 2012. An Analysis of the Conservation Potential in the Sand Hills Conservation Area, Pennsylvania Highlands. Appalachian Mountain Club and Trust for Public Lands.
  • Publicover, David A., Kenneth D. Kimball and Catherine J. Poppenwimer. 2011. Ridgeline Windpower Development in Maine: An Analysis of Potential Natural Resource Conflicts. Technical Report 2011-1. Appalachian Mountain Club, Gorham, NH.
  • Kimball, Ken and Catherine Poppenwimer. 2011. Priority Riparian Areas in the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) Service Area. Appalachian Mountain Club.
  • Kimball, Ken and Catherine Poppenwimer. 2011. Priority Connectivity Projects in the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) Service Area. Appalachian Mountain Club.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine, Dave Publicover and Mark Zakutansky. 2011. Critical Lands Analysis for portions of Bucks, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties in the Pennsylvania Highlands. Appalachian Mountain Club.
  • Sykes, Kristen, Catherine Poppenwimer, and Andrew duMoulin. 2010. An Analysis of the Conservation Potential in the Furnace Hills Conservation Area, Pennsylvania Highlands. Appalachian Mountain Club and Trust for Public Lands.
  • Publicover, David and Catherine Poppenwimer. 2006. Roadless Areas in the Northern Forest of New England: An Updated Inventory. AMC Technical Report 06-1.
  • Businesses for the Northern Forest. 2005. Handmade in the Northern Forest: A guide to fine art and craft traditions in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Businesses of the Northern Forest. Northern Forest Center. Maps developed by Catherine Poppenwimer.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine. 2004. Appalachian Mountain Club – Using GIS to Promote Land Conservation and Stewardship. Poster presented at the Funder’s Session for the New Hampshire GIS Conservation Collaborative.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine, David Publicover and Ken Kimbell. 2004. Assessing Potential Conflicts between Wind Power Development and Other Land Uses. Poster presented at the Conference for the Society of Conservation GIS.
  • Publicover, David and Catherine Poppenwimer. 2002. Delineation of Roadless Areas in the Northern Forest of New England Using Satellite Imagery. Technical Report 02-1. Appalachian Mountain Club, Gorham, NH.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine. 2000. Encounter in Uganda between Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes and a leopard Panthera pardus. African Primates 4: 75-76.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine. 1996. Predicting Forest Susceptibility to Gypsy Moth Infestations Using Geographic Information Systems. Clark University, Worcester, MA. Research Paper for Master’s Degree.
  • Poppenwimer, Catherine. 1994. The Case of Chambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. P. 26 - 28 in Proceedings of the Sixth Conservation Forum: Ecotourism. FAO/GEF.



Chris Thayer, Director of North Country Programming & Outreach

Areas of Expertise:
Northern New Hampshire issues, specifically community and economic development, nature tourism development, destination-based outdoor programming, mountain search and rescue funding and policy; Building Sustainable Communities in Coos County, including youth development and internships; volunteer management (adults); federal, state, and local partnerships with emphasis on USDA Forest Service-White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire State Parks.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., Russian Studies, Colby College
  • Leadership North Country, New Hampshire Graduate
  • NH Charitable Foundation, Neil and Louise Tillotson Learning Community
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness First Aid
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Co-Chair Brand Leadership Team, New Hampshire Grand Tourism Initiative
  • Board Member, New Hampshire Outdoor Council
  • Board Member, North Country Council Regional Planning Commission
  • Board Member, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire Planning Board
  • OH Association (former hut crew)
  • National Parks and Conservation Association Leave No Trace, Inc.
  • Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
  • New Hampshire Historical Society
  • White Mountain History.Org
  • Northern Forest Tourism Network
Awards:
  • New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty, 2009
  • Joe Dodge Award, 2008
  • AMC Community Award
Speaking Engagements:
  • Plymouth State University Karl Dreup Art Gallery and Exhibition Program, 'Madison: A History of the Nation's Oldest Mountain Hut' (2011)
  • Association of Partners for Public Lands National Conference, creating successful partnerships (2009)
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Neil and Louise Tillotson Grantee Learning Community, advancing non-profit mission through revenue sources (2009)
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, NH Presenter (1999)
  • Various workshops, trainings, and media engagements on AMC organizational mission, public service on public lands, guest service, value of volunteerism



David Publicover, D.F., Senior Staff Scientist/Assistant Director of Research

Areas of Expertise:
Conservation and management of terrestrial ecosystems and biological diversity; GIS-based landscape analysis in support of regional conservation priority planning; ecological reserve design and management; sustainable forest management; public lands management; land use and forestry planning on AMC lands; forest carbon sequestration; and wind power siting policy.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Forestry, University of New Hampshire (1978)
  • M.S., Botany (Field Naturalist Program), University of Vermont (1986)
  • D.F., Forest Ecology, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1993)
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Member Ecological Society of America
  • Member Society of American Foresters
  • Member Forest Guild
  • Service on numerous public policy technical committees and working groups
Awards:
  • Natural Resources Council of America 2003 Achievement in Publications award
Speaking Engagements:
  • Sixth ECANUSA Forest Science Conference, Durham, NH (2012).
  • Wind Power/Widlife Forum (Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society), Orono, ME (2011)
  • Maine Land Trust Conference, Topsham, ME (2011)
  • National Land Trust Rally, Hartford, CT (2010)
  • New Hampshire "Saving Special Places" annual conference, Sutton, NH (2008)
  • Maine Mountain Conference, Saddleback Resort, ME (2006)
  • Sixth Eastern Old Growth Forest Conference, Moultonboro, NH (2004)

Publications:
  • High-Elevation Spruce-Fir Forest in the Northern Forest: An Assessment of Ecological Value and Conservation Priorities (Appalachian Mountain Club Technical Report in preparation).
  • Publicover, D.A. and K. D. Kimball. High-Elevation Spruce-Fir Forest in the Northern Forest: An Assessment of Ecological Value and Conservation Priorities (submitted to proceedings of 2012 ECANUSA Forest Science Conference).
  • Ridgeline Wind Power Development in Maine: An Analysis of Potential Natural Resource Conflicts (Appalachian Mountain Club Technical Report 2011-1, 2011).
  • Roadless Areas in the Northern Forest of New England: An Updated Inventory (Appalachian Mountain Club Technical Report 06-1, 2006).
  • A Methodology for Assessing Conflicts Between Windpower Development and Other Land Uses (Appalachian Mountain Club Technical Report 04-2, 2004).
  • Ecological Atlas of the Upper Androscoggin River Watershed (AMC, 2003).
  • Delineation of Roadless Areas in the Northern Forest of New England Using Satellite Imagery (Appalachian Mountain Club Technical Report 02-1, 2002).



Doug Weihrauch, M.S., Staff Ecologist

Areas of Expertise:
Northeast alpine ecology. Project topics include: understanding the distribution and ecology of alpine plant communities using GIS-models; phenology of high elevation plants; response to climate change; monitoring and recovery of rare and endangered alpine plants; monitoring and mitigating impacts of recreation.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.S., Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Member New England Botanical Club
  • Member Botanical Society of America
  • Member Society for Conservation Biology
  • Member of numerous public policy technical committees and working groups
Awards:
  • Natural Resources Council of America 2003 Achievement in Publications award
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Director's Conservation Award 2002

Publications:
  • Seidel, T.M., Weihrauch, D.M., Kimball, K.D., Pszenny, A.P., Soboleski, R., and Murray, G. 2009. Evidence of climate change declines with elevation based on temperature and snow records from 1930s to 2006 on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41:362-372.
  • Brumback, W.E., Weihrauch, D.M., and Kimball, K.D. 2004. Propagation and Transplanting of an Endangered Alpine Species, Robbins Cinquefoil, Potentilla robbinsiana. Native Plants Journal 5(2):91-97.
  • Publicover, D., and Weihrauch, D.M. 2003. Ecological Atlas of the Upper Androscoggin River Watershed. Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch, NH. 89 pgs.
  • Kimball, K.D., and Weihrauch. D.M. 2000, Alpine vegetation communities and the alpine-treeline ecotone boundary in New England as biomonitors for climate change. In: McCool, S.F., et. al. Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Vol.3:Wilderness as a place of Inquiry; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula Mt. Proceed. RMS-P-O-VOL-3. Ogden UT; US Dept. of Agric., Forest Service, Rocky Mtn Research Station.



James Wrigley, Huts Manager

Areas of Expertise:
AMC White Mountain hut system and history, Hermit Lake Shelters in Tuckerman Ravine, Search and Rescue operations, wilderness medicine, and hiker preparedness.

Education and Credentials:
  • B.A., Classics, St. John's College
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • OH Association (former hut crew)
  • White Mountain Search and Rescue Working Group, Chair



Georgia Murray
, Staff Scientist

Areas of Expertise:
Air quality and watershed science, AMC citizen-science program monitoring indicators of climate change and air quality.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., Biology, St. Anselm College
  • M.S., Earth Sciences/Geochemical Systems, University of New Hampshire
Publications:
  • Murray, G.L.D., Kimball, K, Hill, L.B., Hislop, J.E., and Weathers, K.C. Long-term cloud and rain chemistry on Mount Washington, NH. (2013) Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.
  • Murray, G.L.D., Kimball, K., Hill, L.B., Allen, G.A., Wolfson, J.M., Pszenny, A., Seidel, T., Doddridge, B.G., and Boris, A. A comparison of fine particle and aerosol strong acidity at the interface zone (1540 m) and within (452 m) the planetary boundary layer of the Great Gulf and Presidential-Dry River Class I Wildernesses on the Presidential Range, New Hampshire USA USA (2009) Atmospheric Environment, Volume 43, Issues 22-23, July 2009, Pages 3605-3613.
  • Seidel, T.M., Weihrauch, D.M., Kimball, K.D., Pszenny, A.A.P., Soboleski, R., Crete, E., Murray, G. Evidence of climate change declines with elevation based on temperature and snow records from 1930s to 2006 on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA. (2009) Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research.
  • Fischer, E.V., Talbot, R.W., Dibb, J.E., Moody, J.L. and Murray, G.L. Summertime ozone at Mount Washington: Meteorological controls at the highest peak in the northeast. (2004) Journal of Geophysical Research, 109: 24303.
  • McKane, R. B., Johnson, L.C., Shaver, G.R., Nadelhoffer, K.J., Rastetter, E.B., Fry, B., Giblin, A.E., Kielland, K., Kwiatkowski, B.L., Laundre, J.A., Murray, G. Resource-based niches provide a basis of plant species diversity and dominance in arctic tundra. (2002) Nature, 415:68-71.
  • Murray, G. L. D., R. L. Edmonds, and J. L. Marra. Influence of partial harvesting on stream temperatures, chemistry, and turbidity in forests on the western Olympic Peninsula. (2000) Northwest Science.
  • Edmonds, R. L., R. D. Blew, J. L. Marra, J. Blew, A. K. Barg, G. Murray and T. B. Thomas. Vegetation patterns, hydrology, and water chemistry in small watersheds in the Hoh River Valley, Olympic National Park. (1999) Scientific Monograph.



Heather Clish, Director of Conservation and Recreation Policy

Areas of Expertise:
Trail and riverway protection and conservation, including the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway and the New England National Scenic Trail (NET).

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., Humanistic Studies, McGill University
  • M.A., Environmental Policy, Tufts University

Memberships and Affiliations:
Board of Directors, American Hiking Society



Kenneth Kimball, Ph.D., Director of Research

Areas of Expertise:

In-stream flow policy and hydroelectric dam relicensing, windpower siting policy, Northeast mountain ecology and response to climate change, and endangered alpine plant recovery.

Education and Credentials:
  • B.S., Ecology, Cornell University
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Massachusetts
  • Ph.D., Botany, University of New Hampshire
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Rivers Management Society
  • Board of Directors, Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI)
  • NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee
  • Hydropower Reform Coalition
Awards:
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Director's Conservation Award 2002
  • 1999 River Conservationist of the Year (Perception)
Recent Speaking Engagements:
  • "The More We Think We Know, the Less We Really Know: Resistance to Climatic Warming in Northeastern Mountains Increases with Elevation," NE Alpine Stewardship Conference, Lake Placid, NY (2009)
  • "Maine's Alpine Plant Communities: What's Most at Risk with Climate Change?", Maine Mountain Conference, Saddleback, ME (2006)
  • "Impacts of Climate Change on Northeastern Mountains" New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Provinces Symposium, Boston, MA (2004)
  • "Enhancing Northeastern Watersheds through Hydropower Relicensing: An Overview of the Settlement Approach," Rivers Management Society's Incredible Rivers, Incredible Demands Symposium, Boise, ID (2002)
Publications:
  • Murray, G.L.D., Kimball, K, Hill, L.B., Hislop, J.E., and Weathers, K.C. Long-term cloud and rain chemistry on Mount Washington, NH. (2013) Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.
  • Seidel, T.M., Weihrauch, D.M., Kimball, K.D., Pszenny, A.P., Soboleski, R., and Murray, G. 2009. Evidence of climate change declines with elevation based on temperature and snow records from 1930s to 2006 on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41:362-372.
  • Murray, G.M., Kimball, K.D., et al. 2009. A comparison of fine particle and aerosol strong acidity at the interface zone (1540 m) and within the (452 m) planetary boundary layer at the Great Gulf and Presidential-Dry River Class I Wildernesses on the Presidential Range, New Hampshire USA. 43:3605-3613.
  • Brumback, W., D. Weihrauch and Kimball, K.D. 2004. Propagation and Transplanting of an Endangered Alpine Species, Robbins Cinquefoil, Potentilla robbinsiana. Native Plants Journal 5(2):91-97.
  • Kimball, K.D. and Weihrauch. D.M. 2000, Alpine vegetation communities and the alpine-treeline ecotone boundary in New England as biomonitors for climate change. In: McCool, S.F., et. al. Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Vol.3:Wilderness as a place of Inquiry; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula Mt. Proceed. RMS-P-O-VOL-3. Ogden UT; US Dept. of Agric., Forest Service, Rocky Mtn Research Station.
  • Kimball, K.D.1997. Rehabilitating the Deerfield River Watershed (VT and MA) through the FERC hydroelectric power relicensing process - Chapter 12. In J. Williams, M. Dombeck, W. Elmore and C. Wood (eds). Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices. American Fisheries Society Special Publication.
  • Kimball, K.D., Hammond, J., Publicover, D., Kimball, S., Foss, C., Suomala, R., Cline, M., Stockwell, S. and B. Charry. 1993 . An inventory and ranking of the key resources of the Northern Forest lands of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Publication of the Northern Forest Coalition. 142 p.
  • J. Doucette and Kimball, K.D. 1991. Robbin's cinquefoil (Potentilla robbinsiana) Recovery Plan, 1st Update. US Fish and Wildlife Service, NE Region 23 pp.
  • Kimball, K.D. 1988. Relationship of air pollutants and climate with red spruce vigor on Mt. Washington, NH. Envir. Monitor. and Assessment 12:289
  • Levin, S.A., Kelly, J.R., Harwell, M.A. and K.D. Kimball (eds.). 1988. Ecotoxicology: Problems and approaches. Springer-Verlag, 547 pp.
  • Kimball, K.D., Jagels, R., Gordon, G.A. and J. Carlisle. 1988. Differences in northern New England coastal and montane cloud/fog water chemistry. Water, Air & Soil Pollution 39:383-393.
  • Weathers, K.C., Kimball, K.D. et al. 1988. Chemical composition of cloud water from eight sites in Northern North America. Envir. Science and Technol. 22:1018-1026.
  • Kimball, K.D. and M. Keifer. 1988. Climatic comparisons with tree-ring data from montane forests: are the climatic data appropriate? Canad. J. Forest Res. 18:385-390.
  • Weathers, K.C., Kimball, K.D., et al. 1986. A regional acid cloud/fog water event in the eastern United States. Nature 319:657-658.
  • Kimball, K.D. and S.A. Levin. 1985. The role of ecological sciences in assessing the potential effects of anthropogenic chemicals. Bioscience 35:165-171.
  • Levin, S.A. and K.D. Kimball. 1985. New perspectives in ecotoxicology. Environmental Management: 8; 375 - 442.


Larry Garland, Cartographer

Areas of Expertise:

Mapping & GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., Business Administration, Pacific University
  • M.S., Computer Information Systems, Bentley College

Memberships and Affiliations:
Board of Directors, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

Awards:
  • AMC Boston Chapter Service Award, 1989
  • New Hampshire and New England four-thousand footers completed in winter
  • New England 100 highest completed in winter
  • New Hampshire three-thousand footers completed in winter

Speaking Engagements:
Various workshops on backcountry navigation, presentations on mapping and map interpretation, slide shows of various overseas travel adventures (including high points of four continents).

Publications:
Large-format hiking maps for:
  • AMC White Mountain Guide 
  • AMC Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide
  • AMC Maine Mountain Guide
  • AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide
  • AMC Catskill Mountain Guide
Publication of interpretive recreation guides for AMC partners and stakeholders, including:
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Regional Recreation Map & Guide
  • Southern Piscataquis Regional Recreation Map & Guide
  • Northern New Hampshire Regional Recreation Map & Guide
  • Quiet Places, Hiking and Water Trails of western York County, Maine
  • Island Pond (VT) Regional Recreation Map
  • Deerfield River Map and Guide
  • Androscoggin River Map & Guide
  • Saco River Map & Guide



Mark Zakutansky, Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Regional planning in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands (PA, NJ, NY, CT); Federal budget and appropriations for the Highlands Conservation Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund; Recreation planning, including land and water trail protection, access, and the development of outreach materials such as maps and guides.

Education/Credentials: 
  • B.A., Political Science, Sociology/Social Psychology, Lehigh University
  • American Canoe Association - Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • American Red Cross - First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer 
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Member, USA Canoe/Kayak
  • Member, American Whitewater
  • Member, American Canoe Association
  • Member, National Eagle Scout Association
  • Team Member, Blackfly Canoes
Speaking Engagements:
Various professional conferences, legislative hearings, outdoor recreation focused television and radio programs, and other media events.  Publications:
  • Highlands Recreation: Schooley’s Mountain Park, Highlands Lookout, Sept. 2008
  • Numerous articles for AMC’s Hike the Highlands blog
  • Contributing photographer for American Whitewater Journal, Calendar and Website
  • Contributing photographer for the Eastern Forest Partnership publications



Nancy Ritger, Huts and Cardigan Program Manager

Areas of Expertise:

Natural history interpretive techniques, backcountry education program development, White Mountain Ecology including alpine and boreal forest ecology, volunteer management, and backcountry instructor/guide promoting the importance of outdoor experiences for youth and families.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Environmental Conservation/Community Development, University of New Hampshire
  • Part-time faculty at Granite State College
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Memberships and affiliations:
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
  • National Association for Interpretation
  • Chairman of School Board - Hart's Location
  • Women's Rural Entrepreneur Network
  • Volunteer Nordic Ski Instructor for Youth Program
Speaking engagements:
Currently teaching courses for Granite State College in General Ecology, Natural History, and Field Botany.
 

Publications:
AMC Junior Naturalist Activity Books



Nicky Pizzo, Senior Interpretive Naturalist

Areas of Expertise:
Northeast alpine ecology, Northeast flora and fauna identification, natural history interpretive techniques, and Leave No Trace.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Recreation and Parks Management with Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Interpretation emphasis, Penn State University
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA), American Red Cross CPR, and Emergency Cardiac Care Provider
  • Project Learning Tree & Project Wild Certification
  • Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) Facilitator
  • New England Wildflower Society Invasive Plant Volunteer
  • Master Gardener Intern
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • National Association of Interpretation
  • National Audubon Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Leave No Trace, Inc.
  • Clean Air Cool Planet
Awards:
  • Joe Dodge Award Winner 2004
  • Mutual Of Omaha Wildlife Heritage Award for the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (1994)
Speaking engagements:
Various workshops and trainings on interpretive techniques, Northeast flora and fauna, alpine ecology, and vernal pools.



Pam Hess, Director of Youth Programming and Outdoors Rx

Areas of Expertise:

Outdoor leadership, education and skills (K-12, urban youth programs), No Child Left Inside campaign (getting outdoors with families, health and educational benefits of outdoor play for kids, state and local initiatives in the Northeast), volunteerism, and outdoor recreation trends.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont
  • M.S., Natural Resources in Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Formerly with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Deputy Project leader at several National Wildlife Refuges
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • National Park Prescriptions Steering Committee
Awards:
  • White House Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Speaking engagements:
  • New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition "Building Nature-based Communities" Conference, "Hiking as a Family" and "Staying Safe and Found" (2009)
  • Boston Youth Environmental Network "Environmental Education" Summit, outdoors in classroom curriculum (2008 and 2009)
  • Community Forum on Connecting Young Children and Nature (2009)
  • Association Partners for Public Lands National Conference, volunteerism and creating successful partnerships (2009)
  • Co-led "A Trail to Every Classroom" (TTEC) workshops (2007-2009)



Sara DeLucia, Adventure Programs Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Outdoors and families, winter outdoor sports, canoeing/kayaking, Leave No Trace.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.S., Adventure Education Leadership, Unity College
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Professional Ski Instructors Association of America (PSIA) Certified Nordic Instructor
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Professional Ski Instructors Association of America (PSIA)
  • American Canoe Association
  • Leave No Trace

Awards:
AMC Employee of the Year

Speaking Engagements:
Various workshops and programs on natural history, Nordic ski instruction, and other outdoor skills.



Susan Arnold, Vice President of Conservation

Areas of Expertise:
AMC conservation, trails and research programs, federal appropriations, and conservation policy and strategy.

Education/Credentials:
  • B.A., English, Yale University
  • Former Director of Policy for Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
  • Former Political Director for NARAL-NH, a state affiliate of the national pro-choice organization
  • Former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator

Memberships and Affiliations:
Chair, New Hampshire State Park System Advisory Council