Upper Valley Land Trust Elects Trustees, Officers

Hanover — The Hanover-based Upper Valley Land Trust recently elected board officers and trustees.

Chris Nesbitt, of Brownsville, was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the Board of Trustees. Nesbitt, a former commercial banker, is a founding partner at Focus Acquisition Partners, where he works with a clients interested in financial services, medical devices, manufacturing, business services and off-shore opportunities in Europe and Asia. He has owned a series of middle market manufacturing and business services companies. He serves on the West Windsor Conservation Commission.

Bob Wetzel, of Lyme, will serve as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Development Committee. A gentleman farmer and private investor, Wetzel retired in 2002 after a 20-year career with Accenture, formerly Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center and is co-chairman of the Hopkins Center Members. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and theater from Dartmouth College and a master in management degree in finance and marketing from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Susan Renaud, of Hanover, was elected treasurer. Renaud is the director for strategic integration at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and holds a master’s degree in management from London Business School. Her professional experience also includes two years as chief financial officer at King Arthur Flour, four years as a mergers and acquisitions consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, England and many years working in various capacities for Ben & Jerry’s in both Vermont and France.

June Hemberger, of Norwich, was elected secretary. Hemberger holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology, a master’s degree in education and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. Before retiring, Hemberger was practice manager for medical specialties at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She previously worked as an independent consultant focusing on team and leadership development and strategic planning, owned a retail business and worked in the Lebanon Public School system.

Wetzel, Renaud and Hemberger were elected to one-year terms.

At the land trust’s annual membership meeting, four new trustees were elected to three-year terms.

Reggie Greene, senior vice president and senior lending officer at Ledyard National Bank, has 25 years of banking experience. He is a member of the Hanover Rotary Club and formerly served on the school board for the Town of Chittenden, Vt. He is a past board member of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Rutland Economic Development Corporation and United Way of Rutland County and a past chairman of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

Liz Russell, of Norwich, served on the UVLT Board from 1999-2005 and has been a volunteer easement monitor for more than ten years. She is a member of the Norwich Trails Committee and has served on the steering committee for the Norwich Hartford Greenway Project, the Conservation Commission and Norwich Special Places. In 2002, she bought and conserved 123 acres of land on Cossingham Road and provided public access to the parcel’s trails.

Nick Russell is a partner at Tuckerman Capital, a private investment fund focused on manufacturing companies. Russell is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Before joining Tuckerman Capital, he was a principal at North Star Advisors, a New Canaan, Conn.-based boutique investment advisory firm affiliated with J.H. Whitney. He is a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council and recently served as an advisor to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

Willis Wood and his wife have operated Wood’s Cider Mill in Weathersfield for more than 40 years, and the farm has been in his family for more than two centuries. Wood served on the UVLT board from 1996-2002 and since then has been active on the land trust’s Advisory Board and Lands Committee. He is president of the Weathersfield Historical Society and has served on the Weathersfield Planning and Conservation commissions.

Also re-elected for a second three-year term was Chuck Wooster, who owns and runs Sunrise Farm in White River Junction on land he and his wife conserved with UVLT in 2007. — Staff report