The Land’s Sake Board of Directors was founded in 1980 by Brian Donahue, Doug Henderson, Pat Siek, and Martha Gogel.
Our Current Board Members
Land’s Sake Board Biographies as of May 2017
Dr. John Burress and his wife have lived in Weston since 1998 with their four daughters not far from Land’s Sake. John is from Kentucky and grew up enjoying rural farm life via his grandfather’s working farm plus hiring out to other farmers. In addition to serving as Medical Director for Boston Medical Center’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dr. Burress maintains a backyard farmette replete with goats, bunnies, roughly 50 chickens, and vegetable garden.
Dave Eisen moved to Weston with his wife and 2 children in the fall of 2015. Dave soon experienced the many ways Land’s Sake impacts our town and shapes our community – connecting us to each other, preserving our appreciation for agriculture and natural resources, and teaching our children respect for the land. Dave is Chief Marketing Officer at Welch’s – a family-farmer owned grape cooperative headquartered in Concord. Farming, and farmers, are a critical part of Dave’s every day. Dave holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michelle Hipwood moved to Weston in late 2010 with her husband and two children. She is currently Head of Finance and Operations at clypd, Inc., an early stage technology company. Prior to clypd, she was the Director of Finance and Operations at ImmusanT, an early-stage biotech company. Michelle was previously the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of The Capital Network, a non-profit dedicated to providing extensive educational programs and a community to help high growth early-stage entrepreneurs successfully raise seed capital. Michelle’s earlier work experience was in investment banking and strategy consulting with a boutique investment bank and a national strategy consulting firm. She has an MBA from Babson College’s Olin School of Business and a BS from Boston College.
Kristina Lukas, President: Kristina, her husband and 4 kids discovered the joys of Lands Sake soon after moving to Weston. She and her girls love ‘pick your own ‘at Lands Sake and her kids enjoy running around the farm and climbing trees. Kristina has 22 years of professional experience including a CFA and multiple years in investment management, privatization and M&A consulting in Eastern Europe, leading operations strategy and redesign assignments at Fortune 50 companies, as well as experience managing corporate operations. Kristina has served on the Executive Committee of several non-profit Boards. Kristina has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Kent Lundberg is a fourth-generation farmer on both his mother’s and father’s sides of the family. He manages several of the family’s farms in California, and he serves on the board of directors of Lundberg Family Farms, which pioneered organic rice farming in the United States. Outside of his family-business duties, he is a Consulting Engineer with a Ph.D in electrical engineering from MIT, and he has taught at MIT, Stanford, and Olin College. He has lived in Weston for twenty years, and his kids have loved the educational programs at Land’s Sake.
Alix Mackey moved to Weston from the South End in Boston in 2013 with her husband and three sons. She was first introduced to Land’s Sake when her oldest son was enrolled in the summer discovery program. Impressed with his new passion for the Farm, she knew she wanted to be a part of this unique and special community resource. Alix is also involved with the Roxbury Weston Preschool, WCCA and the Council on Aging. Prior to being a full-time mom of three boys, she has over ten years of experience in Events Management at catering companies and investment banks in Arlington, VA, New York City and Boston.
Beth Marshdoyle has been a Weston Resident for 20 years and has raised three sons in the town of Weston. Beth fell in love with Weston due to the rural area and in a large part due to her first interaction at Land’s Sake. The first time she walked onto the farm she picked strawberries and a bouquet of sunflowers with her three sons. From that day on she was hooked on Land’s Sake! Beth has a M.S. in Natural Resources and a B.S. in Environmental Science. Like other members of the board she shares in the mission of Lands Sake in stewardship, sustainability and a love of the outdoors. With 30 years of professional sales, marketing and development experience at Apple she plans to work with engaging other families and businesses in the community to become involved with Land’s Sake either as a member or through sponsorships.
Jordan McCarron is currently the Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator with the Town of Lexington, Conservation Division. In this capacity he oversees conservation project management, volunteer coordination, outreach and education, and budget management. Jordan has extensive experience in land and forest management and organic agriculture for the Towns of Lexington, Lincoln, and Weston. Jordan has managed projects and volunteer groups at Land’s Sake, Food for Free, and has also completed work for the Concord Land Conservation Trust, the MA Divisions of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Monadnock Conservancy, as well as the Towns of Stow and Weston. He formerly served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Ukraine. Jordan is a licensed timber harvester. He has a BA in Newspaper Journalism from Syracuse University, and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
Ned Rossiter (Emeritus) has lived in Weston for 40 years and has been with Land’s Sake since its founding in 1980. A career secondary history teacher and administrator, Ned retired from the Newton North High School in 2001 and is currently teaching in the Education Program at Brandeis University. It has been a great joy for him to watch Land’s Sake grow over the years. Ned is the first Land’s Sake Emeritus Board Member and looks forward to many more years with Land’s Sake.
Caitlin Salyer moved to Weston with her family in 1986, graduating from Weston High School in 1992. She moved back to Weston with her husband and four children in 2004. She previously taught kindergarten at Belmont Day School in Belmont, MA. In the summers she led mountain biking and backpacking trips for middle school and high school age students. For the last eleven years she has enjoyed volunteering in many aspects of the Weston community including serving on the board of Roxbury Weston Programs, Inc., co-chairing the Committee on Children and Youth Ministries at First Parish Church in Weston, and serving as president of the Weston Community Children’s Association for the 2013-14 year. She has been very involved with Land’s Sake over the years.
Michele Fronk Schuckel is an alumna of Green Power Farm from the 1980s where her mom marveled that she was always the dirtiest teenager in the group selling veggies from the “farm stand” (a crate on sidewalk by the Town Green). She holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Babson College with a focus in entrepreneurship and is a Certified Master Gardener and the owner/operator of a garden design business that seeks to maximize the draw of insects and birds to gardens through native plant selections. Michele is thankful to live back in Weston along with her husband, Clint, their three kids, extended family, and cat, fish and backyard chickens. She is looking forward to giving back to the Farm that gave her a love of working in the dirt!
Remke van Zadelhoff, Secretary, moved to Boston in 2012 with her husband and three daughters after having lived in Washington DC for 7 years and Amsterdam, the Netherlands before that. Cherishing the outdoors, community and environmental stewardship and education, she was psyched to discover Land’s Sake and soon became a frequent volunteer. Remke has an MA in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has been working in finance, information services and sustainable development and is currently pursuing a MA degree in Sustainability & Environmental Management at Harvard. As a volunteer, Remke has been on the Board of a few local non-profit organizations and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on Land’s Sake’s Board.
Steve Weeple is currently the Senior Investment Director of Equities at Standard Life Investments, a UK-based asset management firm. Steve manages a number of global equity portfolios, with a particular emphasis on developing portfolio management solutions for North American clients. He also provides strategic leadership within Standard Life Investments’ US operations. Prior to this, Steve was the Head of U.S. Equities at Standard Life Investments. Steve holds a Diploma in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. He graduated from St Andrews University in 1993 with an M.A, with Joint Honors in Economics and International Relations. Steve lives in Weston with his wife and his four children. Steve is a regular volunteer at Land’s Sake.
Jonathan White, Vice President, has practiced real estate law in Weston since 1980. In 1991 he moved to Weston along with his wife and their two sons. He has been actively involved with a number of community organizations including Weston Forest and Trail Association and Boy Scouts. An avid outdoorsman and gardener, Jonathan is especially enthusiastic about Land’s Sake and its mission of connecting people with the natural environment.
Barrett Yates-Mack, Treasurer moved to Weston from the South End in 2010 with her husband, son and dog (her second child was born on the Weston Town Green shortly after they moved to town!). Barrett is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of CrossLead, Inc., an enterprise SaaS and services firm designed to increase adaptability and enhance organizational performance to thrive in complex environments. CrossLead, Inc. spun out of McChrystal Group LLC in early 2016 where Barrett had been the CFO and CSO since early 2014. Previously, Barrett held several executive positions in finance, operations and real estate/energy investing. Barrett serves as a Director on multiple boards and in 2002, Barrett was one of the founding members of Adelante Now, a educational non-profit focused on combating low educational achievement levels in New Mexico. She has an MS from MIT and a BA from Cornell University.
Elizabeth Young moved to Weston in 2008 with her husband and English Springer Spaniel, Cooper. Prior to 2008 she lived, was educated, and worked primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States. She worked over a decade for Verizon Communication, most recently as a PMP Certified Program Manager in Washington, DC. After relocating to Weston, her daughter, Madeline, was born and her role as full-time Mom started. Making the transition from the corporate world to the community was made easier with amazing local spots like Land’s Sake. She became involved in her community by serving on the Board of the WCCA (Weston Community Children’s Association) and volunteering with Land’s Sake. She is excited to be part of the Land’s Sake Board and is dedicated to the mission of connecting people with the land.
Advisory Board Members
Barbara Burgess’ deep admiration for the natural world began early while racing small boats on lakes in the Midwest. She pursued her passion for the environment, attending the Williams College Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program and graduating from The University of Vermont with a BS in Education and Environmental Studies. Barbara worked as a deckhand on board a schooner and designed and taught educational programs for both Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum and Mystic Aquarium.
Barbara serves on the Board of Overseers at The New England Aquarium and the Board of Directors of City Year, Boston, and is co-founder of Women Working for Oceans, an organization with a mission to promote healthy sustainable oceans through education that inspires advocacy and action. She and her husband, Bill, have raised five children in Weston.
Bill Burgess has worked closely with emerging growth technology companies as an investor and adviser throughout his career. Since 2004 he has been a Managing General Partner at ABS Ventures. Previously, he was at Alex Brown & Sons and Deutsche Bank, where he held a number of management positions, including Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Finance and head of DB Venture Partners. He currently is on the Board of HighRoads, Certona, Ohana and ClickSquared. He holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bill also has deep experience on boards of educational, cultural, and environmental organizations. In 2011, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and serves on the Finance, Audit and Master Planning Committees. Since 1996 he has served successively as Trustee, Chair of Development, and Chair of the Board of the New England Aquarium, where he led a major revival for this global leader in conservation, education, and research of the world’s oceans. He is Board President of St. Mark’s School where he previously served as Treasurer and Co-chair of strategic planning. Bill also serves as Trustee of Fund for the Republic, an organization dedicated to removing the excessive influence of money from politics, and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Bill and his wife, Barbara, have raised five children in Weston.
Brian Donahue is Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies (Chair, Environmental Studies) on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund at Brandeis University, and Environmental Historian at Harvard Forest. Brian holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Brandeis program in the History of American Civilization. He co-founded and, for 12 years directed Land’s Sake, and serves today on the Weston Conservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. For three years he was Director of Education at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He sits on several other boards including the Thoreau Farm Trust and The Land Institute. Brian lives in Weston with his wife and his two children.
Brian is author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town (Yale University Press, 1999), which was awarded the book prize from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. He also wrote The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Press, 2004), which won book prizes from the New England Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the American Society for Environmental History. His latest publication is American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture and the Land (Yale Press, 2011), an anthology co-edited with Edwin Hagenstein and Sara Gregg.
Pamela Fox has been active in history, historical preservation, and land use issues in Weston since she moved here 22 years ago. Over the years she has served on Boards and Committees including the Planning Board, Open Space Committee, Community Preservation Committee, and Weston Land Trust. She has served as a consultant to the Weston Historical Commission and prepared a comprehensive survey for the commission in 1993-94. Pam is currently president of the Weston Historical Society, a post she has held since 2005.
Pam authored the 2002 book Farm Town to Suburb: The History and Architecture of Weston Massachusetts 1830–1980 and the photo essay Preserving Weston’s Rural Character. She was a principal author of the Open Space and Recreation Plan: Town of Weston, MA (Fall 2006). Pam was editor of the Weston Land Trust Bulletin for many years and has been editing the Weston Historical Society Bulletin since 2005. Pam is a graduate of Radcliffe College/Harvard University and has an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University.
Beth Keane is a 21-year resident of Weston and a perpetual volunteer in her community. Her career background in technology has been valuable in many roles on boards and councils through the years, much of the time with the Weston schools. With an ardent interest in health and wellness, Beth is also a nutrition and fitness hobbyist, volunteering in a variety of roles at area hospitals. She and her husband Brian and their three children enjoy being active in the outdoors, relishing every sport in its season and rewarding themselves with locally-farmed fare when possible.
Brian T. Keane, a 21-year resident of Weston, is the Founder and CEO of Ameritas Technologies. Ameritas is a domestic high-tech outsourcing firm focused on high-performance software development and the regeneration of American jobs in US-based software development centers. Brian’s 30-year career in business is complimented by his lifelong passion for sailboat racing, which finds him competing in locations throughout the world. Brian is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and shares a love of sports and the outdoors with his wife, Beth, and their three children. Brian is an Overseer at the Boston Museum of Science, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and the Massachusetts Technology Council.
Meg Kelly is a graduate of Williams College (BA), the National Outdoor Leadership School (sea kayaking), and Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (MES). While an undergrad, Meg served as a Cadet on the Norwegian full-rigged ship, Sorlandet. After school, Meg worked as an environmental and economic consultant before turning to non-profit management, focusing on the preservation of local open space and sustainability issues. Meg worked for the Trust for Public Land, and formerly served as a Board member for Land’s Sake and Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station. She currently serves as Board President for Weston Forest and Trail Association, is a member of the Board of Overseers for the New England Aquarium, and is on the Board of Women Working for Oceans. Meg and her husband live in Weston, are parents to three daughters, and have a chocolate lab, Dovey, who enjoys the woods at least as much as they do.
Tracey Morzano has lived in Weston for the past 10 years with her husband and their four daughters, and enjoys being an active participant in community and charitable organizations. She loves volunteering for her children’s schools, and has served as President of the Weston Community Children’s Association. She is the Treasurer of the Friends of the Weston Public Library, and looks forward to becoming more involved in Land’s Sake. Tracey is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University’s School of International and Political Affairs and worked in finance for May Department Stores before starting her family. Tracey loves running, playing tennis, and spending time with her family on Nantucket.
Jessica Myers has lived in Weston since 2010 when she moved from Boston with her husband and 3 sons. She has been an active member of the local community, as well as a volunteer in many organizations in the greater Boston area, including the Weston Public Schools, Temple Beth Elohim, CJP, One Family, and many others. Jessica is committed to philanthropy both locally and abroad. Jessica works part-time as a Librarian at the MFA Boston, and holds a MA in Library Science, as well as a MA in Art Business and a BA in Art History. Her hobbies are reading, travel, playing tennis and practicing yoga. She is the mom of Sam (entering 6th grade at The Rashi School), Ben (entering 5th grade in Weston Public Schools), and Josh (entering 3rd grade in Weston Public Schools). Her family also has an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ziggy. Jessica and her family have been members of Land’s Sake Farm since they moved to Weston, and love that the farm is such an integral part of their community. Her kids have participated in after-school Farm programs, they have had the benefit of enjoying Land’s Sake produce at their schools, as well as many classroom visits to the Farm over the years to learn about nature, science and ecology. Jessica and her kids enjoying maintaining a kitchen garden at their home, but are grateful for Land’s Sake produce every week!
Debbie Slotpole is a graduate of Boston College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. After receiving her MBA in finance, she worked for nine years as an equity analyst in New York following environmental and engineering companies. In 1995 she and her husband Bob moved to Weston where they raised their two children. During the past 22 years Debbie has volunteered in her children’s schools and other local groups, as well as served on the 401k committee of a Rhode Island engineering company. She is currently a volunteer with the Friends of the Weston Public Library, Community Consulting Teams of Boston, and the Hestia Fund.
Susan Tamoney is the Outreach Assistant at the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Services Food Hub where she works to connect farmers and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal services. She has a degree in Economics (BS) and a professional background in brand marketing at Ogilvy and Mather Advertising in New York City. Susan and her family moved to Weston 25 years ago, in part because of the “beautiful little farm in the very center of town.” Once here, she became active in many Weston school and town activities. Susan pursued Post Baccalaureate studies in Italian Language, History and Culture at Wellesley College and in Rome. She has been an active member of Oxfam America Action Corps, where she was appointed to its Special Advisory Committee. Susan has a strong personal interest in sustainability and ethics in food and fashion. She loves going to the movies, especially at the Sundance Film Festival.
John Thompson is a painter and printmaker. John teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the Printmaking Department and co-leads an annual student trip to China. His gallery representation includes Webster and Company, Boston; Coleman Fine Arts, Charleston, SC; Benke-Doughty, Washington, CT; and others. John also develops real estate including the Lincoln Studios in Waltham. John has served on multiple boards including The Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Danforth Art, The Cambridge School of Weston, The Foundation for MetroWest, The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, Porter Gaud School, SC, and the Urban League of Charleston, SC. John and his wife, Nathalie, live in Weston and have two children.
Formerly John spent 16 years with the software company, Blackbaud, a provider of management tools to not-for-profit organizations. During his career there, at various times, he was Vice President in charge of Human Resources, Client Relations, New Business Development, and New Technologies. His educational credits include a BFA, Syracuse University; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MBA, Babson College; and MFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Land’s Sake is always interested to learn of individuals willing to serve on its board of directors. We are currently looking for people with skills in human resources, labor law, small-scale organic agriculture, marketing, fundraising, and education program development. For more information on board service, please Contact Land’s Sake or Contact Pam Hess, Executive Director.