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 April 2016
Holly Ameden, President. Holly Ameden moved to Weston with her husband and three sons in 2010 and quickly discovered that Land’s Sake is an exceptional community resource with programs ranging from a weekly CSA to maple tapping to GreenPower. She got involved because she shares Land’s Sake’s commitment to environmental stewardship, healthy food systems, hunger relief, and having fun in the outdoors. Holly has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Michelle Hipwood, Co-Treasurer, 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, Vice President & Co-Treasurer moved to Weston in 2011 with her husband and four children, and soon discovered Land’s Sake’s multi-faceted impact on the community and her family. Kristina is a Management Consultant specializing in operations management and also has a background in finance and investment management, becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1991. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and was Treasurer and Executive Board Member at the Atrium School, an independent elementary and middle school in Watertown, where she volunteered extensively.
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.
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.
Nathalie Thompson, Secretary, moved to Weston with her family in 2000 into the house of Bill McElwain, one of the founders of Land’s Sake. She considers that a very lucky coincidence as it began her involvement with Land’s Sake which has only grown over the years. Her background is in counseling and education, and since moving to Weston she has enjoyed a variety of volunteer and board work with local non-profits.
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 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 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
Joseph Berman, a partner at Looney & Grossman, defends businesses and individuals in a wide range of high-stakes disputes including real estate, employment, trade secrets, and corporate litigation. He also focuses on the defense of lawyers and other professionals in malpractice and disciplinary matters. Joe is a qualified mediator. Active in several public interest organizations, Joe is a member of the Regional Board and the Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, and has been a National Commissioner of the ADL since 2006. Joe is a member of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations. He has chaired several bar association committees. Joe is a former Board member of Land’s Sake Farm, and has also served on the Board of Community Work Services. Joe is a member of the St. Botolph Club of Boston, one of Boston’s oldest clubs dedicated to arts and culture. Joe and his wife live in Weston with their two children.
Joe was born in New York and attended Dartmouth College (AB cum laude 1986) and the University of Michigan Law School (JD cum laude 1990). After law school, he served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Bob Brack graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked at Barker Steel Company, a family business, retiring in September 2012. Barker Steel fabricated reinforcing bars for reinforced concrete construction and had 12 plants in 10 states. For many years, Bob was active in the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, a national trade organization’s serving as chair of the board in 1990 – 91. Bob was also involved with Natick Community Organic Farm from its inception in 1975 until moving to Concord in 2001 having lost his first wife in 1999. For 17 years Bob was a town meeting member in Natick.
Bob presently serves on the Boards of the Natick Service Council and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for MetroWest, an organization that promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of the local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all of our citizens.
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.
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 board chair Holly Ameden at email@example.com.