Tad Ames

Tad Ames

President

Tad Ames came to work at the Council in 1990 after working as an editor of The Berkshire Eagle. In 2002, he was appointed by the board of directors to succeed founding president George Wislocki. Ames is former chairman of the state board of Environmental Management, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.

Narain Schroeder

Narain Schroeder

Director of Land Conservation

Narain Schroeder, the Council’s Director of Land Conservation, originally hails from Vermont. He grew up on a small beef farm in a community sustained by farming, logging, and maple syrup production. He has a Planning Degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters Degree in Environmental Biology from Antioch. Narain guides the Council’s efforts to preserve, protect and keep more of the Berkshires.

Doug Bruce

Doug Bruce

Stewardship Manager

Doug Bruce joined BNRC as its Stewardship Manager in 2008. A native of St. Albans, VT, Doug grew up in the woods and on the trails of northern New England. His undergraduate education (Bowdoin College) focused on ecology and natural history; his pre-BNRC employment focused on natural resource inventories and land management.

The Stewardship department manages conservation restrictions (monitoring, enforcement), access improvements (trails, parking), resource management (habitat improvement, logging, invasive species removal), outreach (hikes, education), and land management (boundary marking). Doug’s conservation motivation is keeping land open for public use.

Mackenzie Greer

Mackenzie Greer

Conservation and Stewardship Associate

Berkshire-born and raised, Mackenzie Greer supports the Council’s conservation and stewardship efforts. Her undergraduate degree is from Hartwick College and she completed Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mackenzie’s work at the Council is focused on land acquisition and long-range planning.

Roxanne Gawthrop

Roxanne Gawthrop

Development and Donor Relations

When she’s not busy managing the Council’s database of friends and donors, Roxanne helps write and edit many of our newsletters, proposals, and other communications. A native of Kansas, Roxanne has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Maryland, and has lived in the Berkshires since 1986. Prior to the Council, she worked at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Project Native.

Charmaine Roller

Charmaine Roller

Office Manager

Charmaine takes care of BNRC’s bookkeeping and helps keep the office running smoothly. She moved to the Berkshires in 2012 after growing up in Vermont. Charmaine loves traveling around the world. Closer to home, she enjoys hiking and nature. Besides BNRC’s Hollow Fields, a couple of her favorite spots are Monument Mountain and the Cheshire Cobbles.

Michael Leavitt

Michael Leavitt

Trails and Outreach Coordinator

Michael Leavitt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. While in school, he got a summer job leading youth trail crews in the Berkshires for the Appalachian Mountain Club. He came back the next summer after graduating and has made the Berkshires his home. Before joining Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Mike was an AmeriCorps member serving with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Greenagers. As the Trails and Outreach Coordinator, Mike oversees our trail keeping and engages our community by providing memorable outdoor experiences.

Mariah Auman

Mariah Auman

Community Engagement Coordinator

Coming from Asheville, North Carolina, Mariah Auman relocated to the area about two years ago. After graduating from UNC Asheville with a degree in Environmental Studies she has worked various positions involving environmental education, community outreach and food security. As the Community Engagement Coordinator through MassLIFT AmeriCorps Mariah will be serving BNRC’s Stewardship Committee. She looks forward to meeting our volunteers and engaging with the communities of Berkshire County.

Mariah Auman
Community Engagement Coordinator
MassLIFT AmeriCorps
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0596

www.bnrc.org

Tad Ames

Tad Ames

President

Tad Ames came to work at the Council in 1990 after working as an editor of The Berkshire Eagle. In 2002, he was appointed by the board of directors to succeed founding president George Wislocki. Ames is former chairman of the state board of Environmental Management, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.

Narain Schroeder

Narain Schroeder

Director of Land Conservation

Narain Schroeder, the Council’s Director of Land Conservation, originally hails from Vermont. He grew up on a small beef farm in a community sustained by farming, logging, and maple syrup production. He has a Planning Degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters Degree in Environmental Biology from Antioch. Narain guides the Council’s efforts to preserve, protect and keep more of the Berkshires.

Doug Bruce

Doug Bruce

Stewardship Manager

Doug Bruce joined BNRC as its Stewardship Manager in 2008. A native of St. Albans, VT, Doug grew up in the woods and on the trails of northern New England. His undergraduate education (Bowdoin College) focused on ecology and natural history; his pre-BNRC employment focused on natural resource inventories and land management.

The Stewardship department manages conservation restrictions (monitoring, enforcement), access improvements (trails, parking), resource management (habitat improvement, logging, invasive species removal), outreach (hikes, education), and land management (boundary marking). Doug’s conservation motivation is keeping land open for public use.

Mackenzie Greer

Mackenzie Greer

Conservation and Stewardship Associate

Berkshire-born and raised, Mackenzie Greer supports the Council’s conservation and stewardship efforts. Her undergraduate degree is from Hartwick College and she completed Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mackenzie’s work at the Council is focused on land acquisition and long-range planning.

Roxanne Gawthrop

Roxanne Gawthrop

Development and Donor Relations

When she’s not busy managing the Council’s database of friends and donors, Roxanne helps write and edit many of our newsletters, proposals, and other communications. A native of Kansas, Roxanne has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Maryland, and has lived in the Berkshires since 1986. Prior to the Council, she worked at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Project Native.

Charmaine Roller

Charmaine Roller

Office Manager

Charmaine takes care of BNRC’s bookkeeping and helps keep the office running smoothly. She moved to the Berkshires in 2012 after growing up in Vermont. Charmaine loves traveling around the world. Closer to home, she enjoys hiking and nature. Besides BNRC’s Hollow Fields, a couple of her favorite spots are Monument Mountain and the Cheshire Cobbles.

Michael Leavitt

Michael Leavitt

Trails and Outreach Coordinator

Michael Leavitt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. While in school, he got a summer job leading youth trail crews in the Berkshires for the Appalachian Mountain Club. He came back the next summer after graduating and has made the Berkshires his home. Before joining Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Mike was an AmeriCorps member serving with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Greenagers. As the Trails and Outreach Coordinator, Mike oversees our trail keeping and engages our community by providing memorable outdoor experiences.

Mariah Auman

Mariah Auman

Community Engagement Coordinator

Coming from Asheville, North Carolina, Mariah Auman relocated to the area about two years ago. After graduating from UNC Asheville with a degree in Environmental Studies she has worked various positions involving environmental education, community outreach and food security. As the Community Engagement Coordinator through MassLIFT AmeriCorps Mariah will be serving BNRC’s Stewardship Committee. She looks forward to meeting our volunteers and engaging with the communities of Berkshire County.

Mariah Auman
Community Engagement Coordinator
MassLIFT AmeriCorps
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0596

www.bnrc.org