Jenny Hansell came aboard BNRC as its third President in February 2018. Born in Boston, raised in Detroit, Jenny earned her BA from Yale and Masters in Public Administration from University of Connecticut. Before she moved to Massachusetts to join BNRC, she lived in Sharon, CT and for 17 years was Executive Director of the North East Community Center in Dutchess County, NY. She has worked as an Environmental Policy Analyst at the National Audubon Society and Associate Director of the Council on the Environment of New York City and held positions at Creative Art Works and Sesame Workshop, both in New York.
Narain SchroederDirector 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.
Nicole PyserStewardship Coordinator
Nicole Pyser was born and raised in Gloucester, MA. Growing up she spent most of her days exploring in the woods or at the beach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation with a focus on Forest Ecology and Conservation from UMass Amherst. Prior to joining the Council, she worked as a service forester in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As the Stewardship Coordinator, Nicole ensures the Council’s conservation restrictions and fee owned lands always maintain their conservation value through monitoring and resource management.
Mackenzie GreerDirector of Public Programs
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 GawthropDevelopment 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.
Josh HopmansStewardship Associate
A native of the Berkshires, Josh grew up in Hinsdale with conserved land all around him. This setting fostered his love for natural spaces and wildlife. He started with BNRC in 2017 as an intern building trail at Clam River and monitoring conservation restrictions. Currently he maintains BNRC’s properties and trail networks and helps with property improvement projects.
Mariah AumanVolunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Mariah grew up in the Southern Appalachians and developed a passion for conserved lands at a young age. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNC Asheville, is the Vice President of MassLand’s Young Land Professionals, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. Her work with the Council began as an intern in 2016. She then served as the Community Engagement Coordinator through MassLIFT AmeriCorps and now supports BNRC’s community conservation efforts by coordinating free public hikes and special events, educational programs, and volunteer workdays.
Rich MontoneDirector of Development
Originally from the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, Rich arrived to the Berkshires in 2009. His interest in conservation arises from lifelong connections to woodland wildlife. Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Rich collaborates with BNRC supporters to raise funds that protect land, create access to nature, and make life in the Berkshires uncommonly good.
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Evan JohnsonRegional Collaboration Coordinator, TerraCorps
Evan grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts and has lived in the Berkshires his whole life. He enjoys traveling to new places and hiking with his dog. Evan has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Evan began serving with the council as a Regional Collaboration Coordinator in September of 2019 through the TerraCorps program.
Tyler FoggTrails Coordinator
Tyler grew up west of Boston, Massachusetts and discovered his love of being outdoors at an early age. He studied and Anthropology and Geography at University of Massachusetts and is a member of the Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker class of 2010. His passion for preserving national parks and conserved lands has been fed and developed by his experiences working on trail crews across the country. He has worked from the backcountry of the Trinity Alps of northern California, to historic building preservation in Virginia, to the stone steps of Acadia National Park. Tyler joined the BNRC team in May of 2019 and is grateful for the chance to continue providing public access to natural spaces for all people.
Adam GalambosConservation Associate
Adam’s passion for conservation was cultivated at a young age while exploring the coastal ecosystems along the South Shore of Massachusetts. After moving to the Berkshires in 2009, Adam earned a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree from Antioch University in Resource Management and Administration. Adam joined the BNRC team in June of 2020 to support the Council’s conservation-related activities.
Gordon GossSeasonal Stewardship Crew
Hailing from Concord, MA, the home of Walden Pond and Thoreau’s cabin, Gordon was influenced by land conservation at an early age. In pursuit of his passions, mountain biking and backcountry skiing, he has traveled the US seeking out the best trails. His interest in open space and outdoor recreation led him to a degree in Recreation Management from Ithaca College. An alumni of two conservation corps in Vermont and the Adirondacks, Gordon joins the Seasonal Stewardship Crew hoping to gain a broader perspective on the process of conserving and managing land.
Pete MaciaszekSeasonal Stewardship Assistant
Pete is a western Mass native and has had a strong affinity for the outdoors since his youth. Pete earned his B.S. Natural Resources Conservation with a focus in Forests Ecology and Conservation from UMass Amherst. After working for over two and a half years in the field of forestry post-graduation, he left his position as a Forestry Technician to pursue graduate work. In 2019, he received his M.S. in Conservation Biology and a certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis from Antioch University New England. Pete’s focus as a Seasonal Stewardship Assistant is to aid the Stewardship Coordinator in ensuring that the Council’s conservation restrictions and fee owned land always maintain their conservation value through monitoring and resource management.
Michael VirgilioSeasonal Stewardship Crew
Being a native of the Berkshires has led Michael to his passion for maintaining natural resources for our community. His experience as a mountain bike athlete has also given him an appreciation for conserved land. He is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and is responsible for preserving BNRC’s properties and trail networks as part of our stewardship team.
Jonathan LuekenTrail Crew
Jonathan was born in Concord NH and has had a passion for the outdoors and wildlife since he was a boy. Homeschooled through high school, he has taken varied courses in survival, disaster relief, agriculture, and medical. He lived in a rural African village for three years, where he learned the local dialect and their way of life. His work with the BNRC started in fall of 2019 as part of the trail crew, helping with the construction of the Mahanna Cobble trail in Pittsfield. Long distance running, birding, and hiking are some of his favorite ways to enjoy nature. Jonathan serves as part of the trail crew, building and maintaining the trails for all to enjoy the natural beauty around them.
Eva is originally from Cologne, Germany. She studied German, Foreign Politics and Journalism in Cologne and Munich; but changed her life plans and immigrated to American in 1982 to join a large farming community in eastern Oregon, where she learned to be a heavy equipment mechanic. That was many years ago. She has since become a bookkeeper, which suits her German mind and enjoys her hobbies, which are painting, hiking and playing with the cats. And being from Germany, the mission of BNRC is just up her alley.