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.
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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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.
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.
Doug BrownDirector of Stewardship
Doug grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, where he spent most of his time exploring the protected woodlands in town, and north on the trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Doug earned his BS in Environmental Science at the University of Vermont, and his Masters in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. Prior to joining BNRC, Doug worked as a land steward at the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, NH, and the Public Lands Manager at Columbia Land Conservancy in Chatham, NY.
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.
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.
Roxanne GawthropDonor Relations Manager
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.
Mariah AumanCommunity Conservation Manager
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 and is the Vice President of MassLand’s Young Land Professionals. Her work with BNRC 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.
Nicole PyserStewardship Manager
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.
Tyler FoggTrails Manager
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.
Josh HopmansStewardship Coordinator
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.
Christopher DensmoreVolunteer and Outreach Assistant
A Williamstown native, Christopher originally fell in love with wild lands as a kid exploring Hemlock Brook — a Hoosac and Hudson tributary with headwaters near BNRC’s Berlin Road Reserve. He earned his BA from Carleton College, worked as a sommelier and outdoor guide in Oregon and New Mexico for several years, and is a student in Eastern Oregon University’s MFA in Environmental Writing. When he isn’t writing or identifying forest flora, he meditates, gardens, and reads abundantly. Christopher’s work with BRNC entails supporting volunteers, curating communications, and assisting with education and outreach. He cherishes supporting others to build more intimate relationships with the more-than-human-world.
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.
Tyler PhillipsConservation Crew
Tyler is a South Florida native and moved to the Berkshires to pursue his passion with the environment. He is currently a senior at MCLA working on his second degree in Environmental Science. He worked as a trail crew leader and property steward for many seasons with Greenagers. He is a certified wilderness first responder, regenerative farmer and forager. Tyler’s life goals are to promote a more sustainable lifestyle around the globe.
Michael VirgilioConservation Crew
Michael grew up in Hinsdale where he became inspired by positive influences offered to the community from local land conservation. His experience as a mountain bike athlete has also given him great appreciation for public access to trail networks. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Wetlands Planning and Management. For his first year working seasonally in 2020 he helped with land stewardship, currently he helps monitor the Council’s conservation restrictions and fee owned land.