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 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 GreerConservation 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 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.
Charmaine RollerOffice 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 LeavittTrails 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 AumanVolunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Mariah grew up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and developed a passion for conserved lands at a young age. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNC Asheville. 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 stewardship efforts by coordinating volunteers and outreach efforts.