Meet our Staff
Roger has served as the Executive Director of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society since 2003. Roger grew up in Manchester, NH but has traveled to the Lakes Region and White Mountains as long as he can remember, serving a camp counselor on Newfound Lake for several years, and one year as the director of the JSLA in 1984. Roger earned a BA in Anthropology from UNH with a concentration in archeology and geomorphology. Roger was formerly the executive director of the Mayhew Program for at-risk boys and previously worked 10 years as a land surveyor and cartographer. He lives in an old farm house with Jennifer in the quiet town of Hebron, NH and is a proud parent of Grace, Alex and Chloe.
Land Acquisition Director
Emily grew up in the Great North Woods of NH where her love for the natural world began. She then realized that she wanted a career where she could extend this passion. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Emily started her career in the land trust world at Squam Lakes Conservation Society in 2018 as one of the first AmeriCorps there. After finishing the term, she worked for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in easement stewardship and then returned to UNH to pursue a master’s degree in Natural Resources. Coming full circle, she came back to SLCS as Land Acquisition Director in 2023. Emily lives in Concord, NH with her partner and cat. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, snowboarding, gardening, being on the water, or being at her family camp on a northern NH lake. When indoors, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.
A graduate of Sterling College in VT with a degree in Outdoor Education and Natural History, she learned about the importance of environmental policy during trips to the Vermont State House. After college, she worked for three years at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT, where she met her partner, Abe. Her current home is near the 2,000-acre Brushwood Forest in Haverhill NH, where many local conservation entities had worked together, inspiring Katie to help landowners and communities protect their special places, natural resources, and working lands. For the last five years, she was a Senior Land Steward with the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, NH, focusing on the stewardship of easements, maintaining fee lands, and working with volunteers. She enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, kayaking, birdwatching, and exploring anywhere and everywhere and looks forward to getting to know Squam’s special places and people.
Communications & Development Director
Denise joined the team at SLCS in 2021. Although Denise grew up in Massachusetts, she lived all over the country before settling in to the Lakes Region in New Hampshire in 2001 to be closer to family. Denise has honed her skills in marketing, graphic design, social media marketing, guest services and event coordinating throughout her 20 plus years in hospitality management and non-profit educational organizations, as well as owning her own small graphic design-web design business. She is used to wearing many hats, and sincerely enjoys it.
When she is not working, you can find Denise working on her most recent house renovation project in Campton, working in her gardens, paddling the Pemi or hiking with her camera.
Bookkeeping & Administrative Support
Sara joined SLCS in March 2020 as Bookkeeper and Administrative Support. She served 11 years as Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector for the Town of Holderness. Sara and husband, Casey, own and operate Hixon Logging and Tree Service, LLC in Holderness. They are the proud parents of sons Dylan, who serves in the US Marine Corp; and Logan, who will work for the family business following his graduation from Plymouth Regional High School in June of 2020. Sara and Casey stay busy in their off time outdoors with their dog, Bow, cross country skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, kayaking, boating, and fishing.