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.
Pete has served as the Stewardship Director of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society since 2014. Prior to arriving at SLCS, he accumulated 21 years leading the stewardship departments for both the Upper Valley Land Trust (7 years) and the NH Conservation Land Stewardship Program (14 years). Prior to this he had a 3 year stint as an officer in the US Coast Guard and spent a year building log homes. Pete first arrived at Squam in 1978 and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, and paddling on all waters, salty or fresh. When Pete and Jeanne aren’t battling invasive plants at their home in Concord, Pete enjoys gardening and playing mandolin. He has two self-described “awesome” kids – Jenny working on her doctorate in Missoula, MT and Ben, living the dream in San Francisco.
Land Protection Associate
Originally from Ohio, Ben decided to move east here to New Hampshire where he graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Spring 2020. Having studied wildlife and conservation biology, Ben spent the past two summers studying small mammals. He has come to love the culture and diversity of habitats and wildlife here. Ben says it best: “by maintaining trail systems, we hope to decrease the erosion of soils, thereby decreasing the sediment load that is deposited in Squam Lake. Thus, we can help to improve the water quality in the lakes. Additionally, our monitoring of trees and terrestrial ecosystems gives light to management techniques that ensure healthy and productive forests.”
A New Hampshire native, Sam considers herself lucky to have called Squam Lake and the surrounding areas home for most of her life. She grew up in Sandwich where the majority of her childhood was spent outside wandering in the woods and lakes looking for adventure. The picturesque landscape of this region has inspired her love for spending time in the great outdoors – walking, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, you name it!
Sam is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. When she’s not working, you can find Sam at a local coffee shop choosing anything with chocolate, exploring local trails with her fiancé, Jesse, perusing the farmers market, or snuggling with her pup, Ellie.
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.
Zak has served as the GIS Manager & Stewardship Assistant with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society since 2013 where he manages all spatial needs of land conservation transactions and provides stewardship support throughout the Squam Lakes watershed. Zak also has contractual commitments with other regional planning and conservation focuses, and since 2013 has taught introductory and upper-level GIS classes at the university level. Additionally, Zak serves as the President of the Board of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, a renewable energy non-profit in central New Hampshire. If there is a bicycle to be ridden or a trail to be walked or hiked or snow to be skied or snowshoed, Zak and his wife, Jess, will find it (of course with Denali, their four-legged friend, who is a big fluffy great pyrenees).