Staff

Executive Director
Roger Larochelle
roger@squamlakes.com

 

Roger Larochelle 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.
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Stewardship Director
 
Pete Helm 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 (seven years) and the NH Conservation Land Stewardship Program (14 years), and even had a short stint as an officer in the US Coast Guard.  Pete first arrived at Squam in 1978 and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, and paddling on all waters, salty or fresh. When he isn’t battling invasive plants at his home in Canterbury, he enjoys gardening and playing mandolin. Pete has two self-described “amazing” kids – Jenny working on her masters in Missoula, MT and Ben, living the dream in San Francisco.
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Director of Advancement
Alicia Abbott
alicia@squamlakes.com
Alicia Abbott has worked for the Squam Lakes Conservation Society since 2006 as Office Administrator and currently as Director of Advancement. A NH native, Alicia earned a BA in Political Science from Colby-Sawyer College. Following college she worked as Legislative Assistant to the NH Speaker of the House. Alicia, husband Will and their 3 children moved to Holderness in 1993. She worked for several years as a substitute teacher and as librarian at the Holderness Central School when her kids were young. She later served 5 years as Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector for the Town of Holderness. Alicia and Will enjoy spending time with their now adult children and 2 new ‘in-laws’ – Will & Courtney, Jacob, and Tirzah & Jonathon. They also enjoy time at her family’s camp in northern VT, paddling remote ponds and exploring dirt roads.
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Land Protection
Zak Brohinsky
zak@squamlakes.com
Zak Brohinsky has over eight years of experience in geographic information systems (GIS) and has been a part of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society team for four years.  Working on both land acquisition and stewardship, Zak manages the organizations geographic property database and conducts all spatial analyses at the watershed- and property-scale.  Beyond his work with SLCS, he uses GIS in other capacities including natural disaster assessments and teaching GIS at the university level.  His background in applied land protection began as an undergrad at Plymouth State University, before earning a Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  When he’s not slaving away at SLCS, Zak finds any excuse to be outside – riding bicycles of all kinds, swooshing on skis of all kinds, swimming at all times of year and generally playing outside.
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Land Protection

 

2018 AmeriCorps Volunteers

We are thrilled to announce that Emily Landry and Maddy Mutch will be joining the SLCS team this summer as AmeriCorps volunteers.  They will be here from mid-May through mid-October as part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps along with other AmeriCorps volunteers with the Squam Lakes Association and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. Maddy and Emily will work on a variety of projects including managing SLCS preserves, monitoring conservation easements, removing invasive species, assisting landowners with their land management goals. They will also work on developing educational curriculum to encourage students and educators to utilize SLCS preserves as an outdoor classroom. I hope you will welcome them when you see them!

Emily Landry  graduated this past May from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. She grew up in Berlin, NH, with a passion for the outdoors began. A lot of her free time is spent kayaking, hiking, fishing, and just being outside. She has decided to dedicate her career path to help conserve it and everything it has to offer and to educate others on why conservation is important.  She looks forward to seeing all the aspects of land conservation and is especially excited to work on an educational aspect with SLCS. She is happy to begin her career path with the SLCS in her own beautiful home state of NH.

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Maddy Mutch graduated from Ohio State University in May with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, and loves spending time kayaking on the lake and being outdoors. Seeing first-hand the pollution that a body of water like Lake Erie is exposed to, She was motivated to study ways to conserve and protect our natural resources. Working alongside others to help them understand how they can play a part in environmental stewardship is something she hope to achieve, both this summer and in her future career. Being outdoors while doing that is a perk!  Through her work with the Squam Lake Conservation Society she hopes to learn more about land conservation practices. She feels fortunate to call the beautiful area around Squam her home for the next six months!