Meet WCLT’s Five New Directors
Five new directors joined the Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) board of directors as of the annual meeting in June. They are Warren Anderson, Stephanie Garrett, Darcy Lane, Christopher Sassetti, and Carolyn Spring.
Warren Anderson and his family have lived in Westborough since 1997, the same year WCLT formed. The Andersons have been frequent participants in WCLT events, such as trail walks, invasive species removal projects, and the litter clean up.
Warren received the 2011 WCLT President’s Award in recognition of his work in bringing all of the town’s Boy Scout units together to remove invasive honeysuckle from the land around WCLT’s Gilmore Pond, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. He currently serves as the chartered organization representative for three Boy Scout units in town, coordinating their leadership and maintaining continuity of their programs.
From their home on Lake Chauncy, the Anderson family makes frequent treks into the woods and fields of the nearby Westboro Wildlife Management Area. The recreational aspects of open space preservation are important to him, but Warren feels equally strongly about the natural and cultural benefits.
“Preserving open space not only maintains wildlife habitat and vegetation, but also preserves history. A walk through the woods provides a glimpse into the past, whether that is the life of an early farmer, the shape of the land before modern human habitation, or the geological history of the region.”
In his professional life, Warren is a design engineering fellow at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Boxborough. Besides his day-to-day management responsibilities, Warren is currently the technical program chair for the 2013 EOS/ESD Symposium. In the past, he has served as the workshop chair for the symposium as well as the management committee chair for the 2011 International ESD Workshop.
Stephanie Garrett has been a sixth grade teacher in Westborough for 12 years and is a long-term resident of Westford, Massachusetts. She has taught every subject but especially loves science and English language arts.
A few years ago, she took part in a summer professional development opportunity in Concord, Mass. This two week sabbatical, called the Walden Woods Project, recruited teachers from all over Massachusetts to create place-based curriculum for the middle grades based on Henry David Thoreau and the natural history of Massachusetts.
“I absolutely loved this experience because it marked a paradigm shift in my thinking about how teachers could use the space beyond the walls of the classroom. I co-wrote a curriculum guide as part of this course with a colleague based on the place-based philosophy and later wrote a grant called The Mill Pond Protector’s Project to further the place-based experience for students at Westborough’s Mill Pond school. The Walden Woods curriculum I co-wrote won an award from the Sudbury River Trustees Commission, and the Mill Pond Protector’s Project curriculum was handed to every grade-level team in the building to use as a classroom and/or place-based resource.
“I am especially inspired by Henry David Thoreau. I explicitly teach my students how he lived and how his scientific journals are still considered to be excellent primary sources for climate scientists studying climate change in this region. I deeply believe in connecting kids to nature so that they can be the future stewards of our natural world.
“I visit the trails behind our schools often with as many students as I can to teach them about the chestnut tree blight and the lessons we can learn from our past mistakes. Identifying trees, birds, and their vocalizations is absolutely thrilling to my students. And quite honestly, every single time I see a kid’s face light up when they discover a mass of wood frog eggs in the river, or the wak wak wak of a pileated woodpecker, I am happy because I know that nature can teach if you let it.”
Stephanie has a BS degree in education from Salem State University and a M. ED degree in educational curricula from Tufts University.
Darcy Lane and her family have lived in Westborough for many years. She previously served on the Westborough Education Foundation board of directors and has been an active volunteer for the Westborough Library and the town’s Senior Center. Darcy is passionate about the environment and the need to preserve open space in our community.
Christopher Sassetti and his family moved to Westborough in 2004. They are frequent users of the trails in town and value the preservation of open space. The WCLT trails are one of the reasons they moved to Westborough, and they very much want to see them maintained and expanded.
Chris coaches in the Westborough youth soccer program and is active with the Unitarian Universalist congregation.
He is an associate professor at UMass Medical School.
Carolyn Spring has lived with her family in Westborough for more than 25 years. She strongly supports the mission of WCLT.
When her children were younger, about once a month the family would hike at Walkup, the Andrews/Nourse property, and the Bowman Conservation Area. She and her husband would point out the different wildlife, the beaver dams, trail markings, animal tracks, and vegetation. She wants other families, young and old, to be able to enjoy hikes in town.
Carolyn is active with the Rotary Club of Westborough (board member-director), Westborough Cultural Council, Westborough Public Library (trustee), 100th Town Chorus, and Knox Trail Council-Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout boards of review).
She is an attorney specializing in estate planning and elder law. She practices in Westborough.
Know the Continuing Directors
The five new directors join the ten continuing directors: Bob Nolan, David Jablon, John Metzger, Kelly Thomas, Marjorie Fisher, Mark Fox, Mary Casey, Scott Shumway, Sue Abladian, and Steve Rowell.
Outgoing members of the board of directors are: Allison Johnson Hall, Maureen Johnson, Vivian Kimball, Ricky Lopatin, and Sharon Williams.
Officers & Executive Committee Chosen for 2013–2014
Officers and members of the executive committee for 2013–2014 were elected at the annual meeting. All are chosen annually from the board of directors. The executive committee includes the officers plus two members at large.
They are: Scott Shumway, president; John Metzger, vice president; Marge Fisher, secretary; Kelly Thomas, treasurer; Steve Rowell, assistant treasurer; Robert Nolan and Susan Abladian, members at large.
Thanks to the Nominating Committee
Many thanks go to WCLT’s nominating committee for their work in proposing candidates for election to the board of directors, executive committee, and WCLT offices. Mary Casey chaired this year’s nominating committee, which included Darcy Lane, Bob Nolan, Chris Senie, and Kelly Thomas. Scott Shumway served as consultant.
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