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Kate Bowditch joined Greenbelt in 2018 after serving for 25 years in leadership positions at the Charles River Watershed Association. A published scientist, Kate has a strong focus on conservation science and climate change. Through her work, Greenbelt is taking a leadership position in making the region more resilient.
A nationally-recognized expert in conservation, she helped transform the Charles River from a heavily-polluted blemish on the state’s environmental reputation to one of the cleanest urban rivers in the country; a widely-acclaimed success story.
At CWRA, Bowditch led efforts to improve the Charles River watershed and parklands in the 35 cities and towns through which it runs. She worked closely with neighborhoods and communities to improve and protect the environment. She also created its Blue Cities Initiative which reduces flooding and pollution by creating natural greenways to clean and absorb runoff.
As Chair of the Brookline Conservation Commission, she worked to create new parks, restore a sanctuary, and develop three open space plans.
Kate loves the outdoors and skiing, sailing and traveling. Her personal and work history reflects a lifetime of dedication to the natural world and to the work of conservation.
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Maggie works with landowners in the belief that we all have a role to play in protecting Essex County. She works to familiarize them with the beneficial options available to meet their conservation and financial goals.
In obtaining her Master’s Degree at Tufts University, she studied legal protection techniques in land use planning, while she completed a multi-phase and award-winning research project in coordination with Fishing Partnership Support Services.
Maggie returned to Greenbelt where she had previously worked as a MassLift/Americorps land stewardship coordinator for two years, while simultaneously working at the Town of Ipswich Open Space Program. During her Americorps service, Maggie re-established a thriving bee colony at the Cox Reservation, advanced the Osprey program and supported many stewardship initiatives. Maggie most recently worked as a GIS analyst, including conservation planning projects, at LandVest in Boston.
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Mike manages Greenbelt’s Conservation Restriction Monitoring Program, coordinating with landowners of diverse and varied private landscapes throughout Essex County. The process involves initial baseline documentation when a conservation restriction is first acquired and continues with routine monitoring of a restriction to ensure a landowners’ ongoing compliance with the terms of the agreement.
Carbone also assists in the management of all Greenbelt-owned properties, from trail design and construction to long-term care and maintenance of a property. He manages the Young Farm Community Garden in Gloucester, overseeing a number of gardeners and garden plots, and is active in the Osprey Program.
Mike has also found a role in Greenbelt’s GIS Program, creating maps for both internal and external purposes. He assisted in a total upgrade of our databases, maintaining and updating Greenbelt records.
Carbone has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Environmental Studies and got his first taste for the land trust world while in college. Prior to joining Greenbelt in 2012, Mike worked for a non-profit that supported a national wildlife refuge group, and an environmental consulting firm. His passion for land conservation stems from lifelong enjoyment of the outdoor world. Mike believes in Greenbelt’s mission to preserve natural resources and open spaces and is proud to be able to help people enjoy the land that Greenbelt conserves
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Abby grew up in Southern New Hampshire and initially moved to Massachusetts to go to college in Boston. Abby graduated from Emerson and Tufts with degrees in Communications and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Prior to joining Greenbelt in 2011, Abby worked for a municipality on the South Shore doing wetland and open space permitting and management. Abby is passionate about working at Greenbelt because of her belief in the mission, appreciation for the North Shore, and the passionate staff and board members who she enjoys working with daily. On her days off, Abby enjoys reading, listening to music, and exploring the special places of Essex County with her husband and son.
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As Development Manager, Rachel works with our membership to encourage loyal, consistent giving, and is part of the Greenbelt team working on land campaigns, the Annual Fund and our business partnership program.
Rachel has upgraded our data management system to better communicate with members based on their individual interests. She believes members should feel like an important part of the conservation community, and has developed a survey program that provides important feedback in planning future Greenbelt programs.
She also helps manage and nurture the Cox Reservation beehives, an important part of Greenbelt’s community outreach and education, and a local source of honey. Rachel is a Texas-transplant whose love of hiking grew in the Cascade Mountains while attending the University of Washington, where she was a Division I swimmer. Prior to Greenbelt, she taught English in China and worked for a safari company where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
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Vanessa brings 15 years of experience in land acquisition, conservation restrictions, and a passion for working with people to her leadership position as Assistant Director of Land Conservation.
Vanessa values working with landowners to help them achieve their conservation goals, and played a key role in the preservation of Leonhard Farm in North Andover and Boxford, Mehaffey Farm in Rowley, Wheeler Brook Farm in Georgetown and Bailey Farm in Haverhill.
Land protection is often complex and challenging. Vanessa evaluates acquisition and conservation projects using a detail-oriented approach and a strong educational background in natural sciences. She has an important responsibility for obtaining funding through grant writing, coordinating partnerships and negotiating achievable conservation outcomes. Vanessa also develops and delivers educational programs for landowners, municipalities, and farmers.
Vanessa enjoys visiting Essex County’s many local farm stands, kayaking its rivers and bays, trail running in its open spaces, bicycling its quiet roads, and hiking the high peaks of the White Mountains and beyond. She previously worked as a Land Protection Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, and for The Land Trust of Napa County, California. Vanessa received her Master's of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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Cathy has two decades of experience in development and advancing the work of environmental, educational and cultural nonprofits. In her 10 years at Greenbelt, she has attracted and engaged multi-generational audiences by bringing in new members, increasing the participation of current members and facilitating volunteer programs and events. In her current role, she leads the Greenbelt team working to advance our land campaigns, the Annual Fund, electronic and print publications, and membership programs.
She has established long-term relationships with donors and local business partners, trained and mentored the development staff and supervised many volunteers annually.
Cathy's appreciation for accessible open space stems from her lifelong love of being outdoors - trail running, skiing, hiking, boating. Professionally, her goal is to provide others who value the benefits of conserved land the opportunity to get involved, make a difference, and support Greenbelt's mission.
Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Geology and worked as an environmental consultant before starting her career at Greenbelt. An avid runner, Cathy is a Team Leader for Back on My Feet Boston which takes a revolutionary approach to the homeless. She believes in BoMF's vision that, through running, if you first restore a person’s confidence, strength and self-esteem, they are then better equipped to move toward jobs, homes and new lives.
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Chris provides leadership in land conservation throughout Essex County and leads our campaign to conserve 10,000 acres in the region. In his time at Greenbelt, he has worked to conserve more than 1,300 acres with a fair market value of more than $15 million.
Chris helps landowners navigate the financial and sometimes emotional aspects of conserving their land and making decisions for the future. He especially enjoys the process of engaging with communities around their values: close to home recreation, protection of wildlife habitat and farms, and clean drinking water.
His signature project is the John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area - a complex, multi-partner project that required the mobilization of $5.1 million to create a corridor of 525 acres of permanently protected land.
Chris, who has degrees in environmental policy and natural resource planning from Colby College and the University of Vermont, enjoys hiking, gardening and exploring the natural beauty of Essex County. Before coming to Greenbelt, Chris worked for 12 years for The Trust for Public Land, where he conserved more than 2,750 acres across Massachusetts, with a fair market value of $75 million.
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As the welcoming face or voice on the phone, Alexandra believes that everyone who comes in contact with Greenbelt should have a positive experience, whether they are current members or those exploring the grounds of our headquarters at Cox Reservation for the first time.
She is also responsible for maintaining accuracy and efficiency while processing all donations and membership renewals for Greenbelt, including acknowledgment of those gifts. She is a key member of both the administrative and development teams and sees her role as maintaining organization so that we can fully focus on our land conservation mission.
Alexandra has always had a passion for the outdoors and works to support Greenbelt’s mission of making nature accessible to all, enabling everyone the opportunity to experience nature in its fullness.
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Dave’s mission at Greenbelt is to help protect the natural lands he grew up admiring. His goal is to improve public accessibility while preserving the wildlife values of Greenbelt’s protected lands.
While not working at Greenbelt, Dave’s conservation work continues as Vice Chair of the Rockport Conservation Commission, Vice President of the Cape Ann Trail Stewards, and as the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Storm Team representative for Rockport.
His conservation career began as the Assistant Land Manager in Amherst, Massachusetts, where for 10 years he oversaw the management of 2,000 acres of conservation lands, was responsible for the delineation of its watershed boundaries, and maintained the town’s 80-mile trail network including the Robert Frost Trail. After leaving Amherst he spent the next five years as the Conservation Land Manager for the Town of Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for the stewardship of the town’s trail network, biodiversity fields and helped manage its farm license agreements.
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From the signs and kiosks welcoming the public at Greenbelt properties, to communication of current land campaigns and conservation stories in our newsletters, to promoting outreach events and encouraging activity on our properties through our Greenbelt Guide, Sharon is responsible for enhancing awareness of and constituency for our land conservation efforts.
In 2012, working as a consultant, she spearheaded Greenbelt’s rebranding effort and soon came on staff as Design Manager, meeting our strategic marketing objectives by creating and managing graphic design across all departments.
Prior to joining Greenbelt, Sharon worked for the design firm Fitch/Richardson Smith in Ohio, Boston and London, settling with her husband and children in the North Shore to be near Boston, open countryside and the ocean.
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Dave’s goal is to ensure that Greenbelt land is managed with a balanced approach that allows public access while protecting natural resources.
Since 2001, Dave has guided the organization through a period of significant growth of protected land and infrastructure. He is currently responsible for overseeing the management of approximately 6,500 acres owned by Greenbelt and 7,200 acres under conservation restrictions held by Greenbelt.
Rimmer has overseen the construction of the stewardship barn, the expansion, and renovation of Greenbelt headquarters and many other improvements at the Cox Reservation in Essex. He has managed the opening of all new Greenbelt reservations, including the 270-acre Donovan Reservation in Hamilton in 2017. He developed and implemented a new conservation restriction monitoring program, as well as working on Greenbelt mapping and database projects.
Dave’s education in wildlife biology and particular interest in ornithology has resulted in Greenbelt’s involvement in raptor and shorebird conservation efforts, most notably with breeding Piping Plovers and Osprey, where Greenbelt has become the leader in Osprey conservation and management in Essex County.
An avid outdoorsman, Dave is a licensed US Coast Guard captain who guides fishermen on the coastal waters of Essex County in his personal time. He is also a member of numerous local, state and national conservation groups.
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Jane advances Greenbelt’s land conservation goals by organizing and facilitating member events that engage the public not only with Greenbelt, but with the benefits of public lands throughout Essex County. She works to create a wide variety of programs throughout all corners of Essex County, as well as meeting the needs of all age groups and lifestyles of Greenbelt members. Jane is also part of our efforts to make our reservations and properties accessible to all.
She is prepared for the unexpected on the trails with a certification in Wilderness First Aid. Jane is a former public-school teacher and brings that background to her work educating and reaching out to a new generation of Greenbelt members interested in conservation.
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Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.