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Board of Directors

Bob Wilber

President

Bob Wilber

Bob has more than 35 years of experience directing statewide land conservation programs in Massachusetts with Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, and Massachusetts State Forests & Parks. Bob is a past President and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC), and currently serves on MLTC’s Board of Trustees. He has served for many years on the Town of Stow’s Open Space and Community Preservation committees. Bob has been directly involved in the permanent protection of more than 40,000 acres in Massachusetts. He became President of the Trust in 2017.

Susan Crane

Vice President

Susan Crane

Susan has practiced environmental law for the past thirty years and has extensive land protection and stewardship experience. She spent fifteen years working with our regional land trust, Sudbury Valley Trustees, as a board member, chair of SVT’s stewardship committee, and later as land protection staff. Susan also served as a ten-year member and two-year co-chair of the Sudbury, Assabet & Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council, where she focused on legal issues involving river and habitat protection.

Jeff Ritterson

Clerk

Jeff Ritterson

Jeff is a wildlife biologist and conservationist by vocation, and this passion has taken him across the country and to parts of Central and South America. He holds a MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently works for Mass Audubon as a Field Ornithologist, where he focuses on the conservation of forest birds – particularly in working landscapes – and on adapting our forests, and the wildlife they support, to climate change. Jeff joined the Trust’s board in 2019, and lends his expertise to various management and stewardship projects.

Eve Donahue

Treasurer

Eve Donahue

Eve spent a career in management at large corporations including Polaroid, Pitney Bowes, and Monster.com. She has an MBA in Finance and handles the Trust’s finances, including taxes and insurance, as well as maintaining the membership database. She served for many years on the Stewardship Committee, overseeing the Trust’s conservation restriction monitoring program and helping to found the Stew Crew, an active group of volunteers doing trail maintenance and upkeep. She has served on the Town of Stow’s Open Space Committee and participated in the most recent update of Stow’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Don Rising

Assistant Treasurer

Don Rising

Don is a Mechanical Engineer and inventor with 20+ patents. He worked for Arthur D. Little Inc., and then Millipore Corp. for many years, becoming an Engineering Fellow. In 1975, Don and his wife, with another couple, were the first in Stow to place a Conservation Restriction on their land, a 29-acre parcel on the Assabet River that is now owned by the Stow Conservation Trust. He is a founding member of SCT and served as Clerk for many years. He was on the Stow Planning Board for 20 years, holding developers to the straight and narrow.

Allan Fierce

Allan Fierce

Allan is a retired environmental attorney with significant experience in the areas of nonprofit law and governance.  He is the past president of the board of OARS, a regional nonprofit that protects the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.  He contributes legal expertise to the Trust as well as expertise in board governance and policies, while also helping to monitor and enforce conservation restrictions.

Janet Kresl Moffat

Janet Kresl Moffat

Janet has taught high school science for over 30 years, including AP Biology, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science. She is the faculty advisor for Students for Environmental Action. She had served as event coordinator for the Trust for many years and manages a large group of active volunteers, deploying them in the Trust’s annual fundraising events, which over her tenure have raised a combined $150,000+ for land protection.  She currently focusses on stewardship, outreach and communication for the Trust.

Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins

Dick is a co-founder of the Stow Conservation Trust and has been active since its beginning 40+ years ago, specializing in land protection. He has held senior positions at several other land conservation organizations including the New England Forestry Foundation, Trustees of Reservations, Sudbury Valley Trustees, the Glynwood Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He co-founded and was president of LandVest, which specializes in land related real estate, including forest management, land conservation, and consulting to landowners concerning their options for present and future ownership. Locally, he served on the Town of Stow Planning Board for 10 years and on the Stow Conservation Commission for 8 years.

Tom Porcher

Tom Porcher

Tom is a retired software engineer with a deep love for the outdoors, whether bicycle camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or walking on local conservation lands. He enjoys discovering the marvels of nature in woods and vistas near and far and has lived next to Red Acre Woodlands in Stow for more than 35 years. Land stewardship is his passion, allowing everyone to enjoy the wonders of the woods. Since retiring, Tom has worked with renewed dedication and vigilance on controlling and eradicating invasive plants in Stow and elsewhere.

John Sangermano

John Sangermano

John is a 36-year Stow resident and has served 4 years with SCT as a Director.  In Stow he had volunteer roles on the town's Conservation Commission, Recreation Commission, Master Plan Committee and the Open Space Update Committee.  Current focus in SCT is Stewardship including working with the Stew Crew and leading on invasives/forestry initiatives. 

Clif Smith

Clifton Smith

Clif has worked in startup companies, in venture capital and in academia. Most recently he was an Associate Professor at Boston University’s School of Management where he taught and ran the Entrepreneurial Management Institute in support of the MBA program. Prior to that, he was a founder and General Partner of Aegis Venture Funds, which focused on the funding of new technology companies.  For five years he was Treasurer of the Appalachian Mountain Club, has served on the Board of Concord Assabet Family Services and for six years served as a Trustee of the Randall Library.

Bill Werner

Bill Werner

Bill is a relative newcomer to Stow, arriving in 2006. Professionally, he was a Clinical Lab Technologist and Lab Manager at the Bedford, MA Veterans Administration Hospital for 30 years. Bill is a Stow director with the Assabet River Rail Trail, Inc., and has done volunteer trail work in the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge. Interests include SCUBA diving, kayaking, and photography above and below the water’s surface, among others. He also enjoys the many conservation trails available in Stow and in recent years has been very active on the Trust’s trail crews. He currently serves as the Land Steward for the Trust’s Leggett property.