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Russell is the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance where he is responsible for the day to day operations as well as the future vision of the organization. He was formerly the Director of Education at Save The Bay in Providence, RI. He also served as the Development Director at the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, NH and the Development Director and Program Manager at Wolftree, Inc, a science education organization in Portland, Oregon. Russell received his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Planning from Binghamton University and his Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University, New England. Russell grew up in and around New York City and has been traveling and hiking worldwide for the last 20 years. He currently lives in Lyme, NH with his wife and two children.
Trail Programs Director
As a College graduate in Fish and Wildlife management, John has honed his skills during 35 years of post graduate employment in natural resource, land use and people management. With experience ranging from Fisheries Research and Land Conservation to Hatchery and Watershed Management to educator in Freshwater and Wildlife Ecology, John has worked to share his knowledge of the natural world through innovative programs, volunteerism, public liaison and outreach for all ages. Since moving to the Upper Valley in 1994, John has been engaged in exploring area trails, connecting people with the wonders of the outdoors and as a Trails Design Specialist, worked to enhance community trail opportunities throughout the region.
Trail Programs Director
Sean grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and took advantage of the incredible natural resources of the region by hiking, backpacking, and kayaking from a young age. These experiences coupled with an extremely outdoorsy family fostered a connection with the natural world and particularly the southern Appalachian mountains. After attending the University of Tennessee for Journalism, Sean was able to work in conservation in many places across the country. First he served on a trail crew with the SCA with the Florida Trail Association followed by a position as a leader for the Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps with the SCA New Hampshire Conservation Corps and finally as the project leader for Phoenix Field School in Arizona. He then returned to work with the Florida Trail Association as Field Coordinator in Tallahassee. In 2014, Sean created the Smoky Mountain Corps, a residential conservation and sustainability corps program based in North Carolina which runs conservation and leadership training crews for young adults. Sean also served as the Trail Resources Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, overseeing trail programs within Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Randy has strong ties in the Upper Valley, beginning with his time living in South Woodstock as a child to his more recent northern experience serving as Headmaster at the Oliverian School in Pike, NH. He received his BA from Hamilton College and MALS degree from Wesleyan University, and has spent most of his professional life in education, first as a teacher and coach and then as an administrator. Before his time at Oliverian, Randy led the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH and was a consultant at the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national program focused on educational equity. He is fully committed to the UVTA mission and fusing his love of the outdoors and the Upper Valley with his experience as an educational administrator and fund raiser. Randy currently lives and hikes with his family and dogs primarily in the Woodstock area.
After graduating from Middlebury College in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics, Laura worked for Middlebury College's Alumni and Parent Programs team helping with event logistics and programming. Since then, her love of travel and the outdoors have led her to work around the world: on a dude ranch in Montana, at an eco-lodge in Tonga, and most recently on a small island in the Marshall Islands as an elementary school teacher. Originally from New York, Laura now lives in the Upper Valley where she enjoys hiking, browsing farmers markets, and drinking as much green tea as possible.