Board, Staff & Volunteers

Board of Directors

Mark D. Smith, President
Claudia Thompson, Founder
Seth Wilkinson, Vice-President
Candace Young, Treasurer
Phil Lounsbury, Clerk
Janet Burns
Ruth Loetterle
Alex Van Praagh
Elizabeth Rosenthall


Sarah Moylan, Manager of Operations
Meredith Gallogly, Manager of Programs
Christine McKay, Bookkeeper
Dan Melnechuk, IT Consultant

Advisory Board

Douglas Tallamy, Chair of the Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
Bryan Connolly, Assistant Professor of Biology, Framingham State University

Regional Liasons

Kristin Andres, Southeastern MA, the Cape and Islands

Volunteers of the Year

2017Virginia KropasFor the willingness to help with any task— staying to the very end at events, no matter how cold.
2016Diana BrandiFor her infectious enthusiasm for our mission, leading outreach and community projects in Nahant.
2015Ruth LoetterleFor her dedication in volunteering to help run more than 40 programs and events since 2010. 
2014Jonathan BakerFor his commitment and help in managing the move of our IT infrastructure to our new office.
2014Phil LounsburyFor hands-on leadership in renovating our new office and keeping all of us cleaning and painting!
2013Joan & Phil LounsburyFor transforming their Melrose gardens; becoming community leaders and advocates for natives.
2012Susan BringolaFor her exceptional work as our volunteer bookkeeper over many years.
2012Cynthia FrawleyFor the beautiful design of our flyers and printed communications, now and in the future!.