Christine Goepp, our chairperson, grew up in the area but moved back to Dummerston in 2018 after decades away in California, Hawaii, Texas, England, and most recently DC. She is an Army vet and has a master’s degree in Chinese poetry. She has two grown sons, both living in Maryland. She currently lives on Middle Road with her husband, Todd, and stepdaughter, Laurel, a college student. She is an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission but has always had a passion for the natural world, especially gardening and exploring the forests in which she wandered as a child. Although not formally trained in conservation, she hopes to use her skills to contribute in any way she can to the Dummerston Conservation Commission’s important work.

Mary Ellen Copeland, Emeritus member and former Chair, has a master’s degree in Resource Management and Administration. She has served as fundraiser and grant writer for several national conservation organizations, has been an active supporter and volunteer at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center since its beginning and is an avid hiker and naturalist. info@dummerstonconservation.com

Ed Anthes has a degree in planning, and over thirty years experience working with organic agriculture as a wholesaler, retailer and grower. He has been involved in community tree projects in Brattleboro and Tucson, Arizona.

Lynn Levine has been a consulting forester since 1978. She manages approximately 18,000 acres, mostly in Windham County. In conjunction with her work as a forester, she is an environmental educator focusing on topics concerning the forest. She has taught more than a hundred workshops on animal tracking. Lynn is co-author of Working with your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide and Mammal Tracks: Life-Size Tracking Guide. Lynn has been a resident of Dummerston since 1979 and was a founding member of the Dummerston Conservation Commission. heartwoodpress.com

John Anderson is a carpenter by trade. He is an amateur naturalist and woods rambler by inclination. He is also the author of numerous magazine articles on natural history topics. He is also a long time participant in the Putney Mountain fall Hawkwatch.

Bill Johnson was born and grew up on his family’s dairy farm in nearby Winchester, NH. Earned degrees in agriculture and animal science from UNH and Cornell. Professor of Animal Science and Nutrition at North Carolina State University for three decades, with residencies and collaborative research in Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, Morocco, Costa Rica, Laos and Philippines. Broad acquaintance with agricultural ecosystems in a variety of tropical, subtropical and temperate climates. Since retirement, established residency on Hopkins Rd in West Dummerston (11 yrs) with a variety of interests, including tree farm management on family property in Winchester, hiking on New England mountains, skiing at Stratton and Okemo, hiking and snowshoeing around the hills near home, choral singing, and political activities. Strong interest in sustainable land use and cooperative arrangements for ecosystem conservation, as well as increasing recreational and educational opportunities for the present and future human custodians of our natural resources.

Judy Fink has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and archeology and a graduate degree in elementary and environmental education. After working for 35 years as an educator, including work as an elementary school teacher, staff and curriculum developer with teachers and administrators, and her last stint as founding director of programs of a non-profit sustainable farm, Judy and her husband, Rob Freeberg, retired to a home at the highest point in Dummerston. In addition to gardening, cooking, reading, hiking, practicing piano and puttering, she serves on the board at Next Stage, is chair of the Scott Farm Advisory Committee, and coordinates farm tours for the Strolling of the Heifers.

David Greenwalt moved to Dummerston in 2002.  He is interested in maps and the role of computers and programming in their production using GIS.  He has been making tax maps for towns in southern Vermont for the past 20 years.  Previously, he worked at the Windham Regional Commission producing maps, where he was introduced to GIS.

Daniel Kray is a former farm-hand, occasional lumberjack, global hiker/explorer, and career non-profit IT professional. Closely associated with World Learning/SIT and a long-time resident of Vermont and the New England region, Dan is a Long Trail thru-hiker (2004), Williams College alum, and passionate environmentalist with particular interests in invasive species and carbon sequestration.

Commission Associates

Bill McKim
Matthew Hoffman
Patti Smith
Barb Hamilton