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Scott Morrison, President, is a wetlandand soil scientist. Formerly he was a park ranger working in several Massachusetts State Parks. His interests include environmental education and land preservation. In his free time he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing.
Erich Mierzejewski, Vice President, grew up in a rural bedroom community in Connecticut with a back yard extending into protected woodland. Provided with ample opportunity for exploration and discovery, his experiences there lead to a respect for nature and lasting appreciation of open spaces. Erich lives in Holden on a small family farm where he spends his time with his wife and two children.
Nancy Rocheleau, Secretary, who has lived in Holden since 1986, serves on the Historical Commission, is an officer of the Holden Historical Society, and feels passionately about the environment, having lived in the wide-open spaces of Kansas.
Karen Eisenhauer, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of California at Davis, currently works as a medical writer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. Karen's interest in land conservation developed while riding horses and spending time on farms when she was growing up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has a life-long interest in nature and was drawn to land conservation because of a wish to balance development with open space preservation. Karen enjoys riding her horse and going on hikes with her Jack Russell Terrier
Paul McManus has managed to turn a life-long love of the outdoors into a career as a wetland scientist. In addition to working with White Oak, he is active in the International Society of Wetland Scientists, serving as the New England Chapter President. He lives in Holden with his wife Margaret and two middle school children. The McManus family spends as much time as possible on the snow, in the woods, and messing around in boats.
Nancy Willson has lived in Holden since the 1960s. A former schoolteacher, she has been deeply involved in many community activities, including land conservation, for forty years. She now divides her time between Holden and Grafton.
Jennifer Leith's long record of teaching elementary grades in Holden continues with the 4th Grade at Mayo School. She has long been collaborating with White Oak's nature education program She has received Commonwealth recognition for her work in both nature education and American history--her Ellis Island project. She and her husband and their dogs enjoy a White Oak property out her back door--the Zwiep parcel. Her husband Duncan has chaired the Wachusett Regional High School Committee through recent years including the building project.
Ralph Peck and his wife, Jane, have lived in Holden since 1974. For 15 years Ralph has been chairman of Boy Scout Troop 180, formerly known as Bob Elms' troop. He was among those present with the Scouts when they demonstrated camping out at Trout Brook, in Winter Carnivals past. He is a native of Springfield, a graduate of Williams College and Michigan Law School, and worked with the commercial real estate department at State Mutual and has practiced law independently.
Marci Driscoll developed a passion for bird watching as a a child growing up in New Jersey. She works as an occupational therapist in the Wachusett Regional School District. Marci joined the White Oak board in 2010.
David Driscoll grew up in Westford, MA, catching frogs in a swamp across from his house. A graduate student at UMass Medical since 2007, David moved to Holden with his wife Marci in 2008, and joined the White Oak board in 2010.
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