2019 Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Members and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Meeting free of charge. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast at the Lake Cruise Headquarters starting at 8:30 a.m. The business meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. The agenda includes:
- Approve 2018 Annual Meeting minutes
- Honor retiring board members: Peggy Conver, Mary Earick, Barb Laverack, Dave Martin, and Susan McKimens
- 2018 Financial Report by Treasurer Justin Van Etten
- Elect Tashia Morgridge as Honorary Trustee
- Elect officers to one-year terms: Justin Van Etten, Chair; Lea A. Stewart, Vice Chair; Anne R. Lovett, Treasurer; and Tom Cowie, Secretary
- Re-elect trustees to serve three-year terms: Sarah Brown, Tom Cowie, Ken Evans, Anne R. Lovett, Emily Preston, and Dick Starbuck
- Elect new trustees Kevin Barrett, Laurie Beeson, Paul Brochu, and Laurie Burke Thomssen to serve three-year terms
- Recognition of staff milestones:
Senior Naturalist Dave Erler - 40 years
Naturalist Eric D’Aleo - 25 years
Finance Director Brian Eaton - 15 years
Administrative Assistant Mary Noyes - 15 years
Education Director Audrey Eisenhauer - 5 years
Facilities Assistant Keith Hosking - 5 years
Operations Manager Sharon Warga - 5 years
- Presentation of Horizon Award
- Year in review by Executive Director Iain MacLeod
- Closing remarks by incoming Chair Justin Van Etten
Kevin was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston. His love of New Hampshire and its mountains stems to his earliest years when his family routinely vacationed in Twin Mountain and in later years at Newfound Lake. As an avid fisherman, Kevin eventually discovered Squam Lake and the rest is history.Kevin attended Boston College where he majored in Finance & Computer Science. Upon graduation, he joined the Professional Services firm of Deloitte where he spent his entire career. Kevin is a CPA, and while with Deloitte, he had various leadership roles in the firm’s Management Consulting, Auditing, and Financial Services functions.< /br>Kevin is currently a member of the Finance Committee of the Science Center. He also serves as a trustee of Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and is the Treasurer and board member of The Massachusetts Food Association. Sixteen years ago, Kevin founded the Nantucket Slam, an annual fishing tournament raising funds to “Catch the Cure” for cystic fibrosis.< /br>For over 20 years, Kevin, his wife Nancy, and their three children vacationed in Bennett Cove. In 2010, upon retiring from Deloitte, he and Nancy moved to Holderness where they built their home and enjoy the lake year round. Family and friends bless them with frequent visits. They enjoy spending time and creating memories with their six grandchildren, and love bringing them to the Science Center just as they did with their kids many years ago.
Laurie Beeson did corporate marketing for P&G, Pepsico, and Hallmark Cards before making Holderness his year-round residence in the late 90’s. He served on the boards of the NH Lakes Association and Squam Lakes Conservation Society before a prior term with the Science Center board, which ended two years ago. His Science Center affiliation has continued with gainful employment as a Tour Captain, and as a Blue Heron School grandparent.Laurie dilettantes at woodworking, plays old-guy tennis, and occasionally fishes. He and his wife Susan consider themselves blessed by the fact “the kids come back to Squam."
Volunteering at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has brought Paul back full circle to his academic and professional roots. Paul grew up in rural Massachusetts and his early years were spent exploring the ponds and forest outside of his back door. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Middlebury College, focusing on field biology and serving as a Teaching Assistant for two years. At times during his college years, Paul worked for the Vermont Department of Water Resources measuring chemical levels of lakes and ponds and mapping aquatic plants, and was a deckhand on passenger ferries between Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.
After college, he completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy, spending his first seven years in the Navy onboard two destroyers and skippering a 108-foot Yard Patrol Boat. Desiring to return to science but still enjoying the travel and lifestyle of the Navy, Paul shifted to the Navy Medical Service Corps. He spent the remaining twenty-three years of his thirty-year career in various occupational health and public health positions around the world. During that time, the Navy sent him to the Harvard School of Public Health on two occasions to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Health. Paul was the Navy’s Director of Public Health in mainland Japan during the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and radiological disaster at Fukushima, Japan. He completed his Navy career as Deputy Director at the National Center for Medical Intelligence, Fort Detrick Maryland, and retired from the Navy as a Captain in March 2017. He began volunteering as a docent at the Science Center in June 2018, serves on the Education Committee, and is now also a Tour Captain.Paul and his wife Sheryl, who works for the Circle Program, have one daughter in college. Paul enjoys kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, and skiing. He is the current President of the Plymouth Rotary Club.
Laurie Thomsen Burke
I am excited about joining the Science Center’s Board of Trustees. I have spent nearly every summer of my life here on Squam Lake, many of them visiting the Science Center, exploring all the exhibits with my children and with numerous boys from Camp Deerwood. At one point in the 90s, my husband and I led tours of Squam on the pontoon boats.My grandfather Ferris Thomsen, the “Big Buck,” and my grandmother Helen, started Camp Deerwood in 1945. This summer is the 75th season for this boy’s camp on the southern shore of Squam. My father and uncle ran the camp for years, and now the third generation are directors and managing the camp. The Science Center and all it stands for has been important to all of us. We are thankful to be able to take the campers each summer to the Science Center.I currently work full time as a hospice nurse for Pemi Baker Home Health Association of Plymouth. It is a rewarding and challenging career. I live in Moultonborough in the winter and at Camp Deerwood during the summer. I received a BA degree in Geology from Wittenberg University in the 80s. I worked for an environmental consulting firm near Boston for a bit, before changing gears to work and travel on traditional sailing vessels (tall ships) teaching and working as a mate and educator for experiential education programs for six years, sailing all over the world on different tall ships. When our daughter, Emily, was born in 1992, we put down roots in Holderness and are happy to live and work in this beautiful area. My husband, Bill, is still working as a captain for SEA - Sea Education Association, of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, along with our daughter, who ships out several times a year as a marine scientist/teacher on board. Our son Will, and his wife Breah, are working as counselors at the camp this summer before heading to Bozeman to begin grad school in August.