Board of Trustees

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Charles R. Fritz

Chair
Elected 2015; term ends 2018

3852 Old Mountain Road, West Suffield CT 06093

Charlie Fritz is an avid outdoorsman, and has explored Great Mountain Forest for the past 35 years. He joined the Board in 2010 and became Treasurer in 2012. Professionally, he is a Strategic Program Manager for an international manufacturer of fiber optic products. In addition to project management, Charlie trains management teams around the world in Teamwork and Strategy. He earned a BS in Engineering from Northeastern in Boston and a Masters in Management with a concentration in Finance from Rensselaer’s Hartford Graduate Center.

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John Coston

Vice Chair
Elected 2016; term ends 2020

675 Hudson St., Apt. 2S, New York, NY 10014

John Coston is a journalist with more than three decades of experience as a reporter and editor at regional, state and national newspapers in the United States, including more than 30 years as a news editor at The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of two nonfiction books. He has served as a trustee for the Norfolk Country Club in Norfolk, Ct., and for Grace Church School and the Downtown United Soccer Club, both in New York City. John is a frequent traveler to national forests and wilderness regions across the U.S. He also has completed the Coverts Cooperator program sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension at Storrs, Ct.

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Catherine Gevers

Secretary
Elected 2016; term ends 2019

PO Box 228, Norfolk CT 06058

Catherine Gevers, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, has been in artists’ management since 1971 and has represented a wide variety of individuals and orchestras worldwide. She was the first music administrator of Carnegie Hall and subsequently became coordinator of the Carnegie Hall Centennial Season of 1990-91. She is a consultant to Yo-Yo Ma and a board member of the Silk Road Project. She was also professional development consultant to soprano Renee Fleming. Catherine volunteered at Great Mountain Forest for many years and joined the board in 2013.

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Susan MacEachron

Treasurer
Elected 2014; term ends 2017

789 West End Ave., Apt. 10D, New York NY 10025

Susan MacEachron is the Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Church Wall Street, an Episcopal parish that has been a part of New York City since 1697. Prior to joining Trinity in 2010, Susan was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and the CFO for the Marketing & Communications Department and Treasurer of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Concert Artists Guild, an organization devoted to nurturing the careers of young classical musicians, and is the President and Subscription Manager for Norfolk Now. She joined the Great Mountain Forest board in 2013.

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Dr. Charles Canham

Trustee
Elected 2014; term ends 2017

144 Longview Rd., Clinton Corners NY 12514-2823

Charles Canham is a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, where he has been on the scientific staff since 1984. He has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University (1984) and in 2014 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec-Outaouais. His primary research interests are in the ecology and management of temperate and tropical forests. He began research at Great Mountain Forest in 1990, and that research provided the foundation for the development of a state-of-the-art simulation model for forest dynamics that has been used to study the ecology, management and conservation of forests worldwide. In addition to serving on the board of Great Mountain Forest, he has served on the boards of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, the Adirondack Land Trust, the Adirondack Council, the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation, Hudsonia, and as an elected member of the governing board of the Ecological Society of America.

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Anne C. Childs

Trustee
Founding member

40 Garfield St., Watertown MA 02472

Anne Childs, a graduate of Colorado College and Rhode Island School of Design, lives with her husband, Chip Collins, in Massachusetts. Anne has served on the boards of The Student Conservation Association, The Farm School, and High Spirit Community Farm, all organizations working to connect individuals to the land. Anne is the youngest child of Edward and Elisabeth Childs, and a founding member of the Great Mountain Forest board.

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Edward Calder Childs

Trustee
Founding member

1299 Black Mountain Rd., Dummerston VT 05301-9537

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Starling W. Childs II

Founding member

109 Litchfield Rd., Norfolk CT 06058

Starling Childs II graduated from Yale College with a BS in geology and from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he received a Master’s in Forest Science. He is a consulting forester and co-founder of EECOS (Ecological and Environmental Consulting Services). Mr. Childs currently serves on the boards of Connecticut Forest and Parks Association, Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, and Northern Woodlands Magazine. Through his work he has sought to strike a balance between sustainable management of natural resources and preserving the natural environment.

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Elisabeth Childs Gill

Trustee
Founding member

PO Box 482, Norfolk, CT 06058

Elisabeth Childs Gill is the eldest child of Ted and Elisabeth Childs. She has served on the boards of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Indian Mountain School, and is currently a board member of the Norfolk Library and the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. She resides in Norfolk, CT and she is a founding member of the Great Mountain Forest Board of Trustees.

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Jeremy Koch

Trustee
Elected 2017; term ends 2020

295 Greenwich St., Apt. 7B
New York NY 10007

Jeremy Koch spent most of his professional career at Time Incorporated, where he held senior management positions at Fortune and People magazines and was President of the company’s corporate consumer marketing division. Jeremy was for many years a trustee of Learning Leaders, a NYC based education nonprofit, serving five terms as the organization’s Chairman. He is currently on the board of The Clemente Course in the Humanities. Now retired, Jeremy works part-time as a volunteer financial coach with recovering addicts and is an avid musician and woodworker. Jeremy has a BA from Bennington College and an MBA from Columbia University.

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David K. Leff

Trustee
Elected 2015; term ends 2018

4 The Green, Collinsville CT 06019-3172

David Leff is an essayist, poet and former deputy commissioner of the CT Department of Environmental Protection. His writing focuses on the intimate relationship of people to their built and natural environments. He is the author of four nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, and a novel in verse. Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England, is his latest book. David has served on the boards of the Riverwood Poetry Series, Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the CT Maple Syrup Producers Association and Audubon Connecticut.

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Eliza Little

Trustee
Elected 2017; term ends 2020

89 Shepard Rd.
Norfolk CT 06058

Eliza graduated from McGill University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science and Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science (FES) in 2011 with a Masters in Environmental Science. She completed her PhD in 2017 at Columbia University on the influence of climate and socioecological factors on invasive mosquito vectors in the northeastern US. She now works at the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a post doc with funding from the CDC Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. She currently works on tick related research from spatiotemporal patterns of ticks and tick-associated diseases to assessing residential tick management strategies.

Eliza lives in Norfolk and has spent much time in beautiful Great Mountain Forest mostly hiking and cross-country skiing

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John Perkins

Trustee
Elected 2015; term ends 2018

160 Henry St., #5A, Brooklyn NY 11201

John Perkins is Co-Head of the US Real Estate Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets in New York. John has over 20 years of real estate banking experience and joined RBC in 2011. Prior to RBC, John served as Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate Investment Banking in the Americas for CBRE Capital Advisors and as a Managing Director in Real Estate Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. John has worked extensively with US, Canadian and UK based real estate clients on M&A and advisory assignments, in addition to leading numerous significant public and private capital raising transactions. John has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance from MIT.

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Heather Thomson

Trustee
Elected 2016; term ends 2019

15 Pine Ledge Way Norfolk, CT 06058

Heather Thomson has spent her career in the pharmaceutical industry and is the director of health economics and outcomes research for kaléo, Inc. She graduated from Williams College and has an MBA from UConn and an MS from Tufts. An avid outdoorswoman, Heather’s first introduction to Great Mountain Forest was on cross-country skis. She lives in Norfolk and has chaired various town and church committees as well as served on the boards of several foundations. She is currently Secretary for the Norfolk Land Trust.