Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Sustainable Harvest International is made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and is very active in all major aspects of the organization. Their expertise in many areas, including tropical forest ecology and management, international environmental policy, sustainable development, non-profit accounting and agroforestry, is one of SHI's greatest strengths.
STEPHEN RICHARDS - Chair (2012)
Steve is an experienced non-profit executive and board member with broad experience in international, national, and local non-profit organizations. He is an attorney and served as General Counsel, and Executive VP and Acting President of the American Red Cross. He then served as the Executive Vice President and COO of the International Rescue Committee. Steve later served as the President and CEO of Elderhostel. In 2003 Steve moved to Maine. He served as the Director of Development for the Maine Sea Coast Mission. He is currently heading a capital campaign for the YMCA in Bar Harbor, which he served as board president for three years. He is the current President of the Maine Planned Giving Council, Chair of the Board of Directors of the YMCA Alliance of Maine, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UCC of Northeast and Seal Harbor. Steve was attracted to SHI because he has seen first hand the need in developing countries for sustainable agricultural that preserves forests and provides healthy food for families.
JOY URBAN - Vice-Chair (2011)
Joy’s passion for our planet and its natural resources was planted by her parent’s who took her fishing, wild flowering and walking in the woods starting at the age of two. As a teacher in northern NH, she took her students on hiking, canoeing and cross-country ski trips through the White Mountain National Forest. She and her husband, Steve, have bird watched, hiked and traveled in Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. They’ve seen the devastation caused by slash and burn farming and it’s one reason why they love supporting Sustainable Harvest International’s work to reverse this trend.
Joy has a BS in Education from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Southern NH University. She’s been a physical education and science teacher, information technology professional, trainer, human resources manager and success coach. Currently, she’s a Brain-Body Learning Consultant developing and leading cognitive enhancements programs. In addition to her work for SHI, she’s a member of the St. Johns County (Florida) Turtle Patrol and she mentors an FSU student through the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program.
TERENCE BARR - Treasurer (2010)
Terence currently works in the petroleum exploration field and is based in Houston, Texas. He has also spent many years in academics, teaching and doing research in geology and geophysics. He has lived overseas for half his life in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. He feels that providing education and training such as SHI does is the most important way to help people in developing (and developed) countries increase their quality of life and protect the environment for all of us.
MARTHA COPITHORNE - Secretary (2009)
After graduating from Pierce Law, Martha practiced law with her husband in Laconia, NH, with a primary focus on family law. She became a marital master in 1991, a full time judicial position in NH, and retired in 2006. In addition to serving on the Board of SHI, she serves on the board of Genesis Behavioral Health and is treasurer of the Dan Hole Pond Watershed Trust. She is active in the UU Fellowship in Plymouth, NH, and in the Circle Program as a mentor for young girls. She first began supporting SHI after hearing Flo Reed speak at a local UU church. She went to Honduras in 2004 with SHI. Reducing rural poverty, empowering people, building community, and saving the rainforest make SHI a real win-win program that she is delighted to actively support.
BETSY AGLE - Member (2008)
Betsy started a Honduras Outreach Program with her husband twenty years ago at their Episcopal Church in Washington DC. Since that time she had led at least 5 youth service trips and made several other trips to Honduras in support of the outreach program. Betsy is particularly supportive of the Smaller World Trips and the possibilities these trips offer of fostering people-to-people contacts through non-tourist trips. Professionally Betsy has helped led a coalition working for clean air legislation, worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency on protecting indoor air quality in homes and commercial buildings, saving the ozone layer; and improving energy efficient through the Energy Star label. Currently she is a personal fitness trainer. The Agles own a historic Appalachian farm in West Virginia and have worked to save its log structures and to put the forest into conservation easements while allowing sustainable forestry management.
DAVID BORDEN - Member (2006)
David was born in New Hampshire and raised on a farm in Vermont. He served in the infantry in Europe and was a member of the Army's mountain rescue squad. In 1968, Borden founded the training firm, Victoria International Corporation. Prior to his business career, he worked as an Outward Bound instructor for the US Peace Corps and worked as a community developer in East Harlem, NY. His publications include the book Perfect Service. David has been married to Nancy Horner Borden for 30 years. They have raised 7 children and enjoy 9 grandchildren who live in the area. Although the Bordens live on an island where the Piscataqua River meets the Atlantic Ocean, they spend their winters on an inland 300 acre tree farm, where they recently built a small off the grid house. The Bordens have participated in volunteer agriculture and water conservation work in Niger, West Africa and Central America.
CHARLOTTE DOUGHERTY - Member (2012)
Charlotte Dougherty holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health. She has over 20 years of experience managing environmental and public health projects and programs. As a consultant, Principal, and Director at Industrial Economics, Incorporated, she worked with government agencies, regional planning organizations, and non-profit organizations to develop policies, analyze impacts, and create education forums and outreach materials related to these issues.
Charlotte is particularly interested in community-based, public health strategies that integrate the environmental, health, economic, and social aspects of the human use of natural resources. She is currently the Co-founder and Executive Director of BasicNeeds US, a non-profit organization focused on global mental health and development. In this role, she supports country programs in Africa and Asia to implement a community-based model of services that includes community mental health, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights advocacy. Charlotte’s in-depth understanding of the environmental, economic, health and social values that underlie human use of land fuel her passion for environmental protection in international development.
ERIC FERNANDEZ - Member (2010)
Eric has spent his adult life focused on biology, ecology, agriculture, development and education. From 1980 to present, he has participated in numerous UNEP Conventions and programs including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, Convention on Biological Diversity and Species Survival Commission (Crocodile Specialist Group). He has participated in the formation of conservation and development projects and NGO’s in Honduras, Belize, Mexico and other parts of the world exemplified by Fundacion Ecologista Hector Rodrigo Pastor Fasquelle (FHRPF), Friends of Nature Belize (FON) and the Tri-national Alliance for the Conservation of the Gulf of Honduras (TRIGOH). Eric Fernandez holds a bachelors degree in zoology with a minor in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Conservation, Management and Access to Faunal and Floral Resources. He has attained the European Union Certification of Advanced Studies and is presently working towards completion of his doctoral dissertation in a UNEP supported program in Spain. Presently, he has returned to the United States of America with his wife and three children and lives in Tampa, Florida. He is the Science Department Head at Terrace Community Middle School.
CARMENZA MONTAGUE - Member (2012)
Carmenza Montague is a native of Colombia, South America. She is a social and environmental entrepreneur with a strong background in marketing and advertising. She has a master’s degree in international business from Universidad Externado de Colombia in partnership with New York’s Columbia University. Previously, Carmenza imported her own brand of environmentally conscious, indigenous coffee from Colombia while leading efforts to reclaim and restore Arhuaco ancestral lands taken by settlers and rebels. She has worked both in the corporate world and volunteered her skills for multiple organizations including Orangutan Outreach, the Marion Institute and the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension. Since 2011 Carmenza has served SHI on the Development and Outreach committee. Most recently, she collaborated with the Trinidad Conservation Project in writing a proposal for a two hundred thousand dollar grant from the Inter-American Foundation that will aid agricultural communities in Honduras to preserve tropical forests while improving nutrition and overcoming poverty.
ROBERT RICE - Member (2010)
Robert Rice works at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC), conducting research and addressing policy issues related to migratory bird habitat and conservation. A central theme to Rice's research and policy efforts has been the management of tropical agroecosystems and their relation to ecological processes.
Over the last decade, he has helped develop and promote a set of scientifically-based criteria for shade coffee (the basis for the “Bird Friendly®” seal), an agroforestry system shown through ornithological research (conducted largely by staff at the SMBC) to serve as avian habitat. Rice's organizing of the 1996 "First Sustainable Coffee Congress" (held at the SNZP) and the 1998 “First International Workshop on Sustainable Cocoa Growing” helped place the SMBC on the map as a dynamic research group capable of acting as a catalytic force around conservation, agriculture, and the market place. Recently, Dr. Rice organized and directed a series of training workshops in Latin America and Indonesia, aimed at training organic inspectors in assessing shade tree cover in coffee systems.
AL SCHWENDTNER - Member (2011)
Al first heard about SHI from Flo Reed when he attended a conference at World Fellowship in Albany, NH. He is drawn to SHI for a multitude of reasons. SHI assists low income people in Central America where historically “we have done more harm than good. SHI is a small organization doing a great job.” Al gives generously to several organizations, and SHI is at the top of that list. Al is a retired ship designer who worked as a project manager and consultant. Currently he is an unpaid board member of High Caliber Solutions, an IT service firm that serves small to medium sized business and non-profits, managing their internal networks and web sites and building data base applications customized to their needs. Al has three children and two grandchildren. He lives in NYC with his wife Carole Wagner. She is retired from U.S. Servas, Inc, a non profit that connects hosts and travelers through out the world. Al and Carole have hosted over 600 people in their home through this organization.
MIMI BECKER - Emeritus (1997)
Dr. Mimi Larsen Becker is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of New Hampshire. B.A. Soc./Anthro. (Carleton College); M.A.: Environmental Policy & Resource Econ. and Ph.D.: International Environmental Policy (Duke Univ.) Teaching & research is interdisciplinary with a focused problem solving policy sciences approach. Research and teaching specialties include: ecosystem approaches for managing human-earth relations; sustainable development; institutional ecology and adaptive governance; public participation and engagement; environmental conflict resolution, integrated coastal ecosystem and estuarine watershed management, ecosystem health indicators, land conservation, community and environmental planning, environmental education and capacity building. Co-founder of UNH-EcoQuest, New Zealand Sustainable Resource Management Study Abroad Program; Collaborator with Tirimbina Rainforest Education Center, Costa Rica and a founding Board member and past board chair of Sustainable Harvest International. Currently: Coordinator of Community and Environmental Planning B.S. program and Coordinator of the professional M.S. program called TIDES (Training Program in Integrated Decision-making and Ecosystem Science) in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental.
JEFF CLARK, MD - Member (2005)
Jeff is a recently retired gastroenterologist from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has been interested in developing countries ever since he was in medical school and spent his elective time working at a medical clinic in the hill country of Vietnam. His interest in SHI started when he attended one of Flo's presentations, which induced his first to support SHI's work financially and then to serve on the Board. What particularly impresses Jeff about SHI is that it works on both the macro level to restore the environment and the micro level by empowering individuals to improve their lives, producing substantial results with relatively modest monetary investments.
IVOR FREEMAN, F.C.A. - Emeritus (2003)
Born in London England and now living in New Hampshire, Ivor opened his own office as soon as he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He specializes in handling international investments for a few select clients that keep him very busy. Ivor has been involved in charitable matters since the age of 11 and is not hesitant to encourage others to give as generously as he does. He says, "SHI is a very good cause and I am happy to get people to support them. They need a larger donor base and our efforts have to achieve this."
SAMUEL KAYMEN - Emeritus (2000)
Samuel Kaymen grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but now calls Maine home. He has studied BioDynamic Farming and served on the Board of the BioDynamic Farming & Gardening Association. Samuel also founded the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and served as its President for twelve years. Samuel went on to found The Rural Education Center, an Organic farming school, but is probably most famous as President and Chairman of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, which he founded in 1983. Currently, in addition to his role on SHI's Board, he serves as Trustee of Southern NH University, on the Board of Overseers of the School of Community Economic Development and as Vice Chair of EARTH University Foundation's Board of Directors.
Past Board Members
MIMI BECKER, PH.D.
RHETT CURRIER, ESQ.
EMILY FULLER HAWKINS
JERRY KELLY, PH.D.
DIANE SEAGREN, ESQ.
DANIEL ZARIN, PH.D.