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 (now UNH School of Law), Martha practiced law 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. She has served on the board of Genesis Behavioral Health and is treasurer of the Dan Hole Pond Watershed Trust. She first began supporting SHI after hearing Flo Reed speak at a local UU church. She went to Honduras in 2004 with SHI, and was elected to the board in 2009. 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. Presently she is secretary of the SHI board and chair of the Capacity Building Committee.
BETSY AGLE - Member (2008)
Another environmental benefit to SHI work seen by the Agles -- there are at least a half-dozen migratory song bird species that winter near these 5 Honduran communities and that breed during the summer on or near the Agles’ historic Appalachian farm in West Virginia, including the Worm-eating Warbler and the Northern Oriole! Betsy had a career in environmental protection that spanned the years between the first Earth Day in 1970 and the thirtieth celebration in 2000. For many years, she worked as the Coordinator of the National Clean Air Coalition. Twenty- five years ago she and her husband started to lead teen trips to Honduras. The goal was to let teens experience a very different life in rural coastal communities in Honduras and to undertake service projects chosen by those communities. Over the years that effort grew to become a city-wide network of churches, businesses, and individuals supporting on-going reforestation in rural mountain communities in Honduras. Merging this effort with SHI was an easy decision and now the Washington D.C. network supports the SHI program in 5 communities in Honduras. Betsy joined the SHI board in 2008 and is particularly supportive of the SHI Smaller World Trip Program. With their donations and their time, trip participants participate in the ongoing work of the field program and see its successes first-hand.
MELISSA BARRETT - Member (2013)
When not working, Melissa enjoys riding her horse in Rock Creek Park.Melissa is also a board member of Rock Creek Riders, which funds therapeutic riding lessons for disabled and disadvantaged children and returning veterans with PTSD and brain injuries.Melissa’s other nonprofit activities include serving as past-president of the board of directors of THC –Housing Families, Transforming Lives. THC is a nonprofit agency that provides a continuum of housing from transitional to affordable rental housing, with wrap-around services to help clients improve their lives and provide a future for their children. She has served on the board of THC since 2006. Melissa Barrett lives in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. and works as an attorney in the consumer financial services law firm of BuckleySandler LLP. She is an active member of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, where she serves as a member of the Vestry and is involved in various social justice and outreach ministries. Melissa has been going on work trips to Honduras almost yearly since 2005. During her first trip to Honduras, Melissa met Betsy Agle and became involved with the Trinidad Conservation Project through her friendship with the Agles. As a member of TCP, Melissa has organized fundraisers and education projects with Betsy and other members of TCP.
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.
CHARLIE FRENCH - Member (2013)
Charlie previously served on the Board of SHI from 2009 to 2012 drawn by his keen interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Charlie French discovered his passion for sustainable agriculture in the mid-1990s when serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Panama, where he taught conservation principles and sustainable agriculture techniques to school-age youth and subsistence farmers. He continues to focus on strengthening local food systems in his professional role with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension's Community and Economic Development Program. He leads a staff of 20 Extension agents in providing people from communities across NH with education, training, and technical assistance in the areas of small business development, economic development, land use decision-making, and community planning. His most recent work is focused on helping New Hampshire commercial fishermen – most of who are struggling to stay in business – to cultivate alternative markets for fresh, local seafood. Charlie is also a faculty member in UNH's Master's in Development Policy and Practice Program, where he teaches courses in land use conflict and sustainable food systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Sciences from UNH, a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in Geography and Regional Planning from Western Illinois University.
GYAN KANAL - Member (2013)
His prior non-profit work includes fundraising for The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (now Peace Action), and serving as Treasurer for A.C.T.I.O.N. Cooperative for Human Development, a social service organization developing unique experiential learning and leadership development programs for young people in Baltimore, MD. His current interests include Environmental Accounting and organic urban gardening. He is a music lover, outdoor enthusiast, and avid reader of history, politics and current events who loves to travel and has visited Brazil, China and India.Gyan began working with SHI as a volunteer member of the Finance Committee, as a way to apply his professional skills and background to support SHI's mission of economic development and environmental stewardship through sustainable organic agriculture. Gyan has over 15 years of professional experience in accounting, finance and business management, including seven years of managerial and supervisory experience where he has demonstrated success in improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and supporting members with timely, accurate and relevant financial and accounting information and processes.Gyan Kanal lives in Bethesda, MD, and currently serves as Comptroller for eVigilant, a security consulting company. He holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Accounting and Information Systems from University of Maryland University College, and is a MD CPA candidate.
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.
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 - Emeritus (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.