Josh Arnold is a uniquely determined, entrepreneurial young man with a steadfast passion for sustainable community building. Right in his backyard in Silver Lake, NH – that’s where Josh first developed a love for nature, for community, and outdoor creativity. Everyday as a boy was filled with adventures in the pine grove, balancing acts on the railroad tracks, acrobats off the rope swing, or escapes down by the beaver pond.After college where he studied “Global Sustainability”, Josh spent several years trying on various “hats” – recycling manager at some of the largest music festivals in the United States, youth delegate for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and various town committee roles related to energy conservation, agriculture, and historic preservation.
In 2006 he founding Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) with the support from a wide network if friends, family, and colleagues. Josh currently resides in former Ossipee Mt. Grange Hall, more widely known as “Three Pork Hill”. Together, he and his fiancé Molly Messenger are revitalizing the space based into a local foods coop, venue for arts, education, and advocacy, and green-job incubator.
Josh is a Youth Action Net Fellow, Whole Communities Fellow, Graduate of the Marlboro College Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Granite State College Nonprofit Boot Camp, Advisory Board Member of the Graduation Pledge, Member of the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund (NEGEF) Grant-Making Committee, and is Certified in Permaculture Design.
In May 2012, Emily graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. There she studied Environmental Studies concentrated in Political Science, and created a flexible major titled Globalization and Development. Emily’s most influential experience while in college was the semester she spent in Australia studying sustainability and environmental action. While ‘Down Under’, Emily conducted research regarding the role of globalization and globalized systems within the Transition Town Movement and community resiliency building.
Emily was very involved at her university, founding and serving as president of the Hamline University Outdoor Recreation Club, and helping to create the first ever Health and Sustainability Week. Other great learning experiences were her participation in the International Model United Nations Conferences in 2010 and 2012, as well as interning with Global Classrooms, teaching middle and high schoolers Model United Nations curriculum. Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota was her home for five summers, serving as a camp counselor, trip leader, and most recently as the assistant director of the summer youth program. Additionally, Emily is a member of the Carroll County Slow Food Board and has completed a through hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota with her sister, Grace. Emily is tremendously excited to be serving with G.A.L.A., learning about sustainability initiatives, community organizing, and exploring the outdoors of New England.
Lynn Clarke – Families In Transition (F.I.T.) AmeriCorps VISTA – Program Development
Lynn Clarke has been a G.A.L.A fan for years as an Ossipee town board member and Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) VISTA and will be finishing her year of service with us!
Her affinity for the environment came at very young age, growing up in a single parent household in Boston, MA, with three other siblings, summering with relatives in Vermont. Some of her fondest childhood memories included being mesmerized by the abundance of life found in a small pond she visited, catching critters to bring home in her socks and singing to a very attentive audience of Holstein cows. The intimate relationship when playing outdoors kindled a flame for curiosity and a sense of purpose that still continues to grow today.
Lynn’s first environmental steward project was with the girls scout at age 8 cleaning the Charles River. Since then, she became a NH certified educator with a passion for connecting students to their natural surroundings, providing them opportunities to recognize their interconnection with all life. In addition to teaching in both the regular and special educational settings, Lynn co-chaired a recycling club, led teams of volunteers to built gardens, vermi-composted and led after school enrichment programs as an Audubon CoSeed volunteer, NH Fish & Game Wildlife Steward/ Docent and GMCG Water Literacy Coordinator. She has also written grants and coordinated community projects and events for World Environment Day, America Recycles Day, World Water Day and Get Wild at Sumner Brook.
What empowers Lynn the most is co-creating the best possible future for children and the planet. She welcomes the opportunity to join us and get her GALA on right away. Whether it was enchanting her students by raising tadpoles in the classroom, sharing the magical ecosystems of vernal pools or gathering almost 500 school and community members for a drum circle in celebration of World Environment Day, Lynn has always enjoyed celebrating our natural world with others leading them to preserve, protect and enjoy.
Dustin Eaton - Sustain-A-Raiser Supervisor
(Dustin’s Bio coming soon!)
Jonathan Gregory, The Alden Project
Jonathan is a Social and Environmental Entrepreneur with a reputation in Central New Hampshire for advancing the progress of Triple Bottom Line economics in our local communities. Jonathan is involved in the development and management of numerous awareness projects, small businesses, non-profits, and committees that work to improve the current condition of our Food, Energy, Transportation, and Financial systems. Jonathan graduated from the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics in 2007 and has since taken Concord, NH as his adopted stomping grounds with a purchase of a home located downtown. His work with the downtown community and entire city has helped create a movement that seeks to identify and nurture common good solutions to our most important economic and cultural problems. For more info about Jonathan’s consulting practices go to www.aldenproject.com. Jonathan is working closely with G.A.L.A.’s staff and board to develop the Sustain-A-Raiser program into a replicable model that eventually be shared with communities across the country through open-source technology.
Board of Directors
Jessica moved to Ossipee after graduating from Unity College in Maine where she studied Environmental Education. Soon, Jess accepted a position at a local pre-school where she kick-started an organic gardening program, and spent two years digging in dirt, taking children on nature walks, sharing her passion for plants and insects and the like, knowing full well she was planting seeds for the future. She lives and works on her family owned trout hatchery, Sumner Brook Fish Farm on Rt. 16 in Ossipee, with her husband Jesse Prunier. Jessica’s passion for local healing herbs and herbal medicine led her to open Sumner Brook Herbals. She practices from her shop located at the fish farm, and delights in sharing local healing herbs with her community. Jessica has been an avid G.A.L.A. volunteer for the last 3 years helping with everything from contra dances, to solar raisers, seed swaps, clothing swaps, Farm to Table Feast, First Night Fundraiser, and more. Jess is excited to deepen her involvement with G.A.L.A. by accepting her board nomination and becoming involved with the strategic planning, governance, and financial stewardship of the organization.
Although carpentry has been a consistent vocation, he has also worked for the Governor Wentworth school system as a classroom aid. He has worked with Boy Scouts and continues to share his interest in early American culture with upper elementary grades. Michael and Karen, and their son Brendon, became most active with G.A.L.A. during the recent Earth Week celebration. They are also currently enrolled in the study circle titled, “Menu for the Future”, where they participate in a weekly dialog about sustainable food systems.
Karen Haeger, Treasurer
Karen is a second generation Wolfeboro native with a deep interest in the future of our community. After graduating from Kingswood she worked at First New Hampshire Bank only to be invited into the formation of Community Bank and Trust Company. At Community, she managed the loan servicing and processing department for 17 years. After assisting in the merger with Ocean Bank, Karen left the banking world to pursue other interests and spend more time with her two children, Nicole and Brendan. The family expanded their gardens and began to raise chickens. Karen’s passion for working with animals was fulfilled through working with Assistance Canine Training Services (A.C.T.S.), raising and training service dogs. She continues this work by sitting on their Board of Directors. In the winter, you will find Karen skating at Pop Whalen with the She Wolves as a defensive back. With both their children in college now, Karen and her husband Michael, continue to expand their involvement in the community. Karen now manages the local farmer’s market and is one of the newest members of G.A.L.A.’s Board of Directors. Karen is excited about bringing her knowledge and experience with accounting and managing money to G.A.L.A.’s board and development team.
Carol’s curiosity to learn what makes individuals, communities and cultures tick, along with a desire to preserve what surrounds and nourishes her own life – the beauty of nature; people who care about passing-it-on; the history and sense of place in architecture; an abundance of artistic culture; year-round recreation; and access to fresh, local produce have given her a Jill-of-all trades (mistress of none!) resumé. It includes publishing books on nature and fine art; escorting tour groups; developing cultural and environment tourism programs; organizing conferences on sustainable building practices; facilitating cross-cultural training, working in an art gallery and learning framing techniques; teaching yoga, and managing non-profit organizations.
Shawn Papp grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences. Even upon entering college, Shawn was skeptical about the sustainability and safety of the chemicals used in his field of interest. Shawn remembers sitting in an environmental science class being told that using pesticides was the only way to feed the world’s population and that contradicting information could be dismissed because people generally didn’t understand the science behind the breakdown of the chemicals into non-harmful forms. Shawn kept a critical lens as he studied everything from plant pathology to soils and environmental science. Upon graduation, Shawn came out into the world with a clear understanding of how to meet the demands of an ever increasing food supply and how to manage and maintain hundreds of acres of bug and weed-free, pristine turf.
Shawn quickly put this knowledge to use as a Golf Course Superintendent. In this position, Shawn witnessed first-hand that Mother Nature could be manipulated very easily with the proper chemical or fertilizer. “Success” was achieved.
After relocating to New Hampshire, Shawn married and had a beautiful daughter named Olivia. At this point, Shawn began a new career in landscaping and continued with chemical use. After building a house and having a lawn of his own, doubt about the safety of these pesticides began creeping into his mind once again. Shawn credits Olivia as the driving force behind this reevaluation of his landscaping practices. Starting his own organic landscaping company, Natural Landscapes and Lawncare, Shawn has disproved the myth that you need to use chemicals to have a nice lawn. Today, Shawn has more peace of mind than ever before by knowing that his daughter is not being exposed to pesticides used unnecessarily for vanity.
A native of New Hampshire, Morgen was raised in Wakefield on the Salmon Falls river. A love for things that grow began at a very young age, gardening with her mother and playing down at the waters edge alongside the looming Joe-pie Weed and fiery cardinal flower. An interest in sustainable practices was also sparked at an early age. Composting, preserving food and conserving water and heat were woven into everyday. With roots in small town New England Morgen has a strong belief that community plays an important role in her life. She is drawn to coffee shops where people from all walks of life intersect, gather, discuss, hang posters, chat aimlessly, laugh and learn new things. Morgen now lives in Ossipee with her best friend and husband Tom and their dog Boone. She works at Seven Suns Coffee and Tea in downtown Wolfeboro. She loves puppies and kittens and long walks in the woods!
Scott is a physical therapist working at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. Taking the usual career path to physical therapy, Scott spent 4+ years in the Air Force learning avionics. He was stationed in California (Travis Air Force Base…of course!) and England. After completing his tour with the Air Force, Scott worked as an electronics technician for a multi-national company and spent the next few years traveling around the world. Discovering that he enjoyed working on complex systems he decided it was time to work on complex systems that can talk back and so, went to college in Nashville, TN for his physical therapy degree. Scott spent 10 years at Huggins Hospital working both outpatient at Back Bay Rehab and inpatient at the hospital. In the Spring of 2011, he accepted the position at Speare Memorial where he also works both inpatient and outpatient and it gave him a beautiful ride in the country twice a day on his motorcycle – as long as there’s no ice on the roads. When he’s not working as a physical therapist, Scott is a rider coach with Harley-Davidson teaching people how to ride a motorcycle. And yes, he even has his wife riding her own motorcycle! Scott is also a home brewer of beer and an overall tasty beer enthusiast! Scott enjoys cooking and enjoys using organic ingredients, local produce and meat, and herbs from his kitchen garden. When he’s not working, riding, brewing or cooking, he is usually building, refinishing, or designing something. Scott is pleased to be able to share his skills with GALA and believes in the mission of expanding sustainability and making it accessible to everyone and having fun doing it! Scott lives in Wolfeboro with his wife, Mariann. Their boys Ben and Dylan are in their early 20’s and off exploring life.
Jessamy is excited to work with G.A.L.A. in making her hometown a more sustainable place to live. She is especially excited to bring her passion and experience with preservation to G.A.L.A.’s Ossipee Mt. Grange Revitalization Project. Similarly, Jessamy’s current profession in nutrition contributes significantly to G.A.L.A.’s efforts by making sure people pay attention to their “personal sustainability.”
Molly is a community organizer, facilitator and youth worker with a passion for social justice and sustainability. She has a deep commitment to creating inclusive spaces for everyone’s unique skills and perspectives to lend in the creative process of public engagement and action towards a more just, fair and sustainable community.
Molly graduated from University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Anthropology & International Affairs. During college, she spent a semester with School of International Training in Kenya, and lived a year thereafter in a rural village of northern Tanzania where she worked to establish the Imbaseni Free Library Community Center and became fluent in Swahili.
After graduating, Molly managed an ethnographic studying looking at refugee well being in NH, during which she re-established a refugee and immigrant advocacy group focusing on naturalization and family reunification. This led her to working as Youth Organizer with American Friends Service Committee- NH, and counseling youth with Appalachian Mt. Teen Project thereafter under the direction of Dr. Donna San Anotonio, who sits on the GALA board of advisory!
In 2012, after an incredible adventure cycling down the west coast, Molly returned to Ossipee and joined her partner Josh in the revitalization efforts of the former Ossipee Mt. Grange Hall into a community center for arts, education & advocacy. Currently Molly is a Community Outreach Coordinator with Pittsfield Listens and a Facilitator with NH Listens. We are grateful to have Molly’s energy and experience in non-profit development as chair of the G.A.L.A Development Committee.
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Volunteers at Large
Barbara Laverick - Program Manager, Food & Agriculture
Barbara has lived in NH for the last 30 years; last 15 being in Wolfeboro. She grew up in Washington DC, lived in Idaho for awhile while she served as a Vista Volunteer, and was Teacher in the coal country of Georgia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Barbara has been nominated to serve on G.A.L.A.’s Board of Directors.
Willie is also an entrepreneur. He is currently developing a business plan for his own juice company! And as Willie always says, “Think Snow!”
Brittany’s involvement with G.A.L.A began in June of 2011 when she came to New Hampshire from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, on a path aimed at heightening consciousness. She believes that “consciousness” is not limited to spirituality; it is also social and environmental. G.A.L.A.’s aim of building strong, sustainable communities speaks to increasing the connectedness between people and the earth; it is that connection that intrigues and excites her.Brittany spent the last three years living on St. Croix, where she realized the true scope of people’s global impact on the environment as she witnessed the delicate coral reef ecosystem deteriorate due to pollution and warming Caribbean waters. Garbage in the streets and on the beaches inspired her to orchestrate garbage walks and participate in local sustainability projects.
She began her education about organic farming, water conservation, and truly “green,” sustainable living while working with ArtFarm LLC, a sustainable family farm. Admiring the comfort and connectedness with nature exhibited on a day-to-day basis on the farm, she renewed her dedication to enviro-activism.
A student of the world, Brittany studies yoga, meditation, fire dancing (as a performance art), natural medicine, communication, psychology, the Indian language of Hindi, economics, group process, business management, and many other subjects in a unique manner: rather than enroll in traditional classes, she experiences lessons by seeking mentors in each subject she wishes to learn and completing independent research projects. It is in this unusual way that she has come to partner with G.A.L.A..
Brittany wants to continue her education with G.A.L.A., focusing not only on sustainability but also on the workings of a nonprofit organization. She plans to found an organization of her own after she spends time living and learning in Southern India next fall.
Consciousness is an awakening, and Brittany hopes to participate as a catalyst in the universal awakening that is sustainability. Her partnership with G.A.L.A. equips her to do so.
Pat Jones - Study Circle Specialist
Board of Advisors
Paul is the Director of Business Development and Technology Solutions Group at the Amcomm Company where he heads up the company’s strategic plan, business operations, recruitment marketing and technology division for 140 employees in 30 stores in New England.
President of Cardenio Consulting, Paul works with non-profit and businesses across the country offering counsel in strategic planning, coaching, organizational team-building, philanthropy, marketing and social media. He has also presented nationally and internationally on marketing, philanthropy and sustainability.
He has spent more than twenty-five years in education as teacher, Head of School, Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs and Chair of the performing arts in independent and public education. Paul was a founding partner of the consulting firm Independent Thinking.
In addition, Paul has extensive experience as a professional stage actor and director, and was a founding member of the band, The Dharma Bums. He has served on many non-profit boards, most recently the Ojai Playwrights Festival.
His most recent endeavor is I-Ride Transport, partnering with Tom Bryant, to bring a socially conscious transportation service to the NH Lakes Region, headquartered in Wolfeboro.
Paul, his wife Donita and family are committed to creating a sustainable planet and are honored to be part of the G.A.L.A. mission.
Monique has lived in Wolfeboro since 2003 and has received awards from The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters for her work as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host. She has covered a wide range of topics in New Hampshire and interviewed a myriad of notables such as Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Kennedy Jr., and President Bill Clinton. Monique currently works as a broadcast journalist for Public News Service and covers a variety of progressive issues for New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.
In 2001, at age 17, Dana Frasz took an unforgettable four month trip to South East Asia. Returning to the United States, she was deeply disturbed by the paradox of excessive waste and consumption existing alongside widespread hunger within both local and global society. While at Sarah Lawrence College she coordinated 12 businesses, recruited and managed 45 volunteers and had created a new system and mindset around food waste in and around campus. In 2006 Dana was honored by the International Youth Foundation as one of twenty exceptional social entrepreneurs from around the world for her waste reduction, hunger alleviation and food recovery work. From 2008-2010 Dana was a Project Manager at Ashoka’s Changemakers, planning, managing and executing competitions aimed at expanding and supporting social innovation worldwide.
In 2011, after an incredible 4 month journey through South America, Dana moved to Oakland, CA to launch her own organization – Food Shift. Food Shift is an Earth Island Institute sponsored project dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system that curbs waste, empowers communities, respects the environment and nourishes all. Dana is an active committee member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a Next Generation Ambassador for the Social Venture Network, a StartingBloc Fellow and a member of the California Food and Justice Coalition. Dana has spent the last decade developing and supporting initiatives that are good for people and good for the planet. She is a true leader, committed in action and motivated by her love for people and the earth, and is excited to share her experience as a community organizer to help G.A.L.A. thrive in it’s mission to build a sustainable community building model.
Born and raised in Chicago, Tom currently resides “off the grid” in Wolfeboro with his wife, Rita, and their two children. Outside the office, Tom’s hobbies include coaching youth sports, skiing, hiking and fishing.
GALA is a vibrant, smart, innovative organization. I am inspired by the work being done by Josh and the G.A.L.A. community. I am glad to play a small role in supporting the growth and development of G.A.L.A.’s grassroots, visionary efforts to sustain local lifestyles, agriculture, history, social networks, and traditions.