Keith A. Ross brings several decades of experience in conservation planning to Conway’s Board of Trustees. As founder and former Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, land protection specialist with Massachusetts Audubon, Director of Land Protection with New England Forestry Foundation, Keith has forged extensive connections with land preservation organizations throughout New England. In his current work as Senior Advisor to LandVest, he assists non-profits, land trusts, foundations and private landowners in conservation alternatives. Keith has a B.S. in Forestry from UMass/Amherst, and a Masters in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. Keith is an important new link in the collaborative network Conway intends to build with organizations whose missions parallel Conway’s focus on conservation planning, ecological restoration, and regenerative design.
Kerri Culhane graduated from Conway in 2010, having already received a Master of Arts in Architectural History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduation from Conway, she continued her work in historic preservation by nominating the Little Italy & Chinatown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, for which she earned a Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding National Register Nomination from the state of New York. She has continued her work with historic districts in New York City, focusing on the lower east side where she is Associate Executive Director and Director of Planning for the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. Her advocacy for affordable housing and community planning engages local organizations and community members in the planning process. Now one of just four Conway alums on the Board, we welcome Kerri’s inside knowledge of the program and her urban perspective on sustainability.
Mitch Anthony has an eclectic resume worthy of a Conway advisor and an early reader of Whole Earth Catalog: from natural foods restaurant and natural fiber dry goods store, to running a letterpress, to delivery and sales manager for a whole-grain bakery, to starting and running an appropriate-technology magazine. Recognizing acquired skills in advertising and design, he started his own business which has developed a similarly diverse clientel, from Reebok and Rollerblade to Church World Service and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. In his own words, “My sweet spot is positioning, brand strategy, communications strategy and ideation/concept development. I’m a skilled facilitator and presenter with a track record of finding synergy, traction and opportunity where fear, overthinking and bureaucracy slow others to a crawl.” He has already proven his value to the Board of Trustees with his candid and probing questions and sharp insight.