The Conway School is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its Board of Trustees: Mollie Babize ’84.

Our volunteer board members dedicate considerable time and expertise to overseeing the financial health of the institution, providing leadership in strategic planning, evaluating and supporting the employee leadership, and identifying a diverse, committed, creative, and responsible group of new members.

Mollie brings experience in site design, land planning, community planning, project management, public presentation, facilitation, and writing, as well as a deep institutional memory. In her 34-year history with Conway, she has served in many roles, including alumnae representative to the Board of Trustees, Co-Director (Administrative Director), Admissions Director, critic at formal presentations, adjunct planning faculty, occasional guest speaker, and volunteer.

Before discovering the field of landscape planning and design and the Conway School, Mollie worked in community organizing and journalism for 14 years. Mollie’s experience in cooperative management “goes back to the 1970s, when a group of friends created and ran a restaurant collectively while participating in direct action and education against the war in Indochina.” Following graduation from Conway, she worked in both public and private sectors, as Land Use Planner for the Town of Amherst, MA in the development-crazed late 1980s, and as Design Associate for Walter Cudnohufsky Associates in Ashfield. Her projects at WCA have ranged from town-wide Open Space and Recreation Plans, agricultural preservation plans, and town-wide visioning, to the design of a green cemetery, preservation strategies for historic town commons, and a streetscape design for the historic village of Lenox, MA.

Image at top: Mollie Babize gives her weekly project presentation as a student in 1983.