Patti Connaughton-Burns Joins Following Nationwide Search

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) announced today that Patti Connaughton-Burns has been hired as the land trust’s first full-time Executive Director. She will start at the end of February.

“Our goal was to find someone with the experience and leadership skills to help MMRG reach its full potential as a regional land trust,” said Jack Savage, MMRG Board Chair. “Given Patti’s background and her deep commitment to land conservation, we’re confident we’ve found just the right person.”

Patti is in the process of moving to the Wolfeboro area from New Jersey, where for the past eighteen years she has run her own environmental consulting firm, Wetlands and Environmental Technology, Inc. Her qualifications include a Master’s degree in Forest Science and instruction of graduate level classes.

She also has extensive experience in non-profit board management and board development, having served as a volunteer on several different boards and taken on significant responsibility for those organizations.

“I’m pleased to return to my New England roots and build on the already-impressive work that MMRG has been doing for the last 15 years,” Patti said. “I look forward to being part of the community in the Moose Mountains area.”

Patti will join several MMRG part-time staff, including Development/Communications Coordinator Virginia Long, Education Coordinator Kari Lygren, and Administrative Coordinator Kam Damtoft. As Executive Director, she will work with a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors: Cynthia Wyatt of Milton, Nancy Spencer Smith and Bruce Rich of Wakefield, Nicole Cszizer of Brookfield, Art Slocum and Dan Coons of Wolfeboro, Lorrie Drake and Ron Gehl of New Durham, Wendy Scribner of Dover, and Jack Savage of Middleton.

In addition to MMRG’s ongoing work with landowners and partner organizations to enable land conservation projects in the area, the group recently received multiple grants to fund a comprehensive conservation plan to prioritize the region’s most valuable resources.

“We’re welcoming Patti at an auspicious time for the organization,” Jack added. “Thanks to the support of our members and supporters, we believe MMRG can do more than ever to protect the natural resources of Moose Mountains’ area.”