Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors
Board President (2014-Present)
Originally from New Jersey, Emma developed a passion for wildlife and nature at a young age spending a great deal of time playing in the woods and catching frogs on her parents’ farm. After college, she worked seasonally in Alaska before settling in New Hampshire 9 years ago to pursue a graduate degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of New Hampshire. She fell in love with the Seacoast region and has been here ever since. Emma works as an educator with UNH Cooperative Extension, sharing her passion for wildlife and conservation with others. She connected with White Pine through the Tracking Apprenticeship and is the co-founder of the Seacoast Tracking Club.
Vice-President (2013 – Present)
Jennings developed a deep connection to the natural world in his tender youthful years as a White Pine student. Since then, he has enjoyed watching the organization grow and is happy to be back. When Jennings is not in the office building software, you can find him exploring the Seacoast’s waterways, out for a ski, or playing a game of pond hockey.
Treasurer (2015 – Present)
John has spent a large part of his life on the move having grown up in Virginia, Hawaii, and Maine. After meeting his wife Beth at James Madison University, they embarked on a decade long voyage through New York City, Sydney, and Monterey, CA before finally landing themselves in York, ME with their three children – Cary, Charlie, and Elise. His love of travel – much like with nature – comes from the heightened state of awareness he gets when learning through immersion in new experiences, cultures, and especially food. John is ecstatic at the opportunity to use his 15+ years in finance to help grow and protect the mission of White Pines Programs.
Bob Eckert, PhD
Member (2004-2010, 2012 – Present)
Bob has a long-standing interest in the outdoor world and education. He has been University of New Hampshire faculty for 25 years, where he teaches tree identification, courses in sustainable living, and conducts ecologically related research. His great interest in tracking and all aspects of the lives of animals and plants led him to be student in the Kamana and Shikari training programs. Bob lives with his wife in a small opening in the woods of Barrington, New Hampshire. He greatly enjoys the antics of his grandchildren.
Kevin grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where he spent his childhood exploring every corner of the local parks. He now lives with his wife and two children in Seacoast New Hampshire. Whenever possible, he can be found out on the trails for a hike, run or bike ride. When not out in the woods, Kevin practices as an attorney in Portsmouth, focusing on land use, environmental and real estate matters.
Member (2015 – Present)
Renee Fifield is a Piney Parent that has lived in Kittery, Maine for the last 8 years. Her love of the mountains and desire to bring outdoor education to people of all abilities led her to Breckenridge, Colorado where she lived for 13 years before moving to Maine. She is excited to share her passion for the outdoors with White Pine. Currently she works as a Spanish Teacher at York High School. Her enthusiasm for travel with students has led her to Spain, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Her most recent trip with students was with Outward Bound Costa Rica. Her interests include trail running, hut trips, skiing, paddle boarding, camping and general outdoor play with her family.
White Pine Programs Advisory Council
Carol Blood -Greenwich, Connecticut
Ray Demers – South Berwick, Maine
David Ehrenfeld – Highland Park, New Jersey
Connie Gardoqui- Barrington, New Hampshire
Kate Gardoqui – Cape Neddick, Maine
Holly Grimes – York, Maine
Jeff Melton – South Berwick, Maine
Warren Moon – Carnation, Washington
Starr & Peter Moston – Kittery, Maine
Bill Lee – Ogunquit, Maine
Paul Raphael – Northport, Michigan
Jon Young – Santa Cruz, California