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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Member (2016-Present)
Wisconsin-born, but Massachusetts-raised, Frank’s mother always said: “Go outside and play!” Neither the cranberry-bog crop-dusters nor the mid-July green-head flies could keep him from fulfilling that request! Along with his wife Kim, Frank moved his business (Shearwater Architecture & Design) to the Seacoast of NH more than 20 years ago; Skiing in the winters; sailing in summers – Frank often goes outside to play! So it was serendipitous, that 9 years ago, Dan Gardoqui & White Pine came into his 4 year old daughter’s classroom at Brixham Montessori Friends School and took the whole class outside to play…and they’ve been playing there ever since! An aspiring, painter, and exasperating guitarist, Frank is thrilled to have been given this opportunity to serve on the board in support of White Pine’s many fine programs.
Christine “Cappy” Caprio
Board Member (2016-Present)
Cappy has an intense curiosity for nature and all things wild. Along with her husband John and their pup, she enjoys exploring the woods and ocean sides of New England. As an active member of the White Pine Community, she has attended Tracking Apprenticeships, the New England Bird Language Intensive & helped with Summer Camps and Naturalist Nights. Her personal interests are snowshoeing, biking, tide pooling & swimming – in addition to writing, teaching and baking treats. Cappy’s love for young people shows in her compassionate and honest attention to the Alternative Education Program at the York High School.
White Pine Programs Advisory Council
Carol Blood – Greenwich, Connecticut
Ray Demers – South Berwick, Maine
David Ehrenfeld – Highland Park, New Jersey
Connie Gardoqui – North Hampton, New Hampshire
Kate Gardoqui – Cape Neddick, Maine
Holly Grimes – York, Maine
Jeff Melton – York, Maine
Warren Moon – Carnation, Washington
Starr & Peter Moston – Kittery, Maine
Bill Lee – Ogunquit, Maine
Paul Raphael – Northport, Michigan
Jon Young – Santa Cruz, California