The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts Announces Additions to its Board of Trustees

The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts is honored to welcome Linda Deegan, Bink Garrison, Boyd Kynard, Arlene McLaren, Katherine Putnam and Michael Ringel

BOSTON, MA | July 02, 2012

The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts is honored to welcome these members to its Board of Trustees:

Linda Deegan, of Falmouth: A senior scientist in The Ecosystems Center at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, Deegan has a focus on marine and freshwater fisheries and habitat research, from Massachusetts to the Brazilian Amazon to Alaska. She has served on numerous regional and national advisory boards and is an appointee to the Science and Engineering Special Team advising the White House and other stakeholders on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and other issues facing the Mississippi River Delta.

Bink Garrison, of Boston: President of Bink, Inc., an organizational development and management consulting firm, Garrison has more than 25 years of advertising agency management experience, including serving as president and CEO of Ingalls, Quinn & Johnson, one of Boston’s leading agencies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

Boyd Kynard, of Amherst: Owner of BK Riverfish, LLC, a small consulting business on migratory fish and fish passage, Kynard is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts. His research focus includes the life history and fish passage of migratory fish. He’s studied sturgeon and other migratory fish here in New England, as well as in China and Brazil. Kynard has donated time to the World Wildlife Fund Danube River sturgeon program and has served on sturgeon restoration committees of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Arlene McLaren, of Boston: A former real-estate development and project management professional, McLaren volunteers with at-risk high school students in a wellness program that utilizes yoga, nutrition, healthy relationships, balanced living and positive thinking. Her conservation interests include sustainable food supply, climate change and urban park development and enhancement. McLaren also has served on boards and advisory committees in programs related to affordable housing, safe drinking water, gay-straight alliance and domestic violence.

Katherine Putnam, of Whately: As president of Package Machinery Company, Inc., a majority woman-owned business that is a manufacturer of custom wrapping machinery for consumer products, Putnam is directly responsible for finance, training, operations, marketing, sales and strategic planning. Her conservation interests include clean water and the impact of people’s land use on water quality. Kate serves on the Board of Trustees of Baystate Health and on the Board of Directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

Michael Ringel, of Dover: A partner at The Boston Consulting Group and managing director in the firm’s healthcare practice area and its scientist network, Ringel is interested in the protection of lands and waters for species and human communities. He’s also interested in addressing climate change with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon offsets and mitigation.

“We are extremely fortunate to add these new members to our board,” said Wayne Klockner, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. “Each brings a personal passion for the natural world, and collectively they add a wealth of diverse experience to help lead us in achieving our conservation goals.”

Trustees advise on strategic issues, assist in setting goals and, importantly, subject the Conservancy’s work to additional critical thinking. Members of the board serve three critical functions: ambassador, conservationist and fundraiser.

The full Board includes Chair Jeffrey Porter, Vice-Chairs Tom Jones and David Leathers. Members are Jose Alvarez, Paul Bakstran, Marcella Boelhouwer, Sarah Broughel, Charles Carlson, Linda Deegan, Bob Durand, Paul Elias, Bink Garrison, Boyd Kynard, Brian Mazar, Nina McIntyre, Arlene McLaren, Kate Putnam,. Alice Richmond, Michael Ringel, Marilyn Sarles. Trustees Emeritus are Robert Ackerman, Tess Bramhall, Ursula Cliff, Richard Forman, Bobbie Hallig, Pam Kohlberg, George Lovejoy, Jr., Paul Maeder and Howard Stevenson.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts

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