Back on board in 2011
Returns to board
The Vermont Chapter welcomes new trustee Sarah Muyskens of Burlington and returning trustees Kathy Archer of Shelburne and Allen Clark of Plainfield.
Sarah Muyskens of Burlington has served as a board member and advisor for a number of conservation organizations, including ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, where she was board chair.
Sarah says it was the Vermont and Adirondack Chapters’ 2010 report, “Climate Change in the Champlain Basin,” which highlighted specific potential impacts, that motivated her to seek a deeper involvement in The Nature Conservancy.
Sarah and her husband Michael Green are longtime Burlington residents with three college-age children who spent many summers at the family’s camp in Grand Isle where the kids learned “the importance of being good environmental stewards of the lake,” Sarah says.
Governance issues are Sarah’s greatest interest and she looks forward to helping the chapter transition into its next half-century of conservation.
Katharine (Kathy) Archer is a former board chair and a resident of Shelburne. She grew up in Haddonfield, NJ, received a BA in political science from Connecticut College and since 1983, she has run her own public relations company, Katharine Archer & Co.
She is particularly interested in The Nature Conservancy’s work on connectivity, “looking at the landscape needed to enable creatures, large and small, to access essential habit and a fresh gene pool. I think of small wildlife like fish traveling through waterways and culverts, and of large animals like bobcat and bear requiring large landscape-scale corridors.”
As a member of the Shelburne tracking team, Kathy participated in a UVM and Vermont Fish & Wildlife research project studying bobcat corridors in Chittenden County. “We trapped and tagged a bobcat in my back yard. I wonder now what has happened to her. Were there safe corridors for her,” she said. “It seems to me today much work of The Nature Conservancy all across Vermont is about the importance of community and connection…for the landscape and all of us who live in it.”
Allen V. Clark of Plainfield grew up in the Boston suburbs, graduated from MIT in Food Science and worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 31 years.
After retiring in 1999 and moving to Vermont in 2000, Allen volunteered with the Vermont Chapter on invasive plant detection and removal and preserve boundary marking. He was elected to the board in the summer of 2001 and served nine years – two years as chair.
The aspects of The Nature Conservancy that are most appealing to Allen include its effective programs, both local and global, and its collaborative, science-based approach.
Allen is married to Claudia, an entrepreneur who has served on the Plainfield Selectboard, and he has three children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.