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Marylena Sevigney


Robert "Bob" Richer
Robert RicherBob has spent all his adult life as a teacher. In the early 1970s he taught field communications as a lieutenant in the Army and did drug and alcohol counseling in Vietnam with the Signal Corps. During the 1980s he accepted a position as an organizational development consultant for the Army creating courses in Leadership Transition Management, Stress and Crisis Management, and Career Development. From the early 1990s until his retirement in 2006 he managed the careers of over 600 scientists and engineers in an Army research and development organization. Although he has been a vegetable grower most of his life and is a UNH certified Master Gardener, his current focus is on Forest Gardening. Bob and wife, Celine, have been members of D Acres since 2004. Following Bob's retirement they moved to Groton in July 2006.


Bryan FeliceBryan Felice (Chair)
Bryan Felice was born and raised in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. He attended U Mass Lowell and graduated with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. After graduating in 1997, he spent time at the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, VT before moving to Rumney and attended Plymouth State College' Masters of Education program. He spent the spring and summer of 2000 at D Acres and greatly appreciates the skills and experience gained during that time, which proved foundational for future endeavors. He then transferred to and graduated from Antioch New England in 2002 with an MS in Environmental Studies focusing on Environmental Education

Bryan has worked in various capacities in the environmental field including leading semester long field studies programs at Antioch College, camp programming at Farm and Wilderness in Plymouth, VT and plenty of local environmental advocacy organizing. He has also developed and led international programs in Cuba and Mexico for undergraduate and graduate students.

Inspired by building a earthen home on the Hopi Reservation while leading an Environmental Field Program, Felice is a natural builder and permaculture educator. He was first introduced to permaculture at the Institute for Social Ecology with an Orchard Design focus. He apprenticed at the Heartwood School in timber framing and later founded Undustrial Timber Frames, LLC which has pioneered high performing natural design and construction throughout New Hampshire since 2006. He got his PDC at D Acres in 2010 and has since taught Permaculture at D Acres, Orchard Hill & a variety of farms and community organizations. Bryan is also an adjunct professor at Plymouth State university and Colby-Sawyer College. Bryan has served on the Board of Directors at D Acres since 2012 and was a founding Board member of Mountain Village Charter School, a tuition free nature-based Montessori elementary school in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He is also the father of 2 daughters who he is teaching to weed gardens, sharpen chisels and enjoy good food with good people as often as possible.


Gordon Taylor
Gordon TaylorGordon is an experienced manager of innovation and product development in technology-related fields. He has maintained an interest and concern for environmental issues since high school and this has led him to D Acres with its mission supported by its committed and energetic employees, residents, interns and membership.

Until 2012 Gordon was technical manager responsible for electronic systems development at 3M Touch Systems in Methuen, Massachusetts. His computer and electronics career spans 40 years starting at Univac (UK) in 1972 and including design automation software for mainframe computer development (at ICL from 1973 to 1981), digital simulators and test equipment (GenRad 1982-1994), and industrial automation (1995-1996). He holds a number of touch screen related patents and patent applications. He has a BS in Chemistry from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1971 and has pursued computer science at Salford College of Technology, the Open University and UMass Lowell. He has published a number of papers on design automation, test equipment and digital simulation. As a team and department leader since the late 1970s he has continued to stay apprized of techniques for management, prioritization and realization of innovation in new products.


Martha Morrill (Secretary)Martha

As an educator, Martha has 25 years experience in public schools.K-12. She received her undergraduate degree in School Library Media and Technology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She received her Master Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Before college and becoming an educator, Martha worked 32 years in a wide range of jobs which included the 'usual' secretary jobs that were available to all the girls who did not get married when they graduated from high school. She used her shorthand and typing skills to work at Boston City Hospital for many years as a medical secretary in the outpatient psychiatric ward.
The job at Boston City Hospital and 10 years working as a Service (repair) technician for Sears and Roebucks in Orlando, Florida and having two children were extraordinary experiences, but not having a college degree bothered Martha, so she pursued her education and upon graduating, took a 50% cut in pay to become a dedicated teacher for $15,000 per year.
Martha and her husband, George, have been long time members of DAcres and have attended many classes offered there to learn skills for sustainable living.


Alan Rosen

Alan grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University in 1977 with a
degree in electrical engineering. He then spent 13 years living and working in Annapolis, MD, for a government contractor. Somewhere along the way he discovered the joy of mountains and met and married Peggy. Multiple trips to the White Mountains and further afield followed. As the years went by the desire to live in the mountains grew stronger. With Peggy's blessing and strong sup-port he then changed career paths and entered Albany Medical College, graduating in 1994. After finishing a residency in family practice (and producing 2 sons-Dan and Josh)the family moved to rural NH. He currently works at Mid-State Health Center in Ply-mouth, a community health center. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, telemark skiing, house projects and paying back his debt to Peggy.

 


Josh Trought (Staff Representative)

 


Marylena Sevigney

Marylena has always lived on the outskirts, never really fitting in to one category. Not being a fan of labels anyway, she’s inspired by exploring the unexpected meanderings of the edges, where combinations of life’s variety are most interesting. Permaculture principles, such as “design in the edges” provide a comfortable framework where Marylena uses her diverse skills to draw, design, make, experiment and teach. Her roots reside in woodworking, designing furniture, and creating sculpture. But her mediums range to fiber, paper, and computer software, as well as the land and living material. She is a NH Advanced Master Gardener, has completed her PDC and PDC Teacher Certification at D Acres Permaculture Farm where she is also a board member.She teaches independent workshops as well as courses at Plymouth State University. In her spare time she enjoys sharing her experiments on MindfulMaking.com. Most recently, she had the honor of depicting the land of D Acres in illustrations for “The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm” by Josh Trought.

 

Sarah Dunham-Miliotis Sarah

Sarah Dunham-Miliotis has been involved with D Acres since 2011 when she participated in the Permaculture Through the Seasons PDC course - she also participated in the Permaculture Teacher Training in August of 2014. She holds an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University in Keene and works part-time as the Education Director at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia.  Sarah grew up off-the-grid in rural NH and now she and her husband Pete and son Ben are slowly building a small permaculture homestead on 2 1/2 acres in Franklin.  She is also an avid fiber artist and enjoys knitting, spinning and sewing.

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