Dawn Dextraze, SCCD and SCNR Education and Outreach Specialist:
Dawn moved to Claremont, NH in 2016 from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park where she was a teacher naturalist. She has been teaching outdoor environmental education since 2002 and has worked in New England, Washington, North Carolina, and Tennessee. She has a B.S. in Biology from Mars Hill College and a M.A. in Environmental Education from UNH. Dawn teaches students to use their senses to explore the world around them and teaches educators how to take learning outdoors. She works with all ages to encourage curiosity about the natural world and foster a sense of place and stewardship ethic within it.
Becky Ross, NH State Conservationist
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Becky grew up in north central Oklahoma on a hobby farm where her family raised cattle, hogs and a large garden. She was active in band, orchestra, volleyball and 4-H throughout her high school years. She began working for the Soil Conservation Service first as a WAE and then as an intern in Oklahoma while attending Oklahoma State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.
Alison Marchione, UVLT Programs Director:
Alison is from Central Vermont. She studied Environmental Science and Biology at Wells College as an undergrad and earned her Masters of Environmental Science and Land Management at Sacred Heart University. During her time at Sacred Heart she worked with the Aspetuck Land Trust in Fairfield County, Connecticut on several projects including her capstone thesis. This experience led to a strong desire to work in the land conservation field. Alison worked with the stewardship team at Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) for two years before transferring into the Programs Director position. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to connect people to the land around them and creating accessible ways for everyone to be able to get outside.
Becky has over 26 years of service with the agency. She has worked as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in various locations across Oklahoma, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Area Conservationist in Lafayette, Indiana. Since 2015, she was stationed in Denver, Colorado and served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy and Assistant State Conservationist for Farm Bill Programs. In 2019, Becky served as the acting State Conservationist in Wyoming and Utah. In July 2020, Becky became the State Conservationist of New Hampshire. She is also currently participating in the USDA Strategic Leaders Development Program.
Becky looks forward to engaging with partners as she learns more about the conservation efforts across the state and to hear how NRCS and others work together to preserve, protect and enhance our natural resources. She is committed to carrying out the Chief’s priorities of the agency including ensuring our customers receive a quality experience when working with our team, promoting and carrying out the 2018 Farm Bill, ensure our employees are receiving the necessary training to allow them to provide that quality customer experience and delivering the Farm Bill and collaborating with partners where our missions align to better serve New Hampshire.
In her personal time, Becky enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, bowling, walking her dogs, gardening, reading, and serves as a foster for dog rescue groups. Becky met her wife Julie in Indiana and they celebrated their 7th anniversary in August 2020. Julie is a retired police officer and they currently have three rescue dogs. They look forward to settling in New Hampshire and exploring the state and the rest of New England.