NHACD

Meet the Board

Richard Lutz

President

Rockingham County

Dick Lutz, along with Cris Blackstone, began NHACD's Zoom in on Conservation Program and have brought greater visibility of the NHACD to the public and non governmental conservation minded organizations that operate in New Hampshire. He would like to create a climate where other organizations would seek out districts for improvement of conservation in New Hampshire.

Dick Lutz is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Wildlife Management and a Masters Degree in Occupational Education, he was also an Agriculture and Natural Resource Teacher for 31 years. His students operated a farmers market and an 11 Acre Apple Orchard and also learned
arboriculture, greenhouse and turf management, fruits and vegetables, and floral design.  As Career and Technical Director of Alvirne High School he brought the school's 20 milking cow heard to a financially stable condition. The School also had an 80 acre woodlot to manage, and with 550 agriculture students, was the fourth largest agriculture education program East of the Mississippi.

In 2011 he was a Business Management Consultant for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. He assisted Lobstermen and their families writing business plans under a program with the University of Minnesota and U.S. Department of State's Foreign Agriculture Division. Dick Lutz returns to a leadership roll having been the Executive Director of the NHACD in 2011. Currently he is an American Red Cross First Aid Instructor.

Bob Porter

2nd Vice President

Sullivan County

Bob believes that our organization is an important force in the effort to bring conservation issues to the NH public. He actively operates a family farm in Sullivan county. This summer, he put up 95 tons of hay this summer to feed his beef herd through the winter. He has been active as a supervisor of the Sullivan County Conservation District for 13 years. In 2006, Bob and his wife were named cooperators of the year for Sullivan county. Bob cares deeply about the conservation of our beautiful planet.

Donna Hepp

Vice President

Belknap County

Donna's interest in serving on the NHACD Board stems from a commitment to working with communities, landowners and conservation partners to retain the quality of life in New Hampshire. She believes that working with the Conservation Planners, NHACD partners, and the NH Envirothon Programs that NHACD hosts need continued support. She is currently Chair of the State Conservation Committee and has served on the Belknap County Conservation District Board for seven years. During a career with the US Forest Service, Donna served as Supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest and Eastern Region Director of Recreation, Wilderness and Heritage. Her education focused on landscape architecture, forestry and regional planning.

Cris Blackstone

Treasurer - Secretary 

Rockingham County

Cris serves on the Newmarket Conservation Commission and is a Supervisor for the Rockingham County Conservation District, where she and Richard Lutz have launched several Zoom initiatives to promote networking between Counties and statewide information sharing with partners and likeminded organizations. Cris has a Master's Degree in School Administration, as well as in Philosophy. She's accrued many hours of coursework through the Stockbridge School/UMASS Amherst, for green industry businesses and taken courses for Master Gardeners, Natural Resources Stewards and NH Certified Landscape Professional. Professional development and helping others gain skills to keep up with best management practices are important to Cris and she wants to share that education with others as well. Cris brings with her some grant writing experience, and years of involvement with non-profit organizations also.

Richard Mellor

Past President

Cheshire County

Dorn Cox

Strafford County

Linda Brownson

Dorn Cox

Grafton County

Strafford County

Martin Bender

Merrimack County

Tom Dufresne

Hillsborough County

Burt VonDorhmann

Coos County

John Treat

Cheshire County