Meet the Board

Forest Lake

Richard Lutz, 


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, 

1st 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, 

2nd 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.

Tom Dufresne,

Treasurer - Secretary  

Hillsborough County

Richard Mellor, 

Past President

Deborah Diggs, 

Executive Administrative Assistant

Conservation District Supervisors


Belknap County: Donna Hepp
Carroll County: Ian Whitmore
Cheshire County: Amy Bodwell
Coos County: Albert Vandoerman
Grafton County: Ezra Mann
Hillsborough County: Tom Dufresne
Merrimack County: Martin Bender
Rockingham County: Richard Lutz
Strafford County: Dorn Cox
Sullivan County: Bob Porter

NHACD Conservation Planners


Bill Fosher
Zoe Eisenpress
Sarah McGraw Small