Alex Moot, President
Alex has spent summers and weekends in Chocorua since his childhood. Before serving as Board President of the CLC, he served on the boards of the Chocorua Lake Association and the Chocorua Lake Conservation Foundation. Alex has worked for over twenty years as a private equity investor and currently invests in companies located in rural areas of New England. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of WGBH, a public radio station in Boston. His interests include photography, downhill and cross-country skiing, ice hockey and tennis. Email Alex.
Margaret Wheeler, Vice President
Peg has been a member of CLCF and CLC Boards since 1993. A lawyer by training, she most recently worked as a Land Protection Specialist and staff attorney for The Trustees of Reservations until retiring in 2013. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice in Lebanon, NH. She lives in South Boston, MA, and enjoys spending time with family in Chocorua and helping the CLC to protect and preserve this special place for local residents and for visitors from across the nation and around the world. Email Peg.
Robert Seston, Treasurer
Bob retired to Chocorua following a 40-year career in Chicago in banking. He and his wife Carolyn share numerous children and grandchildren, near and far. Bob enjoys hiking—he’s hiked the 48 NH 4000-footers in three seasons, and completed the Winter NH48 as well—skiing, and travel. He is a Tamworth Trustee of the Trust Funds, and serves as treasurer for Saint-Andrews-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church. Email Bob.
Penny Wheeler-Abbott, Secretary
Although Penny presently lives in Portland, Maine, she has spent portions of every year of her life in Chocorua. She is the 5th generation of her family with strong ties to the Chocorua Basin and she is enjoying watching the 6th generation develop those same ties to the area and commitment to preserving what is so special to the area. When she is not in Chocorua or working on CLC things, Penny works as a non-attorney consultant for a Maine and New Hampshire law firm serving school and municipal clients and enjoys spending time with her husband George and daughters Lydia and Victoria. She also serves on the board of a social service nonprofit in the Portland area. Email Penny.
The Chocorua area has been Melissa’s family and extended family gathering location for several generations. Melissa, her husband, and their three children, have enjoyed many summers and winters here: climbing Mount Chocorua, calling loons, floating on the lake with cousins, picking blueberries for muffins with grandparents, sledding down (the closed portion of) Chocorua Lake Road, and stringing popcorn to hang on a Christmas tree. When not in Chocorua, Melissa is in Columbus, Ohio, where she serves as Associate General Counsel for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Email Melissa.
Dave and his wife Pat have been residents of Chocorua since 1992. Dave previously served on the board of the Chocorua Lake Association (CLA) and the Tamworth School Board and is currently co-chair of CLC’s Lake and Property Management Committee. Dave served 4 years in the US Marine Corps with the rank of Captain and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. More recently, he retired from his position as Executive Vice President of Fleet Financial Group after 30 years in human resources, bank administration, and mergers and acquisitions. Dave and Pat have three sons and seven grandchildren. Email Dave.
Andy and his family moved to their home in Chocorua Village in 2013. A Licensed Land Surveyor, Andy has long been interested in the landscape and history of the area. In addition to his involvement with the CLC, Andy also serves as the Secretary of the Tamworth Planning Board. Email Andy.
Steve is a lifelong summer resident of Chocorua. His family has been visiting and living in the Basin since the late 1800s and with many other families built the conservation practices now entrusted to the CLC. An environmental planner with over 20 years experience in environmental policy development and program implementation, Steve has led campus sustainability efforts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2005, and in 2013 helped establish their Office of Sustainability. Before MIT, Steve worked in various environmental research and planning capacities in management consulting, technical consulting, and non-profit policy research. He is an active community volunteer with the cities Cambridge and Winchester, MA. With his wife Mieke, they have two teenage daughters. Email Steve.
Bill has been visiting his family home on Washington Hill for over 60 years. He enjoys hiking, fishing, biking and sitting on the Pratt Cottage porch after a long day of any of the above. Bill is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. A former chair of Goodwin’s Pro Bono Committee for 10 years, Bill maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as chairman of the board of KickStart International, a nonprofit devoted to designing and marketing appropriate technology to African farmers, and chairman of the board of RefugePoint, a nonprofit organization founded to protect and develop solutions for refugees worldwide. In addition, Bill serves as counsel and board advisor to a number of other nonprofit organizations. Email Bill.
Jean had three careers while raising five children: co-founding and running a Christian K-8 school, helping her husband at his church goods store, and working customer service at an insurance company for eighteen years until retirement. She has volunteered as a soccer coach, for the Boy Scouts for forty years (three Eagle sons and first female SM of a Woodbadge course from Boston Council), and as vestry member and warden at Good Shepherd Church. Education is the best foundation for a good life, and saving pristine nature is good for the soul. Email Jean.
After graduating from Dartmouth College, Sheldon moved to Jackson, NH where he started two seasonal businesses: Wildcat Academy, a tutorial ski racing program for high school kids, and a cabinet shop called Caseworks. After 20 years, his marriage to Nina prompted a move to Tamworth, where his shop was renamed Steepleview Cabinetry. Sheldon is now retired. He is a board member of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy, The Tamworth Planning Board and the Tamworth Outing Club. Sheldon hopes to spend more time outdoors, hiking, canoeing, camping and riding his British motorbike! Email Sheldon.
Troy Emerson, Lake Patrol
Troy has served as the CLC’s Lake Patrol Officer since 2013. Troy and his wife, Melissa, and children are life-long residents of Tamworth. Troy attended the Brett School in Tamworth and graduated from Kennett High School in North Conway. From Memorial Day weekend through mid-October, seven days a week and twice a day, Troy patrols the lakefront public access areas. Troy is responsible for trash pickup, ensuring that rules for these sites are followed by all, and answering questions. Troy reports that his most common question from members of the public is: “Will you take a photo of us?”
Lynne Flaccus, Stewardship Director
Lynne joined the CLC in May 2016 as the Conservancy’s first full-time employee in our more than 50-year history. Lynne’s lifelong connection to the Chocorua area began with childhood summers and many vacations at her grandmother’s house in Tamworth, of which she is now a co-owner. She spent much of her youth and early adult years exploring, hiking, fishing, and canoeing throughout Chocorua, Tamworth and the Sandwich Range, and spent four years living and working in the area after college. Lynne brings to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy more than 30 years of experience in land conservation and stewardship, managing protected properties, studying wildlife, and educating adults and children. She holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Vermont. Email Lynne.
Juno Lamb, Programming & Outreach director
Juno is a writer, teaching artist and community facilitator. Her connection to this area extends back many generations, and her concerns include caring for the natural world of which we are a part, and building and supporting diverse communities as we do so through creative, expressive and interactive activities. Email Juno.
Banner: Chocorua on a perfect June day. Photo: Juno Lamb