Meet Kestrel’s Staff
|Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director.|
Kristin has been working in the environmental field for 25 years on a variety of issues from recycling and toxics-use reduction to endangered-species recovery and wilderness restoration. She has served as the Executive Director of Kestrel since 2006 and has overseen the organization’s growth from a volunteer-led group to a professionally staffed regional land trust. During this time, Kestrel has tripled its rate of land conserved annually and led a four-year project to complete the largest Conservation Restriction on private land in Massachusetts conserving 3,486 acres on Brushy Mountain. Kristin has a BA in economics and environmental science from Bucknell University and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. She lives with her two children and husband in Pelham.
|Kari Blood, Communications & Outreach Manager.|
Kari came to the Valley in 2010 to serve as Kestrel’s first Regional Conservationist through the AmeriCorps MassLIFT Program. At the end of her service, she joined Kestrel as one of its first full-time staff to coordinate special programs and community engagement projects. She now handles communications and outreach for Kestrel and for the Forever Farmland Initiative. She loves exploring the Mount Holyoke Range, paddling on the Swift River, and birding in the extraordinary Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge in Hadley, her adopted home-town.
|Kat Deely, Community Conservation Manager.|
Kat began her work in conservation with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) traveling the country leading young people and volunteers of all ages in hands-on stewardship projects. She attended the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Masters Program at the University of Vermont. Her masters project conducted at Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, VT won UVM Rubenstein School’s Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award for 2015. Kat joins Kestrel Land Trust to focus on engaging local communities in the conservation process to strengthen the relationship between people and nature, fostering a greater sense of place.
|Monica Green, Development Director.|
Since moving from Washington DC to the Connecticut River Valley in 1995, Monica has raised funds for many community causes including fair housing, public schools, and local agriculture. She served as development coordinator for the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue in Florence from 1998-2003, and was a leader in the establishment of the Northampton Education Foundation’s Endowment Fund. In addition to her work at Kestrel, Monica manages a small business with her husband and is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Northampton with her family.
|Christine Volonte, Stewardship Manager.|
Chris discovered an aptitude for land stewardship while working toward a master’s degree in conservation biology at Antioch University. She came to Antioch with a master’s degree in English and twelve years’ experience in conservation and education nonprofits. While there, she served as Land Conservation Steward for the Monadnock Conservancy and studied migrating saw-whet owls for her thesis. She served as Kestrel’s Land Steward through the AmeriCorps MassLIFT program for two years before coming on board as our first Stewardship Manager.
|Mark Wamsley, Land Conservation Manager.|
Mark draws on training as an anthropologist and a landscape architect to pursue his passion—helping landowners and communities find the common ground necessary to protect the places we all love. He has been actively involved in land conservation in the Valley for more than a decade—formerly serving as a staff member of The Trustees of Reservations and its Highland Communities Initiative (HCI) program, and as a board member of the Nonotuck Land Fund. He first joined Kestrel as a stewardship volunteer in 2012 and still keeps tabs on several conservation properties around his neighborhood in Florence, MA.
|Julie Shively, Bookkeeper.|
Julie Shively comes in one-day a week to do Kestrel’s finances. In addition to her bookkeeping expertise, Julie is a Selectboard member in Leverett and serves on the board of Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.