Celebrating Women of the Forest Society
In honor of Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day, we would like to take a moment to express our appreciation for all of the women — staff, volunteers, landowners, members and donors, and board, committee, and community members — who made the Forest Society what it is today and who continue to support and further our mission.
We are lucky to have so many outstanding, inspirational women involved with the Forest Society, but it is impossible to capture the essence of all these women in one article! Here are some highlights of only a handful of these individuals at the Forest Society today.
Carrie Deegan, Reservation Stewardship & Engagement Director
Carrie Deegan started at the Forest Society in 2008, as the Land Steward Program Coordinator. Now, she works to engage more people in the work of the Forest Society through programs such as Community Science projects, Forest Society Conservation Corps, Creek Farm education, and others organization-wide. Previously, she worked for the Town of Williston, VT, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, and the Community College of Vermont.
Susanne Kibler-Hacker, Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Susanne has been with the Forest Society since 1998 and is currently responsible for private fundraising, and securing and administering federal, state, and foundation grants. Susanne successfully designed and implemented the Forest Society's Centennial Campaign which raised $31 million in capital, endowment, and project funds.
Michelle Morse, Human Resources Director
Michelle has been with the Forest Society since 2008 and has dabbled in both finance and human resources. Now, as the Human Resources Director, she works diligently to make sure that being a Forest Society staff member is the best experience it can be.
Wendy Weisiger, Managing Forester
Wendy started at the Forest Society in 2004 as a forester. Today, she now leads a team of two other foresters who together manage the more than 190 Forest Society reservations spanning more than 56,000 acres, each with their own Forest Management Plan updated every 10 years by the team. Wendy has also been active in the Society of American Foresters, Project Learning Tree, NH Timberland Owners Association, NH Prescribed Fire Council, NRCS State Advisory Committee and the Tree Farm Program.
Sharon Francis, Policy Committee Member
Sharon is a former trustee and long-time member of the policy committee. She began her environmental career in Washington in the Johnson White House and worked with Stuart Udall. Throughout her career she and received numerous prestigious awards for her work as a conservationist. Read more about her story in the Winter 2017-18 edition of Forest Notes.
Janet Zeller, Board Member, Outreach Committee Member
Janet is retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 27 years with the agency, the past 17 years serving as the agency’s National Accessibility Program Manager in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked in education and as a school librarian. Janet has resided in NH for 50 years and growing up spent her summers in the White Mountains. She is a lifelong outdoor recreationist with a deep commitment to land conservation, sustainable land management practices and wise recreation use.
You can read other stories of amazing women in these blog posts:
- Tanya Tellman, Conservationist of the Year 2020
- Ellen Kenny, Volunteer of the Year 2020
- Susan Schibinoff, Conservationist of the Year 2019
- Marcy Weeks, Volunteer of the Year 2019
- Jane Difley, Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award 2019
- Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation, Conservationist of the Year 2017
- Martha Chandler, Conservationist of the Year 2016
Or browse the online version of Forest Notes.