Dijit Taylor, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dijit Taylor has been Executive Director at LCHIP since the fall of 2010. Dijit’s childhood included wading in Deer Brook, hiking Fort Mountain and hanging out in antique buildings in Epsom NH, her grandparents' hometown.
She has done extensive public outreach in land conservation through employment with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, Appalachian Mountain Club and early in her career was a tour guide at Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth. Dijit holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University.
Dijit lives in a c. 1790 house in Hopkinton where she is active on the Open Space Committee and serves as Moderator of First Congregational Church. She has three grown daughters who all pursue careers in the environment and outdoor recreation.
Paula Bellemore, Natural Resource Specialist (email@example.com)
Paula Bellemore has a deep, personal connection to NH’s heritage -- both natural and historic. A fifth generation NH native who spent her childhood playing in the fields of the family’s dairy farm in Hollis, she believes strongly in the important role natural, open spaces play in defining our communities and in shaping the lives of those who live near them.
Paula has spent more than a decade working with a regional land trust to preserve fields, forests, and wetlands in south central NH, and brings her strong commitment to community and her passion for preserving NH’s rural character, wildlife habitat, clean water, and scenic vistas to LCHIP.
When not at work, Paula’s time is spent raising her two sons, Sam and Jack, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and is doggedly pursuing a mid-life goal to climb each of NH’s 48 4,000-foot summits.
George Born, Historic Resource Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
George Born grew up in the seacoast area of New Hampshire and southern Maine, where early exposure to the area’s rich historical and architectural legacy nurtured an interest in preservation. He received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Brown University, a master’s in historic preservation from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston University.
He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), the Historic Florida Keys Foundation (Key West), and the Providence (RI) Preservation Society. He also taught courses in American architecture and historic preservation at Bridgewater (MA) State University. Additionally, he has served on preservation commissions in Key West, FL, and Somerville, MA, and written articles and books on local history and preservation.
In his free time, he enjoys walking, photography, and traveling.
Barb Beers, Office Manager (email@example.com)
Barb is a native New Englander and joined the LCHIP staff after a long and fulfilling career as a high school life science teacher and department coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and earned her Master’s in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. She is passionate about the natural world and throughout her teaching career engaged many of her students in authentic, community-based conservation projects.
Barb lives in Concord, NH and in her free time enjoys kayaking, birding, hiking, golfing, snowshoeing, and photography.
Andrew Healey, Natural Resource Intern
Andrew is from Central Massachusetts, where he grew to appreciate nature by exploring the Quabbin Reservoir with his grandparents. He has a BS in Environmental Science from UMass Amherst and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Conservation Biology at Antioch University of New England in Keene, New Hampshire. As a capstone project, Andrew will be writing a plan to manage invasive plant species on a parcel of land he helps manage in Langdon, New Hampshire.
In his free time Andrew enjoys soccer, music, hiking, camping, and dogs.
Benjamin Cantor-Stone, Historic Resource Intern
Benjamin is happy to have returned to New England after growing up in Texas and getting his education in the Midwest. He has a BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College, an MA in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of Minnesota, and is working on graduate programs in Historic Preservation and Geographic Information Sciences from Roger Williams University and the University of Cincinnati, respectively.
Although he started out as an archaeologist, Benjamin moved into historic preservation after transformational work experiences in Israel, followed by similar work with AmeriCorps in West Virginia. His professional interests lie in best practices for historic districts, traditional building materials, and American handicrafts.
Benjamin spends his off-days in Rhode Island. His free time is occupied by maps, board games, beachcombing, and cooking for the week ahead.