Harris Center names Leversee, Roberge as new trustees

The Harris Center for Conservation Education recently named two new trustees at its annual meeting: Gordon Leversee of Keene and Steve Roberge of Peterborough.

Jack Calhoun, of Harrisville, takes over as the new board chair, following the retirement of Ted Leach.

“The Board of Trustees is excited to have Gordon and Steve join our ranks,” Calhoun said. “Our mission includes promoting understanding and respect for our natural environment through education of all ages. We protect land, and promote research and science to support these goals. Both of these individuals bring valuable awareness of the dynamics of the local landscapes the Harris Center has worked so hard to protect. Likewise, their broad understanding of educational programming for all ages is also a great asset to the Harris Center’s ongoing efforts in this critical part of our mission.”

Leversee came to Keene in 1981 with his wife, Mary. The couple raised two daughters and became part of the fabric on the region. In Keene State College Leversee found a lifelong project as Dean of Sciences and occasional Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is proud to be part of the growth and improvement of the college, including its work with AVEO and now the Harris Center. Born and raised in Cohoes, New York to a conservationist/teacher father, Gordon got his B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth and Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke. His volunteer work in the region has included long service on the Council for a Healthy Community and Heading for Home, The Monadnock Region Workforce Housing Coalition.

Roberge grew up in Berlin surrounded by the Great North Woods and the White Mountains. In the North Country he discovered his passion for the outdoors and the beauty New Hampshire has to offer. He earned Bachelors degree in Forest Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Forestry from Yale University.

Roberge is the Cheshire County Extension Forester for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. As the County Extension Forester, it is his responsibility to educate forestland owners about the important role they have as stewards of the forest and conserving the natural resources we all enjoy. He currently serves on the NH Forester Licensing Board, is the Educational Coordinator for the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters and is one of the founding board members of the Glass Museum, non-profit arts and music organization in Peterborough. In 2006 Steve and his wife, Rachelle Beaudoin, moved to the Monadnock region. They live in Peterborough with their dog Theo.

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