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EPT BOARD MEMBERS (January 2010): Dave Curtis, Kathe Dillmann, Rich Heilemann, Betty Manganiello,
Joe Charbonneau, Jennifer Samuelson, Mark O'Neill.


Rich Heilemann, EPT chairman and seven-year board member, moved to Manchester in 1974 with his wife Martha.  He has a son, Adam, and daughter-in-law Elaine, living in Boston.  Rich has practiced dentistry in Manchester for the past 35 years and is a visiting faculty member of the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Key Biscayne, Fla. He was chairman of the Manchester Conservation Committee during acquisition of the Manchester Town Green and has always enjoyed the natural environments that the Manchester area provides.

Joe Charbonneau, Manchester native, has worked with the golf industry for the past 30 years and is currently employed in sales.  Working for The Equinox for 24 years, he developed a real love for the Equinox Preservation Trust land.   His long association with the land is helpful in directing the EPT board’s stewardship of the 900+ acres within the Equinox Preservation Trust.   Joe emphasizes the value of a continuing close association between the community and the mountain parcel.  Joe has served on the EPT board for seven years and is its current treasurer. 

Dave Curtis is chair of the science department at Burr & Burton and coaches the school’s championship cross country running teams there.  A Boston area native, he moved to Vermont with his wife Georgina , daughters Morgan and Kristina, in 1989.  He has long used the Equinox Preserve lands and trail network both for classroom research and as a training site for the school’s runners.  Dave has been on the EPT board for three years.

Kathe Dillmann has been involved in mountain resort marketing and public relations for 30 years, and runs her own marketing communications company. A Manchester native, she began hiking the trails on Mt. Equinox as a pre-schooler. She is a strong supporter of educational programs that imbue in people the value of protecting unique environmental corridors such as in exist in abundance on Mt. Equinox.

Betty Manganiello moved to Vermont in 1984 after skiing in this area for many years.  As an employee of The Equinox for 22 years, she came to love and appreciate the unique and special place that is the Equinox Preservation Trust, providing the outdoor enthusiast with beauty and the wonders of the natural world as well as educational and recreational opportunities right in their own backyard.  Betty had been recording the Board meeting minutes for a number of years before joining the Board in an official capacity.

Mark O'Neill is the general manager of the Equinox Resort, the entity which owns over 900 acres on Mt. Equinox where the Preserve is located.  The hotel  has worked over the years with the EPT as well as The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy of Vermont to protect the recreational lands on the mountain and encourages its guests to activitely participate in both the use of and preservation of the EPT lands.

Jennifer Deck Samuelson moved to Manchester in the fall of 1998 and immediately fell in love with the spectacular beauty and expanse of the Equinox Preserve.  A graduate of Vermont Law School and the general manager of a local law firm, Samuelson Law Offices.   She brings her legal expertise and management skills to the board.  She is an avid trail runner and a dedicated volunteer to various children's educational programs and looks forward to fostering a deeper appreciation of the Trust lands by members of the greater Manchester community.

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