Staff

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Jane Calvin

Executive Director

Jane has been with the Trust since 1995.  Prior to joining the Trust, Jane was a high school science teacher, a forest policy specialist at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and an urban forester for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Jane holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE).  

“During graduate school, I had to decide whether to spend my summer studying lemurs in Madagascar or working as a community forester in Baltimore.  Choosing Baltimore reminded me of my love for connecting with people, getting to know a place deeply, and ensuring that everyone has equal access to the outdoors.”  

Volunteering: Treasurer of the Lowell Heritage Partnership (1995-present), member of the national Standards Advisory Team for the Land Trust Alliance (2016), and is currently participating in the national Land Trust Alliance Executive Director Leadership Program. Janeis also active on school and town committees in her hometown.  In 2014, she received the Lowell Womens’ Week ‘Because of Her Award’ and was a Lowell Sun Charities’ Salute to Women honoree.

Email: jcalvin(at)LowellLandTrust.org

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Carolyn Meklenburg

Stewardship & Education Manager

Carolyn joined the Trust in August 2015. She previously served as a General Corps Member with Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod, engaging in natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, environmental education, and volunteer outreach. A 2014 graduate of Stonehill College, Carolyn majored in English, and brings additional experience through her work as a teacher naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. She has always enjoyed working with youth since her first job as a camp counselor. Carolyn enjoys the opportunity to connect the young people of Lowell with our local environment, working with the stewards our properties, and working with our volunteers!

Email: cmeklenburg(at)LowellLandTrust.org

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Bora Poun

Environmental Educator

Bora Poun is a student at Middlesex Community College with the goal of transfering to UMass Lowell and becoming a teacher. Bora got to know the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust as a youth leader with Spindle City Corps, a program run in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork. He started as a volunteer mentor for high school students in our after-school program, then joined LP&CT’s staff in spring 2016 to teach in our after-school program.

You can read more about Bora’s journey from student to teacher-naturalist in this Mass Audubon article, page 9.

Email: bpoun(at)LowellLandTrust.org

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Kathy Hirbour

Environmental Educator

Kathy joined the Trust several years ago as a volunteer. This past September, she officially joined the staff as an environmental educator in our after-school program.

A graduate of the former Lowell State Teachers College, Kathy has a degree in History and Elementary Education. With over forty years of teaching experience, she continues to pursue her passion of teaching children.

Having taught in the past in the Lowell public schools, Kathy was the Coordinator of Education for the American Textile History Museum for the last twenty years. Here she not only taught programs for the schools but guided many adult tours, taught home school programs, offered badges to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and offered programs for Girls Inc. She now teaches several of these programs with the North Andover Historical Society in addition to her work with LP&CT.

“I am excited to bring a textile and language arts component to all the programs.  Local wildlife has a great connection not only to the textiles but to many stories.”