Staff

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

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

Environmental education

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.”

Emily McDermott

Education and Stewardship Manager

Emily joined the Trust in September 2017. Previously, she had spent the last two years serving across multiple National Parks as a volunteer and outreach coordinator. Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in zoology. While she had always had an appreciation for nature and a desire to work in an environmental field, it was serving with her first AmeriCorps program, that she discovered the value of service, the connection that people can form with each other and the environment when united by a common purpose. Emily enjoys the opportunity to connect people to the nature in their own backyard and create community through conservation.

Email: emily(at)LowellLandTrust.org

Leigh Cameron

Environmental Educator

Leigh Cameron joined the LP&CT team as an Environmental Educator in September 2017.  She is passionate about conservation, community preservation, and connecting children to the natural world around them.  She appreciates the opportunity to bring these passions to Lowell’s schoolchildren and the surrounding community.

Leigh has a bachelor’s degree in Food Science & Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate in Native Plant Horticulture & Design from the New England Wild Flower Society.  Her professional background includes research & development for food and beverage companies, as well as garden design & maintenance.  She’s an active member of her local garden club where she chaired their Earth Day celebration for 3 years. She’s also chaired the National Garden Clubs’ annual Environmental Studies School, which she brought to Lowell in 2016 & ’17.  She volunteers for Grow Native Massachusetts, the Girl Scouts, and her children’s schools as well.  She tries to live by Gandhi’s philosophy to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”