MSHub Staff & Board Members
Annie Henry, Program Manager
Annie was brought on as the Hub’s full-time Program Manager in August, 2020. Annie graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May, 2020 with a BS in Business Administration. Although she spent her undergraduate education studying international business, economics, and startups, Annie has a strong passion for social and environmental justice. She aspires to use her business knowledge as a force of good, helping to move the private and public sectors towards a greener future. Having grown up in Peterborough, NH, Annie is excited to work with the Hub to make a positive impact within her home community.
To get in touch with Annie and learn how MSH may be able support your organization with its renewable energy goals, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Shedd, Co-Chair
Ann Shedd is a retired physician who moved to Keene in 2007; her family roots in Keene go back three generations, and she has a life-time love for the region. She served on the Keene Conservation Commission for 5 years and on the Keene Energy and Climate Committee for 6 years. During her tenure as Chair of that committee the City adopted 100% renewable energy goals, and 2 years later adopted a Sustainable Energy Plan to move the community toward those goals. She is pleased to be part of the collaborative regional efforts of the Monadnock Sustainability Hub.
Dori Drachman, Co-Chair
Mari Brunner, Secretary
Mari believes that all “environmental” issues are also social and economic issues, and that a holistic approach is required to ensure our communities thrive in the face of a changing climate and social context. Prior to working for the City, she was a planner at Southwest Region Planning Commission and served on the City of Keene Energy and Climate Committee. She currently serves on the board of the Monadnock Time Exchange and volunteers for the Monadnock United Way.
Prior to her time at Holstein Association, Tracy worked for local green manufacturer Tree Free Greetings and for OneReport, Inc., a Software-as-a-Service company helping Fortune 500 companies track and report on their Corporate Social Responsibility practices. Tracy believes that the core of sustainability starts inside of each of us and reflects our connection to the world we live in. To feel that connection and help instill it in others, she actively practices and teaches yoga at Keene Yoga Center.
John returned to solar in 2007 after a number of years in other industries. He has installed PV systems on three continents and solar water heaters in MA, NH and VT. John has a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Fairfield University. He is committed to working on solutions to our greatest challenge- climate change caused by fossil fuel combustion- through energy conservation, renewable energy and land stewardship.
Catherine Owen Koning
Catherine Owen Koning
Catherine Owen Koning is Professor of Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, since 1993. She received her B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College, her M.S. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, and her Ph.D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin. Her interests are in wetland ecology, watershed management, conservation biology and sustainability. She has served on the Board of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the NH Association of Wetland Scientists, the New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Peterborough Conservation Commission. Catherine has been active in campus sustainability efforts, and is a founding partner of the Franklin Pierce Climate Action Institute. She is excited to join the Hub and assist local groups in implementation of meaningful changes in response to the challenge of climate change.
Peter D. Hansel
Peter received a BA from Princeton University with a major in Environmental Studies. He worked briefly for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council before joining a family owned manufacturing business, Filtrine Mfg. Co., in 1973. After five years in California as a salesman for Filtrine, he moved back to Keene, NH in 1979 with his wife, Bridget, where they raised four children. He helped Filtrine become more energy efficient, most recently installing a wood chip boiler for heating and a 793 kWh solar array on its roof. Peter recently retired as the President of Filtrine and continues to serve on its board.
Peter has served as a Keene City Councilor, Chairman of the Keene Conservation Commission, Chairman the Board of Directors of the Harris Center for Conservation Education and President of the Friends of Open Space in Keene. He also served on the board of Antioch University New England. Peter is a member and past president of the Keene Rotary Club. He also currently serves as Chair of Keene’s Energy and Climate Committee and the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and is on the board of the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber.
Gerald Burns recently retired from the English faculty at Franklin Pierce. He received his BA from Notre Dame and his PhD from Yale. At FPU, Jerry helped to found the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, and participated in many of its projects, including the 2016 documentary film From Hurricane to Climate Change. More recently he partnered in the establishment of the University’s Institute for Climate Action. Within the local area, he is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Marlborough Community Power Committee, and can usually be found Friday mornings at the Climate Strike in Jaffrey.
Jerry is focused on climate change, in part owing to a lifelong fascination with the weather. Given his background in the humanities, he is especially interested in the human factors both impeding and empowering effective responses to the crisis. He takes as a practical challenge the acknowledgement in the Hub’s strategic plan that awareness of climate issues is growing in the Monadnock Region, “but not fast enough.”