MSHub Staff & Board Members
Sara Olson, Program Manager
Sara is a recent graduate of Keene State College, where she studied Criminal Justice and Sociology. She has been involved in the climate movement from a young age. Her interests include environmental activism, intersectional environmentalism, composting, conservation, divestment, and the Zero-Waste Movement. Sara has worked with Elm City Compost since 2020, as their Marketing and Media Manager; she has also served as Secretary of 350Nh Action’s Board since May 2021. She is excited to be the Program Manager for the Monadnock Sustainability Hub, helping to advance clean energy and other climate-related sustainability efforts in the region.
Ann Shedd, Co-Chair
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
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.
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.”