Eastman Charitable Foundation

Board of Trustees: Bios

Heddy Fantl

Heddy and her family have lived in Olde Farms, Grantham since 2011 and before that in Lebanon for twenty years.  She received her BA degree from the University of Mass., Amherst and MA degree in German literature from the University of California, Davis.  She taught German at Hanover High School for thirty four years and English for the Rassias community program at Dartmouth.  She was on the board of the North Country Theater for two years. Other volunteer work includes helping with Listen community dinners and volunteering at the medical center. Heddy loves the outdoors and has a strong personal commitment to the environment with a long history of re-use and re-cycling. She finds serving on the board very worthwhile and especially enjoys her involvement in the scholarship committee. 

Shirley Green

Shirley works for the Lebanon School District and lives on Crystal Lake in Enfield.  She serves on the Boards of the NH Lakes Association, the Enfield Shaker Museum, is an Enfield Library Trustee and also serves on many other community committees including the Budget Committee, the Conservation Commission, and the Heritage Commission.  She has served as a Trustee of the Eastman Charitable Foundation since 2009.  She has been a lifelong supporter of watershed and water quality protection programs, therefore, being very appreciative of the goals and work of the Eastman Charitable Foundation and finds serving on the Board very satisfying. 

John Larrabee

John retired in 2005, after a thirty-four year career in education as a teacher, administrator, consultant, at all levels from elementary through college. Since April 1970, when he volunteered at a teach-in for the first Earth Day, John has been a strong advocate and volunteer for preserving the environment, especially water sheds and lakes. He has served on several education or environmental boards and committees in Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Since returning to New Hampshire in 2011, John volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Fells (as carpenter and on the Education Committee), Grantham Conservation Commission, Eastman’s Lakes and Streams Committee (past chair, leader of the Youth Conservation Corps and Stormwater Management), the Eastman Environmental Task Force, the Dunbar Free Library, and founder of Eastman Lake Boatbuilding. He believes that his work with youth and the environment is his contribution to a stronger intergenerational community for the future. He is the recipient of the 2017 New Hampshire Andrus Award for Community Service, and in that same year was acknowledged by the U.S. Congress for outstanding and invaluable service to the community along with a letter from Congresswoman Ann McLane thanking him for his work in conserving and protecting New Hampshire environment. John became an Eastman Charitable Foundation Trustee in September 2017. 

Dick Mark

Dick is a Lebanon, NH, native, growing up on a small family farm. After working and living around the US, he and his wife Ellis Robinson have settled at Eastman in Grantham as full time residents. Dick holds BA and Master of Divinity degrees. His professional career has focused on environmental sustainability, education and advocacy, working with local, state, national and international non-profits, foundations and individual philanthropists.  Recently he served as Director of Environment Program for the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and as Senior Consultant to the Beldon Fund, developing and implementing grant making programs supporting the environment in a number of states throughout the nation and in the Middle East. He has also been a consultant to the John Merck Fund, Surdna, Energy and Alton Jones Foundations. He has also served as Vice-Chair of Friends of the Earth, and as NH’s founding director of Common Cause.  He has also been a founding member of NH’s Public Radio Station, American Friends Service Committee in NH, NH’s Natural Organic Farmers Association, as Trustee and Chair of the Grants Committee of Maine Initiatives. He also served as an early “loon watcher” on Jenness Pond in Northwood NH in the 1970s. Dick also serves as a Patient and Family Care volunteer at the recently established Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. Dick is excited about the current work of ECF and its potential to grow and serve Eastman and the communities of Grantham, Enfield and Springfield.

Donna Matson

Donna and her husband purchased their home in Eastman in 2013, and now fully-retired, has been honored to serve on the ECF Board since 2015.  Her background is in Operations Management, having worked as a YMCA Director, Church Office Manager, and most recently as Project Manager at Wellesley College. Volunteering has always played a big role in her life — at Eastman she currently works as a trail monitor for the Woodlands & Wildlife Committee and a Lake Host at the Eastman boat launch.  She also serves as Social Chair for the North Cove Special Place. When not enjoying the outdoors, she plays with the Back Bay Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Boston, and serves that organization as Executive Director.  Come to Boston for a concert anytime! 

Ebba McArt

Ebba has been a resident of Eastman since 2005 and an ECF trustee since 2013. She co-chaired the Lakes & Streams Committee 2009-11, was a member of the South Cove Build New Committee, and volunteers in the community.  She is an active alumna of Mount Holyoke College, serving in various roles in New York and New Hampshire, including President of the Mount Holyoke Club of NH for many years. Her career was in the non-profit sector. She directed programs in health care and human services, with a focus on quality management, research and evaluation. She grew up in Sweden, studied at Uppsala University and Mount Holyoke College and has a doctorate in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.  Ebba values the opportunity to support the work of ECF through projects that enhance the environment and quality of life in our region. 

Shawn Phelps

Shawn and her family have lived in Eastman since 2004. She is a graduate of Otterbein University and received her M.S. in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College. Her career has included Personnel Management in the corporate sector and two decades in Human Services as A Licensed Psychologist-Master and consultant for the VT Agency of Human Services. Shawn has served on multiple Boards and committees, including serving on the Eastman Board of Directors as Vice President and Board liaison to Sustainable Eastman. She also guided the community through its recent strategic planning process. Other volunteer work has focused on education and advocacy. As an ECF Trustee, she appreciates the opportunity to promote all aspects of the Foundation’s mission, which benefits not only the fragile environment but also enhances the lives of those who live, work, play and learn in the region. 

Joe Watts

Joe Watts grew up in Schenectady, NY and graduated from Michigan State University.  His career includes 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and over 30 years in the defense industry.  After retiring in 1999, Joe and his wife moved to Grantham, NH.  He is currently a member of the Country Squires and served on the Grantham Conservation Commission for over three years.  Joe is also active in the Gosport Green Initiative on Star Island and enjoys spending considerable time outdoors.  He joined the Eastman Charitable Foundation as a Trustee in October, 2015. 

Jeanne West

Jeanne has been a resident of Eastman since 1996 and an ECF Trustee since 2015. She is secretary of Deeryard and also serves as a council representative from that Special Place. In past years, she served on the Environmental Control Committee and the Grantham Garden Club. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University, and received her doctorate in English Literature from Kent State University. Her career in the non-profit sector has included academic publishing and advancement work for academic and arts organizations. These days she is a realtor serving buyers and sellers of residential properties in Eastman and the Upper Valley/Sunapee region. Jeanne feels it’s important to give back to the community and values the mission of the ECF to promote environmental stewardship and education.