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 is beginning her first year on the board of ECF and looks forward to being involved with community and environmental projects.

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.

Donna Matson

After visiting Eastman for 10 years, I was delighted to purchase a home here with my husband, Bill, in 2013.  My 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 my life — at Eastman I currently work as a trail monitor for the Woodlands & Wildlife Committee, and have just been named to the Eastman Environmental Control Committee; I have also been a Council Representative for North Cove. I am a member of the Back Bay Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Boston, currently serving as their Executive Director.  My skill set covers management of staff/volunteers, effective written and verbal communication, and event planning/organizational abilities.

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.

George Sutherland

George retired in 1988 from his corporate staff management position in the insurance industry. He then became a consultant for a large non-profit organization. He has continued to actively serve on many Boards and community-based volunteer committees. George has served as a Trustee of the Eastman Charitable Foundation since its inception in 2006. He finds his work with the Foundation to be particularly gratifying because of the breadth of worthwhile activities and causes to which the Foundation has contributed.

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

Since 2013, I have been a sales associate at Country Houses, serving buyers and sellers with a focus on residential real estate. Since January 2015, I have also served part time as development coordinator at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH. These are my “encore careers.” Previously, I worked at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering for 16 years, retiring in 2013 as associate dean for advancement, with responsibility for development, alumni relations, communications, and career services. Prior to joining the Thayer School, I was associate director for capital giving at Vermont Law School, and before that I worked for a decade as an editor in university press publishing. I have a Ph.D. in English literature from Kent State University, an M.S. in English literature from Old Dominion University, and an A.B. in Economics from the College of William and Mary. My partner and I have been full-time residents of Eastman since 1996, when we built our home on Whitetail Ridge in the Deeryard Special Place. In past years, I have served as secretary/treasurer of Deeryard and as a Council representative from Deeryard. I am a former member of the Environmental Control Committee (ECC) and current member of the Grantham Garden Club. My partner and I have a passion for the outdoors, and enjoy Eastman’s amenities, including the lake, hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and occasionally golf. It’s important to me to give back to this community in ways that will help preserve the natural environment and all that makes this region of New Hampshire so beautiful.

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. John became an Eastman Charitable Foundation Trustee in September 2017.