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. 

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.  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.