- Shawn Phelps, President
- Ebba McArt, Vice President
- Donna Matson, Treasurer
- Mary Jane Acito Crenson, Secretary
- Steve Barker
- Heddy Fantl
- Shirley Green
- Mike Holdowsky
- Todd Webber
Board Of Trustees Bios
Mary Jane Acito Crenson
Mary Jane and her family moved from New York to Eastman in 2018. Mary Jane is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BS in Psychology. She has been the Vice President of LBDigital, a data and digital marketing company, since 2008. Prior to that she worked in the data management industry in various capacities for over 20 years. Mary Jane has served on several boards over the years including the Elizabeth Gabrielle Butler Angel Foundation, Girl Scouts of Northern Westchester in New York and is still a board member for the Hudson Valley Direct Marketing Association. Mary Jane enjoys spending time with family and friends hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She has settled in very happily to Enfield and is enjoying all the outdoor wonders that New Hampshire and Eastman have to offer.
A native of New Hampshire, Steve grew up in Concord. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He and his wife, a retired children’s librarian, have owned a home in Springfield since 2003, moving there fulltime in 2017. Steve enjoyed a career in independent schools, having served as a Head of School for over thirty years. He has held leadership positions in regional groups such as the Association of Independent Schools in New England. He currently serves as a land monitor for Ausbon Sargent and president of his neighborhood association. A lifetime of Maine island summers helped spark his interest in the environment. Steve enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, and passing on his love of the outdoors to his three grandchildren.
Heddy and her family have lived in Olde Farms, Grantham since 2001 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 Dartmouth Hitchcock 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 fulfilling and especially enjoys her involvement as Chair of the Scholarship Committee
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.
Mike has been a resident of Grantham since 1992 where he and his wife Marcy raised two daughters. Their younger daughter was inspired by the beauty of Eastman to become a forester. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Rutgers University and an M.Phil. from Columbia University in Economics where he taught for 4 years. He was a founding member of an international market research consultancy where for 30+ years he built consumer behavior and economic forecasting models for clients until he retired last year. He served on the Grantham Conservation Commission in the 1990s and 2000s with a focus on monitoring the quality of Grantham waterways. Mike and Marcy enjoy hiking and bicycling across the Upper Valley.
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 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 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.
Todd has been a senior executive and entrepreneur for most of his professional career. He spent the last 23 years with MagneMotion, a company he co-founded and managed for 20 years as an independent company, and for three years as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Automation, a company which acquired MagneMotion in March of 2016. Todd earned his B.A. from Bates College and his M.B.A. from Babson College. Now retired, Todd and his wife Margo, an environmental engineer, live on Eastman Lake. They enjoy all of the outdoor activities Eastman and the Upper Valley have to offer. When they’re not skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, or hitting a ball, Todd and Margo appreciate local theatre. Todd is an active member of the Eastman Recreation committee and volunteers for numerous Eastman organizations and youth programs.