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Kestrel Welcomes New Staff & Board Members to the Team

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Field and forest at Dyer Property

Conserving and caring for the Valley and connecting people to the land takes many hands and many talents. We are excited to welcome two new staff members and a new Board Trustee to the Kestrel Land Trust team.

  • Paul Gagnon, Conservation & Stewardship Manager: Paul came to Kestrel after seven years working as a conservation restriction specialist for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Paul’s background includes sustainable trail design and landscape-scale planning for recreation, with a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In this new staff position, Paul will be leading land conservation projects as well as some stewardship activities.




  • Marilyn Castriotta, Membership Engagement Coordinator: Marilyn just completed a year of TerraCorps service creating inspiring nature and culture programs with Kestrel. In her new role, she will coordinate membership services, including fundraising and events planning. Previously, she worked as conference and events manager for Ceres, a regional interpretive coordinator with the MA Department of Conservation & Recreation, and a program coordinator for Northeast Organic Farming Association. She has a masters degree from Antioch University New England.




  • Sarah Matthews, Board Trustee: Sarah is an experienced corporate and commercial real estate attorney with Klavens Law Group, P.C. This Sarah Matthewsmission-oriented law firm based in Boston, MA focuses on renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and food ventures, impact investment, and social enterprise.
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