JACK WIDNESS is a former academic pediatrician and researcher who lives in Wilmington, Vermont. Since retirement, Jack has become active in conservation work, including service on the following boards: Trout Unlimited (Connecticut River Chapter); Hogback Mountain Conservation Association (Vice President); and the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds. During summers, Jack supervises the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Greeter Programs at Harriman and Somerset Reservoirs. He is an also active member of his local Lake Raponda Association in Wilmington.
Jenica McEvoy is currently an accomplished cake artist and small business owner but her professional background is in environmental education. She holds a Masters of Education in Environmental Education with a certificate in Nonprofit Administration from Western Washington University, and has taught, designed, and supervised programs in several parks, nature centers, and a science museum on the West Coast. She currently lives in Bennington, where she is a dedicated member of the Catamount Rotary Club and is involved with a youth mentoring program.
Edward Metcalfe is the owner of Vermont Distillers, Inc. in Marlboro,
VT. Ed has extensive business experience and is a longtime advocate of environmental education. He served for five years on the Whitingham Planning Commission, three as its chairman and served nine years on the Whitingham School Board and six years as School Board Chair of the Twin Valley School District. He is a licensed pilot in Sailplanes, Hot-Air Balloons, and Airplanes; is a certified scuba diver and is a past EMT and fire department member. He has been a member of the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club for 33 years. He now serves on the board of the Hogback Preservation Commission, the Trust for Wildlife and is the founder/Director of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.
Christopher Russell runs his own business as a full time wilderness guide and outdoor living skills instructor when he isn't volunteering at the museum. He is a Registered Maine Guide and has logged over ten thousand miles as a canoe guide, and countless hours working with
students and clients in the field. He has always been passionate about wildlife education, spending four years as a volunteer at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Mo where he focused on corvid behavior studies and training. Christopher currently lives in Guilford VT, on a homestead where he spends his time running outdoor education programs, woodworking, and corralling chickens.