Dijit Taylor, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dijit Taylor has been Executive Director at LCHIP since the fall of 2010. Dijit’s childhood included wading in Deer Brook, hiking Fort Mountain and hanging out in antique buildings in Epsom NH, her grandparents' hometown.
She has done extensive public outreach in land conservation through employment with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, Appalachian Mountain Club and early in her career was a tour guide at Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth. Dijit holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University.
Dijit lives in a c. 1790 house in Hopkinton where she is active on the Open Space Committee and serves as Moderator of First Congregational Church. She has three grown daughters who all pursue careers in the environment and outdoor recreation.
Paula Bellemore, Natural Resource Specialist (email@example.com)
Paula Bellemore has a deep, personal connection to NH’s heritage -- both natural and historic. A fifth generation NH native who spent her childhood playing in the fields of the family’s dairy farm in Hollis, she believes strongly in the important role natural, open spaces play in defining our communities and in shaping the lives of those who live near them.
Paula has spent more than a decade working with a regional land trust to preserve fields, forests, and wetlands in south central NH, and brings her strong commitment to community and her passion for preserving NH’s rural character, wildlife habitat, clean water, and scenic vistas to LCHIP.
When not at work, Paula’s time is spent raising her two sons, Sam and Jack, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and is doggedly pursuing a mid-life goal to climb each of NH’s 48 4,000-foot summits.
Jenna Lapachinski, Historic Resource Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A native of Western Massachusetts, Jenna grew up with a love of history and old buildings, which led her to pursue a career in preservation. She holds a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.
After graduate school, Jenna spent some time exploring Vermont before moving to central Georgia to work for Historic Macon Foundation. She spent a year at HMF falling in love with Savannah and bacon jam, but more importantly she helped property owners apply for state and federal historic tax credits and organized the foundation's educational programs.
When she is not advocating for historic buildings, Jenna likes to hike, can, and search for the ever elusive perfect gothic cottage to purchase and restore.
Barb Beers, Office Manager (email@example.com)
Barb is a native New Englander and joined the LCHIP staff after a long and fulfilling career as a high school life science teacher and department coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and earned her Master’s in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. She is passionate about the natural world and throughout her teaching career engaged many of her students in authentic, community-based conservation projects.
Barb lives in Concord, NH and in her free time enjoys kayaking, birding, hiking, golfing, snowshoeing, and photography.