Brian Hart, Executive Director
Brian has served as the Executive Director since 2002. Prior to working at the Southeast Land Trust, Brian worked as policy specialist at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, coordinator at Citizens for Land and Community Heritage, and grassroots coordinator for the Northern Forest Alliance. With three other UNH students, he also co-founded Clean Vibes, a company focused on waste management at large music festivals. He lives in Newmarket with his wife Sara Callaghan, children, and two dogs. In Newmarket, he has been active in local government as a member of the Town Council, Budget Committee, and Newmarket Community Development Corporation. In his free time, he enjoys ultimate Frisbee, local breweries, and good food.
Zoe Aldag, Development and Operations Specialist
Zoe graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Studies. Zoe has interned with the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, BLH Writing Solutions, and the Department of Environmental Services. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, riding her bike, traveling, and enjoying all the area has to offer. Zoe is from Lee, and lives in Kittery with her rescue dog, Woody.
Isabel Aley, Development and Communications Manager
Isabel graduated from Bates College, where she majored in English and completed extensive coursework in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Isabel worked for Portland Trails, an urban trail-building organization and The SunriseGuide, a sustainable living resource guide in Maine. Environmental conservation is near and dear to Isabel's heart, and she loves promoting the work of the Land Trust in our communities. Isabel lives in Exeter with her husband and two senior corgis.
Phil Auger, Property Manager
Phil is a licensed forester and for many years worked for UNH Cooperative Extension as a County Forester and Land Conservation Educator in Rockingham County. He and his wife Carolyn and dog Teak live in Strafford on land that they have permanently conserved.
Deborah Goard, Easement Stewardship Director
Prior to working with the Land Trust, Deborah worked with UNH Cooperative Extension as a County Forester as well as with the Kansas Forest Service as a Watershed Forester. Deborah holds a master's degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University and bachelor's degrees in forestry and biology from UMass Amherst. She is also a licensed forester in New Hampshire. She lives in Dover with her husband and daughters.
Duane Hyde, Land Protection Director
Duane came to the Land Trust after working for nearly 13 years at the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy where he most recently served as the Chapter’s Director of Conservation Programs and the acquisition agent and grant manager for the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership. Prior to his work in conservation Duane was a professional town planner for almost 10 years. Duane holds a BS in Natural Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on environmental planning from Virginia Tech. Duane lives in Durham with his wife, two school age daughters and aging black Labrador retriever.
Jeremy Lougee, Land Protection Specialist
Jeremy joins the Land Trust after working 5 years as an Easement Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Durham, NH. Prior to this, he spent several years in California working as a Project Manager for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Jeremy holds a BS in Ecology from Montana State University-Bozeman and an MS in Environmental Conservation from University of New Hampshire. While at UNH, he co-founded the NH Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and started a volunteer water quality monitoring program for the Seacoast. Raised on a small dairy farm in northern NH, he and his family continue to sell raw milk, yogurt, and cheese around the state. He now resides in Newmarket along the Lamprey River and enjoys outdoor pursuits of all kinds.
David Viale, Land Protection and Stewardship Specialist
David is responsible for completing new land protection projects and supporting the monitoring and stewardship of existing protected lands, including both conservation easements and fee ownerships. Through partnerships with the Lamprey River Advisory Committee and the Town of Brentwood Conservation Commission David spends a portion of his time specifically focused on land protection efforts along the Wild & Scenic Lamprey River and in the Town of Brentwood. David holds a master's degree in Natural Resource Management & Administration from Antioch University New England and prior to joining the Land Trust he worked in ecological restoration and land stewardship all across the country (Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland, and New Hampshire). Outside of work you'll find David playing his mandolin, attending Bluegrass festivals, and playing in a vintage baseball league.