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SLT Staff

Metzi Anderson, Operations Manager
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Elisabeth Fenn, Conservation Program Manager
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Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director
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Ryan Barland, Summer Naturalist
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See below for Staff Bios

Metzi joined SLT as Operations Manager in October 2014.

Metzi, a Stowe native, brings over five years of experience in overseeing the daily operations of two non-profit trade associations and holds a BA in Complex Organizations from Mount Holyoke College.

Metzi’s appreciation for land conservation began at an early age when her family conserved their land in Sterling Valley with the Vermont Land Trust and created the Sterling Falls Gorge Natural Area. This interest in caring for the land was cultivated further by spending many hours helping her dad clear blowdowns on the trails in Sterling Forest and summers home from college as a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew member maintaining hiking trails in Sterling Falls Gorge and in the Moosalamoo region of the Green Mountain National Forest.

An avid skier, mountain biker and runner, Metzi enjoys spending time on the beautiful trails on Stowe Land Trust conserved land and the many other trail networks in the surrounding region. 

Elisabeth joined SLT as Conservation Program Coordinator in October 2018 and became Conservation Program Manager in October 2019.

Her name might be familiar - Elisabeth spent the summer of 2018 serving with Stowe Land Trust as the Stewardship and Outreach Assistant, a position through the VHCB AmeriCorps program. This gave her the opportunity to get to know the Land Trust and connect with community members through educational outdoor programming. She is excited to bring this experience, along with a background in trail maintenance, volunteer coordination and outreach, and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont, to her new position. 

Elisabeth has always enjoyed being outside. She spent her childhood hiking and wandering around the woods, and it was her love of the Green Mountains that kept her in Vermont after college. She credits working for the Green Mountain Club as setting the foundation for her understanding and appreciation of the natural places in this state. Overseeing the stewardship program at Stowe Land Trust is a wonderful way to share that appreciation with Stowe locals and visitors alike.

Kristen became Executive Director in 2018 after a four-year tenure as SLT's conservation program manager.

Kristen leads SLT’s land protection work and oversees a talented team to achieve strategic financial, land stewardship, and community conservation results. Previously, Kristen served as a conservation biologist at Audubon Vermont where she worked as part of a team to implement strategic regional conservation initiatives, including the Foresters for the Birds Project. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program and has worked as a consulting ecologist and volunteer specializing in assisting municipalities with community-based town forest planning.

Kristen lives in Stowe with her family and is likely to be seen walking to work, digging in her garden, buying dark chocolate at Laughing Moon, or enjoying après ski with friends. 

Ryan joined SLT as the VHCB Americorps Summer Naturalist for the summer of 2021.

    Ryan has lived in Vermont most of his life and graduated with a BA in Natural Resources Management from the University of Vermont. This is his second term with VHCB AmeriCorps and is excited to share his knowledge and experiences with the SLT community.

    Ryan has always enjoyed being outdoors. From exploring the meadows and forests of Williston to hiking the Vermont long trail. His appreciation for the natural world has led him to serve as a member of VHCB AmeriCorps to conserve the beauty of the Green Mountain State for the future generations to enjoy as he has. Ryan always enjoys learning new things and meeting new people, feel free to stop him to chat if you see him walking the trails around Stowe. He will be wearing the big AmeriCorps A!