Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director
Metzi Anderson, Operations Manager
Elisabeth Fenn, Conservation Program Coordinator
See below for Staff Bios
Kristen became Executive Director in June 2018 after her four year tenure as SLT's Conservation Program Manager.
A Vermont ecologist with experience in the conservation, education and nonprofit sectors, Kristen came to SLT from Audubon Vermont where she worked as part of a team to implement strategic regional conservation programs through the Forest Bird Initiative, including the Foresters for the Birds Project - an innovative and nationally-recognized conservation partnership. A graduate of the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program, Kristen has a deep appreciation for Vermont’s natural history, its communities, and the state’s working landscape. She has worked as a consulting ecologist and volunteer specializing in assisting municipalities with community-based town forest planning, as well as an educator engaging people of all ages in conservation education programs and projects.
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.
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, along with the Town of Stowe, conserved Sterling Falls Gorge. This interest in caring for the land was cultivated further by spending many summers as a VYCC crew member maintaining hiking and walking trails in Sterling Falls Gorge and in the Moosalamoo region of the Green Mountain National Forest. An avid skier and runner, Metzi enjoys spending time on the beautiful trails on SLT conserved land and the many other trail networks in the surrounding region.
Elisabeth joined SLT as Conservation Program Coordinator in October 2018.
Her name might be familiar - Elisabeth spent this summer 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.
Grace joined SLT as the VHCB AmeriCorps Summer Naturalist in March 2019.
Grace grew up in Greater China and moved to the United States after finishing high school. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, where she fostered an interest in conservation and education. From there she went on to serve with The Nature Conservancy as their Summer Field Assistant in Southern Vermont. After serving with VHCB AmeriCorps in 2018, she was excited to pursue further AmeriCorps opportunities and is pleased to be serving with Stowe Land Trust. In addition to SLT, Grace can be found at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain as a Resource Room Volunteer for the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Grace enjoys spending time with her dog Cricket, and loves taking him on fun adventures!