Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director
Metzi Anderson, Operations Manager
Elisabeth Fenn, Stewardship and Outreach Assistant
See below for Staff Bios
Kristen became Executive Director in June 2018 after her four year tenure as Conservation Program Manager
After coming to summer camp in the Green Mountains as a teenager, Kristen studied biology and education in Pennsylvania, taught sailing and marine studies on a wooden schooner, and led field science programs in the Colorado Rockies before finding her way back to Vermont ten years ago. She graduated from the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program in 2007 and then worked at Audubon Vermont as a teacher-naturalist, education program coordinator and, most recently, conservation biologist for Audubon’s Forest Bird Initiative. Through her work at Audubon Vermont, as a consulting ecologist, and as a volunteer on town boards, Kristen has assisted Vermont landowners, foresters, and municipalities with land planning and stewardship projects, which continues to be a large part of her job at Stowe Land Trust.
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 is serving as SLT's AmeriCorps Stewardship and Outreach Assistant through the summer of 2018.
Elisabeth is a happy Vermont transplant, and holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont. A longtime fan of the outdoors, she grew up hiking in the White Mountains in NH. Since moving to the state she has pursued her passion for working and recreating in Vermont’s natural places.
Elisabeth brings with her four years of experience on field staff for the Green Mountain Club. That time taught her self-reliance in the backcountry and instilled a deeper appreciation of the benefits of being surrounded by nature. As a caretaker for the GMC, she educated hikers about Leave No Trace practices and the rare alpine plant community that is found on the high summits of Vermont. In 2016 she moved to Montana to learn about and explore the west. In her free time from WWOOFing on a farm in Bozeman, she took advantage of all the public land the west has to offer by visiting National Parks and hiking the John Muir Trail. In the end though, Vermont’s green hills were impossible to resist, and Elisabeth is excited to be back in this beautiful state, and to join Stowe Land Trust as the Stewardship and Outreach Assistant this summer.