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Staff Bios

Metzi Anderson

Metzi Anderson became Director of Operations and Finance in 2021 after being Stowe Land Trust's Operations Manager since October 2014.

Metzi, who was born and raised in Stowe, holds a BA in Complex Organizations from Mount Holyoke College and arrived at Stowe Land Trust after five years working for real estate trade associations in Massachusetts and New York. 

Metzi’s appreciation for land conservation began at an early age when her family conserved their land which adjoins Sterling Forest 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 the beautiful trails on Stowe Land Trust conserved land and the many other trail networks in the surrounding region. 

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Barry Matthews

Barry Matthews joined SLT as the Community Engagement Manager in October 2021.

Barry is a storyteller, educator, and environmental historian committed to fostering sustainable relationships with the natural world. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Barry arrives in Stowe after several years spent in the Berkshires. As the Land Trust’s Community Engagement Manager he organizes public programs, builds community partnerships, and supports the organization’s outreach and communication efforts. Barry joins SLT following a TerraCorps service year as Community Engagement Coordinator at Hilltown & Franklin Land Trusts in western Massachusetts. Previously, he held a variety of roles in higher education and museum interpretation. He holds a BA in Art History from VCUarts and an MA in American Studies from the College of William & Mary.

Barry enjoys spending time in the kitchen, trying new recipes, and hosting potluck dinners. An outdoors enthusiast, he can often be found exploring the region's trails, roads, waters and slopes.

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Kristen Sharpless

Kristen Sharpless became Executive Director in 2018 after a four-year tenure as SLT's conservation program manager and upon graduating from the Snelling Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute.

Kristen leads Stowe Land Trust’s land protection work and oversees a talented team to achieve strategic financial, land stewardship, and community conservation results. Stowe Land Trust’s impact has grown significantly during her tenure: the organization has increased its staff capacity and operating budget by 33%, collaborated with partners to leverage $13 million toward protecting an additional 3500 acres of land important to the Stowe area community, and has grown the land trust’s stewardship endowment for the long-term care of conserved lands by 60% to $1.5 million. 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 husband and daughter and is likely to be seen stopping to listen to the birds, taking a walk at Kirchner Woods, or buying dark chocolate at Laughing Moon.

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