The Lake Wentworth Foundation welcomed two new trustees at its August 2014 annual meeting. Each was elected to a three-year term.
Joining the board are Maggie Stier of Wolfeboro and Bob Cole of Concord and Wolfeboro. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board, as evidenced by their bios.
Maggie Stier has been coming to Lake Wentworth all her life; her grandparents and great grandparents lived in Wolfeboro, and her parents owned a camp on Lake Wentworth for nearly 50 years, selling in 2009. She recently moved to Wolfeboro year-round.
Maggie is a historian and educator and currently works for the NH Preservation Alliance as statewide field service representative. She served as founding executive director of the Fells Historic Estate and Garden on Lake Sunapee, as curator at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, and as an NEH Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
She has a long history of volunteer activity that includes: advisor to the Friends of the Wolfeboro Town Hall, board member with the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund and the Friends of the Libby Museum, and appointed member of the N.H. State Parks System Advisory Council.
Maggie is the author of numerous publications and presentations, many focusing on landscape history. She holds degrees from Vassar College (B.A. in American Studies), Boston University (M.A. in American and New England Studies), and Antioch New England (M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Environmental Education). She is an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University.
Bob Cole is the son of Don and Tootie Cole, Governor’s Shore residents since 1958. He was raised and educated at Phillips Exeter but cites Camp Belknap as the institution that most shaped his leadership skills and conservation ethic. He was a camper, counselor, program director and eventual board member at Belknap.
After majoring in English & Studio Art at Williams, Bob taught English for 28 years, including a long run at The Derryfield School, where he was English Department Chair and Girls’ Soccer Coach and where he ran the Visiting Writers’ Program and literary magazine. He often taught a literature elective called “Water.” Along the way, he earned a master’s degree from UNH.
Since 2009, he has been a partner at Blue Heron Consulting Group and managed the Farm Island Campaign for Belknap, securing much of the last undeveloped island on Winnipesaukee, as well as raising funds for two green buildings and endowment. His contract was extended to launch a new alumni and advancement program, including key initiatives: a relational database, e-newsletter, regional Service Days, Belknap at the Ballpark, Chief Masqua’s Band (alumni elders), and The White Pines Society (planned giving).
Bob loves canoeing, hiking, skating, writing, reading and art — and is a terminal member of Red Sox Nation. He splits his time between Concord, NH, and Wolfeboro. His three children — Maddie, Sam and Becky — love days at Wentworth.