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About the Friends

The Friends partners with the Conservation Commission as stewards of the sanctuary. Their initiatives include Community Work Days, tending the Formal Garden and raising funds for the Horticultural Fund.

The Friends of Hall’s Pond

Jo Albrecht, founder

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Frank Caro, co-president

Frank Caro is a Brookline resident and Town Meeting member representing Precinct 10. At Hall’s Pond, he is the organizer of the volunteer maintenance team. Frank is a retired gerontologist who was on the Gerontology faculty at UMass Boston. He is a founder and Co-Chair of the Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN), an organization that advocates for a senior-friendly community.


EF for HPEllen Forrester, co-president

Ellen Forrester is a design graduate of the Harvard University Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum and holds a BA in Geography and Urban Planning. She has an extensive background in both residential and commercial landscape design, community greening projects and horticultural education. Ms. Forrester is currently co-president of The Friends of Hall’s Pond. She is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP), An Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) and certified Master Gardener. She has previously served on the Board of Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGDesign) and the Maumee Valley Herb Society. She currently resides in Brighton, MA and is sole proprietor of Ellen Forrester Landscape Design, a complete Design, Installation and Horticulturally motivated maintenance company.

 

Joseph Collins, long serving treasurer

Joe Collins is a retired human service professional who is the long time board member and Treasurer for the Friends of Hall’s Pond.


Board Members:

Scott Anderson

Scott Andersen has been a Brookline resident for thirty-­‐nine years. An avid tennis player, he first discovered the beauty of Hall’s Pond by the view from court six at the adjacent Amory Park. A nature enthusiast, it seemed to Scott a perfectly natural extension to become involved with the important work the dedicated Friends of Hall’s Pond are doing at this unique gem that Brookline is so fortunate to have.

Fred Bouchard

Fred Bouchard, associate professor of music journalism and literature at Berklee College of Music, reviews music for Downbeat Magazine, New York City Jazz Record, Boston Musical Intelligencer. He contributes to Fodor Guides: Boston. His articles on music, wine, food, nature, and travel have appeared in Beverage Business Magazine, Brookline Tab, Our Town Brookline, Middlesex News, Patriot Ledger, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald. A former jazz/classical radio host on MIT’s WMBR-FM, Fred conducts video interviews for Berklee’s Oral History Project. He enjoys nature travel, birdwatching, reading fiction and natural history, cooking, wine, choral singing, hiking, biking.

Harry Breger

Harry Breger is a Brookline resident who recently retired after 30 years as a senior graphic designer at Boston University’s department of Publications Production. Since 2007 Harry has volunteered his printing experience to help produce the Friends of Hall’s Pond newsletters, along with announcements, invitations, and posters for Friends of Halls Pond events. Harry is also a member of the volunteer maintenance team.

Dana Brigham

Dana is a resident and business owner of 34 years.  Along with founder and majority owner, Marshall Smith, and a fantastic team over the years, she has kept Brookline Booksmith relevant and viable in this very receptive town.  Daughter Laura went to Brookline schools K-12 and family was involved in many sports and other community activities.  Husband Richard was an architect who did a number of renovations in town.  Dana has served on a variety of boards across town, learning from and enjoying each one.  She is also involved with regional and national bookselling trade associations.  Between the communities of Brookline and bookselling, the importance of community rings true over and over.  Hall’s Pond is a gem in Brookline on whose board Dana is honored to serve.

Alison Fox
Bio Coming Soon!

Neil Gore

Neil Gore is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brookline and Chelmsford. He and his wife Susan have been Brookline residents since 1976, and in the Hall’s Pond neighborhood for the past 27 years. As a birdwatcher, he is frequently at the Pond and in Amory Woods. Hall’s Pond is probably the finest birding area in Brookline, due to the diverse botanical and landscape features concentrated in such a small area.

Neil appreciates and supports all the varied features of Amory playground: As a tennis player, he has utilized the courts and noted the upgrading of that facility and program in the last several years; and as the father (and coach) of Zack, a soccer and baseball player in the Brookline programs, they have spent many enjoyable hours on the fields.

Neil is a participant in the Pond’s maintenance work, and is learning more about the ecology of Hall’s Pond. Despite the location in the midst of this busy and often noisy urban area, Hall’s Pond is a uniquely serene, inspiring, and uplifting area. He is devoted to the well-being of this wonderful park, with its diversity of benefits to the community, all four seasons of the year, and welcomes the opportunity to be of help.

Betsy Shure Gross

BSG2x2Betsy Shure Gross is a life long conservationist. She was on the Brookline Conservation Commission for 19 years, serving as Chair from 1979-1998. She became involved with Brookline’s first “Friends” group, The Friends of Hall’s Pond, through the Commission.

Betsy is the Co-Founder of the High Street Hill Association Friends of Leverett Pond, the Town’s second Friends group and has served on the board of The Brookline Green Space Alliance and remains on the Advisory Board. She is a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 5.

She is the former Executive Director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships at the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. She served as the Special Assistant for Community Preservation under former Secretary Bob Durand. She is a public private partnership development expert with over thirty years of experience creating partnerships for environmental protection, historic landscape preservation and community preservation at the local, state and national level.

She was a Founding member and National Co-Chair of The National Association for Olmsted Parks; The Massachusetts Association for Olmsted Parks (now incorporated into PreservatiON MASS); The Emerald Necklace Conservancy; and the Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition and the City Parks Alliance. She has served as the Chair of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters and as the Vice Chair of The Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee.

John Harris

John Harris is a Brookline resident and Town Meeting member representing Precinct 8. John is an environmental activist and bicycle advocate. John is also musician and leader of a band that sometimes can be heard at Hall’s Pond on Community Days.

Helen Herman

Helen Herman and her husband moved to Brookline 10 years ago from New Orleans.  Helen has several degrees from Tulane University and a law degree from Loyola. Over the years she was a social worker, a law clerk and law school instructor.  Her last job before retirement was Dean of Students at Tulane Law School.  She has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. She has been a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 1 since 2008 and is a member of the  Brookline Medical Reserve Corps as well as a member of our volunteer maintenance team.  She enjoys travel, photography and taking courses and baking (too much for her own good).

Chobee Hoy

Chobee Hoy is a long-time Brookline resident. Chobee is a prominent Brookline realtor who is a generous supporter of many Brookline causes.

 

Deanne Morse

Brookline resident since 1976
Children went to Brookline schools
Former teacher and fundraiser
Board of Brookline Greenspace Alliance

Deborah Myers
(Brookline Conservation Commission liaison)
Bio Coming Soon!

Deborah Raptopoulos, MEd, MSW

 190 Ivy Street  abutter,  family therapist, Vice President cottage farm neighborhood association.

Michael Sandman

Mike Sandman and his wife Nancy are a long-time Brookline residents  Mike is active in Town affairs and is currently a member of the Brookline Advisory Committee.  He’s a former chair of the Brookline Transportation Board and the Brookline Community Foundation.  Now retired, he was a principal at Fuld & Company, a consulting firm specializing in the field of competitive intelligence.

Bob Schram

Living just a few blocks from Halls Pond, Bob Schram strolls through the Sanctuary as often as he can.  Since moving to Brookline 12  years ago, he has sunk roots into some of our best local institutions:  elected a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 1 for the last 8 years, serving as moderator of the United Parish of Brookline for six years, joining the Greenspace Alliance, volunteering at “Thrifty Threads” in Coolidge Corner and now joining the Friends of Hall’s Pond.   After 40 years of an urban vertical lifestyle in New York and Sao Paulo, Bob rediscovered his appreciation of gardening in his Brookline back yard (and would volunteer more often at the Pond if their workdays were scheduled more frequently on the weekends.)  Still working, Bob is a managing director at Aon Corporation, specializing in international insurance issues.

Patricia Schram

Patricia Schram  moved to Brookline in 2002 from New York City.  She is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital where she specializes in Developmental Medicine and Adolescent Substance Abuse.  Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil when the city was surrounded by subtropical forest and had a population of only 1,500,000,  she has watched her home town grow to 20,000,000,  lose virtually all of its green space and run dangerously short on water, all  in the space of her lifetime.   This sad experience watching the evolution of  Latin America’s signature concrete jungle has made her an avid advocate for the preservation and protection of our urban  parklands.  She is also on the Board of the Massachusetts Federation for Children with Special Needs, and for five years was the vice chair of the State Board of Education’s Commission on Special Education.

Kate Silbaugh

Kate Silbaugh is a Brookline resident and Town Meeting member who represents Precinct 1. Kate is a professor of law at Boston University.

Deborah Stone

Deborah Stone is a Brookline resident who grew up in Newton on the edge of Hammond Woods, enchanted by its brook, trees, rocks, and birds. For the better part of her adult life, she split her time between a New Hampshire house in the woods, just steps from a beaver pond and heron rookery, and an apartment on Amory Street, steps from Hall’s Pond Sanctuary. Deborah has a special interest in observing birds and animals at Hall’s Pond, and she is a member of the volunteer maintenance team. Deborah is also a political scientist who teaches in the School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Tommy Vitolo

Tommy Vitolo, PhD, lives in a household committed to the environment. He works as an expert witness in the electric power sector, representing government agencies, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations before public utility commissions. His wife Jennifer, former chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Massachusetts chapter, builds green skyscrapers. His son brings dirt, rocks, bugs, and sticks home every day, and his daughter is extremely focused on fertilizer manufacturing.

Tommy is a Friend of Hall’s Pond and the Carlton Street Footbridge, is a member of the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and Climate Action Brookline, is a Town Meeting Member active in the Green Caucus, and is one of Brookline’s constables.

Bruce Wolff

Bruce Wolff is a Brookline resident and Town Meeting member representing Precinct 2. Bruce is an environmental advocate and wildlife photographer. Many of Bruce’s pictures have appeared in newsletters. Some are on the website. Bruce is a member of the volunteer maintenance team.

Andrew Zimolzak

Andrew Zimolzak is a Brookline resident who has lived on Beacon Street in a unit with a view of the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary since 2011. He is a physician practicing internal medicine and clinical informatics for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He and his wife have enjoyed many walks in the woods, and he hopes his new son will have the same enjoyment!