The Monadnock Sustainability Network is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
John Kondos – President
John Kondos is a founder of the Monadnock Sustainability Network, Home-Efficiency Resources and Solar Source (now part of the Melanson Co.). He started his career in the renewable energy industry in the late 1970’s with the goal of making a practical contribution to reducing our dependence on finite fossil fuels. He began at the contractor level and went on to work at a crystalline and a later at a thin film PV manufacturer.
John returned to solar in 2007 after a number of years in other industries. He has installed PV systems on three continents and solar water heaters in MA, NH and VT. John has a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Fairfield University. He is committed to working on solutions to our greatest challenge- climate change caused by fossil fuel combustion- through energy conservation, renewable energy and land stewardship.
Amanda Littleton – Secretary
Amanda Littleton is the District Manager of the Cheshire County Conservation District. She graduated from Antioch University New England in 2007 with a M.S. in Environmental Studies and a focus in Community Education. Prior to this Amanda completed a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island as well as held positions in various public outreach and education roles.
Amanda currently sits on the Hannah Grimes Center Board, Monadnock Sustainability Network Board, and chairs the Monadnock Localvores. Amanda has great interest in supporting the region’s working landscape for the value that it contributes to the local economy, the good stewardship it provides for our local environment, and the benefits it brings to our rural communities.
Jeff Littleton – Treasurer
Jeff Littleton is the Principal Ecologist of Moosewood Ecological LLC located in Chesterfield, NH. He holds a M.S. in Conservation Biology with a focus on biological inventory, land management planning, and landscape ecology. He has more than 20 years of experience in ecological research, natural resources inventory, and environmental education. He provides diverse services for conservation, restoration, and land management planning, as well as landscape design and installation.
Jeff is also an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University where he instructs on wildlife inventory techniques, forest ecology, and interpreting past land use histories. Jeff strives to provide expertise to help guide informed land use planning and management using a holistic approach. He also enjoys helping landowners to better understand their natural resources and how to incorporate them into their landscape design.
Doug Walker has over 35 years of residential construction experience with a background in design, framing, finish work and solar PV & thermal installations. He is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited energy auditor. His current creation ofWalker Basement Transformations offers substantial energy saving solutions for antique homes in the Monadnock region.
Doug chairs the Historic District Commission for Harrisville. He resides there in a passive solar home with his wife & twin teenage daughters. Making homes healthier and more comfortable while reducing fossil fuel consumption is his contribution to saving a bit of the planet. After that, he is probably on a long woods walk with his canine companion Lacey. Then again, he and at least one of his daughters love to go out sailing and play tug of war with the wind!
Mari Brunner has served on the Board of the Monadnock Sustainability Network since January 2017 and holds an MS degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. She works for the City of Keene Community Development Department, where she spends a portion of her time providing staff support to the City’s Energy and Climate Committee. Her interests include sustainable transportation, especially active forms of transportation such as walking and bicycling.
Mari believes that all “environmental” issues are also social and economic issues, and that a holistic approach is required to ensure our communities thrive in the face of a changing climate and social context. Prior to working for the City, she was a planner at Southwest Region Planning Commission and served on the City of Keene Energy and Climate Committee. She currently serves on the board of the Monadnock Time Exchange and volunteers for the Monadnock United Way.
Chris is a former teacher of environmental science, ecology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, marine biology and physics in public and private high schools around the northeast. He founded the Wild Quest Education Project, an experiential learning/travel program that allowed students to earn High School credit through onsite learning in remote wilderness areas including the Superstition Desert Wilderness of Arizona, the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, and the Talkeetna Range of Alaska.
Chris has his BS in biological science from Pacific Western University with additional courses at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Vermont, and the Center for Polar Studies.
Chris is one of two New Hampshire Representatives for Hillsborough District 38. He is an active environmentalist who attends conferences, summits, protests and rallies promoting renewable energy development and expansion.
Chris chairs the Energy Committee in Wilton, NH. In the spring of 2018, Wilton passed a pipeline construction ban as a warrant article that Chris wrote and brought to the townspeople. Wilton Energy, in collaboration with Wapack Sustainability, has proposed streetlight conversion to LED in
Wilton to be voted on in March of 2019.