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.
Mari Brunner – Secretary
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.
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.
Tracy Bartella-Metell is the IT Project Manager for Holstein Association USA, in Brattleboro, VT where she leads project teams to provide software and services that help dairy producers worldwide raise the happiest, healthiest, and most productive Holstein cows. She has more than 10 years of experience managing people, operations, and projects across multiple industries and holds an MS degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. She is interested in building resilient, distributed systems to support local food, energy, and economies.
Prior to her time at Holstein Association, Tracy worked for local green manufacturer Tree Free Greetings and for OneReport, Inc., a Software-as-a-Service company helping Fortune 500 companies track and report on their Corporate Social Responsibility practices. Tracy believes that the core of sustainability starts inside of each of us and reflects our connection to the world we live in. To feel that connection and help instill it in others, she actively practices and teaches yoga at Keene Yoga Center.
Pat Martin is Chair of the Rindge Energy Commission, a retired electrical engineer, and a member of the Clean Energy Team of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance. She also is a member of the steering committee of the Monadnock Energy Hub. She enjoys studying and advocating for clean energy policy.
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!
Tom Webler is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Keene State College. Originally an electrical and then biomedical engineer, Tom left engineering to pursue public policymaking. He earned a doctoral degree in Environment, Technology, and Policy at Clark University, focusing on public engagement in environmental decision making. He comes to Keene State most recently from Western Washington University where he was a tenured faculty member in the Institute for Energy Studies. But he is no stranger to our region. From 1995-2008 Tom taught at Antioch in Keene.
He joined the Board in 2019 out of a commitment to public service and out of a strong interest to help communities transition off of fossil fuels. Tom believes that the technology and the economics are available to allow us to transition our energy system. What we need is imagination, leadership, and public enthusiasm.
Peter is a carpenter, farmer, community volunteer and member of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance “Clean Energy Team”. He has an MS in Agricultural Education.
Chris Balch represents Hillsborough 38 in the NH House of Representatives. He is a boat builder and retired science educator. Chris lives in Wilton, NH.