About Us

Board of Directors

Alan N. Rousseau, President
Alan has been a NCLT director since 2005 and has served as Board President since 2006. He has had a lifelong interest in conservation that began with spending a lot of time on his families' woodland in Gardner MA. Alan served as a volunteer Boy Scout Leader from 1990 to 2006, and co-established the Gardner Alliance for Responsible Development in 2002. He has been employed in the Computer Industry (Digital, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard) over the past 40 years in a number of professional and management positions. Alan resides in Gardner with his wife, Susan, and is the father of three grown children, James, Jennifer, and Thomas.

Alan Rousseau

Lucy Crocker Abisalih, Clerk
Lucy is a native of Lunenburg who spent many weekends of her youth hiking and picnicking in the very woods we are working to protect. For the past 20 years, she has been advising non-profits in governance leadership and serving as a trustee of independent schools, including Applewild School in Fitchburg and Lawrence Academy in Groton. Lucy is married with two grown children and is enjoying the opportunity to link back in to north central Massachusetts, where her family roots are strong.

Lucy Crocker Abisalih

Richelle Brown, Treasurer
A native of Worcester, Richelle now resides in Westminster where she serves on the Town Open Space, Master Plan, and Economic Development Committees. Richelle is a 1984 graduate of Nichols College, where she received a BSBA. She also holds an MBA from Bentley College. Richelle's business career included employment at Thom McCan Shoe Company, Alliant Foodservice, Tomra of North America and West Coast Distributing where she served as vice president of finance. Richelle now owns a business consulting company, Pillar Profit Solutions, Inc. which opened in 2010. Richelle's appreciation of the outdoors and her interest in conservation is rooted in her family's commitment to conserving its own land. In her leisure time, Richelle enjoys camping, hiking, reading, golf and learning about history.

Richelle Brown

Brian Cormier, Director
Brian is a life-long resident of Fitchburg where he lives with his wife and children, and a few dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens. He is employed by Fidelity Bank in Leominster and has volunteered his time for many organizations in the Fitchburg area including the Friends of Cleghorn Neighborhood Center and several youth athletic teams. He is a current member of the North Central Mass Association of Realtors and the North Central Mass CRA Coalition.

Brian Cormier

Clayton Hobart, Director
Clay teaches social studies to 6th grade students at the Whitcomb School in Marlborough, Mass. Clay has his B.A. in International Relations (Michigan State University) and Masters in both Social Sciences of Forestry and Education with an emphasis on Environmental History/Philosophy. Before his teaching career, Clay was a Peace Corp volunteer in Thailand, where he worked as an agricultural extension agent. This job was a natural extension of his work on his family's 800-acre Michigan farm, where he grew up. Clay lives in Leominster with his wife Amanda, son Finnegan, and greyhounds, Token and Dublin. He is a certified birder and naturalist who frequently leads birding tours of NCLT properties. Clay also enjoys travel, reading, hiking and gardening.

Clayton Hobart

Jackie Leger, Director
Jackie joined the Board of Directors in 2010. She is a life-long resident of Gardner and is the owner of Jackie Leger Real Estate Services in that city. Jackie has a true appreciation of how land conservation and thoughtful development can positively impact the future of our local communities.

Jackie Leger

Carrie Novak, Director
Carrie lives with her husband and daughter on a small farm in Templeton. Carrie is a Senior Loan Officer for the USDA Farm Service Agency, where she has worked for 35 years. She is active in Town government, chairing Templeton’s Open Space Committee and serving on its Agricultural Commission. Carrie is also an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Gardner and she serves as a mentor gardener for “Growing Places”. Carrie has a long-standing interest in natural resource conservation, especially the conservation of open space and agricultural land. In her leisure time, Carrie enjoys gardening, working on her small farm and visits with her grandchildren.

Alan Rousseau

Donald Ostrowski, Director
Don is a Lecturer at Harvard Extension School where he teaches World History and a Research Advisor in the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He commutes to work by train from Fitchburg, where he lives with his wife, Wren. Don enjoys living in north Fitchburg in a neighborhood of historic homes abutting NCLT's Crocker Conservation Area. Don serves on the Fitchburg Historical Commission and he is active in the Fitchburg Greenway Committee. In their leisure time, Don and his wife enjoy hiking and gardening.

Donald Ostrowski

Betty Reid, Director
Betty is a life-long resident of Fitchburg and a recently retired teacher of both the elementary and graduate level. She enjoys many hobbies including gardening, hiking, quilting, and hanging out with two active grandchildren. She brings her a passion for environmental stewardship, positive energy, and handy chainsaw skills to our team.

Betty Reid


Anna Wilkins, Executive Director
Anna Wilkins awilkins@northcountylandtrust.org, Executive Director. Anna has worked in the field of conservation for over a decade in Massachusetts. She is excited to turn her focus to the region of north central Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. Anna lives in Ashburnham, MA with her husband and two young children.

Anna Wilkins

Jassy Bratko, Director of Land Protection
Jassy Bratko, jbratko@northcountylandrust.org, Director of Land Protection. Jassy Bratko, Director of Land Protection. Jassy is responsible for leading the North County Land Trust’s efforts in both new land conservation projects and existing property stewardship. Jassy had previously served with distinction as an NCLT Director, chairing the Board’s Land Committee, from 2012 till 2016, when she stepped down to enter into her current position.

Jassy Bratko

2017-2018 Terra Corps Servicemember

Jennifer Reilly, Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator, TerraCorps Americorps

Jassy Bratko