The Lake Wentworth Foundation has appointed Robert Cole as their Interim Executive Director. Cole moves from his role as a Foundation trustee, where he served on the Development and Nominating & Governance Committees.
The Foundation enters its 20th year side-by-side with the Lake Wentworth Association, emerging in recent years as a proactive conservation group with a mission “to protect and preserve the water quality, natural resources and scenic beauty of Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake and their watershed, now and for future generations.”
In 2012, the Foundation, in partnership with town and state organizations, completed the Lake Wentworth/ Crescent Lake Watershed Management Plan. Projects are underway to implement the many recommendations of the plan, all aimed at a 15% reduction in phosphorus, the most prominent threat to water quality.
Cole is the son of Donald and Susan Cole, Governors’ Shore summer residents on Lake Wentworth since 1958. He was raised and educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, but sites YMCA Camp Belknap in Tuftonboro as the institution that most shaped his leadership skills and conservation ethic. He was a camper, counselor, division head, program director and eventual board member at Belknap.
After majoring in English & Studio Art at Williams College, Cole taught English for 28 years, including a long tenure at The Derryfield School, where he was English Department Chair, Girls’ Soccer Coach, and coordinator of the Visiting Writers’ Program and literary magazine. He served on the Education and Development Committees for the Board. Reflecting his lifelong passion for our lakes, he taught a literature course centered on water themes. Along the way, he earned a master’s degree from UNH.
Cole is also a long-standing member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord NH, where he was chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees.
Since 2009, he has been a partner at Blue Heron Consulting Group and managed the Farm Island Campaign for Camp Belknap, securing much of the last undeveloped island on Winnipesaukee, as well as raising funds for two green buildings and the endowment. His contract was extended to launch an active alumni and advancement program.
Cole enjoys canoeing, hiking, skating, writing, reading and art ~ and is a lifelong member of Red Sox Nation. Cole is ready to add his creativity, energy and experience to the work of the Foundation—and to the long-term sustainability of the Lake Wentworth-Crescent Lake watershed.
Cole can be reached at the Foundation office at Clarke Plaza, 35 Center Street, Suite 18 in Wolfeboro. Call 603-534-0222 or e-mail BobCole@lakewentworthfoundation.org
Foundation names new Treasurer
The Lake Wentworth Foundation has chosen Dorothy Anne Feldmann, longtime summer resident and weekend visitor on Lake Wentworth, as the new volunteer treasurer for the organization.
The Foundation’s Governance and Nominating committee considered her “very well qualified”. Those qualifications include over 20 years as an Accounting professor, five years as Chair of the Accountancy department, and currently serving as the Associate Dean of business programs, all at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Before entering academia, Feldmann earned a CPA certificate and worked as an auditor in the Boston office of KPMG. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Virginia, a master’s in Accountancy from Northeastern and a doctorate in Accounting awarded by Boston University.
Jack O’Connell, President of the Foundation, explains what Feldmann can contribute to the organization: “Dorothy brings a strong financial background to the Foundation which is very timely in helping us keep track of the growing number of important projects we have undertaken to protect the water quality of Wolfeboro’s lakes.”
Feldmann knows the area well as she has been a resident, first at Point Breeze starting in 1998, and currently as a homeowner at Governors Landing. She grew up on a lake in Rhode Island and says “kayaking, watching wildlife, and reading are three of my favorite lakeside activities”.
Feldmann has already assumed the duties of treasurer.