Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Richelle Brown, President
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
Lucy Crocker Abisalih, Treasurer
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
Betty Reid, Clerk
Betty is a life-long resident of Fitchburg and educator. In her distinguished 35 year career, she served in the Monadnock Regional School District as an elementary school teacher and as Adjunct Faculty Member/ Master Teacher for the Critical Skills Program at Antioch University. She has always enjoyed walking in North County Land Trust’s Crocker Conservation Area and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Recently retired, she hopes to continue to share her passion for environmental stewardship in her work with the North County Land Trust.
Betty Reid
Mary E. Cringan, Director
Mary Cringan, recently retired after 38 years as a classroom teacher and elementary/middle school principal in Fitchburg, Lunenburg, and Princeton, MA. She serves as Chairperson of the Project 351 Educators Advisory Group and Secretary for the Friends of Coggshall Park. She loves running, hiking, volunteering for non-profit organizations and traveling. Mary enjoys helping with maintaining the trails for North County Land Trust and looks forward to finding other ways to promote NCLT’s mission and vision.
Angela Kearney, Director
With a M.S. in Ecological Planning & Design from the Conway School, and BS and BA in Biology and Art, Angela Kearney brings passion and knowledge to the board. She has over 15 years of experience as a Conservation Planner for the Town of Lincoln overseeing the successful development and execution of two Open Space Plans and countless other land protection projects. She is also the owner/proprietor of Minglewood, LLC an ecological design/build company. Her commitment to the environment is also demonstrated in her many accreditations and certifications including LEED Accredited Professional, Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, Ecological Landscaping Association, and SOMWBA.
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.
Carrie Novak
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
Alan N. Rousseau, Director
Alan has been a NCLT director since 2005 and has served as Board President from 2006 till the beginning of 2018. 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 Roussea


Anna Wilkins, Executive Director
Anna Wilkins, Executive Director. Anna has worked in the field of conservation for over a decade in Massachusetts.  She brings her training in Ecology and Natural Resource Management from Sterling College, VT, and experience managing over 2,000 acres of municipal conservation land as well as a love and passion for community engagement to NCLT.  She is pleased she can focus on 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,, Director of Land Protection. Jassy manages the land protection program for NCLT and supervises the stewardship for the over 500 acres of conservation land owned by the trust. 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. She was Chair of the Hubbardston Open Space and Recreation Committee for 19 years, overseeing two land protection projects and the stewardship of town conservation land.  She also chaired the Town’s Community Preservation Committee. She has a BSc in Geography from Worcester State College.
Jassy Bratko
Lisa Adams, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

2018-2019 Terra Corps Service Member

Robin Austin, Land Stewardship & Community Engagement Coordinator, TerraCorps AmeriCorps 2018-2019 TerraCorps Service Member
Robin graduated with a Geosciences degree from Smith College in 2018. She looks forward to serving with North County Land Trust and helping conserve the forests and farmlands of North Central Massachusetts.