Ralph Peck, President, and his wife, Jane, have lived in Holden since 1974. For 15 years Ralph has been chairman of Boy Scout Troop 180, formerly known as Bob Elms’ troop. He was among those present with the Scouts when they demonstrated camping out at Trout Brook, in Winter Carnivals past. He is a native of Springfield, a graduate of Williams College and Michigan Law School, and worked with the commercial real estate department at State Mutual and has practiced law independently.
Scott Morrison, Vice President, is a wetland and soil scientist. Formerly he was a park ranger working in several Massachusetts State Parks. His interests include environmental education and land preservation. In his free time he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing.
Anthony Costello, Treasurer
Kenneth Strom, Secretary.
Jennifer Leith’s long record of teaching elementary grades in Holden continues with the 4th Grade at Mayo School. She has long been collaborating with White Oak’s nature education program She has received Commonwealth recognition for her work in both nature education and American history–her Ellis Island project. She and her husband and their dogs enjoy a White Oak property out her back door–the Zwiep parcel. Her husband Duncan has chaired the Wachusett Regional High School Committee through recent years including the building project.
Erich Mierzejewski grew up in a rural bedroom community in Connecticut with a back yard extending into protected woodland. Provided with ample opportunity for exploration and discovery, his experiences there lead to a respect for nature and lasting appreciation of open spaces. Erich lives in Holden on a small family farm where he spends his time with his wife and two children.
Paul McManus has managed to turn a life-long love of the outdoors into a career as a wetland scientist. In addition to working with White Oak, he is active in the International Society of Wetland Scientists, serving as the New England Chapter President. He lives in Holden with his wife Margaret and two middle school children. The McManus family spends as much time as possible on the snow, in the woods, and messing around in boats.