Staff & Board Members

Judy Lehrer Jacobs – Executive Director

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Judy Lehrer Jacobs – Executive Director

Judy Lehrer Jacobs has been the Executive Director of the Friends of the Blue Hills since 2004. Before joining the Friends, she has worked in various aspects of the environmental field for over 20 years, including researching environmental policy for non-profits and energy and managing energy and water conservation projects for state government. Prior to joining FBH she organized religious communities around environmental issues. She obtained a Master’s in Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources.

Anne Comber – Associate Director

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Anne Comber joined the Friends of the Blue Hills as Associate Director in 2013.  She works on member recruitment, community partnerships and outreach, and special events.  Anne has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and public relations.  She started her own PR firm, Perfect Pitch Communications, in 2007, and was named Entrepreneur of the Week by the Patriot Ledger for successfully marketing small businesses and non-profit organizations.  Anne has previously worked in fundraising and donor cultivation at Fontbonne Academy and was the Deputy Director of Project Bread-the Walk for Hunger.  Anne has public policy degrees from Duke […]

Maile Panerio-Langer – Membership Coordinator

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Maile Panerio-Langer’s love of nature can be traced back to her childhood growing up in Hawai’i.  Her interest in the outdoors has lead to hiking in the Cascades, Rockies, and the Appalachian mountains as far south as Georgia.   Since moving to Milton six years ago, Maile and her family have enjoyed discovering the diverse offerings of the Blue Hills.  Maile was the Vice President of the Milton Juinior Women’s Club and oversaw the MJWC’s Road Race.  She has experience in counseling and as an administrative assistant.

Denny Swenson – President

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Denny Swenson – President

Denny Swenson lives next-door to the Blue Hills and serves as co—chair of our Advocacy Committee, heading up our Healthy Forests; Healthy People Campaign.  Denny was a staff member of WGBH, Boston for fourteen years where she was credited as a producer, coordinating producer, and field producer. Denny played key roles in five studio based broadcast programs, four ongoing broadcast series, and ten documentary broadcast specials. These programs won numerous awards including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, two CINE Golden Eagles, two Silver Hugos, six New England Emmys, Gold and Silver medals from the New […]

Laura Beebe – Vice President

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Laura Beebe – Vice President

Laura moved to Milton from Boston six years ago and has step foot in the Blue Hills Reservation almost every day since then, walking and hiking the trails with friends and family. Upon moving to Milton, Laura joined the Friends of the Blue Hills eager to help protect the park she has come to love. Laura is a middle school English teacher with experience in public and independent schools who currently teaches part time and volunteers often in her children’s schools. In addition to being active outdoors, Laura loves animals, reading, and gardening.

Cheryl Weinstein – Treasurer

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Cheryl Weinstein – Treasurer

Cheryl Weinstein is a retired systems development professional and has been enjoying the Blue Hills with her family for many years. She is currently a Library Trustee in Sharon, where she lives. She is also the project manager for Neighbors Against Destructive Development (NADD), a grassroots organization with members in southeastern Massachusetts.

Rick Kesseli – Secretary

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Rick Kesseli – Secretary

Rick Kesseli has been running, biking, x-country skiing and generally exploring the Blue Hills since arriving in Milton 20 years ago.  Rick is currently the Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and has research projects funded through the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that address issues concerning biodiversity, evolutionary biology of both domesticated crops and wild species and plant-microbe interactions.  Within the Blue Hills, he and his students have worked on both invasive and endangered species projects.  He has given interpretive walks to multiple individuals and groups […]

Hilary Blocker – Trustee at Large

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Hilary Blocker – Trustee at Large

Hilary Blocker of Canton served as President of the Friends of the Blue Hills from 2011 to 2014 and has been active in community service for years.  She has served on the Board of Directors at the Striar Jewish Community Center, taught inner city youth to ski in the winter and camp in the summer, and volunteered at the Small Claims Advisory Service, which provides free legal aid. Most notably, for the past ten years she has been a host family for children from the Chernobyl Children Project, who have been selected to come […]

David Dobrindt – Trustee at Large

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David Dobrindt – Trustee at Large

David Dobrindt moved to Milton in 2002 and immediately discovered the Blue Hills, hiking, running, swimming, fishing and enjoying all the Blue Hills has to offer. In addition to being a member of L Street Running Club and TARC, David is president of the Milton Running Club and trains for races, ranging in distance from 5k to 100 miles, almost exclusively on the trails in the Blue Hills. David is an account director for a large professional services firm and when not traveling for work or training for his running adventures, can be found […]

Jim Green – Trustee-at-Large

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Jim Green – Trustee-at-Large

Jim Green of Canton, traces his FBH roots back to the rebuilding of the Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk in the 80’s. Jim, a healthcare administrator, is currently the Orthopedic Service Line Director at South Shore Hospital.  Jim’s other volunteer activities include My Brothers’ Keeper and Tutoring GED students. He is an active member of the FBH Trails Committee and has adopted Coon Hollow Path. He is currently co-chair of FBH’s Advocacy Committee.

Charlie Maloney – Trustee at Large

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Charlie Maloney – Trustee at Large

Charlie Maloney has hiked all over the Blue Hills.  He is a student at UMass Boston in Environmental Studies and works at REI.  He co-leads Friends of the Blue Hills’ Boots and Brews, a hike for young adults that concludes with a trip to the Blue Hills Brewery.  He’s also on the Program Committee and has volunteered at numerous Friends events.  He lives in Milton.

Bob Mazairz – Trustee at Large

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Bob Mazairz – Trustee at Large

Bob Mazairz has over 15 years experience in public accounting management.  He currently works at Katz, Nannis and Solomon as a tax manager.  He is also a leader in FBH’s trail program and enjoys hiking the trails throughout the Reservation.

Liz Tran – Trustee at Large

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Liz Tran – Trustee at Large

Liz Tran has been enjoying the Blue Hills for more than a decade. It was because the Reservation was so special to her that she decided to join Friends of the Blue Hills, volunteer and then join the Board in 2015.  Liz manages the Friends’ social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, co-leads Boots and Brews and volunteered for Green Up the Blue Hills.  She loves hiking with her partner, Chris, and dog, Milo, an active Shiba Inu.  Liz works in public relations and communications  and lives in Quincy.

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