Staff and Board Members

Judy Lehrer Jacobs

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 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.

Maile Panerio-Langer

Maile Panerio-Langer

Associate Director

Maile Panerio-Langer has been with the Friends of the Blue Hills since 2014.  When she and her family moved to the Boston area, the Blue Hills played a prominent role in deciding where to live.  Since moving to Milton in 2009, Maile and her family have enjoyed hiking and discovering the diverse flora and fauna offerings within the Blue Hills.  Maile is a former Vice President of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club and oversaw the Milton Road Race.  Maile is also a former President and founding member of HERE4Justice (Health Equity and Racial Equity for Justice), community organizing around health equity issues.  She is also a member of the Social Medicine Consortium, a global health organization that fights for health equity through training and advocacy.  Maile obtained a Master’s of Public Health in Health Equity from Simmons University.  

David Dobrindt

David Dobrindt

President

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 spending time with his wife and four children, two cats and one dog. David joined the board in January of 2015 and is originally from Long Island, NY.

Laura Beebe

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.

 

Bob Murray

Bob Murray

Treasurer

Bob Murray has been enjoying the Blue Hills since moving to Milton in 1996 with his wife and daughter. Despite having hiked on almost every trail in the Reservation, he still enjoys getting out there in every season of the year. In addition, he uses the Reservation (especially the Skyline Trail) as training course for his yearly long-distance treks in the United Kingdom. Bob retired from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2018 after 30 years, most recently serving as the administrative officer of the Center for International Studies. In addition to being a Friends of the Blue Hills board member, he also serves as the Treasurer.

Matt Panucci

Matt Panucci

Secretary

Matt Panucci is CEO of the Belgian based DOLIUM, which specializes in packaging for beverage companies. Matt has spent most of his professional career in beverage sale and marketing with a focus on international business development and M&A. Matt and his family recently moved to Milton from Belgium, where they lived for 8 years. As an outdoor enthusiast Matt has a keen interest in FBH, its evolution, and advancement.  

Ken Cohen

Ken Cohen

Trustee at Large

As a retired financial analyst and public official in municipal government, Ken is an avid photographer with a specialty in “the art of nature.” He’s a year-round hiker and snow shoe enthusiast in the Blue Hills, other reservations, land trusts (and a supporter of many), the White Mountains, and many of our nation’s National Parks. Ken volunteers as an Appalachian Mountain Club Hiking Leader, organizing trips in the Blue Hills and other local hiking destinations. He is also a longtime member of Trail Watch in the Blue Hills, occasionally assisting the DCR Park Rangers. Ken holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and Economics from Long Island’s Hofstra University and is currently an Encore Fellow for ESC of New England.

Barbara Huggins Carboni

Barbara Huggins Carboni

Trustee at Large

Barbara Huggins Carboni is a partner in the law firm of Huggins and Witten, LLC, where her practice includes municipal and land use law.

She has a masters degree in planning from the Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, where she wrote her thesis on Chapter 40R and Chapter 40B. She is currently a member of the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals; formerly an alternate on the Newton Conservation Commission; and currently a Trustee on the Newton Cemetery Corporation.

Her favorite things to do in the Blue Hills are 1) listen for birds; 2) photograph moss; and 3) visit the animal ambassadors at Trailside.

Janille Hylton

Janille Hylton

Trustee at Large

I was introduced to the Blue Hills after taking several environmental field lab trips to places in the Blue Hills like Ponkapoag bog.  The Reservation quickly became my home for hiking, nature photography, relaxing by the pond, and spending hot summer days with my family when they visited. Needless to say, the Blue Hills is near and dear to me. I interned with the Friends of the Blue Hills in 2019 and after, I volunteered at events and related endeavors on- and off-site. I hold a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and work as an assistant Teacher Naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. I enjoy environmental fieldwork and research and have studied tropical ecology in Costa Rica, focusing on watershed ecology, amphibian, and bird research.

Rick Kesseli

Rick Kesseli

Trustee at Large

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 over the last several years and looks forward to doing more with the many Friends of the Blue Hills interested in preserving our natural environment.

Mike Paglia

Mike Paglia

Trustee at Large

Mike’s love of the outdoors coincided with his discovery of the Blue Hills over 15 years ago. In that time, he has logged countless hours on its trails. Mike has gone on to become an avid hiker (especially in the White Mountains) and a graduate of Outward Bound, but continues to visit the Blue Hills regularly. A big believer in the restorative benefits of time spent in nature, Mike is incredibly grateful for having the Blue Hills so nearby. He joins the board as a way to give back and support its mission.
 
Mike lives in Dedham with his wife, two daughters, and one dog.  Mike works for the ad agency MullenLowe.
Emily Grilli-Scott

Emily Grilli-Scott

Trustee at Large

Emily Grilli-Scott joins the Friends of Blue Hills with a profound appreciation for the natural world for it’s beauty and positive impacts on physical and mental health. She lives in Roslindale, MA and spends her weekends hiking in the Blue Hills and other local green spaces with her family. Currently, she works at Northeastern University as the Assistant Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. Prior to joining Northeastern, Emily worked at the Appalachian Mountain Club connecting families to urban parks through intentional programming and at Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland as a Senior Educator. She is passionate about connecting public health, climate change, and community organizing to build healthier communities while working to dismantle structural racism. Emily holds a MPH with a concentration in Health Equity from Simmons University and a BA in Environmental Studies and English from St. Lawrence University.

Cheryl Weinstein

Cheryl Weinstein

Trustee at Large

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.