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.  

Steve Kruszkowski

Steve Kruszkowski

Social Media Coordinator

Steve Kruszkowski became the Friends’ social media coordinator in 2019. He loves camping, hiking, kayaking, and sitting near a body of water in a hammock or folding chair reading a book. Steve received his B.A. in communications and sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his Master’s of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University. He has worked as a park ranger for the City of Boston protecting Boston’s Emerald Necklace since 2007. 

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.

 

Cheryl Weinstein

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.

Denny Swenson

Denny Swenson

Secretary

Denny Swenson is a former president of the Friends of the Blue Hills.  She 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 York Film Festival, and a Gabriel Award.

Currently, Denny is executive producer of “In Search of the Good Corporate Citizen.” This hour-long program takes viewers beyond the headlines to show why some businesspeople take the ethical low road, and how the best business leaders steer their companies through today’s toughest ethics challenges. The show weaves together expert panel discussions, personal accounts from real-life white-collar criminals and whistleblowers, and “person-on-the-street” perspectives from the financial centers of New York and London. It won 2010 CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Chris and World-Fest Houston awards for outstanding storytelling, production value and creative excellence.  The program has broadcast on over a hundred public television stations nationwide and counting!

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.

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.

Jim Green

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.

Bob Mazairz

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.

Bob Murray

Bob Murray

Trustee at Large

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

Trustee at Large

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.