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.

Courtney Pupkin

Courtney Pupkin

Director of Stewardship and Special Events

Courtney Pupkin joined The Friends of the Blue Hills in the spring of 2021 as the Director of Stewardship and Special Events.  Before The Friends, Courtney worked at The Sage School of Foxboro as their Director of Annual Giving.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Development at UMass Hillel House for ten years where she launched many successful fundraising events and instituted a legacy program. Before Hillel, Courtney learned the grassroots of fundraising at Solomon Schechter Day School. Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Courtney graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Sociology.  When she’s not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the Blue Hills and photography.

Ann Miranda

Ann Miranda

Membership Coordinator

Ann Miranda joined Friends of the Blue Hills in 2021. Ann and her family have many fond memories of hikes, bike rides and peaceful walks in the Blue Hills. Ann is a resident of Dedham and has worked for local non-profits since 2008. Ann is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fruitful Offerings, a non-profit with a focus of removing barriers to fresh food for people in need. Ann obtained a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University.

Matt Panucci

Matt Panucci

President

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.

David Dobrindt

David Dobrindt

Vice 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.

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.

Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe

Trustee at Large

Laura moved to Milton from Boston over ten 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Lorna Jane Norris

Lorna Jane Norris

Trustee at Large

Lorna Jane Norris is a British born non-profit arts leader, singer, and teaching artist. Following a 20-year career in the community arts education field, Lorna Jane launched LJN Advisory in 2020, a coaching, consulting and recruitment firm specializing in partnering with small to medium size non-profit arts organizations. Lorna Jane’s life and work are grounded in a love for being among the trees. During the first wave of COVID 19, Lorna Jane set a personal goal to run every trail in the Blue Hills. Upon completion she reached out to FOBH and asked if there was a way she could give back. As a result, she became the inaugural chair of the organization’s Membership Committee and then joined the Board in August of 2021.  Lorna Jane and her partner Ed live in Milton and are both members of the 125-mile club!

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.