Our Board of Directors

The Nature museum board of directORS. NOT PICTURED IS DEB VELTO.

The Nature museum board of directORS. NOT PICTURED IS DEB VELTO.

Laurie Danforth
Board President
Listening to the album "Songs of the Humpback Whales" in 1970 was an “aha” moment for Laurie. That humbling experience opened a portal to the natural world which inspired a life’s passion as a planet protector. Laurie hugs beeches, learns bird songs, photographs ice, and shares her binoculars with her grandson. She is proud that her six-year-old granddaughter can hoot like a Great Horned Owl. 

Leslie Goldman
Vice President
Leslie grew up in the canyons of Manhattan with Central Park as her backyard, spent summers in the New England woods, and loved the beach at Rockaway where her grandparents lived. Those early years embedded in her a sense of wonder at the beauty of our world and taught her to find nature in the most unexpected places. The exploration and experience of nature continues!

Steven Davis
Treasurer
Steven grew up on the Dakota prairies, where his great-grandfathers had homesteaded 100 years before. A love of nature and an innate commitment to sustainability were the outgrowth of these early experiences.

Jill Bruning
Secretary
Jill comes from generations of outdoor enthusiasts. She grew up in the woods of Southern Michigan, spending summers on the shore of Lake Michigan, and sought many outdoor adventures and travel opportunities while studying geological engineering in Michigan's wild Upper Peninsula. She feels most at peace while experiencing movement while in nature, such as cross country skiing, hiking, or kayaking. She now strives to adapt these activities to share with her two young children.

Rick Cowan
Board Member
Though he worked as a flight attendant and a humane society public relations director in his twenties, most of Rick’s career has been devoted to independent schools. He held teaching and administrative roles at Choate Rosemary Hall, Pingree and St. Paul's Schools and served as executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools in Boston and Washington, DC for 9 years. Locally, he was head of The Grammar School, Director of Admission at The Putney School and the Compass School before retiring in 2015. Rick lives in Cambridgeport and has two daughters. He serves as board chair of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association.

Will Danforth
Board Member
Will is animated by beauty in nature and beauty in music, and does his best to unite the two. How he got into finances is still a mystery, but after 15 years in the profession and five as the Museum treasurer, he's excited to be making a change and tackling fundraising. Contemplating life's mysteries is one of his favorite pastimes. 

Noralee Hall
Board Member
Noralee says that experiencing natural beauty daily with her faithful four-legged companion energizes her so she can keep running smoothly. She enjoys her close ties to the Grafton community and her work at Blake Hill Preserves.

Deborah Velto
Board Member
Deborah joined the board in 2014 and brings a wealth of essential knowledge from her work in education.