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Gary Walker (Chair)
He was born and raised in Southeast Virginia, in what is now the city of Portsmouth, Virginia. It was predominately a small rural farming village at the time. He graduated from high school in 1960, and started engineering school in that same year. In 1965, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Balcksberg, Va. During his undergraduate he was a cooperative engineering student working for the US Navy in the area of overhaul and repair of existing ships.
After graduation, he took a job at the Aeronautical Systems Diversion working for the US Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. He was there 12 years working primarily on new aircraft design specifically the area of external aerodynamic loads. In 1971, he passed the Professional Engineering Exam.
In 1977, he accepted a job with the USAF located in Madrid, Spain. In 1980 he returned to the US to work at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, MA. In 1984 he attended a six-month course for Program Managers at the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, VA. In 1985 he was awarded a Masters degree in Business Administration from Western New England College. He retired from civil service in 1997 though he continued working as a consultant for Dynamics Research Corporation until 2002.
Upon retirement, he and his wife Beverly moved to Wentworth, NH. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, Cindy, playing bridge, researching genealogy, reading and immersing in activities at Starr King Universalist Fellowship.
Robert "Bob" Richer
Bob has spent all his adult life as a teacher. In the early 1970s he taught field communications as a lieutenant in the Army and did drug and alcohol counseling in Vietnam with the Signal Corps. During the 1980s he accepted a position as an organizational development consultant for the Army creating courses in Leadership Transition Management, Stress and Crisis Management, and Career Development. From the early 1990s until his retirement in 2006 he managed the careers of over 600 scientists and engineers in an Army research and development organization. Although he has been a vegetable grower most of his life and is a UNH certified Master Gardener, his current focus is on Forest Gardening. Bob and wife, Celine, have been members of D Acres since 2004. Following Bob's retirement they moved to Groton in July 2006.
Bryan Felice was born and raised in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. He attended U Mass Lowell and graduated with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. After graduating in 1997, he spent time at the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, VT before moving to Rumney and attended Plymouth State College' Masters of Education program. He spent the spring and summer of 2000 at D Acres and greatly appreciates the skills and experience gained during that time, which proved foundational for future endeavors. He then transferred to and graduated from Antioch New England in 2002 with an MS in Environmental Studies focusing on Environmental Education
Bryan has worked in various capacities in the environmental field including leading semester long field studies programs at Antioch College, camp programming at Farm and Wilderness in Plymouth, VT and plenty of local environmental advocacy organizing. He has also developed and led international programs in Cuba and Mexico for undergraduate and graduate students.
Inspired by building a earthen home on the Hopi Reservation while leading an Environmental Field Program, Bryan founded the New Hampshire based eco-design/build firm Undustrial Timber Frames in 2006. As well as continuing to run that business, Bryan teaches sustainable building and living courses and skills at Plymouth State University and Colby Sawyer College. He is also the father of 2 daughters and spends time learning and developing homesteading skills with Thea Dodds at their Rumney home.
Gordon is an experienced manager of innovation and product development in technology-related fields. He has maintained an interest and concern for environmental issues since high school and this has led him to D Acres with its mission supported by its committed and energetic employees, residents, interns and membership.
Until 2012 Gordon was technical manager responsible for electronic systems development at 3M Touch Systems in Methuen, Massachusetts. His computer and electronics career spans 40 years starting at Univac (UK) in 1972 and including design automation software for mainframe computer development (at ICL from 1973 to 1981), digital simulators and test equipment (GenRad 1982-1994), and industrial automation (1995-1996). He holds a number of touch screen related patents and patent applications. He has a BS in Chemistry from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1971 and has pursued computer science at Salford College of Technology, the Open University and UMass Lowell. He has published a number of papers on design automation, test equipment and digital simulation. As a team and department leader since the late 1970s he has continued to stay apprized of techniques for management, prioritization and realization of innovation in new products.
As an educator, Martha has 25 years experience in public schools.K-12. She received her undergraduate degree in School Library Media and Technology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She received her Master Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Before college and becoming an educator, Martha worked 32 years in a wide range of jobs which included the 'usual' secretary jobs that were available to all the girls who did not get married when they graduated from high school. She used her shorthand and typing skills to work at Boston City Hospital for many years as a medical secretary in the outpatient psychiatric ward.
The job at Boston City Hospital and 10 years working as a Service (repair) technician for Sears and Roebucks in Orlando, Florida and having two children were extraordinary experiences, but not having a college degree bothered Martha, so she pursued her education and upon graduating, took a 50% cut in pay to become a dedicated teacher for $15,000 per year.
Martha and her husband, George, have been long time members of DAcres and have attended many classes offered there to learn skills for sustainable living.