The Squam Lakes Association's 2021 Annual Meeting will be conducted digitally via Zoom Webinar on Saturday August 7th.
Voting will take place during the meeting via electronic polling.
Saturday, August 7th - 9:30AM, Annual Meeting of the Squam Lakes Association to:
Receive Reports and Elect new board members and approve officer slate for 2021/2022
9:30am - Welcome
9:40am Business Meeting
- Approval of 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
- Report from the President
- Report from the Executive Director
- Report from the Treasurer
- Election of Board & Officers
- Other Business
10:30am - Adjourn
Slate of Officers for one-year term
Barry Gaw, President
Barry has been coming to Squam since 1960, as his family rented camps in Livermore Cove, Glen Cove, the Basin and Cotton Cove. In 2003, after living in Boston and NYC, Barry became a full-time resident of Holderness, now living here with his wife Elizabeth, and daughters, Ellie and Greta, on Coxboro Road overlooking Red Hill, Mount Chocorua and the Squam Range. In addition to the SLA, Barry and his family are involved with non-profit and community organizations benefiting the sustainability of the Squam Watershed; including the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Children at risk and adaptive sports programs.
Barry is a LEED Accredited Professional, Real Estate Developer, Certified Green Builder | Construction manager and Marina Owner involved locally with Sippican Partners Construction, Squam River Landing and Riveredge Marina. Educated at Boston University and the Boston Architectural College, Barry is constantly working on bettering the people and place relationships between the natural and built environments, and how we preserve, protect, live and work within the Squam Watershed.
Susan Speers Hume, 1st Vice President
Susan's grandfather, William E. Speers, bought a small farm in Sandwich in the 1930's just up the road from his cousin, T. Guthrie Speers. The Bill Speers family has come up to Squam Lake on Squaw Cove and also to Deephaven Camp every year since then. When Maysie Gorham, a dear and treasured family friend, passed away she deeded her property on the cove to her father. This beautiful property was originally given to Maysie by Guthrie Speers and Erkskine White. Our boat house was built in the 1950's by Maysie and friends. As many of us are, we are now four generations here…caretakers for future generations. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA with a degree in International Relations, Class of 1974. As a financial advisor of over 35 years, she is a general practitioner who works with families, their trusts, and businesses with UBS Financial Services in Norfolk, VA. She actively volunteers in her community. Her husband, Bob, and she enjoy sailing, kayaking, gardening, and travel.
Morgan Jones, Treasurer
Morgan has been coming to the Squam Lakes region since the mid 80’s when his parents purchased land off Mt. Israel Road in Sandwich. Many a summer weekend was spent cutting trails on that land, contending with more than a few black flies, and enjoying the wilderness of the Squam region. One of those summers in the late 80’s, Morgan was a lunch cook at the Corner House Inn, just before beginning his freshman year at Harvard. Morgan graduated from Harvard in ’91 and then earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford before serving four years as an officer in the US Air Force. Upon leaving the Air Force, he joined Battery Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital firm. At Battery, he eventually became a Senior Partner, and a member of the Executive Committee. After 15 years, Morgan left Battery to launch Union Park Capital which is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on Industrial Technology investing, where he serves as the Managing Partner. Morgan and his wife, Jessica, purchased one home of the Webster estate in 2011, and have come to fully appreciate the care and good citizenship that has made the Squam region so unique. Now with three young children, they are active four-season weekend residents and near-full-time summer residents, enjoying the lake and the mountains. They hope to do their part to preserve the area for the enjoyment of future generations.
Annalee Ableson, Secretary
Annalee has been fortunate to spend her summers on a lake: first as a camper at a girl’s camp in Vermont, then as a parent watching her children learn to swim, waterski and sail on Lake Winnipesaukee and now as a grandparent watching her four young grandchildren bond together as they share all the joys and beauty that Squam Lake has to offer. Squam Lake is important to everyone in her family. It is where they spend several months each year and stories and memories concerning their experiences at the lake dominate much of their conversation for the remaining months of the year. Thirteen years ago Annalee, Mark and their younger son, Richard moved to Squam because they had seen first hand how Lake Winnipesaukee had changed. One could no longer safely do many of the activities such as kayaking, wind surfing, and waterskiing and children could no longer enjoy the freedom of riding a small Whaler to explore nooks and crannies of the lake. Last year their older son, Stuart, joined the rest of the family on Squam. Annalee has been president of parents associations at schools and colleges her children attended and most recently was a co-chairman of the McGill University capital campaign. She has a research Ph.D. in psycholinguistics and a law degree with a specialty in health law. Annalee has been a contract lawyer and a board member in the Abelson family businesses. She appreciates the integration of science and regulation and supports controlled use of the lake and environmental education to protect the pristine nature of Squam Lake for future generations.
Confirm Renewing Directors for three year terms
Rich and his wife Susan have been coming up to the White Mountains and Lakes Region for almost 40 years. They had their first glimpse of Squam Lake around 1990 from the top of West Rattlesnake and have been coming back ever since. In 2004 they found their spot on Little Squam and have been enjoying the lake year-round since then. Rich, Susan and their 3 children all enjoy the lake regularly in all kinds of watercraft from paddleboards, rowing shells and sail boats to power boats. In the fall, winter and spring they enjoy hiking and skiing. The children spent many happy summers at JSLA camps and other volunteering opportunities offered by SLA. Rich began a new role as Chief Operating Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts in November. He has a Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of Lowell and an MBA from Boston University. Rich is also an adjunct Professor at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences where he periodically teaches a course in Health Policy. Rich and Susan are committed to preserving Squam Lake for future generations.
Confirm New Directors for three year terms
I have been coming to Squam my entire life. My first memories of Squam were of the smells of the lake as we got closer. I would stick my head out of the window and soak in the fresh air and the smell of pine. As I grew up, I realized that this place is home to me, and I have worked in the Squam area during summers ever since. I never really went to any summer camps, since my family was fortunate enough to have ‘Camp Squam’ that offered the same things but with family, so my first real camp experience was actually being a counselor at JSLA, and I fell in love with it: the camaraderie, sharing a place you love, the team. I felt right at home with camp and the SLA’s mission. I am currently working remotely for an environmental consulting firm in Livingston, Montana that focuses on mitigation banking and conservation and am a rising senior at Davidson College in North Carolina. I am majoring in environmental social science, which examines the relationship between ecology and culture, and am undertaking a senior thesis project regarding the relationship between wilderness and identity. I enjoy hiking, skiing, crossword puzzles, sailing and reading. Needless to say, my experiences at Squam have helped form my love of the outdoors and my life path.
I was introduced to Squam through sailing in the Around the Lake Race in the early 1990s. We were soon told of the mission of the SLA and all that SLA had accomplished while balancing protection of Squam with supporting the use and enjoyment of the Lakes. Our family has enjoyed the immeasurable benefit of sharing the SLA headquarters waterfront with many other low-impact water sports (sailing, rowing, paddling, and fishing) enthusiasts over the last 20-plus years. We have actively sailed in the Lightning fleet throughout that time and interacted in various capacities with the Community Youth Sailing Program. One of our most treasured outcomes as parents is that our four children, now grown, have a deep appreciation for Squam and SLA and continue to love to sail at Squam. To us they represent the future of Squam as they regularly invite new friends to come and experience the Lakes in a sustainable manner.
I am an Environmental Engineer, educated at Tufts and Notre Dame, with a passion for understanding and protecting our environment and planet. This started as a teen volunteering to participate in water quality studies of the Mystic Lakes and Mystic River in Medford, Massachusetts, and continues today. I am presently Director of Engineering at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., where our firm supports our clients’ decision-making and efforts as they seek sustainable business models and practices. During the past 15 months my colleagues and I were excited to provide meaningful support to several companies that developed and manufactured Covid-19 vaccines and antibody-based therapeutics.
I reside in Bow, New Hampshire, where I have been an active community volunteer over the past 30 years having served on the Bow Planning Board and building committees and coached youth sports teams. I have also served on various environmental and professional councils, boards, and committees in New Hampshire.
Jon is passionate about preserving the Lakes Region for future generations and looks forward to joining the SLA Board. Like many of his family members, Jon has been coming to Squam Lake all his life. He has vivid memories of fishing in Squaw Cove with his father and riding horses with his brothers up on the Squam Range back in the 1960s. He now splits his time between Holderness and Philadelphia. Professionally, he was a teacher, coach and administrator at Independent Schools for thirty-five years. For the past seven years, he has managed his own educational consulting practice, Griffin Global Education Network, and specializes in working with international students who want to attend boarding school in the USA. Jon has considerable Board experience as he is a former Trustee of the SLA and St. Mark’s School. He is presently a Director of the Webster Land Corporation and a board member of an independent school in Philadelphia. When Jon is not at Squam, he lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cynthia. He has three children, two daughters who live and work in Boston and a son who is in law school in Vermont.
Susan Smith (board service ends August 2021)
Carolyn Tolles (board service ends August 2021)