The Squam Lakes Association's 2022 Annual Meeting will be conducted Saturday August 6th at 9:30am in the Fisher Family Activity Barn on the SLA campus.
The 2021 Annual Report and Financials will also be provided at the meeting.
Saturday, August 6th - 9:30AM, Annual Meeting of the Squam Lakes Association to:
Receive Reports and Elect new board members and approve officer slate for 2022/2023
9:30am - Tea and Coffee
10:00am - Welcome from Barry Gaw, President
EB James, Executive Director's Report
State of the Lake
The Lake is Calling Campaign, Jon Harris 1st Vice President
10:30am - Open Member Forum
Approval of 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes
Election of Board & Officers
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.
Jon Harris, 1st Vice President
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.
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
Jill White, Regional Vice President for Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been a familiar face to the communities of Ashland, Holderness, Center Harbor, Meredith, and Plymouth for over 32 years. She oversees retail banking for MVSB branches in Ashland, Plymouth Main Street, and Plymouth Hannaford. Jill began her banking career at MVSB in 1987 as a teller in their Ashland office on 5 Riverside Drive. She transferred to the Bank’s Center Harbor location in 1995 and returned to Ashland in 1998, where she is currently based. She has been a Holderness Select Board Member for the past nine years, currently serving as Chairman. She is also on her 10th year of service for the Holderness Budget Committee, and is a former member of the Holderness Planning Board. She resides in Holderness with her family.
Confirm New Directors for three year terms
Michelle has been fortunate enough to reside in the Lake Region her entire life. Raised in Meredith, Michelle spent her summers at her family’s cottage on the lake waterskiing with her brother and friends. Her fondest memories were the early morning wake up calls to waterski while the lake was still smooth as glass. Michelle graduated from Plymouth State in 2001 with a BS in Graphic Design. Her love for the Lakes Region was enough to keep her in the area after graduation where she joined her father at their family owned real estate company in downtown Meredith. After her father’s retirement, Michelle continued her passion for real estate by opening up her own company in Holderness.
Michelle and her husband Randy have raised their two teenagers in Holderness and have taught them to appreciate everything Squam Lake has to offer. From tubing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding to ice fishing and snowmobiling, the family enjoys taking advantage of all four seasons on the lake. Michelle is most passionate about running and hiking. Having participated in four of the Squam Ridge Races, you can usually find her running up one of Squam ridge trails in search of breath taking views of the lake. Michelle strives to continue her advocacy for Squam Lake & surrounding mountains with hopes to instill the same appreciation upon generations to come.
Tom and his family found their home on Little Squam Lake in 2001. Since then they have spent every Summer, and many a Spring, Fall, and Winter weekend in this magical place and their family memories are full of Squam. Both of Michelle and Tom’s children learned to swim, fish, sail, hike, and ski here. After Michelle’s parents retired to the White Mountains – the Squam home became the central meeting place for three generations of their family. Prior to Squam, Tom and Michelle met at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and worked in management consulting. Tom made his way into the technology industry, first with EMC Corporation and later with Dell Technologies where he led a global services business and global sales teams. In addition to serving on private technology company boards, Tom is currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Brain Tumor Society, and a member of the board of directors of the Brain Tumor Investment Fund – a non-profit impact fund. As both their children have headed off to college, Michelle and Tom are now making Squam their full-time home. They are busy in the garden, are hiking more than ever, and are looking to make a difference in a community they have come to cherish.
Steve grew up in Holderness and is thankful to have shared a lake house, built by his parents - Jonathan & Melanie Siek, with his family on Squam. Steve and his siblings Rebecca, Ben, and Darren always anxiously awaited that Saturday in July where they packed up and moved into the family home.
Although Steve didn’t live on Squam the entire summer, their family boat did and there weren’t many days where you wouldn’t see Steve with his family & friends skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, or snorkeling. In his middle school years, it was easy to spot his friend group by scanning the lake for a crew of Boston Whalers, often attempting to push the small boats to their limit (but of course, always staying out of trouble). Even all of Steve’s summer jobs landed him on Squam – first, maintaining Long Island for Peter Coolidge’s family and secondly cleaning & maintaining boats at Riveredge Marina. Some of Steve’s favorite childhood memories were made on Squam, including his father teaching him how to catch a crawfish, snorkeling the reefs to find the bass fishermen’s lost lures, family camping trips on Loon Island, and the traditional “night rides” to watch the shooting stars.
More recently, Steve has become an avid hiker, traveling the Squam trails multiple times a week, likely competing for the “the greatest number of trips up Mt. Livermore” record. Although Steve prioritizes having fun and being outside, he also is career focused. He is 11 years into a career at Fidelity Investments, leading a global software development team. In addition to his 9-to-5 job, Steve is restoring the Chase House (Mary Chase Inn) which one could argue takes up more of his and family’s time than their real jobs. Steve is thrilled to be living locally where he’s able to work from home, learn home restoration skills from his brother and father while also enjoying any free time he has on the lake or in the mountains. His passion for the outdoors and a lifetime of experiences on Squam is what drives him to pursue preservation of the area. He wants nothing more than to see others experience Squam Lake and its surrounding mountains, as he has and will continue to for years to come.
Susan Speers Hume