Judith is an award-winning storyteller and former director of Bridging Lives, a teen mentoring program. She leads the Transportation Working Group and organized our first community-wide Sustainability Fair. Featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the Smithsonian Institution, and 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival, she is the winner of numerous awards. Locally she volunteers at Lifebridge in Salem, is a member of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club, and sings with Calla Lilly.
Ed worked for 30 years as a manager and co-founder of high tech companies and startups. He then decided to become a mathematics teacher at Marblehead High School, holding this position for 10 years before his recent retirement. He and his wife have lived in Marblehead for almost 30 years, and their two children were both educated in the Marblehead Public Schools. In addition to walking, biking, and traveling, Ed loves dabbling with and using technology. He's also been an active member of the North American Guild of Change Ringers for the past 35+ years.
Kurt is an attorney and founding partner of KJP Partners where he specializes in structuring complex multifamily housing, community health center, educational, and other community development projects utilizing tax exempt financing and tax credits. Kurt has served on a number of local boards and committees, including the Marblehead Planning Board, the Housing Authority, the Smart Growth Advisory Committee, the Fair Housing Committee, and the Affordable Housing Trust. He loves to row, sail, and ride electric vehicles.
John co-founded Sustainable Marblehead in 2017, served as the organization's first executive director, and spearheaded the adoption of two environment-related warrant articles at Town Meeting in 2018. He currently serves as Northeast Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy. John has 25+ years of experience in the sustainability field, having worked for nonprofits, engineering firms, utilities, solar companies, municipalities, and the Massachusetts Energy Office. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, and recording music.
Lynn has been using a clothesline and composting at the very same house in Marblehead for over 40 years. A former mathematics teacher, she is a co-founder of HealthLink and spearheaded the creation and maintenance of the Beach Bluff Park and its Sun Circle. She currently serves as the President of the Clifton Improvement Association, Treasurer of HealthLink, and is a member of the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee. She loves to swim in the sea, regularly attends Town Meeting, and has written a popular new Haggadah called "The Promised Land".
Jean-Jacques first visited Marblehead 30 years ago and moved here in 2015 when the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted him to Boston as its Scientific Attaché. He currently works for BioLabs in Cambridge, a biotech incubator, and is on the board of North Shore InnoVentures, an incubator for both clean tech and biotech companies. Having worked in agencies that finance projects to address climate change, he hopes use this experience to help develop local solutions to the climate crisis. He and his wife, Louise Bullis Yarmoff, enjoy walks in nature (usually in the rain), boating, and choral singing.
Jean-Jacques Yarmoff, Board Member
Lynn joins Sustainable Marblehead with a long background of engagement with local nonprofit organizations. Most recently she served as Advisory Board President of The Women’s Fund of Essex County. Other past volunteer affiliations include Hospice of the North Shore, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Shore Country Day School Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Jim, raised their two children in Marblehead, and they enjoy its beauty every day on long walks with their two dogs.
Kim is a long-time Marblehead resident with a background in marketing, whole food nutrition, and sustainable gardening. She is sales coordinator for JuicePlus, which helps athletes and families lead healthier lives, and an educator with the company’s Tower Garden technology, bringing garden programming to schools and residential communities. She also does marketing for a family-owned wedding and events venue in NH. Kim has four children and leads an active life, including cycling, raising chickens, and coaching Marblehead Girls Youth Lacrosse
Petra has an extensive background in communications and public affairs. She's been Director of Communications for Partners HealthCare, Senior Director of Communications for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and Director of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She and her husband, Phil Axten, have two children who attended Marblehead public schools. She is an avid gardener and walker, and a member of the Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott.
Eileen, who was born and raised in Marblehead, is a retired physician who practiced emergency medicine on the North Shore for a number of years and then became an internist in Peabody. Her father, a long-time Marblehead physician and sailor, encouraged Eileen’s interest in nature which led to her deep appreciation of the beauty and fragility of our ecosystem. Today, she and her husband, Owen, are avid sailors, bikers, birders, and cross-country skiers. Eileen leads the Clean Energy and Public Policy Working Group, which she says gives her a platform to address the worsening state of our environment.
Eileen Haley Mathieu
Tricia is a physical therapist who works locally and internationally to improve access to rehabilitation services. Her overseas work includes extensive activities in Nepal where her 501c3 organization, Rehab Nepal, is collaborating with Rotary International and the American Nepal Medical Foundation to establish a rehabilitation unit and provide physical therapy in rural communities. She's the leader of the Conservation Working Group, and uses compost from Marblehead’s Transfer Station and her own pile in her large vegetable garden.
A former Board member, Brian is Professor of Marine Biology and Public Policy at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant. With over 20 years of experience working on every continent, Helmuth’s research and teaching focus on predicting the likely ecological impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems. His lab also collaborates with educators to develop cutting edge technologies and tools. In 2011, he was named a Google Science Communicators Fellow in the area of climate change.