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Lynn Bryant 
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.


Rudi Hervé
Board Member

Rodolphe (Rudi) Hervé and his wife, Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé, arrived in Marblehead in the summer of 2016, when they moved from Hoboken, NJ. Rudi hails from Amiens, France, and works for a French (Re)insurance Company (SCOR).

Melissa, Rodolphe, and their 2 children (Rebecca 13 and Matthias 11) love Marblehead and try to be involved in the community whenever possible. Rodolphe is proud to serve as treasurer of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, and to defend the colors of the town’s over-the-hill soccer team.


Petra Langer

Board Member

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.


John Livermore

Co-Founder and

Board Member

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.


Kurt James

Board Member

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.


Lynn Nadeau

Board Member

Lynn has used a clothesline and compost heap at the very same house in Marblehead for 50 years. A former mathematics teacher, she is a co-founder of HealthLink and spearheaded the creation of the Beach Bluff Park and its splendid Sun Circle partially funded by her popular and welcoming Haggadah. She currently serves on various local boards: the Clifton Improvement Association, Jewish Journal, HealthLink, Marblehead Democratic Town Committee. She is deeply committed to responsible public policy and admires her colleagues in Sustainable Marblehead. Her 5 grandchildren fascinate her with their ideas and thoughts. She jumps into the sea for a few swims each summer day and regularly attends Town Meeting.

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Steve Wolf

Board Member

Drawing from a background in marine science and environmental engineering, Steve has dedicated his career to addressing environmental issues along New England’s coastal areas.  He spent over two decades as an environmental consultant working with governmental and private sector clients followed by ten years at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England district.  Steve recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, where his focus is managing ocean dredged material disposal sites along the New England coastline.  Steve has a long-term commitment to supporting STEM programs and environmental education. He and his wife Lisa recently completed construction of their net-zero home in Marblehead.

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Richard Fried
Board Member

Richard and Pam live adjacent to Marblehead’s Ware Pond with two of their grandsons. Recently, they made a land donation to the Town for expanding the Ware Pond Conservation Area. For many years, Richard has been active in Marblehead Scouting, serving as a Committee member and Treasurer of Cub Scout Pack 11, Cub Scout Pack 79, Boy Scout Troop 11, and Friends of Troop 11 & Pack 11. Richard and Pam are long-term supporters and members of the Marblehead Conservancy, the Maine Island Trail Association, and the Vinalhaven Land Trust. They enjoy their two sailboats, sailing in Marblehead and out of Camden, Maine.

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Rob Howie

Board Member 

Rob is a management consultant and marketing professional. He founded HarborMoor, Marblehead's premier online boating community. He has advocated for  ocean sustainability since serving as Commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club, which became a model for sustainability. For his leadership, he received Sustainable Marblehead's Conservation Award and the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce's Harbor Award in 2019. He is Sailors for the Sea Skipper for Marblehead, where he leads their effort to promote Green Boating. He is a lifelong resident of Marblehead where he and his wife raised four children. 

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Elaine Leahy
Executive Director

Elaine has a wealth of experience in marketing, journalism and event planning in the corporate sector, including Cardinal Health, as well as nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity. She holds a MA in Strategic Communication and writing is a passion. Elaine served as co-chair of the Education and Conservation Working Groups in Sustainable Marblehead. She enjoys getting involved in the community and volunteers with many local organizations, such as the Marblehead Conservancy, SPUR, Our Lady Star of the Sea, and the Marblehead Little Theater, and she served on the Board for the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Spending time in nature to sail, bike, and kayak with her family are favorite pastimes, and she has a never-ending stack of books she loves to read.

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Jean Verbridge

Board Member

Jean is a founding principal of SV Design, a commercial and residential architectural and interior design firm based in Beverly and Chatham. Jean is a leader in the interior design industry and has served as President of the Massachusetts Interior Design Conference.  In 2016 she was honored by the American Society for Interior Designers with the New England Design Excellence Award. Jean is a resident of Marblehead and as a lifelong seafarer and avid ocean rower, she is a member of Marblehead’s RocknRow club. Jean’s active involvement with the North Shore community includes serving as a Board member for ECCF, Marblehead Counseling Center and Goldthwaite Reservation.


Eileen Haley Mathieu

Board Member

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.

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Jean Skaane

Board Member

Jean has lived in Marblehead for 25 years. Prior to taking time off to raise three children, Jean worked in process reengineering for financial service firms.  She later went on to found, lead, and serve on committees related to wellness, sustainability, literacy, and community building. In 2013, Jean led the effort to design an outdoor classroom and garden at a K-3 public school in Marblehead where she wrote and taught a sustainability-centric curriculum, incorporating her passion for mindfulness. Founder of Still Waters Mindfulness, Jean works with kids, parents, and teachers to build mindfulness into everyday life.  She enjoys hiking, working in her garden, swimming, and skiing.

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Louise Bullis Yarmoff
Board Member

An educator and communicator, Louise has a long-held interest in sustainability. Most recently a teacher of English as a second language in Lynn, she has also served as project manager for an educational exchange program for French young professionals and worked as an editor in the financial services industry. She completed an executive MBA program in marketing and sustainable development in 2013. After growing up in Marblehead and graduating from Marblehead High School, Louise traveled the world and worked with local organizations to help companies grow abroad, living in Japan and France before returning to town in 2015. She and her husband, Jean-Jacques, are working to improve the energy efficiency of their historic home and enjoy sailing their sloop Daphne.

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