Sharl Heller, President

Sharl is a founding member and the current president of the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, a founding member and former president of Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and helped found and serves as a facilitator for the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network and is a Massachusetts Keystone Cooperator. Sharl is always willing to travel throughout the Commonwealth to support Friends groups and advocate for state forests and parks. Saving the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens has become her mission in life.

Evelyn Strawn

Evelyn Strawn, Treasurer

Evelyn recently stepped down as the long-time chair of the Plymouth Conservation Commission, is a Trustee and serves as the Development Committee Chair for the Pilgrim Society, a long-time Town Meeting representative, co-founder of the Network of Open Space Friends and founding member and former vice president of the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest. In 2012, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of contributing over 4,000 hours of volunteer time. She is a proud owner of Artemis Rhodesian Ridgebacks and spends time every day walking her dogs in the forest near her home.


Frank Mand, Vice President

Frank is a creative writer and journalist who has received awards for poetry, humor columns, news writing and photo journalism. A former editor of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Frank has written for and edited a number of publications, published his own weekly newspaper, and in 2013 received four awards and was named Feature Writer of the Year for Gatehouse Media (300+ newspapers in 27 states coast to coast). Frank has a BA in English Literature from Boston College, an MBA from Northeastern University, a Certificate in Professional Publishing from Stanford, and a Certificate in Web Management from Emerson College. Recently, Frank taught himself how to make charcoal circa 1825, which he ably demonstrated at SEMPBA's Pine Fest. Frank believes that preservation begins when you first begin to care about where you live, and is spearheading our 'Where Do You Love' campaign.


Carlos Fragata

Carlos Fragata is the biologist on SEMPBA’s Board. A devoted 4-H enthusiast Carlos enjoys sharing his love of nature with young people. Carlos had the brilliant idea of asking the Plymouth Board of Selectmen to adopt the Pitch Pine as the official tree of Plymouth and since that SEMPBA and the Board of Select Persons in Plymouth annually select an endangered species of the year.


Lisa Meeks

Lisa Meeks joined the SEMPBA Board in 2017 and as you can tell from this photo has a real love of wildlife. Lisa is always ready to lend a hand (and her pickup truck) when our conservation efforts require it, and ably manages SEMPBA’s Northern Red-bellied Cooter Head-start program. Most recently Lisa came by the HQ with a container of tiny horseshoe crab babies that she is also trying to raise.


Denise Stowell

Denise Stowell, presently serving as the Board's secretary, brings a career in textile design to the board (she hand-painted a mural of a coastal plain pond on the wall of our former HQ) and is also our expert and advocate for preserving native and fighting invasive plants. She also has a deep interest in natural burials as a way to conserve natural lands and open space.


Judy Whitehouse

Judy Whitehouse joined the board in 2015 and and has served since then in many capacities including secretary, and 'moth ball' volunteer. Judy is willing to assist with just about every event and is always a cheerful friend to both SEMPBA Board Members and nature.

SEMPBA Board 2019 & Volunteers

Clockwise from left:
Judy Whitehouse, Denise Stowell, Sheila Sheridan (alas, moved west), Carlos Fragata, Julie Burkhard, Lisa Meeks, Molly Travers (2018 TerraCorps Service Member), Amy Ronemus. Not shown, Sharl Heller, Evelyn Strawn, Frank Mand and new TerraCorps Service Member Jack Christensen).