The Trustees Names Sharon Callahan Human Resources Director

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Kristi Perry
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Boston & Beverly, MAApril 11, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s first land trust established in 1891 and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation nonprofits, has named Sharon Callahan Human Resources Director. Reporting to the CFO/Vice President of Finance & Administration, Callahan will oversee the Human Resource Department in managing employee compensation and benefits, employment policies and procedures, employee development and relations, performance management, and recruiting. The Trustees employs nearly 200 year-round and 600 seasonal staff across Massachusetts.

Sharon CallahanCallahan joins The Trustees from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies where she served as the Associate Vice President, Human Resources for the last several years. She has over 16 years of human resources experience working with companies such as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Neighborhood Health Plan and the Adams County School District.   

“We are thrilled to have someone of Callahan’s impressive background in non-profit, for profit and healthcare human resources join our diverse and growing organization,” says John McCrae, Trustees of Reservations CFO and Vice President for Finance & Administration. “She is an accomplished professional whose leadership skills and deep knowledge of the field will be a significant asset to this critical organizational function.”

“I am excited to be joining The Trustees when during such an important time of growth in the organization’s 122 year-old history,” adds Callahan. “I have a personal passion for their mission to preserve for public use and enjoyment scenic, natural and cultural sites across Massachusetts and inspire people to disconnect more from technology and reconnect with the outdoors and their communities as part of leading a balanced, healthy, grounded life.”

Callahan holds an M.B.A. from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in Business Management (with a concentration in social sciences) from Franklin Pierce College.  She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification and member of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the Northeast Human Resources Association. A New England native, Callahan currently resides in Merrimac, MA.

More about The Trustees of Reservations
An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees were founded in 1891 by visionary landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, to “hold in trust” (or preserve) “reservations” (or parks) for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees currently care for more than 26,000 acres spread across 112 properties of scenic, natural and cultural significance across the state which are visited by over one million people annually. Holdings range from working farms and historic homesteads with landscaped gardens, to barrier beaches, mountain vistas, woodland trails and urban community parks and gardens. The organization also protects and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 20,000+ acres and has worked with public and private partners statewide to assist in the protection of an additional 24,000+ acres. One of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits, The Trustees employs a year-round staff of nearly 200 and 600 seasonal people with operating revenues over $26 million and an endowment that exceeds $140 million. To find out more, please visit: