Manager, Public Relations
Leominster, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, are pleased to announce that Lisa Caissie has joined the organization as Volunteer Services Manager. Based at The Trustees’ Doyle Center and Community Park in Leominster, Lisa will lead and oversee Trustees staff across the state in the on-the-ground recruitment, engagement and management of the thousands of volunteers who help to care for organization’s 105 reservations annually.
Volunteerism has been a cornerstone of The Trustees’ successful 120-year history in conserving and managing land for people. Last year, over 1,600 Trustees volunteers contributed nearly 58,000 hours of work across the state. Under Lisa’s leadership, The Trustees hope to significantly increase the number volunteers who can help carry out a wide range of important work including trail stewardship, office assistance, the delivery of educational programs and much more.
Lisa is an accomplished and seasoned management professional with over twelve years experience in volunteer program management. Prior to joining The Trustees, Lisa was the Manager of Volunteer Services at the Women's Lunch Place in Boston, where she helped redesign and implement the organization’s volunteer program and expanded the volunteer base by 50% in just one year. Before that, Lisa accrued significant experience in overseeing large volunteer programs for the Red Cross and the YWCA in Washington State.
“As we look toward our ambitious goals of increasing our volunteer base, Lisa’s proven track record and innovative ideas will be a true asset,” says Lisa Vernegaard, Trustees Vice President for Sustainability. “We look forward to having Lisa lead the charge in offering more people a powerful opportunity to make a difference in saving and caring for the natural areas and historic landmarks that define the character of their communities and the Commonwealth.”
Lisa is a native of Oxford, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 1995. She currently lives in Worcester.
The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.
In the Central Region of Massachusetts, The Trustees own and manage 17 beautiful, diverse reservations such as Tully Campground, Royalston Falls, Jacob’s Hill, The Doyle Conservation Center and Community Park, Rock House Reservation, Brooks Woodland Preserve, Elliot Laurel, and others.
All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community. Of The Trustees’ 26,000 acres, 12,000 are priority habitat for 89 threatened species.
The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. An established and accredited leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth. One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.