Fall BOW Instructors




In Memoriam: Alan Briere. The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has lost a dear friend, instructor and colleague. Those of us that were privileged to know and work with Alan enjoyed his zest for life and beauty he found in nature. He and his wife Cheryl taught Nature Photography at Fall BOW for the past 13 years. Alan will truly be missed and our sympathies go out to Cheryl. In Memoriam page.


Timothy J. Acerno: Introduction to ATV’s
Former Major Timothy J. Acerno started his career with N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement in 1983 and retired in 2010. Prior to 1983, Tim worked as a police officer, a junior high school science teacher, high school math teacher and taught at an environmental school. As a Certified Instructor with the N.H. Police Standards and Training Council, Tim conducted classes for each Recruit Academy, as well as several in-service training classes throughout the year. Tim is currently a certified instructor with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, SVIA, having first been certified in 1986. Tim continues to conduct ATV Rider Training classes for SVIA and is also a part time Regional Coordinator for the Fish and Game Department teaching OHRV and snowmobile safety education classes.

Bob Backiel: Introduction to Fly Tying, Fly Fishing A-Z, and Fly Fishing on the Water
Bob has spent more than 30 years in the NH outdoors and has fished northern NH since he was a child. He is a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor with N.H. Fish and Game and enjoys working with and meeting new students. He spends his free time hiking in the White Mountains both during the summer and winter months and has hiked all 48 of the White Mtn. 4,000 footers. He also enjoys spending time with his 9 year old son Matthew doing all outdoor activities. He is self employed as a landscaper in Windham, Maine where both he and his son reside.

Becky Barry: Outdoor Cooking and Basic Camping Skills
Becky grew up in an outdoor-oriented family from a small Midwestern town and has actively participated in nature study, fishing, small boating, canoeing, wilderness camping and shooting sports her whole life. She served as N.H. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Coordinator for six years during the '70s and '80s and was responsible for compiling the Department's cookbook, Cook Wild. She also co-authored The Voyageurettes: Their Tales and Legends, which is loosely based on more than twenty real-life women's adventure trips to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area since 1964. Some of her pals call her a "gadget-person."  Privately, Becky acknowledges being a chronic over-packer, but she's working on that.

Kathleen Bigford: Mountain Biking
Kathleen has been an avid biker since 1979 and shares co-instructor, Emily Wrubel’s enthusiasm for road and mountain biking. Kathleen placed second in New England in the NORBA Masters Women Racers competition. Kathleen teaches 6th grade at Great Brook Middle School in Antrim.

Cheryl Briere: Nature Photography in the Field
Cheryl is the Director of Case Management for a regional hospital and has more than thirty years experience in a variety of medical disciplines. She has a passion for the outdoors that she captures with her camera and her three Brittanies — Gypsy, Penny and Millie.

Emily Preston: Eco Touring Squam Lake by Kayak and Beautiful Bugs
Emily is a biologist with the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife program. She has been an avid naturalist her whole life and has enjoyed sharing her love of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and especially insects, with others for over 25 years. She has a master’s degree in entomology, concentrating on aquatic insects, and is one of the leaders of the N.H. Dragonfly Survey.

Jennifer Cattin: Basic Map & Compass and Navigating in the Outdoors
Jennifer is married to an avid deer hunter and her appreciation for the outdoors and outdoor activities continues to grow. She and her family have hiked in the Swiss Alps, camped and hiked the trails throughout N.H., and toured the US in their RV exploring many of the National Parks. As a past participant of BOW, among her favorite classes were: Field Dressing Big Game, Falconry, Archery and Orienteering. Jennifer is a mother of three and works in a medical office in Manchester.

Donna Cote: Basic Camping Skills and Outdoor Cooking
Donna is a life-long resident of N.H. and has experienced N.H. outdoors while on family camping trips as well as with the Girl Scouts. She has instructed Girl Scout leaders in outdoor living skills. Donna has completed several canoe trips, most recently in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. She currently lives on a small lake in N.H. where she enjoys kayaking and bird watching.

Randy Curtis: Basic Map & Compass and Navigating in the Outdoors
Randy grew up hunting and fishing with family members in Cheshire County, NH and has had a love of the outdoors since an early age. He is a former Hunter Education Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and is currently the Department’s Federal Aid Administrator.  Randy has developed his own map and compass skills during numerous hunting trips and outdoor excursions. He uses map and compass extensively to increase his safety and enjoyment while outdoors.

Hope Eagleson: Introduction to Kayak Fishing and Introduction to Kayak Fishing – Part II
Hope grew up in New Hampshire. As a youth she spent her summers fishing in the harbor of Monhegan Island Maine. After attending several “Let’s Go Fishing” programs as a student, she was inspired to become a volunteer instructor with the program. Hope is licensed in N.H. and Maine as a Fishing Guide and also volunteers with the Casting for Recovery Program. She has had the opportunity to travel and fish all over the world, in places such as New Zealand and Costa Rica.

Dave Erler: What Grows Here?
Dave attended St. Cloud State University and completed some graduate work in Environmental Interpretation at Texas A&M. Dave was a naturalist with the National Park Service and University of Minnesota Extension service before coming to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center in 1979. Dave was recognized as the New England Environmental Education Alliance’s Educator of the Year in 2002.

Sandy Falicon: Become a Packable Gourmet...Just Add Water
Sandy has worked for the N.H. Fish and Game Department for over 34 years. Sandy works in the Office of the Director overseeing the Department's legislative and regulatory processes. Prior to this, she was a biologist in the Fisheries Division for many years. Sandy has enjoyed being a part of B.O.W. since it's beginning in New Hampshire. Sandy spends much time outdoors and enjoys all types of salt and freshwater fishing, kayaking, boating, wilderness canoeing, camping, and hiking.

Jessica (Fischer) Carloni: Introduction to Hiking and Wilderness Backpacking  
Jessica is a biologist at New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Marine Division in Durham, NH, where she monitors rainbow smelt, American eels, horseshoe crabs, and northern shrimp. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and grew up camping in the Adirondack Mountains where she developed a love for the outdoors. An amazing seasonal job opportunity working with seabirds in Alaska arose after Jessica finished college. While in Alaska, she was fortunate enough to backpack in Denali National Park and hike up Exit Glacier in Seward, which were some of the most amazing experiences of her life. She currently lives in the seacoast area and loves to explore the White Mountains.

Tom Flynn: Introduction to Hunting
Tom is a lifelong resident of N.H.; he has been employed by the N.H. Fish and Game Department for 22 years and is currently the manager of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Tom is an avid hunter with over 30 years hunting and fishing experience, he is a certified Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructor. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, softball, Golf and spending time in the outdoors.

Eric Geib: Introduction to Archery and Introduction to Hunting
Eric is employed by N.H. Fish and Game Department as the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center’s Program Assistant. He has 18 years of hunting experience, is a certified hunter and bowhunter education instructor and is the state coordinator for the National Archery in the Schools Program. Eric has a new son that he can’t wait to take out on his outdoor adventures, whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or making maple syrup.

Linda Harris: Handling Handguns
Linda has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. She is certified as an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Rifle Instructor, NRA Shotgun Instructor, NRA Class - C Coach, SIGARMS Armorer. She has 20 years of competitive shooting and coaching experience. Linda is associated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), American Women’s Self Defense (AWSD) and Gun Owners of New Hampshire (GO - NH). Linda is assisted by her husband George. For more information on handgun classes for women, please visit: http://ifcllc.us/classes/ Note: these are not official BOW-sanctioned classes.

Mike Ivone: Introduction to Kayak Fishing and Introduction to Kayak Fishing – Part II
Mike is a licensed N.H. fishing guide specializing in kayak and ice fishing; and runs his own guide service — Barndoor Gap Adventures. He is a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor with N.H. Fish and Game and really enjoys passing along his knowledge to students. When not guiding or working at his real job; Mike enjoys traveling, and camping.

Peter Johnston: Nature Photography in the Field
Peter has been involved in professional photography for over forty years. He has taught students of all ages basic and advanced digital photography courses including, but not limited, to use of film and digital lenses, filters, meters, flash, f/stops, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO and composition for both film and digital SLR's. His work has been displayed throughout NH over the years. He currently teaches classes out of his studio, photographs occasional weddings on request and manages to escape to capture wildlife, lakes, rivers and flowers as often as he can.

Allison Keating: Introduction to Rifle
Allison works for the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program in the Wildlife Division of N.H. Fish and Game and has been with the Department since 2000. She received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management in 2002 and is currently working on her master’s degree in Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the Goffstown Fish and Game Club, a Certified Hunter Ed and Bowhunter Ed instructor, a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and is on the NH Chapter Board of Directors and is also a member of the National Rifle Association and a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. Allison grew up hunting and fishing with her father and continues to enjoy doing so now and is also enjoying teaching her own daughters how to shoot!

Jill Kilborn: Furbearers Forever
Jill is a wildlife biologist based in N.H. Fish and Game’s Region 1 office in Lancaster. Jill worked extensively with New Hampshire’s trappers and furbearers by intensively studying American marten distribution and potential occurrence in N.H. Jill grew up in Coos County and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, hiking, and canoeing. 

Dick LaFleur: Furbearers Forever
Dick has been an outdoor enthusiast all of his life. Living in the North Country, it has been natural for him to take up hunting and fishing, but trapping is his foremost interest. He has trapped all of N.H. furbearers for over 40 years and has trapped in Northern Maine for several years. He has been a N.H. Fish and Game Trapper Education Volunteer Instructor since 1982.

John Lanier: Exploring Wildlife Habitats at Rockywold and Field Dressing Big Game
John worked for the N.H. Fish and Game Department for 10 years as a Wildlife Habitat Biologist. Before that he worked for the US Forest Service and ran the Wildlife Management Program for the White Mountain National Forest for 25 years.

Christina Luppi: Introduction to Rifle
Christina has been actively volunteering for NH Fish and Game in various aspects for 5 years. She is a Hunter Education Instructor for NH Fish and Game, a certified Range Safety Officer with the National Rifle Association (NRA), and a board member of the Goffstown Fish and Game Association in Weare, NH.  Being an avid outdoorswoman and supporter of conservation efforts, she welcomed the opportunity to become a Fish and Wildlife Steward for NH Fish and Game last year, educating the public about the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program and the conservation projects that they fund. Christina is new to the BOW program, but as always, she is very much looking forward to spreading her passion for the outdoors and everything that it has to offer!

Josh Mackay: Hunter Education Coordinator
Josh is employed by N.H. Fish and Game as the Hunter Education Program Coordinator. He has enjoyed hunting and fishing for as long as he can remember. He spends his time outdoors whenever possible and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained over the years with others. In the past he taught high school, and is currently a Bowhunter Education and Hunter Education instructor. He has twin boys at home that he can’t wait to have tag along on his outdoor adventures.

Dave Magnon: Introduction to Fly-tying, Fly-Fishing from A - Z and Fly Fishing on the Water
Dave is the outgoing Chair of the N.H. Trout Unlimited Council. He has fly-fished extensively for the last 35 years from Alaska to the Rockies to New England, and still finds the most beauty and outdoor excitement right here in New Hampshire! He has taught fly fishing as part of the Project Healing Waters program for disabled veterans and acts as a river guide/mentor in the Casting for Recovery retreats for breast cancer survivors and is a Let’s Go Fishing Instructor with N.H. Fish and Game.

Monica Marcotte: Basic Map & Compass and Navigating in the Outdoors
Monica is a past participant of the BOW program who loves to spend her free time hiking, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking. A Girl Scout leader for many years, Monica loved the opportunity to explore the outdoors that Girl Scouting provided, many of the same types of opportunities she finds the BOW program offers. Monica works for a Concord law firm where she is currently assisting in several projects to place conservation easements on large tracts of privately owned land which will enable the property to remain in its natural state and open for public use and enjoyment forever.

Al and Lorri Menard: Introduction to Firearms & Safety and Introduction to Shotgun, Introduction to BOW Hunting
Al and Lorri have been certified Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education instructors with NH Fish and Game for the past 24 years. Both are also certified NRA instructors in rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun. They are avid hunters and enjoy being out in the outdoors, and have fun passing on this enjoyment to others. They have been a team since 1984, and a teaching team since 1989. 

Conservation Officer Brad Morse: Wilderness First Aid and Outdoor Skills and Survival
Bradley R. Morse joined the NH Fish and Game Department, Law Enforcement Division, as a Conservation Officer Trainee in 2004. Upon successfully completing his first year as a probationary Conservation Officer Trainee, Brad was promoted to Conservation Officer I and permanently assigned to the 26 Patrol Area which encompasses the Towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich and Holderness. Conservation Officer Morse is a certified Firearms Instructor and currently serves on the Law Enforcement Division’s Dive Team, Honor Guard and Specialized Search and Rescue Team. Before employment with NH Fish and Game, Brad served the United States Army as a member of Special Forces for 21 years and was deployed to over 30 countries. Brad has extensive knowledge and experience dealing with search and rescue including patient extraction and the use of helicopters. Brad is also an expert and is intimately familiar with various forms of navigation to include use of map, compass, GPS, barometer, celestial and marine over the horizon technique. Brad received a Bachelor of Health Science Degree from Campbell University and brings with him numerous specialized training accolades.

Conservation Officer Heidi Murphy: Wilderness First Aid and Outdoor Skills and Survival
Heidi Murphy was hired by the Department in 2004 as a Conservation Officer Trainee. Upon successful completion of her probationary year she was promoted to Conservation Officer I and was permanently assigned to a District 3 patrol which encompasses the towns of Franklin, Andover, Salisbury, Boscawen, Wilmot, New London, Sutton, Hill and Danbury. She is a member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team within the Department. Before becoming a Conservation Officer, Heidi was an eighth grade science teacher in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Andrew O’Shaughnessy: Introduction to Kayaking
Andy has been kayaking since 1989. He owned and operated the Winnipesauke Kayak Company in Wolfeboro for 10 years, guiding and instructing. He is certified through the American Canoe Association and is a Registered Maine Guide. He has a broad knowledge of the outdoors through his experiences with kayaking, canoeing, fly-fishing, backpacking and traveling through the US and abroad. Andy resides in Wolfeboro, N.H. and spends three months out of the year in New Zealand’s backcountry.

Cheri Patterson: Eco-Touring Squam Lake by Kayak, Introduction to Canoeing and Introduction to Kayak Fishing - Part II
Cheri has worked for the NH Fish and Game Department for 35 years as a marine biologist.  Cheri learned how to canoe and fish early in life and has enjoyed fishing experiences here in the northeast, as well as, Canada and the western rivers. She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and sharing these outdoors experiences with family and friends.

Diana Reno: Sharing Nature with Children
Diana created Roots & Wings children’s programs in 1982, and continues to delight the children of southwest New Hampshire with her nature-based summer camp. She is a naturalist and educator with over 30 years experience in national parks, schools and environmental programs, including the Harris Center for Conservation Education. Diana holds a Master of Science in Teaching from Antioch University New England. Her programs aim to develop roots and ventures into creative projects to strengthen young wings.

Kris Riccardi: Introduction to Fly-tying, Fly-Fishing from A - Z and Fly-Fishing on the Water
Living in Newport, N.H., Kris shares her home on the Sugar River with her husband Jim and a variety of bird hunting dogs. Having been involved with the Let’s Go Fishing Program for several years, Kris joined BOW in 1999 as a fly-tying and fly-fishing instructor. Passing on her love of fly-fishing and the outdoors in general has in itself become one of her favorite hobbies.

Jim Riccardi: Introduction to Fly-tying, Fly-Fishing from A - Z, and Fly-Fishing on the Water
Jim has been instructing fly-fishing and fly-tying for over 25 years and is one of the original innovators of the fly-fishing portion of the Let’s Go Fishing Program. He has been a commercial fly-tyer, syndicated outdoor writer and fly shop owner. When not fly-fishing, Jim is an avid bird hunter and just enjoys being in the New Hampshire outdoors. Jim lives in Newport, N.H. with his wife Kris and their bird dogs. Volunteering his time to teach fly-fishing to others is his way of giving back to a pastime that has become a way of life.

John Richardson: Introduction to Muzzleloader
John is a certified Muzzleloading Education Instructor with the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association and a life member of the NMLRA. John first got involved in muzzleloading prior to the nation’s bicentennial. An interest that started with one hunting rifle has since expanded to many rifles and pistols, used mostly in competition. John is a former Flintlock Rifle State Champion. He is assisted by Dave Price, Julie and Buzz Cate, and Bill Bevans.

Julie Robinson: Become a Packable Gourmet...Just Add Water
Julie is a field biologist in the Wildlife Division of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and currently works out of the Region III Office in Durham. She started her career at Fish and Game as a field technician. Her love of the outdoors and wildlife has led to a variety of projects including waterfowl, big game and furbearer work. Julie has been enthusiastically committed to the BOW program from the start. “It’s really neat to see the changes in women who have never had outdoor opportunities fall in love with fishing, hunting or other activities by the end of the program.”

Sue Rugg: – Introduction to ATV’s
Sue just retired in June from the teaching profession after 36 years. She has been involved with her local snowmobile club for the past 24 years assisting with their snowmobile safety classes. In 2003 she became the OHRV Regional Safety Coordinator for Rockingham County. She soon realized there were very few organized ATV clubs and even fewer instructors. She rapidly became involved with the ATV community throughout the state in trying to develop more classes not just for children, but everyone in the sport, especially reaching out to the people from out of state and helping them to realize the history of how our trails develop and the importance of joining a club. She has held classes from Pittsburg to Nashua and Jaffrey to Rye. In addition to classes, she promotes Fish and Game’s safety classes by setting up the OHRV Safety Education Display at many events throughout the state. With the sport of ATVing growing in popularity in the last 4 years, the opening of Jericho Park and the expansion of trails in the North Count, she expects to be busy in her new career at Fish and Game with the OHRV Safety Education Program. 

Laura Ryder: Field Dressing Big Game and Beautiful Bugs
Laura is the Aquatic Resources Education, Hunter Education and BOW Programs Supervisor for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. She works on program design and funding through grants and is responsible for direction and evaluation of these programs statewide. She sits on the Collaborative Leadership team for the NH Children in Nature coalition representing hunting and fishing activities as wonderful ways to engage children in the outdoors. Laura has a B.S. in Environmental Biology and a M. Ed. in Environmental Science Education. She enjoys any kind of fishing, hunting, kayaking wildlife watching and introducing her 13 year-old son to the great outdoors. She believes that education and connecting people to the outdoors is the key to conserving our natural resources.

Judy Silverberg: Outdoor Cooking and Basic Camping Skills
Judy is the Education Programs Supervisor with the Public Affairs Division of the N.H. Fish and Game Department. She is the author of the N.H. Wildlife Viewing Guide. Judy enjoys recreational hiking, paddling, biking and camping with her family and loves to share her vast knowledge of the outdoors with others.

Kristine Smith: Intro to Freshwater Fishing and Fishing on Golden Pond
Kristine grew up in Massachusetts and has been fishing since she was a young child. She is an avid angler who enjoys bass fishing, ice fishing, fly fishing and salt water fishing. She is a volunteer instructor for N.H. Fish and Game’s “Lets Go Fishing” program. She is most passionate about spending her free time with her young daughter teaching and sharing her love of the great outdoors!

Pamela Sweeney: Introduction to Kayaking
Pam is the Executive Director of the Kingswood Youth Center, a non-profit organization in Wolfeboro servicing teens in need of mentorship. Prior to this position, she enjoyed working at the Winnipesaukee Kayak Company as a Business and Outings Manager. Her kayaking adventures include radio tagging gray whales in California and paddling surf in Hawaii, New Zealand and Fiji. She loves to share her enthusiasm of the sport with everyone. Pam lives on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro with her husband and two children.

Terry Tilley: Intro to Freshwater Fishing and Fishing on Golden Pond
Terry caught the fishing bug early in her childhood. Her enthusiasm for the sport continued to grow over the years and when her son was old enough to learn, she bought him a fishing rod. A few years later, she joined a bass club and became an avid bass angler. In 1992, she and her son were the first mother/son team to ever compete in a National Bass Fishing Team Tournament. During her tenure with the bass club, her favorite office was as the Youth Committee Chairman which she held for over 10 years. After moving to NH, Terry became a volunteer instructor with the Let’s Go Fishing and BOW Programs sharing her passion for the sport with others.

Karina Walsh: Fishing on Golden Pond
Karina is the “Let’s Go Fishing” Program Coordinator for the NH Fish and Game Department. She has worked for Fish and Game since 2002, starting as a Biological Aid and then moving into a Biologist position within the Marine Division. Karina grew up fishing with her family and has been involved with education, in an informal setting, most of her life. She never misses an opportunity to pass along her knowledge, experience and passion for getting outside and casting a line on New Hampshire’s beautiful waters.

Paula Wanzer: Introduction to Canoeing
Paula is a certified canoe instructor and co-founder of One Step Further, which conducts instructional programs for children and adults. Instruction is customized for each student’s knowledge and capabilities so that they will continue to pursue this sport as a lifelong leisure activity. Paula is assisted by Cheri Patterson.

Emily Wrubel: Mountain Biking
Emily owned and operated a bike shop for 12 years, and is the organizer of a 30-mile mountain bike race that benefits the Hillsboro, N.H. rescue squad. She teaches 7th and 8th graders in Peterborough, N.H. and is an avid biking enthusiast. Emily has biked coast-to-coast, done bike tours, and has commuted by bike to work.

Marilyn Wyzga: Sharing Nature with Children and Creating Backyard Habitat
Marilyn’s work as a wildlife educator spans habitat enhancement, landscape design, and teacher professional development. She created and coordinates Project HOME, the NH Fish and Game Department’s schoolyard habitat program that has engaged schools in wildlife habitat practices for 20 years. She co-authored Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead, a publication that offers a new way of thinking about shaping home grounds and public spaces to include native landscapes and wildlife habitat. Marilyn currently serves on the board of the New England Environmental Education Alliance and coordinates the NH Children in Nature Coalition, an organization she helped establish in 2007.