Elise Tillinghast is the executive director of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, and the managing editor of The Outside Story column. She lives in Thetford, Vermont with her husband Tig, daughter Lucy, son Turner and Fly the Dog. A former lawyer, Elise volunteers for several local nonprofits and helps out with the family sugaring business. She enjoys long walks in her woodlot, home to moose, bears and an ever-expanding beaver empire.
As assistant director of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, Dan provides grant writing, project development, and strategic planning support for our publications and programs. Before joining Northern Woodlands, he worked as a conservation biologist on regional efforts to enhance habitat for vulnerable wildlife populations. Dan is an Elective Member of the American Ornithological Society and a volunteer science educator at the Hartland Elementary School in Vermont. He lives in Hartland with his wife, Kathy, and their sons Remy and Nate. They enjoy being outside together, especially in streams, lakes, and swamps.
Dave Mance III
Dave Mance III is the editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and a contributing editor to “The Outside Story” column; he has been writing and editing professionally for almost 20 years now. He’s currently writing this blurb – you can picture him checking his math on the almost-20-years figure, an incredulous look on his face, wondering how time could fly by like that. When not behind a computer, he’s outside. He grew up in Vermont with family traditions that include sugarmaking, deer hunting, trapping, foraging, and logging; he’s doing his part to pass these traditions along. Dave lives in Shaftsbury with his daughter Luella Mae, his partner Giöm, and her son Noa.
Amy manages the office, which includes the circulation of the magazine, procuring the advertisements within it, and overseeing the organization’s business operations. A strong advocate of “every picture tells a story,” her interest and education in the visual arts inform the development of our outreach materials, advertisements, and the feng shui of the office.
Outside of her Northern Woodlands work, she has served on the board of Safeline, enjoys her survival-of-the-fittest flower gardens, and a good laugh.
Amy's cabinetmaker husband Bill and she both work in their hometown. She feels very fortunate to have a job she loves in the place she feels most connected: a rural Northeastern town where there are thousands more trees than cars.
Emily's role as operations coordinator/web manager includes subscription services, website/digital media management, eduational outreach, and conference coordination. A graduate of Hampshire College, she has worked for several nonprofits including Canterbury Shaker Village, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and the Montshire Museum of Science, and served on the boards of Enfield Shaker Museum and Vermont SWEEP. Emily lives in Corinth with her husband Brian and son Arlo. She fills her non-work hours with as much music, nature, dance, and community as possible.
Patrick White is the assistant editor of Northern Woodlands magazine. He has written about trees and woodlots for a number of different publications over the years and enjoys asking questions of the experts. Patrick's first memories of the woods are from going to work with his father, a (now retired) county forester in Vermont. He lives with his wife, Tamara, and son, Aidan, on a 60-acre woodlot and Christmas tree farm in Middlesex, Vermont. When not writing, editing, or shearing trees, Patrick is likely to be found at some sort of youth sports event. Or at home repairing something.