Freedom–December 3, 2017–Ossipee Lake Alliance expanded its board of directors last week, adding three area residents with extensive backgrounds in environmental work. The appointments of Jim McElroy of Freedom, Emelyn Albert of Effingham, and Tim Otterbach of Ossipee are effective immediately, according to Alliance Secretary and board member Roberta MacCarthy, who led the search.
MacCarthy said the three would bring new expertise to the Alliance as it enters its 15th year and focuses on innovative ways for the three towns to work jointly on lake preservation and protection.
Freedom resident Jim McElroy has been active in Freedom town affairs and conservation issues for many years, but is probably best known as Chairman of the Freedom Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, where he oversees the annual milfoil control plan and budget. He is a retired CEO of iNEMI, a global technology consortium, and serves on the board of the N.H. Lakes Association.
For 21 years, Emelyn Albert has been a member of the Effingham Conservation Commission, serving as its Chair for the past seven. She has a professional background in advertising, and has volunteered with national, regional, and local environmental groups, including Boston’s Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Green Mountain Conservation Group.
Tim Otterbach is an avid outdoorsman, sailor, and environmentalist who settled in Ossipee seven years ago after a 43-year career in architecture. He has worked with national and local environmental organizations, and two years ago joined the Ossipee Conservation Commission, where he continues to serve. He is also an elected public official, serving as a member of Ossipee’s Planning Board.
The three new board members join, in addition to MacCarthy, Barre Hellquist, Jean Hansen, Perry Fine, Susan Marks, and David Smith, all of whom were appointed to new terms.
Ossipee Lake Alliance is a full-time volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Ossipee Lake and its bays, rivers and surrounding ponds as a unique recreational, environmental, and economic asset. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation based in Freedom. Information is at www.ossipeelake.org.