Monadnock Institute

Executive Committee Members

Dr. Verna Delauer, Coordinator
Dr. John Harris
Dr. Gerald Burns, Chair
Dr. Catherine Koning, Vice-Chair
Dr. Robert Goodby
Dr. Paul Kotila
Dr. Rhine Singelton
Dr. Melinda Jette
Douglas Carty
Katrina Farmer

John R. Harris

Dr. John Harris, Executive Director of the InstituteJohn R. Harris holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a faculty member in the English and American Studies Department at Franklin Pierce University since 1994. In 1999 John received a National Endowment for the Humanities focus grant for his work with Keene High School and was selected as a Distinguished Collegium Chair at the Orion Millennium Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His work on the study of place in the Monadnock Region has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and the Keene Sentinel. John has been a member of the School Board Committee in Westmoreland, NH, where he lives with his wife Susie, a pharmacist, and their three daughters.

Gerald Burns, Chair, Executive Committee

Dr. Gerald BurnsGerald Burns is professor of English and American Studies at Franklin Pierce University
and chair of the Executive Committee of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and has pursued research interests in American literature, language and culture. From 1989-91 he was a Fulbright Lecturer in the Philippines and his book, Presenting America, Encountering the Philippines (1993), came out of that experience. His interest in place studies is more recent; the essay "In Search of Place: The Challenge and the Promise of the New Localism," appeared in Victory Park (Spring 2000). He has also lectured on the representation of locality in American landscape painting and has coordinated two survey efforts investigating aspects of place attachment and community life in the Monadnock region.

Catherine Owen Koning, Vice Chair, Executive Committee

Dr. Catherine KoningCatherine Owen Koning is a wetland ecologist with a Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin. She is professor of environmental science at Franklin Pierce University. In addition to her role with the Monadnock Institute, she is the President of the New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Project Coordinator for the Rindge 2020 project and Director of the Ecological Conscience Initiative at Franklin Pierce. Her interests lie in issues of sustainability and conservation biology.


Robert Goodby

Dr. Robert GoodbyRobert Goodby is an archaeologist whose work focuses on the Native American cultures of New England. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University, has 18 years of archaeological field experience, and is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society. He has completed numerous archaeological studies for the State of New Hampshire and for clients in the private sector, including a three-year study of the extensive 4,000 year old Davison Brook site in Holderness, New Hampshire. Following appointments at Wheaton College and the University of New Hampshire, Goodby joined the faculty of Franklin Pierce University in 2000. His current research, supported through the Monadnock Institute, is focused on the discovery, excavation, and protection of Native American archaeological sites in the Monadnock Region.

Paul M. Kotila

Paul KotilaPaul M. Kotila is a professor of biology and environmental science at Franklin Pierce University. He has been a member of the Monadnock Institute's Executive Committee since its inception. He is the founder of the environmental science program at Franklin Pierce and served as the Chair of the Natural Sciences Division for six years before assuming his current position. He is active in local conservation efforts as a trustee for the Monadnock Conservancy and as chair of the Fitzwilliam, NH, Conservation Commission. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department of the Antioch New England Graduate School. His primary teaching and research interests are in freshwater ecology and water quality problems.

Rhine Singleton

Dr. Rhine SingeltonRhine Singleton is a forest ecologist interested in how human activities affect the natural world. In particular, his research has addressed human impacts on native plant species. His doctoral work at Cornell University focused on the consequences of land-use history for forest herb communities in central New York State. He is currently investigating the effects of an exotic species (European Buckthorn) on native plants in New England. He finds that, because the New England landscape has been so heavily shaped by human activities in the past, knowledge of "place" is critical to the understanding of the ecology of today's forests.


Melinda Marie Jette

Melinda Marie JetteMelinda Jette is an assistant professor of history at Franklin Pierce University. She received a B.A. in history and French from the Catholic University of America, an M.A. in history from Universite Laval and a Ph.D. in history from the University of British Columbia. Since joining Franklin Pierce in 2006, Jette has developed a new minor in public history. Engaging students in collaborative, community-based projects in the Monadnock Region is a major focus of the new program. Jette has published several articles on French American history and Native American history in the Pacific Northwest. Her current research focuses on French-speaking peoples in the American West.



Doug Carty

Douglas CartyDoug Carty, an outdoor enthusiast for most of his adult life, spent many years enjoying the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert while doing undergraduate studies at Arizona State University. In 1999, he moved to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains to study a curriculum in Adventuresports at Garrett College. Some of the coursework included hands-on whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and backcountry living skills. He holds an Associates' Degree in Applied Science of Adventuresports. As Director of Campus Recreation at Franklin Pierce University, Doug is responsible for recreational programming including waterfront activities, trail construction and maintenance, intramurals, adventure recreation programming and fitness, and wellness classes.

Katrina Farmer

Katrina FarmerKatrina Farmer, adjunct faculty, has taught College Writing for freshman and sophomore students.  She expects to finish her M.A. in English literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at  Middlebury College in summer 2010. She worked as an editor and writer for Yankee magazine for nearly a decade and earned her B.S. from the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado—Boulder. She continues to write, focusing on such subjects as conservation, connection to place, and ecocriticism.

Monadnock Institute Advisory Board

  • Jane Brox, writer, Here and Nowhere Else, Five Thousand Days Like This One, Brunswick, ME
  • John Colony III, President, Harrisville Designs, Trustee of Historic Harrisville, Harrisville, NH
  • Robert Finch, writer, Death of a Hornet, Primal Place, Outlands, The Cape Itself, Common Ground, Wellfleet, MA
  • Elizabeth Getchell, Environmental Science Dept., Univ. of Vermont, Grand Isle, VT
  • Andrew Kordalewski, Rivermead Road, Peterborough, NH
  • Howard Mansfield, writer, The Same Ax Twice, Skylark: Life, Lies, and Inventions of Harry Atwood, In the Memory House, Hancock, NH
  • John Hanson Mitchell, writer, Trespassing, Walking Towards Walden, Living at the End of Time, Ceremonial Time, editor of Sanctuary Magazine, Littleton, MA
  • Alan Rumrill, Director, Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH
  • Chris Salem, Strategic Planning Director, Outside Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
  • Peter Sauer, columnist for Orion Magazine, author of American Landscape Guides, Salem, NY
  • Dr. David Stewart-Smith, ethno-historian, Vermont College, Contoocook
  • Michelle Stahl, Director, Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough, NH
  • Tom Wessels, Chairperson, Environmental Sciences, Antioch New England Graduate School, writer, Reading the Forested Landscape, Westminster, VT

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