Fall BOW Instructors

Bob Backiel: Basic Hiking, 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 has taught fly fishing for L.L. Bean. 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.

Celeste Philbrick Barr: Outdoor Cooking
Celeste Philbrick Barr is the Director of Education and Community Affairs at Beaver Brook Nature Center in Hollis NH. She is an aquatic biologist by education, has a Master’s Degree in Marine Science and Policy, and worked for the US EPA. She is more than happy to lead people into a field to pick wild berries or dig up some worms. Celeste loves working with people of all ages: leading Fitness Hikes, hosting Women’s Winter overnights, and cooking up new and innovative programs at Beaver Brook. Sharing nature with others is one of her ongoing goals. Celeste is a hike leader for NH Chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club and serves on the Souhegan River Local Advisory Committee, Milford Recycling Committee.

Kathleen Bigford: Mountain Biking
Kathleen has been involved with NH BOW as a mountain biking instructor since its beginning.  She has been an avid cyclist since the late 1970’s in the woods and on the road enjoying all the joys and benefits of both sports. She is thoroughly enjoying her retirement after 20 years of teaching middle school students.  Kathleen lives in Bradford, NH with her husband Tom and Border Collie, Brodie.

Cheryl Briere: Nature Photography in the Field
Cheryl is currently unemployed. She was the previous Director of Case Management and Social Services for a regional hospital in New England. She has more than forty years of experience as a Registered Nurse in a variety of medical disciplines. She has a passion for the outdoors and photography which she shared with her deceased husband Alan, while living in 3000 acres of forest in NH.  Alan’s ability and expertise as a professional photographer and past instructor for BOW, was a part of her life for the last 25 years.  Cheryl currently lives in PA due to failing parents. She lives with her 15 yr old Brittany, Gypsy.  Cheryl is proud to be included in the BOW program as it is one of the most rewarding programs to support women in the outdoors.

Jennifer Cattin: Basic Map & Compass and Navigating in the Outdoors
Jennifer is married to a lifelong hunter and attended BOW, taking Field Dressing Big Game, Archery, Navigating in the Outdoors, and several hunting classes. Jennifer took Hunter Education and earned her firearms and Bow hunting licenses.  She has hiked and camped throughout New England and toured the US in an RV, exploring many National Parks. Map reading skills have come in handy in nature as well as big cities!  Jennifer and her husband have recently moved to Cape Cod to continue her family farm.
Susan Chiarella: Basic Hiking
Susan has been involved with the Becoming and Outdoors Woman program for several years, first as a participant and then as a committee member.  In addition, she is a Director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, and serves as a liaison between that organization and BOW. Susan began hiking as a young girl with her father, completing a hike on Mount Washington with him when she was 13. One of her favorite memories of that early hike was being introduced to the ever popular hiking food known as “gorp” and has been hooked on it ever since. She and her husband have spent countless hours hiking together,  including in New Zealand, Madeira, Kauai, Maui, the Gaspe Peninsula, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Kluane National Park, southeast and central Alaska, Arizona, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Susan is on The Board of Directors of the Sunapee, Ragged, Kearsarge Greenway, which is a local hiking group located in the New London area, responsible for the maintenance and conservation of a 75 mile trail loop known as the “Emerald Necklace”.  When not working as a paralegal with her husband Attorney Michael Chiarella, Susan is busy raising poultry, gardening, kayaking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and training her young Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Polo.

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.

Tina Davenport: Trailering Tips and Tricks
Tina is a volunteer for the Lets Go Fishing Program, Hunter Education and a BOW committee member. She enjoys fishing and has been trailering a boat since she was old enough to drive. She enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and most outdoor activities. As a former teacher of 34 years she looks forward to the excitement in a student’s eyes when the light turns on!

Hope Eagleson: Trailering Tips and Tricks, Field Dressing/Care of Small Game and Fish, Introduction to Kayak Fishing Part I & 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. 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.

Tom Flynn: Introduction to Rifle and Introduction to Hunting
Tom is a lifelong resident of N.H.; he has been employed by the N.H. Fish and Game Department for 27 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
Eric is employed by N.H. Fish and Game Department as the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center’s Program Assistant. He has 19 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 two young sons that he can’t wait to take out on his outdoor adventures, whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or making maple syrup.

Kyle Glencross: Freshwater Fishing Part I & II
Kyle is currently the “Let’s Go Fishing” Program Coordinator for NH Fish and Game. He spent the previous 4 years working for the Inland Fisheries Division as a Fish Culturist at the Milford Fish Hatchery.  Kyle is a graduate of Plymouth State University and was born and raised in the Granite State.  He has worked at several different fly shops in both New Hampshire and Montana.  He is extremely passionate about fly fishing, fly tying, and has more recently become an avid deer hunter. His favorite fish to chase with a fly in New Hampshire is the landlocked salmon.

Linda Harris: Introduction to Revolver
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 21 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.

Mike Ivone: Introduction to Kayak Fishing Part I & 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.

Joyce Johnson: Basic Hiking
Joyce has been a member of our committee for the past few years, joining her step-mother, Shirley.  Joyce loves all things outdoors, she is an avid outdoors person, enjoying backpacking, hiking, kayaking, camping, exploring, hunting and fishing.  She enthusiastically shares these activities with her two children. Joyce is a child therapist, specializing in play therapy, she holds two master’s degrees one in special education and the other in community mental health, and she is an instructor at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine. Joyce is actively checking off hiking New Hampshire’s 4,000 foot mountains in her spare time.

Shirley Johnson: Field Dressing Big Game and Field Dressing/Care of Fish and Small Game
Shirley is a self-taught hunter. She started hunting on her own almost 20 years ago! She enjoys hunting for turkey, bear, moose, deer, caribou and has recently added boar. She has hunted all over the States and Canadian provinces. Shirley and her husband field dress and process all their own game. Shirley has been involved as a volunteer in BOW since it’s inception in 1995, helping teach class, doing food preparation, obtaining raffle items and is always willing to help where needed. She has shared her passion of hunting and fishing with family, friends and untold numbers of women and children.

Allison Keating: Introduction to Rifle and Navigating in the Outdoors
Allison works for the N.H. Fish and Game Department as a Federal Aid Program Specialist. She has been with the Department since 2000 and previously held positions in both marine fisheries and the wildlife division. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources: Conservation Biology and Wildlife. Allison is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a Certified Hunter Education instructor, the Vice President of the NH Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and is also a volunteer instructor for the NRA’s Women on Target and a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. Allison grew up hunting and fishing with her father throughout New Hampshire and is enjoying sharing these special times and passing on family traditions to her own two daughters now.   

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.

Sherry Labonte: Nature Photography in the Field
Sherry is the webmaster for the NH BOW website, nhbow.com and has volunteered for BOW in that capacity for 17 years, taking most of the photos used on the website. She works as a web developer for Harbour Light Strategic Marketing and Savvy Software in Portsmouth. Her photographic journey started with a pale green "box brownie", continued into SLR film cameras and the last several years she has been exploring the world of digital photography. She loves photographing moose, wildflowers, birds, her dogs, happy faces and the beauty of the Great North Woods and spends as much time as possible at camp with her husband John, Havanese Emma and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Mazey.

John Lanier: Field Dressing Big Game and Exploring Wildlife Habitats at Rockywold
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. John is currently a wildlife habitat management consultant.

Josh Mackay: Introduction to Archery
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: Fly Fishing A – Z and Fly Fishing on the Water
Dave is a licensed N.H. fishing guide and former Chair of the N.H. Trout Unlimited Council. He has fly-fished over the last 40 years and has spent time in Alaska, the Rockies, Nova Scotia, and Quebec Province. He still finds the most beauty and outdoor excitement right here in New Hampshire! He is a veteran councilor for the N.H. Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation Camp, has taught fly fishing for the disabled veterans’ Project Healing Waters, the women’s Casting for Recovery retreats, and many other Let’s Go Fishing programs for the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

Monica Marcotte: Basic Map & Compass
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.

Al and Lorri Menard: Introduction to Firearms & Safety, Introduction to Shotgun, and 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 Lt. Brad Morse: Wilderness First Aid and Outdoor Skills and Survival
Bradley R. Morse joined the N.H. 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 N.H. 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 Lt. 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: Introduction to Canoeing, Eco-touring Squam Lake by Kayak
Cheri has worked for the N.H. Fish and Game Department for 38 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.

Emily Preston: Eco Touring Squam Lake by Kayak and Beautiful Bugs
Emily is a wildlife 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, bats, and especially insects, with others for over 25 years. She has a master’s degree in entomology, concentrating on aquatic insects.

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 too many rifles and pistols, used mostly in competition. John is a former Flintlock Rifle State Champion. He is assisted by Dave Price, Dave Price Jr., Lilly Price and Julie and Buz Cate.

Laura Ryder: Field Dressing Big Game
Laura is the Public Affairs Education 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 N.H. 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 spending time with her son in the great outdoors. She believes that education and connecting people to the outdoors is the key to conserving our natural resources.
Kristine Smith: Intro to Freshwater Fishing Parts I & II
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 daughters 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.

Jessie Tichko: The Lure of Fishing
Jessie brings with her experience as a wilderness camp leader in Labrador and a science educator in Australia. She enjoys spending time with her husband, has gained a great love for the outdoors, and has shared this love with her two sons, family and friends. Two of Jessie’s passions are fly fishing out of her kayak and tying her own flies. She also enjoys deer hunting in the fall and turkey hunting in the spring. Jessie is a New Hampshire Let’s Go Fishing Instructor and a BOW Committee member.

Terry Tilley: Intro to Freshwater Fishing Parts I & II
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.

Lyn Vignola: The Lure of Fishing
Lyn is a NH Fish & Game Lets Go Fishing Instructor whose passion is to learn, and share, “everything outdoors” all four seasons. She fishes, hikes, bikes, kayaks, alpine skis, Nordic skis, ice climbs, and snowshoes.  Her upbringing provided plenty of recreational activities throughout much of the U.S., and her North Country residence compliments her active lifestyle.

Emily Wrubel: Mountain Biking
Emily owned and operated a bike shop for 13 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 an educator and designer spans wildlife habitat enhancement, landscape design, and teacher professional development. She created a schoolyard habitat program for the N.H. Fish and Game Department that engaged schools in wildlife habitat practices for over 20 years. Marilyn co-authored Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead, which guides landowners in incorporating native plants and wildlife habitat in their landscape.  These days, Marilyn is planting gardens with schools in the Monadnock Region, and serving on the leadership team for the N.H. Children in Nature Coalition, an organization she co-founded in 2007.

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.