Development Board


  • Facilitate fundraising for the College from corporations, foundations and private individuals.
  • Advocate on behalf of the College in the community, both regionally and nationally.
  • Secure unrestricted funding to help meet the Dean’s most important, but unfunded, priorities.
  • Cultivate relationships in coordination with the College and Director of Development that will build support for the College.

Dean Jon Wraith joined the University of New Hampshire’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) in 2008 as Associate Dean of Agriculture and Associate Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. In July 2011, Wraith assumed the role of Interim Dean for the College. One year later, he was appointed Dean. The college has created a Dean’s Development Board with a commitment to advancing the College’s mission and its philanthropic development goals, while also advancing the University’s strategic goals. Currently, the Board is comprised of the six individuals outlined below with plans to strategically grow the board to between eight and ten members. The Board meets three times each year and Board members serve a three year term.

For more information, contact the Director of Development for COLSA, Stephanie Gillen Caswell, by phone at 603-862-2089 or by email at

Development Board Member Biographies


Christine Carberry ’82, chairperson

Christine Carberry is Vice President, Program and Alliance Management with EnVivo Pharmaceuticals in Watertown, MA.  Prior to joining EnVivo in 2012, Christine was Vice President, Program and Alliance Management at Biogen Idec for several years, advancing the company from a biotechnology pioneer to a Fortune 500 company with more than $4 billion in revenue.  Her role spanned global co-development/co-commercialization alliances, strategic planning, R&D operations and program management.  Christine previously held many positions in technical operations, including the start-up of Biogen’s first European manufacturing facility.  Christine is a Certified Strategic Alliance Professional (CSAP).  She holds an M.S. in innovation and technology management from Boston University, Certificates in Management and Biotechnology Strategy from Harvard University, and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.



Jeffery Coombs ’81

Jeff Coombs has been President and CEO of A&B Lumber Company since 1996, a retail lumberyard with locations in Pembroke and Moultonboro, N.H. A&B also designs and provides materials for agricultural buildings of all types and is well known for New England style practical designs.  

He is the Owner and Manager of Ossipee Mountain Land Company, a company he co-founded with former ITT Chairman Harold S. Geneen in 1985. Specializing in kiln dried packaged firewood for the New England market, producing over 5,000 cords annually. OMLC is a forest product and management company located in Tamworth, N.H.

As a licensed forester he has been Forest Manager for Chocorua Forestlands, LLC, since 1984. Chocorua is a privately held company that owns 15,000 acres of multiple use sustainably managed forest land in Central New Hampshire.

Jeff holds an AAS in Forest Technology from the University of New Hampshire, a BS in Forest Resource Administration from Central Washington University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Plymouth State University.

He was President of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association from 2000-2001 and a board member from 1994– 2002.  Jeff has served as a board member of the UNH Thompson School Forestry Curriculum Advisory Board since 1987, the UNH Thompson School Leadership Council since 2003 and Project Learning Tree from 1994-1996.  He is  a member of The Society of American Foresters, The Forest Guild, The Forest History Society as well as many lumbermens’ and builders’ associations.  



Henry L. Huntington '80

Henry is president of Pleasant View Gardens, Inc., a 13-acre wholesale greenhouse operation specializing in ornamental floriculture with locations in Loudon and Pembroke as well as Costa Rica.  Founded by his parents, Pleasant View Gardens is now owned by Henry and his brother, Jeffrey, who are also partners in Proven Winners, LLC, a plant brand marketing company; Plant 21, LLC, a plant breeding company; and Ticoplant of Costa Rica, an offshore unrooted cutting production company.

Henry holds an Associates Degree from the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire.  He is a recent director of the Ohio Florists Association, co-chair of the New Hampshire Ornamental Horticulture Endowment, member of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Thompson School of Applied Science, past president of Bedding Plants International, and a fifteen-year member of the Planning Board for the Town of Loudon.



Terry Jones '69

Terry Jones studied Forestry, Plant Science, and English Literature at the University of New Hampshire. As an undergraduate, Terry proposed marriage to fellow student Jean Crum Jones underneath the “Paul Bunyan Pine” in the College Woods. “Convincing Jean to be my life partner was perhaps my greatest success at UNH!” says Terry. Both Terry and Jean enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren, and working together on their 7th generation family farm ( in Shelton, Connecticut. After 49 years of harvests, Terry may be Connecticut’s longest continuously producing strawberry farmer.

Terry currently chairs the Working Lands Alliance, a project of the American Farmland Trust, after 15 years of service to the Conservation Commission of Shelton, Connecticut. He also serves as vice president of the Board of Control at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Connecticut. He is Connecticut’s “citizen” representative to the New England Governors’ Commission for Land Conservation and, in 2011, was appointed by Governor Malloy to the Connecticut State Board of Education.

Terry believes one of the best antidotes for climate change and the apparent new normal of weather extremes, as it pertains to agriculture, is the good stewardship of our soils. Terry is an advocate for brownfields remediation and serves on the Shelton Economic Development Commission. He believes in balanced growth and the wisdom of combining farmland preservation and diversified economic development as the key to growing a successful community.



Jean Crum Jones '69

Jean Crum Jones graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition. She later attended Yale University’s School of Public Health (MPH ’78).
Jean gradually learned the ways of sustainable farming and traditional New England cooking after marrying Terry Jones and moving to the family farm in 1969. Together, Jean and Terry Jones have developed a successful harvest-your-own farm, and sell strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and Christmas trees. They focus on creating real and memorable family experiences at the farm, while providing accurate knowledge about New England agriculture.
Professionally, Jean has worked as a registered dietitian and community nutritionist, serving as an administrative dietitian with Yale Dining Services, as a clinical dietitian in New Haven health centers, and as an adjunct associate professor at various colleges in Connecticut. Jean recently started the Harvest Kitchen Cooking Studio at Jones Family Farms as a way to pursue her passionate interest in teaching others about food, nutrition, and agriculture.
Jean serves on the Board of Directors for Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. She is also a Director at the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and writes a popular column “From the Land” in their quarterly magazine, CT Woodlands.



John Rossi '69

Dr. John Rossi received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and his doctorate in Microbial Genetics from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  For postdoctoral training, John attended Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he trained under Dr. Arthur Landy, studying the genomic structure, organization, and expression of two gene clusters encoding tRNA-tyrosine in E. coli.

In 1980, John moved to the Department of Molecular Genetics at the City of Hope in Duarte, California. John’s laboratory began to develop and test the idea of utilizing catalytic RNAs – or ribozymes – to inhibit HIV infection. This research program has led to two clinical trials in HIV infected individuals and a first-of-its-kind clinical trial using a triple gene therapy approach in AIDS/lymphoma patients.



Stephen H. Taylor '62

Stephen H. Taylor obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. After graduating, Stephen served in the United States Army and, in 1963, launched his career as a staff writer for the Portsmouth Herald. He went on to become the managing editor for the Valley News and later worked as a freelance writer for a wide array of newspapers and magazines. Stephen writes for agricultural publications, works as a roving lecturer on rural history for the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Humanities to Go program, and is the New England correspondent for a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farming newspaper.

In 1970, Stephen established and developed a commercial farm with his late wife, Gretchen, and currently partners with their three sons to operate Taylor Farm, Inc., a commercial dairy, cheese making, and maple syrup enterprise in Meriden. Stephen served as the New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture from 1982 to 2007.

Stephen was the founding director for the New Hampshire Humanities Council and remains active as a community volunteer. He’s served as the moderator for the town and school district of Plainfield for the past three decades. In addition, Stephen currently serves as the director of the Cornish Fair Association and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, trustee for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Eastern States Exposition, moderator for the Meriden Village Water District and Meriden Congregational Church, election data consultant for the Associated Press, director of the Yankee Farm Credit Bank, and advisory board member for Vital Communities of the Upper Valley, the Upper Valley Land Trust, and the New England Farmers Union.