Jesse Pyles Executive Director

Jesse first fell in love with Smokey House Center in 2005 when his wife Laura was hired as a crew leader in the YouthWork program. He became the Executive Director in 2013. Jesse was previously the Sustainability Director at Unity College in Maine and the Service-Learning & Sustainability Coordinator at Green Mountain College. He has worked in environmental education programs in Vermont and his home state of West Virginia. Jesse earned a BA in environmental studies from Pace University, New York City, and an MS in environmental education from the Expedition Education Institute at Lesley University. He holds a certificate in non-profit management from the Marlboro College Graduate Center and is a Senior Fellow in the national Environmental Leadership Program. He and Laura live at Smokey House Center with their children.


Jamie Lombardo Farm Educator

Jamie moved to Vermont in 2016 to start her own farm business and quickly found her way up the road to nearby Smokey House Center. Recently, Jamie was the CSA Coordinator and Assistant Farm Manager at Cape Cod Organic Farm where she seemed to develop an equal affinity for greenhouse and spreadsheet work. She's managed hostels and farmers markets and coordinated statewide ag. education events for NOFA Mass. Jamie counts a wide range of farm interests and trainings to her own education in addition to her formal training in the fine arts. She brings an enthusiasm for community and alternative education to her farm production work at Smokey House Center. Contact Jamie to get involved with our Community Farm project.






Reid Bryant, Writer, Hunter & Fisherman, Endorsed Operations Coordinator at the Orvis Company, Vermont
Laura CroninDirector, Foundation and Corporate Relations at The New School, New York City
Holly Darzen
, Vice President/Treasurer  Partner, director, & architect, retired, at Linea 5, Inc., Boston, MA
Curtis G. Rand, President   First selectman, Town of Salisbury, CT; forester and teacher at Salisbury School; former crew leader at Smokey House Center
Constance F. West,  Long time resident of VT with strong interest in conservation and education

Honorary Directors

Paul J. Beaulieu
Ralph F. Colin, Jr.
L.F. Boker Doyle
Nancy B. Doyle
Hugo H. John
Casey Murrow
John G. Simon
John M. Whalen
Sidney S. Whelan