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SUDBURY – Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a nonprofit land trust that conserves natural areas and farmland in the region around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers, has welcomed two new members to its senior staff.

Grace Fauver of Concord has joined the organization as the Director of Development and Community Engagement. She comes to SVT with an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and development for conservation organizations.

Most recently, she served for eight years as Director of Institutional Partnerships at The Trustees, and she previously served five years in senior development positions at Earthwatch Institute. Fauver holds master’s degrees from Simmons School of Management and Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Minnesota.

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Upon stepping into her new role, Fauver commented, “I am thrilled to join this incredible team to support SVT’s growth, and to be part of an organization with such an exceptional history and dedication to land protection. SVT’s work to preserve natural areas that support wildlife habitat, while also providing a broad range of educational and recreational opportunities, greatly impacts the quality and sustainability of life in its 36 communities.”

The new Director of Finance and Administration for SVT is Michelle Soares Vanslette of Wayland, who brings a wealth of experience in finance, management, and accounting to the role.

She joins the Trustees from FAIRWAYiQ in Waltham, where she has been the Director of Finance and Administration for five years.
Prior to that, she spent seven years as Controller for the nonprofit YWCA in White Plains, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.

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“I am excited to become part of SVT’s efforts to conserve land in this region,” said Soares Vanslette. “The past year has shown us how important open space is to our health and well-being, plus we continue to see the devastating effects of climate change all around the world. It’s essential that we protect our natural areas for the benefit of both our communities and the environment.”

Lisa Vernegaard, Sudbury Vallet TrusteesExecutive Director said “We are so fortunate to have Grace and Michelle join the team. We’ll be tapping into their great experience as we work to increase the pace of conservation throughout the region.”

SVT is a member-supported non-profit organization that works to protect natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

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