Bob Ewell joined the Prescott Farm board in November 2019. As a Laconia resident and retired educator, Bob has been active in the community for decades. For several years, his grandchildren attended Prescott Farm’s increasingly popular WildQuest Camps, where the emphasis on natural, outdoor education resonated with Bob and his family. Inspired by this natural philosophy, Bob has participated in ten years of volunteer service at Prescott Farm, including spearheading the Rotary-lead annual Youth Leadership program that brings together future leaders from high schools around the Lakes Region. He is a regular attendee of Community Connections programs.
Bob is a current member and past president of the Lakes Region Rotary Club and a charter member of the New England Burgermeister Club. These leadership roles along with his passion for the environment, historical buildings and barns preservation combine to make Prescott Farm board membership a perfect fit for Bob. He will assist in community networking and facilities management.
Spencer Ballou is an original Board Member, part of the Prescott/Pardoe family. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband Eric and son Hoby, who has attended WildQuest Camp at Prescott Farm for over 10 years and has been a part of the LIT program for the past 3 years (and a last minute volunteer LIT this year!). Spencer also has two daughters who are in graduate school, but also spent years as Wild Quest campers.
Before having her children, Spencer worked for a local historical society. She is a very active and passionate member of the Prescott Farm Board, and also sits on the board of the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation. Spencer is very active in her Church in Virginia, St. Thomas Episcopal, where she sings in the choir and serves on the board of the St. Thomas Day School (preschool). She also sits on the Environment Committee of Impact 100 Richmond, a local women’s grant making initiative, and in her spare time loves to walk and spend time outdoors. Spencer just completed her first hike of Mount Morgan and Mount Percival with her family!
Bruce Pardoe has practiced mindfulness meditation intensively for the past twelve years with numerous 1, 2 & 3 month retreats at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock where he completed the 2 year Community Dharma Leader program. In addition to numerous extended pilgrimages to the wisdom centers of Asia, and extended multi-month solo retreats in uninhabited areas, Bruce has spent almost two years in silence to cultivate insight and compassion. He has been sharing dharma teachings and leading healing groups for the past 9 years. Bruce has an extensive grounding in the somatic practices of Feledenkrais Awareness Through Movement and Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy, and has received training in the trauma therapy EMDR. He also draws significantly upon his deep experience with Taoism, the non-dual inquiry practices of Advaita, and the path of devotion to complement and enrich Heart Fluency and AskLove.
Charles Pardoe II
Charles Pardoe has been an international investment executive at Prudential Financial since 1990. His roles have included real estate fund management, international business development, and business transformation. Most recently, he led Prudential’s expansion into Africa, and currently he is responsible for the digital transformation of Prudential’s international Insurance businesses. He is graduate of Williams College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Alice Veenstra is a community development consultant/grant writer with 18 years of financial and community development experience, including 9 years of underwriting and grant administration. She has developed four loan and grant programs for NH CDFA and the CDFI Fund, US Department of the Treasury including: two energy efficiency loan programs and a federal grant, technical assistance, and training program to increase financial services in Native Communities.
She is involved in her community – serving on the boards of Prescott Farm, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, the Canterbury Housing Association (affordable housing), the Central NH Regional Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Steering Committee, and the Canterbury Planning Board. Her son, William has been a camper at Prescott Farm for three years and loves it! Her family has been a member for as many years as well.
Prior to moving to New Hampshire, she was a manager at HUD’s Office of Native American Programs and managed the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)’s Native American Initiative, where she played a key role in drafting the Fund’s Congressionally-mandated Native American Lending Study, published in 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from Macalester College, in St. Paul, MN.