PAREI Adds Two Core Staff Members 

Today Sandra Jones, Executive Director, announced two key additions to staff at the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI):  Trip Anderson as Director of Development, and Caryn Shield serving as NH Solar Shares Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. 


In making this announcement Sandra stated, “Both Caryn and Trip bring exceptional skills and impressive experience to their respective roles.  Their on-boarding launches two significant steps in PAREI’s 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan – to advance our development effort and expand our community outreach and programming such as building a third NH Solar Shares community PV array.” 


Trip Anderson will be PAREI’s first ever Director of Development, working closely with Executive Director, Sandra Jones, PAREI’s Development Committee, and Board of Directors to enhance the success and sustainability of the Many Sides of PAREI’s varied fund-raising activities. Trip will be responsible for nurturing donor relations across individual members, business and institutional partners, foundations and trusts, as well as government entities. 


Originally trained as an art historian and architectural designer at Harvard University, over the past decade Trip has directed fund-raising campaigns at Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH), McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Concord, NH), AVA Gallery and Art Center (Lebanon, NH) and Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA).  Additionally in this time-frame, he has been involved in the design and installation of several large scale institutional and municipal solar PV systems. In the first decade of the millennium, engaged in business development and project management activities with a variety exhibit designers and documentary film-makers, Trip was working closely with conservation, preservation and heritage experts at the National Park Service, US Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation, NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) as well as many regional conservation and preservation entities in support of renewable energy initiatives and environmentally sustainable land use practices. Trip is a passionate advocate for grass-roots outreach and the power it can generate for the economic and social vitality of our communities. 


In his spare time Trip enjoys vegetable gardening with his wife and granddaughters, as well as hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and golfing in New England’s mountain and lake regions.  


Caryn Shield joins PAREI in dual roles as the NH Solar Shares Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator.  She will be working with PAREI’s many volunteers to help run Local Foods Plymouth, Little Gardens Everywhere and NH Solar Shares. Caryn will be conducting educational meet ups for NH Solar Shares’ participants and will be working with the community to continue to build and maintain the gardens and solar trail at the Plymouth Solar Shares’ picnic pavilions. 


Over the past fifteen years Caryn has worked in a number of New England middle schools and outdoor classrooms teaching science and Spanish in sustainability-focused programs– many with local gardening and renewable energy themes. As a middle school STEM teacher she collaborated with the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) to teach about renewable energy sources, with students inventing their own method of generating energy in a sustainable way. Caryn also worked as an Outdoor Educator at the Treewild Forest Classroom in Shelburne, VT where students spent the entire day learning outdoors and gaining appreciation for the natural world. Caryn is enthusiastic about teaching through gardening and has started school garden and compost programs to enable students to learn about local food systems in hands-on ways. Additionally, she has worked as a Sustainability Coordinator, designing and implementing programs to educate the community about environmental issues, enhancing the energy efficiency of school buildings, and working to reduce community footprints.   

Caryn recently moved to Plymouth from Vermont with her partner Bart, daughter Raya, and dog Kesey.  In her free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors, on foot and on skis, growing and cooking delicious food, as well as playing music.