Jan Parsons has been captivated by lakes and ponds since early childhood when her family spent time at Skaneateles Lake, in upstate New York. Later, she spent summer vacations in Deerfield, NH, with frequent visits to pristine Pleasant Pond. Fast forward to the 1990’s when a trip to Harvey’s Lake in West Barnet brought back wonderful memories and a feeling of being home again. When the opportunity soon arose, Jan became a renter at Harvey’s and then a camp owner in 2004. Born in Syracuse, NY, Jan grew up in Malden MA and graduated from Colby College in ME, near the Belgrade Lakes. After earning an M.Ed from Boston College, her professional career was spent as a high school counselor and administrator in the Natick MA school system. She also taught as an adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts, Boston and at Boston University, retiring in 2013. Jan served for many years as a trustee of the Massachusetts School Counselor Association with a term as MASCA president in the 1990s. Jan’s personal career consisted of marriage, and raising two sons, both of whom appreciate the great outdoors. From 1988 to 2005, Jan was involved as a student, teacher and director of the New England School Counselor Practitioner Institute, (fondly known as NESCPI) at Lyndon State College, now Northern Vermont University. That was her introduction to the beautiful state of Vermont, Caledonia County and eventually Harvey’s Lake. Since 2011, Jan has been the Loon Monitor for Harvey’s Lake, as a volunteer for the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, run by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Vermont Fish and Wildlife. She became involved in kayaking the entire lake, channel, and adjacent stream and learning about its history as successful loon habitat. In 2014 Jan joined the board of trustees of the Lake Harvey Association, providing Loon Monitor reports to LHA membership, and has served as secretary of LHA since 2016. Jan attended her first FOVLAP Lake Seminar in June, 2019 and joined the FOVLAP board in September of 2019, the last in-person meeting at National Life before the pandemic arrived! She is especially interested in issues which affect the loon population as well as all native flora and fauna in, on and around our lakes. Jan appreciates the commitment and enthusiasm of her fellow board members to FOVLAP’s mission of protecting and enhancing Vermont’s public waters.