Nancy’s love of the outdoors began on day hikes and hut-to-hut hikes in the White Mountains with her father when she was young. In the early 1970s she sought a job with the Appalachian Mountain Club so she could share her passion with others. At Greenleaf Hut, she was the first woman hutmaster in the AMC.
Nancy and her husband, Dana Lawrence, are members of the Trails and Shelters Committee in the Montpelier Section and adopters of Bamforth Ridge Shelter. They section hiked the Long Trail in 2010. In 2018 Nancy completed the New Hampshire Four Thousand Footers. Nancy is an active member of the local Trout Unlimited chapter, and last summer was a counselor at the Vermont Trout Camp for teens.
Nancy retired in 2017 after 43 years in education, most recently as superintendent of the Cabot and Twinfield schools. She is on the boards of the Vermont Higher Ed Collaborative and Plainfield Health Center. She is also on the executive board of the East Montpelier Old Meeting House. She loves to ski, snowshoe, garden, and sing in church, hospice, and community choruses.