MANCHESTER -- Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, has announced the addition of Richard Fowler Jr. of Arlington and Bluffton, S.C., and Peter D. Kinder of East Dorset and Cambridge, Mass. to its Board of Trustees.

Prior to his retirement, Fowler was president and C.O.O. of Bollinger Fowler Co., a large risk management and insurance firm with offices in Short Hills, N.J. and Greenwich, Conn. Through Fowler’s guidance, the company became a high performance agency and industry leader.

His more than three decades of service in the insurance industry coupled with his stated commitment as a leader "to serving the firm’s diverse clientele with integrity, discretion and the highest standards of competence" are assets he brings to his new position on the Hildene Board of Trustees.

Fowler explains his decision to become involved this way: "When our family purchased a vacation home in Arlington we were introduced to Oscar Johnson who had just put together a group to save Hildene from future development nearly four decades ago. We have continued to support Hildene over the years and now I have the opportunity to help carry out its mission: Values into Action and its key actions of sustainability, land conservation, historic preservation and civil civic discourse. I am particularly interested in the educational opportunities that Hildene offers for people of all ages. I look forward to making a contribution as Hildene embarks on new programming in the future."

Kinder, an independent consultant on socially responsible investing, co-founded KLD Research and Analytics Inc. in 1988 and served as its president and board chair until its sale in 2009. At that time KLD was the world’s leading provider of socially responsible investment research and indices. Kinder has authored books and numerous articles and been honored with several awards for his service to ethical investing.

Currently, he blogs at TheBell.us. Kinder is a director of the Vermont Community Foundation and Trillium Asset Management and serves on the Finance Committee of the Wallace Global Fund.

He recalls, "I first saw Hildene -- a very run-down Hildene -- in the fall of 1979. Only visionaries could have sensed how it might contribute to Manchester and Southern Vermont: Visionaries who were willing to work very hard. It’s a privilege to be asked to join a board that has accomplished so much."

Hildene’s mission, Values into Action, is about making a difference. Richard Fowler and Peter Kinder have each made a difference in their respective professional roles, making them welcome additions to a board of trustees dedicated to moving Hildene forward.

To learn more about Hildene visit www.hildene.org.