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Greenfield, MA 01301

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The DeKoven House
27 Washington St.
Middletown, CT 06457

Meet CRC’s Staff

Andy Fisk on river Aug 2009

Andrew Fisk, Ph.D., Executive Director, afisk(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 208

Prior to joining CRC in May 2011, Andy served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years. As Maine’s land and water quality director, Andy had extensive experience with a range of state and federal environmental quality statutes. He worked with municipalities, industry, and citizens to develop, finance, and implement clean water requirements that eliminated algae blooms, sewer overflows and maintained stream and river flows. He was also actively involved in enacting and implementing scientifically-based protections for hundreds of thousands of acres of significant wildlife habitats for tidal and inland waterfowl as well as protections for vernal pools.

Andy has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, as well as a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. He has served as President of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies and Chair of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). He has been active in land conservation for over a decade. At NEIWPCC, Fisk initiated the country’s first regional mercury clean-up plan for the seven Northeast states’ impaired waters which maps out strategies to make the region’s fish safe to eat.

Colleen Bent, Development Officer, cbent(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 206

Colleen joined CRC in July, 2013 wanting to return to work in the field of Development. “I want to contribute and I embrace the mission of  CRC.” Colleen served as Development Director for 15 years at Montessori Independent Day Schools in MA and in IN, initiating programs to include Annual Giving, Special Events, Foundation Research, Volunteer Coordination, and Donor Cultivation.

Colleen graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Later, she received a certificate from the Fundraising School of Indiana University. Colleen and her husband moved to Greenfield several years ago from Duxbury, MA. Her interests include weaving, fiber arts, kayaking, summer reading, and baking year-round.

CRC hat in action

Angela Chaffee, Communications Director, achaffee(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 204

Angie began working with CRC in 2010 as an AmeriCorps member. Prior to joining CRC, she graduated with an M.S. from Antioch University New England’s Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program. During her time there, she worked on a variety of water-focused projects that engaged communities with their natural resources. Angie grew up in Michigan, the “Great Lakes State,” where she also worked as an environmental educator, and got her B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. These days, Angie serves as CRC’s “chief storyteller,” capturing all the good work that CRC does and sharing it with the world.

When she’s not working, you’ll find Angie in her garden or baking sweet treats for her friends, family, and co-workers. She lives in Springfield, MA with her husband, Kevin, and their two rescued pets.

Gabriel Chevalier, Laboratory Manager, lab(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 210

Gabriel officially joined the CRC team as Lab Manager in 2018 after assisting with CRC’s water monitoring program through an internship with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. She tests water samples collected from rivers, streams, storm drains, and flowing pipes for the presence and abundance of E. Coli bacteria to determine whether those water bodies meet or exceed the State Water Quality Standard. Before working at CRC, she worked with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a data analyst and GIS specialist.

She holds a degree in Geology and Environmental Science from Mount Holyoke College. Gabriel grew up in Western Massachusetts and is excited to be working with CRC to study and protect the waters in this region. Her love of the local rivers began with canoeing trips along the Deerfield River, extended through college where she rowed daily on the Connecticut River and continues today with her work at CRC.

Andrea Donlon

Andrea Donlon, River Steward, Massachusetts, adonlon(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 205

Andrea became CRC’s first River Steward for the Massachusetts part of the watershed in 2003. Prior to that, she was a non-point source pollution specialist at the NH Department of Environmental Services in Concord. She has worked at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, environmental consulting firms in MA and DC, and on several forest, water quality and air monitoring studies in Vermont and New Hampshire. Andrea has a B.S. in math from Haverford College and an M.S. in forestry from UVM. Her master’s studies focused on trace levels of mercury in soils and streams on Vermont’s Mount Mansfield.

As River Steward, Andrea advocates for the Connecticut River and its tributaries in regulatory proceedings with hydropower facilities in MA. She comments on pollutant discharge permits, reviews development plans affecting the watershed, and works on state-wide regulatory issues with other non-profits. She enjoys canoeing and kayaking. Andrea and her partner Christopher live in Buckland, MA with their daughter Ursula.

Fritz Gerhardt, Conservation Scientist, fgerhardt(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext.219 or 802-535-1202

Fritz joined CRC as Conservation Scientist in January 2019, but he has been working as an ecologist and conservation scientist since 1987. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies at Grinnell College, his M.F.S. in Forest Ecology at Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in Community Ecology at the University of Colorado. He has worked, studied, and taught with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Harvard Forest, Dartmouth and Middlebury Colleges, University of Colorado, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and NorthWoods Stewardship Center. For the past eleven years, he has owned and operated an environmental consulting firm that specialized in conducting scientific research that furthered our understanding and conservation of the natural environment in northern New England and adjacent Canada. Fritz, his wife Amy, and their two daughters Abigail and Karenna live in the hills overlooking Center Pond in Newark, VT where he also serves as Town Moderator and Chair of the Conservation Commission.

Phil Gilfeather-Girton, Finance Director, pgirton(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 203

Phil has evolved from a certified bookkeeper to an accountant over the past 15 years. He has created proactive and efficient accounting systems in several non-profit and for-profit businesses in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. He is currently working to obtain his CPA license. Along the way, Phil has operated nuclear reactors, studied Killer Whales in the western North Atlantic, and reverse engineered a hybrid electric car. For 10 years, he was the Data Librarian and Assistant Storyteller at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative a long-term forested ecosystem study supported by the State of Vermont, University of Vermont, and Green Mountain National Forest.

Phil has a master’s in Accounting from New England College and a bachelor’s in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic. He matriculated in the Natural Resources Planning Program at the University of Vermont, where his research was defining Biophysical Regions in Vermont. Phil considers himself a country accountant, aspiring gentleman farmer, and intrepid life-place explorer.

Corey Kurtz, Development Director, ckurtz(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 202

Corey joined the staff at CRC in October, 2016, after 14 years working in nonprofits as a community organizer, policy advocate, and development professional. She led development efforts at Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, a statewide economic justice organization. More recently, she served as the Interim Director of Development & Marketing at Dakin Humane Society, an animal welfare organization in Western Massachusetts. Corey is excited to continue to expand the network of people who care passionately about our rivers and support CRC’s work to protect it.

Corey has an M.A. in Social Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College. She spent her childhood exploring the woods and rivers of the Pioneer Valley and has loved being back in this beautiful place once again. She lives in Amherst with her husband, Uri, and their two children.

Stacey Lennard, Events and Special Projects Coordinator, slennard(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 211

Stacey’s passion for the river began in the spring of 1996 when, after moving to the valley from NYC, she and her husband embarked on their first paddle in celebration of his birthday. They have created a ritual of that event, bringing friends and family along for this annual birthday flotilla. Stacey began volunteering with CRC in the winter of 2015 and now co-organizes our large events and develops special projects. She is eager to bring her creativity and organizing skills to the important work of CRC.

Stacey holds an M.F.A. in photography from UMass Amherst, an M.A. in Art Education from City College of New York and a B.F.A. from University of Michigan. She was the Executive Director of Youth Action Coalition—a community-based youth arts and social justice organization—for nearly 20 years, and has been an arts educator and facilitator in rural and urban schools and out-of-school settings. She lives in Leverett with her husband and two sons, loves canoeing, backpacking, playing the cello, reading, and cooking. At her first Source to Sea Cleanup, Stacey and son Ethan dragged nine tires out of the river! Stacey hopes to be a Source to Sea Through-Paddler in the near future.

Brett Morrison, Philanthropic Engagement Director, bmorrison(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 218 or 802-375-4519

Brett grew up on the Connecticut River – fishing, swimming, and floating on the brooks, streams, and rivers of southern Vermont’s hills and valleys. He joined the CRC team in 2018, eager to meet CRC members and work toward the river’s better future. His professional experience includes fundraising throughout New England and NYC for the Student Conservation Association (SCA), consulting and business development with a communications and printing company specializing in nonprofit fundraising, and over a decade teaching, coaching and house parenting at New England independent schools (including Bement School in Deerfield, MA and Northfield Mount Hermon).

Since returning to Vermont in 2006, Brett has served on the boards of the West River Watershed Alliance (VT) and the Strolling of the Heifers (Brattleboro, VT), and the Planning Commission in Vernon, VT. He enjoys coaching lacrosse, skiing, playing ice hockey, time with family, and exploring new parts of the river and watershed.

Ryan O’Donnell, Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, rodonnell(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext.217

Ryan joined the CRC team as Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator after assisting in CRC’s water testing lab since 2013. He has been coordinating the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance’s volunteer water quality monitoring program since 2015 and started a similar program for the Deerfield River Watershed Association in 2017. Before coming to CRC, Ryan taught science and music to students of all ages.

Ryan holds an M.S. in Sustainability Sciences and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in Classical Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the Bass Section Leader in the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus. He and his partner live on their homestead in Heath, MA.

Sarah Rippere, Membership Coordinator & Data Ranger, srippere(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 213

Prior to joining the CRC in January 2019, Sarah worked as a conservation planner with the Hamden-Hampshire Conservation District to promote watershed health in the Mill River watershed and as a state park ranger with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. She has also been a volunteer data keeper, citizen scientist, and clean water advocate for over 20 years with environmental nonprofits in Florida, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Free-Choice Science Education from Oregon State University with an additional certification in Sustainable Natural Resources. Her graduate work focused on the use of education & outreach to connect people with the impact their choices have on their local natural resources, specifically regarding our relationships with waste and recycling.

Sarah is frequently outdoors in and around western MA and growing food when the sun is out. She is an avid science enthusiast and can often be found adventuring, exploring or investigating nature with her partner, family, and friends.

Ron Rhodes, River Steward, Vermont/New Hampshire, rrhodes(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 214 or 413-768-4994

Ron joined CRC in 2011. He spends most of his time removing old dams, planting trees, and working with our partners in NH & VT, an area he knows well from his years as a licensed NH fishing guide and his decade of service on the boards of the Greater Upper Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited and the White River Partnership. Ron also taught the Fly Fishing class at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Ron is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he majored in Political Science and Economics. Prior to moving to the Upper Valley, where he lives with his wife Betsy, Ron worked in politics and government in Washington D.C. and Ohio.

Mallory Strider, Finance & Grants Associate, mstrider(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 201

Mallory joined CRC in August 2019. Originally a native of Maryland from the Potomac River Watershed, she moved to the valley in 2014 to attend Smith College. Mallory earned her B.A. in History as a part of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. As a history major, her capstone project for her archives concentration was a digital narrative and history of the Mill River. Prior to her relocation, Mallory volunteered with the Muddy Branch Alliance doing stream sampling as a part of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Stream Waders Program.

Mallory enjoys riding her bicycle, spending time outside, and exploring – sometimes guided by maps and sometimes guided only with a sense of adventure.

Kathy Urffer, River Steward, Vermont/New Hampshire, kurffer(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 215 or 802-258-0413

Kathy joined CRC in 2017.  Prior to moving to Vermont, Kathy was Special Projects Manager and Operations Director for Hackensack Riverkeeper in New Jersey. In addition to managing the staff and day to day finances of the organization, she developed and ran their river cleanup program, assisted with their canoe and pontoon boat eco-cruise programs, managed stream restoration projects, and fish advisory, outreach and education projects.  More recently she has served on the Board of the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Association, the Windham Regional Commission, and has worked on education projects related to wastewater treatment.

Kathy holds a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Antioch New England University, a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers, and is a former Vermont Leadership Institute Fellow from the Snelling Center for Government. She is a self-taught amateur botanist and herbalist and enjoys re-learning about the natural world through the eyes of her two children.

Kelsey Wentling, River Steward, Connecticut, kwentling(at)ctriver.org, 860-704-0057

Kelsey got started with CRC in 2019 as a volunteer and then as staff assisting with Source to Sea Cleanup. Prior to joining CRC, Kelsey  analyzed how emerging markets might influence Massachusetts’ climate goals, taught a course on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer and outdoor science educator.

Kelsey holds an M.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explored the interface of science and policy in transboundary river basins, using case studies to identify ways to promote the use of science in management decisions. She enjoys running around on the Ultimate Frisbee field, walking through the woods, and standing guard over various fermentation experiments in the kitchen.

Meet CRC’s Board of Trustees

We are continually rewarded by the generous gifts of time and skill from members of the CRC Board of Trustees. All are seasoned experts in fields that run the gamut from the environment and education, to legal, corporate business, and finance. The dedicated folks on our Board offer us the know-how and long-range thinking that helps keep CRC pointed in the right direction. We cannot thank them enough.

Liz Austin (Trustee) of South Hadley, MA is a retired child psychologist who spent her previous career working as a mental health consultant, teacher and administrator. She co-founded Mountain Brook Children’s Center, a nature-based program in South Deerfield, MA and served as Executive Director of StonyBrook Children’s Center on the campus of Mount Holyoke College. In 2002 her attention turned to the plight of our oceans and their fishes and she began affiliation with the Robert Barrett Fishway in Holyoke, MA as a fishway guide. In 2009 she became coordinator of public programs at the Fishway, obtaining a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management. She is particularly interested in conservation of diadromous fishes in the Connecticut River.

Tom Ciardelli (Trustee) Tom is a retired Professor of Pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School and the former owner of Hanover Outdoors. A native of New Hampshire, he and his wife Andrea have been Upper Connecticut River Valley residents since the early 1980s. Tom is a Board member of The Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. An outdoorsman at heart, his interests include conservation and animal cognition. He spends the majority of his free time in pursuit of North American game fish.

Raul de Brigard (Honorary Trustee) has lived in Haddam, CT for the past 30 years, and holds degrees from Harvard and UCLA in architecture and land planning. Since his arrival in Haddam, he has been active in town affairs including many years as chairman on the Planning & Zoning and Conservation Commissions. He worked at Northeast Utilities in its Hydroelectric and Land Management and Siting departments, overseeing the management of open space, including the Wildlife Management areas cooperatively operated with the CT Department of Environmental Protection and Candlewood Lake. As a Co-Chair of the CT Rivers Advisory Commission he spearheaded several river protection bills in CT. In addition to his work for CRC, he is a member of the CT River Gateway Commission, the CT River Assembly, and The Trust for Public Land´s CT Advisory Board.

David Deen (Honorary Trustee) spent 19 years as a CRC River Steward and more than 25 years as a Vermont legislator, focusing on public policy and advocating for river protections. For most of his legislative career, he’s been on the Natural Resources/Water Resources committees. David holds a M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School and has been a NH licensed flyfishing guide for 20+ years, teaching people to fish while simultaneously teaching them the basics of healthy rivers. Whenever possible, David goes fishing.

Neftali Duran (Trustee) of Holyoke, MA. A fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, he was already a successful leader in his community at an early age. His stories, writings and projects have been featured on a number of platforms, including at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He has also been a featured speaker on Harvard, Smith College and others for his advocacy mission; access to food is a human right. Today, he is a chef, a community leader, an educator and a justice advocate working towards food access and policy changes across the country. Based in Holyoke, MA, he currently works at Nuestras Raices as a project manager. He is also the co-founder of the I-Collective, and the owner of El Jardin Bakery. Most recently, he’s joined the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in his mission to aid underprivileged families and individuals get access to food.

Melody Foti (Trustee, Board Chair) grew up in the Rochester NY area.  Attended Sarah Lawrence College including their Year in Paris Program & graduated with a BA in Art History from Wellesley College.  She then attended Harvard Divinity School earning an M. Div.  Melody served 4 Unitarian churches over 10 years with an active “social ministry”.  She currently serves her clients through Wells Fargo Advisors as Managing Director – Investments & PIM Portfolio Manager.  Melody has a lifelong love of water & the natural world with activities such as swimming, sailing, hiking and kayaking bringing great pleasure. She has served on a number of boards with social justice and environmental conservation as key themes.  She enjoys watercolor painting on rice paper in her spare time.  She also is owned by a Great Dane & small Puerto Rican terrier.  She lives in Northampton.

Ed Gray (Honorary Trustee) of Lyme, NH went to Dartmouth (’67 Economics) and Amos Tuck (MBA ’71) with a couple of years as a naval officer in between. Ed spent a year as a small business auditor at Price Waterhouse and several more as corporate controller to a couple of small businesses before starting “Gray’s Sporting Journal” in 1975 with wife Rebecca and a group of limited partners. In 1989, they moved the magazine and their three children to Lyme, NH and sold the magazine to Morris Communications. They stayed, and have been writing full time ever since, books and magazine articles.

David Hewitt (Trustee, Vice-Chair) is an avid river user and resident of Lyme, NH, for many years.  Dave is retired from the Dartmouth Printing Company which he purchased with his business partner in 1978 and ran for many years.  Dartmouth Printing Company has been in business, in various incarnations, for over 200 years since its original affiliation with Dartmouth College.  He lives on the river in Lyme, NH with his family and spends many hours recreating on the river.

Tony Judge (Trustee) grew up on the Connecticut River in South Hadley Falls. For many years, he’s worked as a broadcasting executive and radio, television and film producer. He served as board vice-chair for the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Now returned from the Midwest to the Valley and its great river, Tony’s eager to help the Connecticut River Conservancy in its vital, exciting work.

Timothy Keeney (Trustee) is a 5th-generation resident of Somers, CT and has a long record of public service in New England and nationally. He served as a Navy SEAL officer for 35 years; as staff to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee; in numerous positions with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, including General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce; as State Environmental Commissioner in both Connecticut and Rhode Island; and as Environmental Services Director for Northeast Utilities. Currently, he serves as Probate Judge for the North Central Connecticut region. He was a Trustee of the Council from 1998 to 2004.

David K. Mears (Trustee), is the Executive Director of Audubon Vermont. Prior to joining Audubon Vermont, he served as Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School, where he helped students hone their lawyering skills while assisting non-profit organizations and individuals with environmental problems and conservation projects. Mears served four years as Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. He taught at Vermont Law School from 2005 to 2011. Mears has held a number of positions in state and federal government including positions in Texas state government, the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Washington Office of the Attorney General. Mears has a degree in environmental engineering technology from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy degrees from Vermont Law School.

Sue Merrow (Honorary Trustee), served 12 years as First Selectman of East Haddam, CT from 1991-2003 and has spent much of her life working with conservation organizations, much of it with the Sierra Club where she was President of the National Board in 1990-1991. She wrote about that period in her life in One for the Earth: Journal of a Sierra Club President. More recently, Sue helped lead the recent effort to win Wild and Scenic River status for Connecticut’s Eightmile River and is a member of the Middlesex County Community Foundation. She is currently chair of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, the state agency that monitors environmental progress and makes recommendations for correcting deficiencies in state laws and programs.  A graduate of Tufts University, she lives in East Haddam with her husband of 39 years and three retired horses.

Robert Moore (Trustee) recently retired from his role as Chief Administrative Officer for the Metropolitan District in Hartford, CT. With degrees in both Civil and Sanitary Engineering, Bob was Chief Operating Officer of Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection and an Independent Environmental Consultant for Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. before moving to the MDC in 2000. He lives in Durham, CT.

Melissa Ocana (Trustee) of Amherst, MA, is a Project Manager in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst working primarily on aquatic connectivity and climate change adaptation. Melissa has a broad conservation background across NGOs, government, and academia. Recently, she coordinated a capacity building program for watershed associations in NJ. Previously, she worked on natural resource policy at the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the House of Representatives as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow. Melissa has a M.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and a B.A. from Vassar College. She appreciates all critters and is enjoying exploring the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

James Okun (Honorary Trustee) is a principal at O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun, a full service environmental, safety, health and geotechnical engineering firm. He served in the CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA division of the Environmental Protection Agency, is a member of the Connecticut Low Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee.

Ronald Poltak (Trustee) of Auburn, NH, served as Executive Director of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission since 1983, now retired.  Ron also served as director of New Hampshire’s Division of Parks and Recreation and as Director of NH’s Office of Comprehensive Planning.  As a member of the Association of Clean Water Administrators, he has actively supported its mission to amplify the priorities and concerns of state, interstate, and territorial officials responsible for implementing surface water protection programs. In 2006, Ron received the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Merit Award.

Katherine Putnam (Trustee, Treasurer) is Managing Director at Golden Seeds Boston, and has a background in corporate banking and consulting to small businesses. She serves on the board of Baystate Health and the Food Bank of Western MA, and is a trustee of the Coordinating Council of the Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress.  Prior board service includes both non-profit and public companies as well as start-ups and an industry association.  Kate lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, their chickens and dogs.

Payton Shubrick (Trustee) Born and raised in Springfield, MA Payton is a proud graduate of Central High School, College of the Holy Cross, and most recently Bay Path University. The oldest of four children, Payton is a natural leader and innovative thinker who enjoys new challenges facing traditional industries. Skilled in design thinking and ideations to solve tough problems, she currently works at MassMutual as an R&D Lab Manager. She continues to call Springfield home, living in Sixteen Acres and is currently considering MBA programs as she is a firm believer of continuous learning.

John Sinton (Honorary Trustee), a retired professor of environmental studies and land-use planning, has spent his professional life writing about and helping to manage environmental problems in the US and Europe. He currently contributes to a number of land preservation projects and co-authored The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea with his wife, Wendy Sinton, and Elizabeth Farnsworth. He lives in Florence, MA and is a confirmed river rat and fly fisherman, as well as skier, hiker and biker.

Annette Spaulding (Trustee) of Rockingham, VT, is retired from Spaulding and Madden Tax Service. Upon visiting Vermont forty years ago, she fell in love with the Connecticut River Valley and moved here permanently. An avid scuba diver for over 35 years and a kayaker for over 25 years, her commitment to preservation and ecology has made her a tireless advocate for the health of the Connecticut River. She was instrumental in the successful fight against plans to put a landfill on the banks of the river in Rockingham. Her interests in the Connecticut River include the history, archaeology, geology and biology. She gives frequent presentations to schools, local historical societies and community groups on her finds in the river, and educating the public on the river and its preservation.   She is an active member of the local fire department water rescue team.

Bob Sproull (Trustee) is a computer scientist, retired from running a research lab for Sun Microsystems and Oracle.  For over twenty years, he lived in Boston and rowed on the Charles River.  He served on the board of directors of the Charles River Watershed Association for 15 years and helped them launch a capital campaign.   He lives in Leeds, MA, is the coordinator of the Friends of Mineral Hills Conservation Area, and is a member of the Yankee Rowing Club.  He tries to row on the Connecticut as often as possible and enters an occasional race.

Hooker Talcott (Honorary Trustee) lives in Brookline, MA, but his vacation home in Waterford, VT brought him in direct contact with the river. Since retiring from his investment management and financial consulting work in Boston, he has been able to spend more time indulging his love of the outdoors and is enjoying his service on CRC’s Board of Trustees.

Amy Tran (Trustee) currently lives in Enfield, CT. She is a Project Manager within the MassMutual PMO organization, leading multiple projects including researching the Boston FinTech industry. She also works closely with the Multicultural Marketing team, supporting the Asian American segment with cultural insights and guidance. As a Sociology major from the State University of New York at Geneseo, Amy is passionate for building a better community by supporting social causes. She is currently serving on the Asian BRG leadership team contributing to MassMutual’s vision for diversity and inclusion.

Lora Wondolowski (Trustee, Secretary) is Director of Leadership Pioneer Valley. Her nearly 20 years of experience with grassroots organizing and community outreach includes being the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV), running the New England Programs for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and working at the National Audubon Society in DC. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner’s Falls. Lora holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Bard College. Lora lives in Greenfield with her spouse and two young daughters.

Trustees’ library of working and reference documents.