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Greenfield, MA 01301

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Hartford, CT 06106

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

Andrew has served as Executive Director since 2011. He formerly served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and other positions in state government. Andrew has had extensive experience with a range of state and federal environmental quality statutes and working to collaboratively solve complex environmental problems. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, as well as a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Andrew is currently chair of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission and sits on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. 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.

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.

Rebecca Budd, Restoration Projects Assistant, rbudd(at)ctriver.org

Becky joined CRC’s staff in October 2021 as the Restoration Projects Assistant. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. She previously worked with American Rivers and The Nature Conservancy on land protection, river restoration, and conservation GIS projects.

Becky has always lived near the river, from her childhood in Connecticut to her college dorm in “The River Cluster” near the upper Connecticut River. She currently lives in Northampton, MA with her family. In her spare time, she volunteers on rare species and habitat surveys and enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and skiing.

CRC hat in action

Angela Chaffee, Grant Strategist & Writer, 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.

Gabrièl Chevalier, Laboratory and Special Projects Manager, gchevalier(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 210

Gabrièl 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. Gabrièl 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.

Aliki Fornier, Ecology Planner, afornier(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 207

Aliki joined CRC’s staff in March 2018 shortly after moving to the valley from St. Peterburg, FL. Prior to joining CRC, she was a volunteer at several conservancies around the globe. In 2013, she volunteered at the Maurtitius Marine Conservation Society, working towards the preservation of cetaceans and marine turtles around the Island of Mauritius. In St. Petersburg, she volunteered with the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve helping to eliminate invasive species. Aliki learned of CRC through her participation in CRC’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup, as well as volunteering for our mussel restoration program.

Aliki graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Eckerd College. Growing up in Switzerland, by the Lac Leman, she always spent time around water, exploring its secrets. Aliki also spends some time in Greece every year – where her family resides – sailing or scuba diving with her brother.

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

Fritz joined CRC as Conservation Scientist in January 2019 but 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 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. When not working, Fritz and his family enjoy living, walking, paddling, and gardening in the hills and valleys of the northern Connecticut River watershed.

Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Director of Communications, ljasniewicz(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020

A deer, a hawk, and a shad. They each rely on a healthy river and watershed. We all do. When I’m walking on trails along the Connecticut River or its tributaries, that may not be on my mind. I’m gazing at the yellows, oranges, and pinks of the setting sun reflecting off the water’s surface. I’m thinking about the seasonal patterns of wildlife that live in, on, and along the river’s edge – including us humans. The Connecticut River and its watershed can remind us of the powerful truths of ecosystems, interdependency, and community. I’m thrilled to contribute to the care of the river as Director of Communications for the Connecticut River Conservancy.

Stacey Lennard, Events Organizer and Source to Sea Cleanup Coordinator, slennard(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 211

Stacey’s passion for the Connecticut 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 the event, bringing friends and family along for this annual birthday flotilla. Stacey began volunteering with CRC in the winter of 2015 and currently organizes our public events. She loves to combine her creativity and community-building skills to share the important work of CRC and inspire others to engage with their rivers.

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, MA with her husband, sons and new puppy, 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, Director of Development, 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.

Ellen Mutter, Office and Operations Wrangler, emutter(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 200

Ellen joined CRC as the Office and Operations Wrangler in 2021. In addition to providing financial, administrative, and building operation support, Ellen works to evaluate, create, and implement software solutions that support collaboration in CRC’s hybrid work environment. Prior to joining CRC, Ellen worked across multiple fields in the arts and sciences. She held positions as a choral conductor, interdisciplinary arts program coordinator, cryosphere research associate, and robotics design team member. Ellen moved to western Massachusetts in 2018, transferring from Rockland Community College to Amherst College. She earned her B.A. from Amherst College in mathematics and music and continues to use her free time to participate in cryosphere research with the Amherst College Geology Department.

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.

Nicole Reigle, Assistant Director of Development, nreigle(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 221

Nicole joined CRC in 2021 and has a background in development, small business administration, and marketing. Most recently, Nicole was the Development Assistant for Healing Across the Divides – a nonprofit that provides grants for wellness initiatives for mainly women and children in Gaza and the West Bank. She also created communication materials for Ask Nurses & Doctors, a bipartisan endeavor pushing to elect political representatives who prioritize universal healthcare. Before selling the small business she founded and operated with her husband from 2016-2020, Nicole acted as Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer at Hampshire College.  

Nicole holds a B.A. in English from UMass Amherst and is also a freelance graphic designer, interior decorator, and copy editor. Her other passions include stroke research and care, women’s issues, and vegan cooking/baking.  

Ron Rhodes, Director of Restoration Programs, rrhodes(at)ctriver.org, 413-772-2020 ext. 214 or 413-768-4994

Ron joined CRC in 2011 as a NH/VT River Steward, spending most of his time removing old dams, planting trees, and working with landowners and partners to implement river restoration projects. Now, Ron is the Director of Restoration Programs where he leads CRC’s aquatic and riparian habitat restoration programs throughout the watershed in NH, VT, MA and CT, and determines short and long-range restoration program opportunities.

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, Staff Accountant, 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.

Sarah Thornbrugh, Community Engagement & Partnerships Coordinator, sthornbrugh(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.

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, 413-772-2020 ext. 216

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.

Alison Brinkmann (Trustee) Alison’s career has been with several companies selling specialty chemicals and laboratory supplies.  She spent the last 10 years of her career with Thermo Fisher Scientific holding many positions and left after several years as a Pharmaceutical Market Director. In June 2013, Alison started Simply Sharing, a not for profit which provided furniture and household items to those transitioning from homelessness.  In June 2019, Alison transitioned the organization to another of similar purpose. Alison continues to be locally involved with Sister Cities Essex Haiti on the Policy Committee, HOPE Partnership on the Housing Committee and CRC. Alison joined the Essex Fire Engine Company as a volunteer fire fighter in 2019.Alison and Stephen Brinkmann live on Clark Lane in Essex and enjoy time on Cape Cod. The family enjoys boating on the CT River, skiing, golfing and travel.  Alison is an avid beach bum.

Tom Ciardelli (Trustee, Treasurer) 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.

Damon DePaolo (Trustee) Damon has 20+ years of experience in Information Technology, currently working in Cyber Security at MassMutual. A CT resident born and raised, he tempers his passion for technology and innovation with an equally strong love of the outdoors, being an avid outdoorsman who enjoys time camping, hiking, and exploring all of the amazing nature that New England has to offer. In addition to being a CRC trustee, Damon volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, and has previously given his time as a volunteer firefighter and a CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist.

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.

Stephen Gephard (Trustee) recently retired from the CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection after 42 years as a fisheries biologist, supervising the Diadromous Fish and Habitat Enhancement programs, spending much of his time on the Connecticut River salmon restoration program. Steve currently is a consultant and serves on many regional bodies as well as holding a presidential appointment as a U.S. Commissioner to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (Edinburgh). He has logged over 60 years on the river and is an avid paddler, boater, angler, and explorer as well as a veteran of many river conservation efforts. He co-writes a regular column for Estuary magazine and hosts a radio show for iCRV streaming radio. He lives in Deep River, CT with his partner Leslie MacLise-Kane.

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.

Leslie Harris (Trustee) manages the pick-your-own orchards at 200-acre Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA. Before coming to the farm, she served as a non-profit administrator for more than 25 years. Today, Leslie chairs the Trustees of the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, which funds projects in animal welfare, land conservation, and veterinary research. Leslie and her wife are the kind of people whose idea of a terrific vacation is to see how many dogs they can get into their canoe before they disappear into a cloud of bugs down some remote waterway.

David Hewitt (Trustee) 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, Secretary) 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.

Tim Lewis (Trustee) retired from a long career in manufacturing, working at three different companies, each one smaller than the one before. The last was a family-owned business with 10 employees that made OEM Babbitt Bearings. It was a relationship made in heaven, and he managed it for 24 years. He served as Chairman of the Board of Education in Rocky Hill, CT, where he grew up and still lives. An avid paddler, and a former whitewater canoe racer, he enjoys multi-day canoe camping trips, preferably off the grid, and has paddled the Connecticut River source to sea. He is President of Great Meadows Conservation Trust, protecting and preserving vital flood plain wetlands and farmland along the Connecticut River in Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Glastonbury. Tim also works to protect and promote the river he knows and loves so well.

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.

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.

Nicole Pollard (Trustee) is a Director of Learning & Development at MassMutual. Prior to this she was the Director of Strategy and Implementation for Digital Underwriting at MassMutual. Since joining MassMutual in 2014, she has held various roles in case management and underwriting, with a specific focus on integrating industry-leading technology and data science into MassMutual’s algorithmic underwriting models. Prior to joining MassMutual, Nicole was a tenured professor of various college-level health science courses and still currently teaches at Westfield State University. She has experience in research at facilities such as Vanderbilt University and the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University. Nicole received her Master’s in Physiology and her Doctorate in Health Administration with a concentration in quality analytics.

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.

Payton Shubrick (Trustee, Vice-Chair) 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, Chair) 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.

Lora Wondolowski (Trustee) 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.