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CRC Staff

We are very fortunate to have a talented staff stewarding CRC's work.

Meet the people behind the mission.

Rebecca Todd Executive Director at Connecticut River Conservancy

Executive Director

Rebecca Todd

She/Her, rtodd at ctriver.org, (413) 834-9457

For over 30 years Rebecca has advised organizations, individuals, and businesses in matters related to environmental, educational, contractual, employment, and non-profit management. Prior to joining Connecticut River Conservancy in October 2023, Rebecca served as General Counsel for Antioch University, as Associate Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General in Washington in the Education and Ecology divisions, and litigated cases for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (now Earthjustice) and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. related to the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and hazardous waste laws. Rebecca also teaches environmental law, legal advocacy, and other subjects nationally and internationally.

In addition to these professional accomplishments, Rebecca grew up in the Connecticut River watershed, has raised a family while stewarding farmland along the river in New Hampshire, and is cultivating a new passion for the sport of rowing.

Staff Members

Alphabetical by first name

Aliki Fornier

Aliki Fornier

Ecology Planner

afornier at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 207
She/Her

Ansel Appleton

Ansel Appleton

Finance & Accounting Assistant

aapleton at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 201
He/Him

Diana Chaplin

Diana Chaplin

Director of Communications

dchaplin at ctriver.org
413-834-0079
She/Her

Gabrièl Chevalier

Gabrièl Chevalier

Recreation/Restoration Prog. Manager

gchevalier at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 210
She/Her

Laura Herbert

Laura Herbert

Staff Accountant

lherbert at ctriver.org
413-772-2020
She/Her

Melissa Langley

Melissa Langley

Lab and Monitoring Coordinator

mlangley at ctriver.org
413-772-2020
She/Her

Rebecca Budd

Rebecca Budd

Restoration Program Manager

rbudd at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 222
She/Her

Ryan O'Donnell

Ryan O'Donnell

Monitoring Program Manager

rodonnell at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 217
He/Him

Alix Kaplan

Alix Kaplan

Content Coordinator

akaplan at ctriver.org
413-772-2020
They/Them

Brett Morrison

Brett Morrison

Director of Development

bmorrison at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 218
He/Him

Donna Ellithorpe

Donna Ellithorpe

Executive Assistant

dellithorpe at ctriver.org
413-450-8785
She/Her

Kate Buckman

Kate Buckman

River Steward in New Hampshire

kbuckman at ctriver.org
603-931-2448
She/Her

Mallory Strider

Mallory Strider

Assistant Director of Finance

mstrider at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 201
She/Her

Nicole Reigle

Nicole Reigle

Assistant Director of Development

nreigle at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 221
She/Her

Rhea Drozdenko

Rhea Drozdenko

River Steward in Connecticut

rdrozdenko at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 203
She/Her

Sam Stegeman

Sam Stegeman

Operations Manager

sstegeman at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 200
He/Him

Angela Chaffee

Angela Chaffee

Grant Strategist & Writer

achaffee at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 204
She/Her

Chris Riffenburg

Chris Riffenburg

Director of Finance

criffenburg at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 202
He/Him

Fritz Gerhardt

Fritz Gerhardt

Conservation Scientist

fgerhardt at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 219
He/Him

Kathy Urffer

Kathy Urffer

Director of Policy and Advocacy

kurffer at ctriver.org
802-258-0413
She/Her

Mary McCaughey

Mary McCaughey

Development Assistant

mmccaughey at ctriver.org
413-772-2020
She/Her

Nina Gordon-Kirsch

Nina Gordon-Kirsch

River Steward in Massachusetts​

ngordonkirsch at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 216
She/Her

Ron Rhodes

Ron Rhodes

Director of Programs

rrhodes at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 214
He/Him

Stacey Lennard

Stacey Lennard

Events Manager & Source to Sea Cleanup Coordinator

slennard at ctriver.org
413-772-2020 ext. 211
She/Her

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