FRWA Staff & Board of Directors

Aimee Petras, Outreach and Education Coordinator – Ms. Petras has a B.S. in Geology from SUNY – Stonybrook and has also worked as a hydrogeologist for an environmental consulting company.  Aimee returned in January 2005 from Morocco where she was working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Environment/Agriculture Program. While overseas she helped 11 communities plant 7,500 olive trees, taught environmental education lessons at local youth centers, and helped a women’s cooperative with bottling and marketing of their traditionally extracted Argan oil. Please contact Aimee if you have any questions on Education and Outreach initiatives or if you would like to hear some stories of her time overseas in Morocco.


Alisa Phillips-Griggs, Water Quality and Projects Coordinator – Alisa holds an M.S. in Geology from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Geology from Michigan State University. She grew up in Collinsville and has a “deep” connection to the watershed. Since joining FRWA in March 2006, she has expanded the water quality monitoring program to include comprehensive macroinvertbrate research and an in-house bacteria testing laboratory, and has initiated numerous programs designed to improve water quality including the State’s first unwanted medication collection and several buffer enhancement projects. When not working to preserve and protect rivers, Alisa is an alpine and Nordic ski patroller; Farmington River sculler, and plays the Celtic fiddle.




Jeff Bolton, GIS Manager – Jeff, a native of Windsor and current resident of Granby has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management & Engineering from UConn.  He was FRWA’s first GIS intern way back in 1996.  Since then he has honed his GIS technical skills over the years through his work with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in California, UConn Cooperative Extension Center in Haddam, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., and with the CT Department of Public Works.


LauraLaura Hart, Project Manager – Laura earned a B.S. from Cornell University, and an M.S. degree in Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden. She enjoys working on projects that connect people with the environment, whether it is through education, project development, or communicating in the written word. Laura coordinates the River Smart Program where she continues to connect with youth and adults alike to educate on what every individual can do to actively and simply reduce polluted stormwater. Laura to determine to bring these messages to new audiences and is doing so through outreach and education, presentations, projects, and social media to engage and excite the local communities along the Farmington River.


Doreen McWhirter, Project Support – Doreen has a B.S.  in Information Systems from the University of Connecticut and has worked in Computer systems support, IT training, database management, marketing and website administration.  Doreen works on FRWA’s donor management, social media, newsletters, website, photography and other support tasks.

Board of Directors 

FRWA is lucky to have a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors with representatives from many watershed towns.

If you would like to be considered for a Board position, a task force, or an advisory committee, please contact us.


David Donaldson – President
John Laudati – Vice President
Chip Harrison  Secretary
Maurice Patterson  – Treasurer


Ginny Apple – Barkhamsted
Susan Barney – Bloomfield
Michael Feldman – Avon
Brian Freeman – Avon
Tara Holmberg – Winsted
Katonya Hughey – Bloomfield
Ann Jurkiewicz – Burlington
Andy Kuhlberg – Canton
Deborah Leonard – Simsbury
Carol Noble – Southington
John E. Robinson – New Britain
Becky Sahl – Avon
Victor Schoen – Avon
David Sinish – Canton
Marlene Snecinski – Simsbury

Meet our terrific volunteers!