FRWA Staff & Board of Directors

Eileen Fielding, Executive Director – Ms. Fielding came to FRWA in 2008 from her position as Executive Director of the Hoosic River Watershed Association in Williamstown, MA.  She holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Connecticut, where she studied the impacts of population crashes on the ecology and genetics of freshwater fishes.  She has taught conservation, ecology, watershed management, and other subjects at several colleges including Trinity College, St. Joseph College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Chicago.  In addition, she has many years of experience in managing and leading environmental organizations, including positions at CT Audubon, the Eastern CT Conservation District, and the Science Center of Connecticut.
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 Phillips-Griggs 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 also initiated numerous programs designed to improve water quality including the State’s first unwanted medication collection and several buffer enhancement projects. When she is not working to preserve and protect rivers, Alisa is an alpine and Nordic ski patroller; Farmington River sculler, and plays 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.

 

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.

Officers

David Donaldson – President
John Laudati – Vice President
Michael Feldman  Secretary
Vic Schoen  – Treasurer

Directors

Susan Barney – Bloomfield

Sia Bauer – Burlington

David Donaldson – Farmington

Michael Feldman – Avon

Mike Gagne – West Hartford

Chip Harrison – Suffield

Katonya Hughey – Bloomfield

Ann Jurkiewicz – Burlington

John Laudati – Granby

Deborah Leonard – Simsbury

Matt Reichin – Hartland

John E. Robinson – New Britain

Victor Schoen – Avon

David Sinish – Canton

Marlene Snecinski – Simsbury

Meet our terrific volunteers!