New Board Nominee: Richard Warters

Nominees for Renewed Three Year Terms: Ginny Apple, David C. Donaldson, Jr., Michael Feldman, Brian Freeman, Andrew Kuhlberg, Ann Jurkiewicz, Carol Noble, Beckie Sahl, and David Sinish

Richard Warters – Simsbury. Rick Warters is a 21-year resident of Simsbury who lives with his wife, Kristi, on the river.  Since retiring from a 35-year career with United Technologies in 2019, he has spent four to five days a week in his kayak with his camera in hand.  When thinking about the FRWA, Rick says, “The health of the Farmington is critical to communities it flows through and to the remarkable abundance of wildlife that lives in and around it.  This wild and scenic river is a treasure and we are its stewards.”

Ginny Apple – Barkhamsted. Ginny Apple is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and gives more than 100 wildlife talks a year, conducts Black Bear and Bald Eagle research, acts as an Eagle Interpreter on the Essex Steam Train’s Eagle Flyer and at the Shepaug Eagle Observatory. She is Chair of the Barkhamsted Conservation Commission and serves on other boards including the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests, the Friends of Connecticut State Parks and the Barkhamsted Economic Development Commission.

David C. Donaldson, Jr. – Farmington. David lives in Farmington with his wife Pat and is a Financial Advisor with Essex Financial Services.  He leads FRWA’s Finance Committee and is in charge of our investment accounts. His career in the investment industry spans more than 30 years. Dave was the previous FRWA Board President and Treasurer. He was a nationally ranked platform tennis player and also enjoys fishing, tennis and skiing, as well as writing and performing music.

Michael Feldman – Avon. Michael Feldman has served as president of FRWA since 2019 and looks forward to his third and final year as president. He is an attorney with Feldman, Perlstein & Greene, LLC in Farmington and loves the Farmington River.

Brian Freeman – Avon. Brian joined the Farmington River Watershed Association Board of Directors in 2018, and has served as the Secretary from 2018-2020 and Treasurer from 2020-2021. With new revenue streams introduced in 2021 as well as the benefit of a restructured FRWA team, Brian looks forward to helping manage the FRWA balanced budget, which allows for the continued growth of the Endowment Accounts supporting FRWA’s future. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving as the Treasurer through 2022.

Andy Kulhberg – Canton. Andy is a lifelong resident of the Farmington Valley, growing up in Barkhamsted, playing, canoeing, and tubing on the river. He is an Orthodontist practicing in Avon and residing in Canton with his family. He is an avid whitewater kayaker and enjoys kayaking in Tariffville Gorge. Andy continues to compete in whitewater slalom and other events in and around the Farmington River, and is on the Executive Committee for United States Whitewater Freestyle, the governing body of whitewater freestyle competition in the United States. He is the organizer of the Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown on the Farmington River in Tariffville, CT.

Ann Jurkiewicz – Burlington. Ann Jurkiewicz – Ann is a resident of Burlington for  29 years, former President of the Burlington Land Trust,  and a long time FRWA Board member.  She is a teacher in Farmington. 

Carol Noble – Bristol When asked about FRWA, Carol responds, “The work of FRWA provides a watershed approach to understanding the Farmington River. FRWA, through its implementation of water quality sampling, advocacy, pollution prevention and educational programs, continues to grow and change. As an environmental engineer working in the water resource field, I feel like I can contribute to good decision making within the organization.”

Beckie Sahl – Avon. Beckie has been a resident of Avon for over 20 years and has been enjoying the Farmington River since she moved here from Pittsburgh, PA. Beckie is a nature enthusiast, pet therapist, psychiatric nurse, teacher and painter. She serves on the Board as Secretary to help preserve and protect our scenic Farmington River and Watershed.

David Sinish – Canton. David has been a Director with the FRWA since 1981. He served as President from 1985-1993 and Chairman 1993-2000.  During his term the Upper Farmington River was studied and designated as a National Wild & Scenic River as the first “Partnership Wild & Scenic River”.  He is active on the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, the management committee of that protected segment.  David is an avid paddler, working as a canoe and kayak instructor.  As a racer he has been successful wining National and State championships as well as organizing scores of races.