Aimee Petras, Programs Director – 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. Contact Aimee

Alisa Phillips-Griggs, Watershed Science Director – 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 macroinvertebrate 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. Contact Alisa


Laura Hart, Conservation Projects Director – Laura earned an M.S. degree in Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cornell University. She has previous work experience with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Audubon Society. 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, including planning and implementing Rain Gardens. Laura writes grants, designs Rain Gardens, host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and conducts water quality monitoring. Laura is determined 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. Contact Laura