Aimee Petras, Executive 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 or if you would like to hear some stories of her time overseas in Morocco. Contact Aimee by email or 860-658-4442 x205

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Laura Hart, Conservation 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 by email or 860-658-4442 x202

Heather Geist, Education and Outreach Manager – Heather earned a B.S. in biology, with a concentration in ecology, biodiversity and evolutionary biology from Central Connecticut State University. When she is not busy with water quality monitoring, she conducts educational programs for the next generation of environmental scientists with focus on protection and preservation of the watershed. Heather also conducts outreach to other organizations, municipalities, and the general public. You may see her at an event, or out in the watershed, make sure to say hello! Please contact Heather if you have any questions on education and outreach initiatives. Contact Heather by email or 860-658-4442 x203.

Paige Vichiola, Watershed Manager – Paige earned a B.S. in biology, with a concentration in environmental science and a minor in chemistry from Central Connecticut State University. Paige works diligently to assess the health of our watershed throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut through water quality monitoring of bacteria, temperature, macroinvertebrates, and culvert surveys. She manages data, performs data analysis, and writes reports on our findings. Paige enjoys hiking throughout the watershed, “playing in the water”, working with volunteers who share the same passion for the Farmington River Watershed and its natural resources, and photography- specifically of our beautiful river. Contact Paige by email or 860-658-4442 x206