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Eric became the Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership in 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and an M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont, and undergraduate degrees in environmental biology and ecology from SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry and Paul Smith’s College. His research experience includes examining the effects of shoreline development on the quality of shallow-water habitat in Vermont’s inland lakes and ponds, sea lamprey management in Lake Champlain, acid deposition on numerous Adirondack ponds, aquatic plant management, and extensive water quality monitoring experience in New York and Vermont. Eric lives in Williston, VT with his wife, two children, and a dog where he is an avid gardener and explores the art of freestyle cooking. Eric is also a member of the Williston Conservation Commission.
As the Cultural Heritage and Recreation Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Jim Brangan’s work focuses on facilitating cooperation between Vermonters, New Yorkers and Quebecers on efforts that improve appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of Lake Champlain. His work includes the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, scenic byways, Lake Champlain Bikeways, and developing interpretation of all sorts. Jim’s path to the Champlain Valley led him though West Virginia, Idaho, Montana, and Connecticut. Some of his previous experience includes serving as a wilderness/snow ranger in the Clearwater National Forest, developing interpretive programs/exhibits and establishing partnerships for the Monongahela National Forest’s Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, and working as a regional planner in Chittenden County. He lives in Shelburne with his wife and two sons.
Stephanie works with the Technical Coordinator to manage research grants and GIS data throughout the Basin. She is also the coordinator of the Champlain Valley Wine Trail. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and an M.S. in Fluvial Geomorphology from Boston College. Stephanie’s prior experience includes field work in Maine, forest ecology research at Harvard Forest, wine and vineyard work across the country, and fish tracking with the USGS. Stephanie grew up on a farm and loves critters, gardening, open spaces, and all things country. She lives in Milton with her husband and a small menagerie of animals.
Colleen Hickey has been conducting outreach programs within the Lake Champlain watershed in northern New York, Vermont and southern Quebec since 1991. She has focused on media outreach, school programs, educator training and public outreach programs pertaining to the watershed. Colleen received her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and her B.S. in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire. She also held positions as the Communications Director for United Way of Greater Nashua and was employed as a NH regional planner.
Kathy Jarvis has been the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for the Lake Champlain Basin Program since 1993. She acts as receptionist for the program, manages the office operations, tracks office expenses and project budgets, maintains local grant and accounting records, responds to public requests for information and gives administrative support to staff. Prior to joining the Lake Champlain Basin, she worked for the US Immigration & Naturalization Service and the US Postal Service. She is a graduate of Champlain College.
Elizabeth works with the Communications and Publications Coordinator and the Education and Outreach Coordinator to promote a better understanding of the Basin. She has a degree in Human Sciences from Dawson College in Montreal. Her past experience includes work in interior and graphic design for firms in Montreal and Miami. Most recently she has worked in communications and outreach for non-profit organizations in Northwestern Vermont. She lives with her family in the Champlain Islands.
Communications and Publications Coordinator
As the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Meg coordinates management efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the basin. She has worked for LCBP since 2003. Meg has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geology and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. Her work has included the development of a Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response Action Plan, implementing the Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, supervising the Lake Champlain Boat Launch Steward Program, and working with local and regional partners on education and outreach campaigns for AIS. Meg grew up vacationing on Lake George every summer, has a great love for the outdoors, and lives in Burlington with her dog Osa.
Matt oversees scientific projects funded by the Program and works closely with the Technical Advisory Committee. Matt holds an MS degree in Hydrologic Sciences from UC Davis, a BA in Physics from Middlebury College, and is currently completing his PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. His research includes the use of high-frequency measurements of river water quality to determine the influence of storms and land use on water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. Matt has a love for the outdoors, woodworking, and music. He lives in the Old North End of Burlington with his wife and dog.
Resource Room Staff
LCBP Resource Room
ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St.
Burlington, VT 05401
802/864-1848 ext. 109
Laura Hollowell works as an information officer for the Basin Program, primarily in the Lake Champlain Resource Room within the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vermont. Working with the public and with schools, she answers questions, creates exhibits, and presents educational programs. Laura has a B.A. from the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She was employed for many years by the Vermont State Parks, most recently as naturalist and caretaker at Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain. Laura has also worked as an educator with the Green Mountain Audubon Center and the California Nature Conservancy, and as a free-lance writer, artist and gardener.
Stephanie Larkin has been working as a Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room Specialist since the opening of ECHO at the Leahy Center in 2003. She answers many questions pertaining to all aspects of Lake Champlain, including invasive species, lake friendly cleaning products, and historical events. A native of Vermont, she attended the University of Vermont for undergraduate studies, and then obtained a graduate degree in Education from University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to her work in the Resource Room she was a classroom teacher in VT, and also an environmental educator in various California natural areas.
Cynthia Norman has a B.A. in biology from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. She spent her early career as an educator with the National Park Service, Monteverde Friends School (Costa Rica), and New Found Harbor Marine Institute (Big Pine Key, FL). Later, she wrote articles for National Gardening magazine and handled circulation at St. Michael’s College Library, while homeschooling her daughter through high school. She enjoys canoeing wetlands, speaking Spanish and biking to work year round.
Staff at New York State DEC Supporting the LCBP
New York Lake Champlain Coordinator
PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Staff at Vermont ANR Supporting the LCBP
Vermont Lake Champlain Coordinator
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
Staff at the Quebec Ministry of of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change Supporting the LCBP
Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
Direction Régionale de la Montéregie
201, place Charles-LeMoyne, 2e étage
Longueuil, Québec CANADA J4K 2T5
(450) 928-7607 ext. 323
Staff at the US EPA Supporting the LCBP
MaryJo Moubry Feuerbach
US EPA Region 1
US EPA New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
US EPA Region 2, CPEB
New York, NY 10007