Eric became the Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership in 2016. Eric joined the LCBP in 2009 as the Technical Coordinator, where he managed LCBP-funded research projects and coordinated the LCBP Technical Advisory Committee. 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.
Phil works as a data manager and Boat Launch Steward with the Aquatic Invasive Species program, and as Resource Room Associate with the Education and Outreach program. He has a B.A. in Biology with a Coordinate Major in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a B.A. in Education from Trinity College. He is presently exploring the language and culture of the Algonquian Peoples of North America, predominately the Western Abenaki and the Lenni Lenape. Phil has worked in fisheries and forestry and soils research at UVM and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, computer modeling at the Water’s Center for System Dynamics at Trinity College, and horticultural research at Gardeners Supply. Data collection, management and analysis have been a significant part of his field biologist work. Phil lives in the New North End of Burlington with his wife Andrea and son Ian close to the waters he loves. His daughter lives in Burlington as well.
Bridget Butler joined the team as Communications and Publications Associate. She will help maintain LCBP websites and produce education and outreach materials. Bridget, also known locally as “The Bird Diva”, has been working in conservation and environmental education for more than 25 years throughout New England. Her small business, Bird Diva Consulting, provides presentations, outings, and online courses for folks interested in exploring their connection with birds. Bridget is a certified Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Guide, and has worked for the Audubon Society in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Formerly part of the education staff at The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Bridget served as a conservation education specialist focused on community building around water quality issues. Bridget lives in St. Albans, Vermont with her husband and three kids.
Mae Kate joined the Basin Program in 2020 and is excited to be working on watershed science and contributing to water quality improvement across the basin. She holds an MS in geology from the University of Vermont and holds a BA in geology from Oberlin College. Mae Kate is interested in how an understanding of human-landscape interactions can help us solve environmental problems. She has completed research projects studying how tile drains affect erosion, and on understanding erosion in Cuba. Mae Kate lives in Burlington, she loves getting outdoors and hosting homemade pizza nights for her friends.
Kerry provides administrative support to staff and ensures smooth office operations. A native of the Adirondacks, Kerry has worked in the nonprofit community in northern New York and Vermont for over 15 years, inspiring others to explore and protect the region’s landscape and working to address food access in the North Country. She earned an A.A.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Paul Smith’s College, a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, and a Master in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She spends her free time kayaking, birding, gardening, and crafting. Kerry lives in Port Kent with her menagerie of animals.
Katie Darr serves as a liaison between the New York, Vermont, and Quebec Citizen Advisory Committees, LCBP, state agencies, and stakeholder groups. Katie is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a focus on collaborative natural resource management and community empowerment. Before joining the Basin Program, Katie completed a Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship with NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Center in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. She earned a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. She also holds a professional certificate in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management from The George Washington University. In her free time, Katie enjoys birdwatching, block printing, and embarking on culinary adventures.
Susan Hagar supports the LCBP’s outreach efforts, delivering public programs at schools and camps in New York. She received her B.A. in Environmental Planning from SUNY Plattsburgh, and also holds an A.A.S. in Environmental Technology from Clinton Community College. She has worked on environmental remediation projects in the Champlain Basin, in outdoor education for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and New York State DEC, and on the study of microplastics in Lake Champlain.
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.
Lauren joined the LCBP in 2019 and works with the Cultural Heritage, Education and Outreach, and Technical teams. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2016. Her coursework focused on the intersections of nature, culture, and justice as well as geospatial technologies. In previous work, Lauren has evaluated the effects of sea level rise on salt marsh vegetation, performed land-cover mapping and imagery analysis, and worked with volunteers to collect water quality data and install lakeshore-friendly practices on freshwater lakes. Lauren lives in Burlington with her boyfriend and enjoys being on the water and gardening.
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.
Corrie works closely with LCBP partners to restore connectivity in aquatic systems by planning and implementing aquatic organism passage (AOP) projects and enhancing education and engagement. Corrie has worked to advance conservation in Vermont and New York’s land and water for over 15 years – in southern Vermont at Smokey House Center, in the Northern Greens with the Staying Connected Initiative for wildlife habitat connectivity, in the eastern Adirondacks as the Director of the Ausable River Association, and more recently in central Vermont as the Director of Friends of the Mad River. Corrie holds an undergraduate biology degree from Vanderbilt University, a certificate of Environmental Education from University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree from University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program. In her free time, you’ll find Corrie in her kitchen experimenting with all things sourdough, at a live concert, rambling in the woods—sometimes on skis, or paddling lakes and wetlands. Corrie lives in Fayston, VT, and serves on the Conservation Commission.
Ryan coordinates development of LCBP publications, websites, and exhibits, and assists with education and outreach programs. Ryan holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University. His previous experience includes environmental permitting at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, publication management at Earthwatch Institute, online news publication as an intern at National Geographic, and outreach at the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Geographic Alliance. Most recently he has worked in GIS at the City of South Burlington and at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab. He lives with his family in Burlington.
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.
Matthew oversees scientific projects funded by the LCBP and works closely with the LCBP Technical Advisory Committee. He holds a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, an MS in Hydrologic Sciences from UC Davis, and a BA in Physics from Middlebury College. His research focuses on the influence of land use and land cover on water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. Matthew has a love for the outdoors, woodworking, and music. He lives with his family in the Old North End of Burlington.
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.
Myra joined the Lake Champlain Basin Program in 2012. Based in New York State DEC’s Ray Brook office, she plays an important role in implementing LCBP’s efforts to reduce agricultural runoff in the New York portion of the Basin. A certified crop advisor and comprehensive nutrient management planner, Myra has worked as an agronomist in New York for over fifteen years. She holds an A.S. in Agronomy from Purdue University.
Erik is an AIS Outreach Specialist working with the New York State DEC in the Champlain Canal corridor, where he conducts targeted outreach to anglers, stakeholders, and community members to increase awareness of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Erik earned a Ph.D. in Environmental History from the University of Maine, specializing in Indigenous and Euro-American relationships with rivers and the historic dimensions of fisheries conservation. He previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of history and environmental studies at Colby College and Bates College in Maine. Recently, Erik worked with the Adirondack Experience Museum, the Wild Center, the Nature Conservancy, and the Adirondack Diversity Initiative to develop a virtual program series exploring the region’s history and present-day reality through the lens of environmental justice. Erik enjoys getting outside, running trails, and fly-fishing rivers and streams across northern New England.
Erin works with NYSDEC and the Lake Champlain Basin coordinators from Vermont and Quebec to organize, evaluate and oversee activities for the Lake Champlain Basin Program. She provides oversight and support for the program’s activities in coordination and collaboration with all NYSDEC program areas. She engages with the program’s Technical Advisory Committee, Executive Committee, and Steering Committee, and works closely with program staff on water quality, aquatic invasive species, and TMDLs. Erin joined NEIWPCC in 2020. She holds a M.S. in Water Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Much of Erin’s time outside of work is spent on the small farm she owns with her husband where they grow vegetables and raise chickens, turkeys, llamas, goats and two young children.
PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Sarah coordinates and helps manage the LCBP funding that comes to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for a variety of implementation, outreach, monitoring, and inventory projects. She facilitates coordination and collaboration between the Lake Champlain Basin Program and VTDEC across multiple program areas and initiatives. Sarah completed her doctorate at the University of Vermont in Ecological Landscape Design and Environmental Governance. Sarah also holds a Master of Science in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Food Policy at Tufts University. She credits much of her water resource expertise to her participation in the Water: Systems, Science, and Society graduate certificate program at Tufts. Beyond her work on Lake Champlain, Sarah’s pursuit of water quality, agroforestry, and conservation projects have taken her to Guatemala, the Andean Mountains in Ecuador, and the Bahamas. She has a variety of experiences teaching high school and college students, and has also had the opportunity to develop lessons and courses focused on water resource protection and conservation for multiple ages. Sarah loves being outside, swimming, and sharing meals with friends.
Clean Water Initiative Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Pete joined LCBP in 1996 and is based at Vermont DEC in Montpelier. Pete’s responsibilities include monitoring Lake Champlain and its tributaries, collecting and analyzing aquatic samples to determine water quality, and preparing comprehensive water quality study reports. Development of the reports involves aquatic sampling and analysis, transcription and interpretation of data, compilation of material, and formation of recommendations. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Johnson State College.
Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Direction Régionale de la Montérégie
201, place Charles-LeMoyne, 2e étage
Longueuil, Québec CANADA J4K 2T5
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
Watershed Management Branch
New York, NY 10007