Who We Are » Our Staff
Executive Director Lynn Werner Ext 102
Berkshire Director Dennis Regan
Berkshire Outreach Program Manager Alison Dixon
Watershed Conservation Director Michael Jastremski Ext 109
Conservation Projects Manager Ryan Williams Ext 112
New York Watershed Manager Maria Grace Ext 110
Conservation Project Manager Savannah Judge Ext 108
Conservation Technician Cole Baldino Ext 111
Community Outreach and Development
Financial Director Patience Lindholm C.P.A. Ext 103
Lynn joined HVA in 1983, helping citizens respond effectively to local environmental problems. She assumed the Executive Directorship in 1995. HVA has since doubled in size and capacity, with staff working at all levels of public and private environmental decision-making in the region. Early on, Lynn helped form and then co-chaired the Clean Water Coalition, and served on the legislative Aquifer Protection Task Force. She now serves as co-chair of the Connecticut Highlands Coalition Committee, part of a four-state effort to preserve the last remaining large tracts of land throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and western Connecticut. Lynn is a founding member and former president of the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, a member and former chair of the Rivers Advisory Committee for the Department of Environmental Protection; and on the boards of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Earthshare New England and Earthshare National. In her hometown, Lynn serves as chair of the Kent Inland Wetland Commission, and is an appointed member of the Kent Land Acquisition Advisory Committee.
Tim joined the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Program in 2008. The program is a collaboration with Litchfield County communities and local and regional land trusts to create a con-servation vision, and increase the rate and scale of land conservation in the region. Tim ran Greensleeves Environmental Services, an environmental consulting company. Before that, he was the Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. He also spent several years in Namibia, Africa as a Fulbright Scholar and employee of The Forum for Integrated Resource Management working on grassroots institutional organizing and community building.
Connie joined HVA in January 2016. She works with Greenprint Director Tim Abbott to expand the reach and impact of the land trust conservation partnership. She remains the Principal of Manes Consulting,LLC and part-time Executive Director of Kent Land Trust. In 2012 she pioneered the growing national Land Trust Alliance Circuit Rider program working with nonprofits throughout Connecticut to prepare for national accreditation. Through her work, Connie has directly represented nearly half of the Greenprint member organizations and has strong connections to them all. A graduate of Williams College, she earned her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pace University.She is a member of the Steering Committee of the statewide Connecticut Land Conservation Council and chairs its Training and Education Committee.
Dennis joined HVA in 1999. He oversees HVA's programs along the Housatonic River and its tributaries throughout Berkshire County, continuing PCB remediation discussions, responding to environmental threats in the watershed, creating awareness programs to help ensure better river protection and management, and collecting up-to-date data on the health of the watershed. He is currently on the board of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the Berkshire Fish Hatchery, the Advisory Committee of Massachusetts Environmental Trust/Eco-system Grants, and has served as the president of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition
Alison joined HVA in March 2010. She manages HVA’s Berkshire river monitoring and education projects, and reviews river-corridor develop-ment proposals, and plays a major role in our river education and paddling trips. Alison worked for New Hampshire Audubon as a naturalist and facility and volunteer manager. She has also worked for the Center for Ecological Technology and the Appalachian Mountain Club in the Berkshires. She has an undergraduate degree in Ecological Economics from UMass and a masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University.
Michael joined HVA in March 2013. He coordinates the Stream Team program, organizes cleanups and educates the community on river issues. Mike comes to us from New York's Delaware County Planning Department where he has served as the Environmental Planner since 2010 (before that serving as their Stream Management Planner). Mike's on-the-ground experience includes extensive work with communities on such things as stream corridor management, water quality protection and planning, environmental regulation, natural hazard mitigation, habitat restoration, storm water management and site plan review.
Ryan joined HVA in the spring of 2014 as a technician conducting stream habitat continuity surveys. In 2011 he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont with a self-designed concentration in “Conservation through Sense of Place.” A native of the Housatonic Valley, he has returned home, holding positions with local conservation organizations including The Trustees of Reservations and Aton Forest. Ryan currently serves as the coordinator for the Sandy Brook Conservation Corridor Regional Conservation Partnership and is acting secretary for Aton Forest. He now manages many of HVA’s land and water projects, working closely with HVA Water Protection and Greenprint staff.
Savannah joined HVA in the fall of 2015 after serving a summer internship. She graduated from Colby College with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Education. As a member of the Milfoil Eradication Crew at the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (a Maine land trust), she played a central role in a stream restoration project to remove invasive plants. She expanded her environmental monitoring skills as a Research Assistant for the Colby College Environmental Studies Department organizing field logistics and collecting and processing water and sediment samples, and conducting visual shoreline surveys to document land use. She later applied these aquatic research skills to a semester-long project to study the ecological impact of road crossings on forested headwater streams in Central Maine. She now works with HVA’s Water Protection staff.
Cole Baldino of Sandy Hook, Conn. majored in Environmental Science with a focus in Watershed Science and Management at the State University of New York of Environmental Science and Forestry. Cole is an outdoorsman with a deep passion for rivers and mountains. He has gained experience working with The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Conservation, Trout Unlimited, American Littoral Society and Carpenter’s Brook fish hatchery. He has worked with professionals taking water quality samples and analyzing this data, stocking, tagging, and electro-shocking fish and restoring streams. His goal is ultimately to work toward dam removal of obsolete dams throughout the United States and reconnect watersheds to their natural free-flowing form where ecosystems can thrive.
Maria Grace joined HVA as the New York Watershed Manager in May 2017 after serving as the River Adventure Coordinator for HVA’s 2016 Source to Sound Paddle Trip. Before relocating to the northwest corner in 2014, Maria worked in New Jersey for several conservation organizations including the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of N.J., the South Branch Watershed Association, and the Passaic River Coalition. She has spent most of her professional career connecting people to the natural world through innovative education and outreach programs. Maria supports the Ten Mile River Watershed Collaborative, engaging community leaders and stakeholders in finding new ways to conserve the Ten Mile River Watershed's outstanding land and water resources.
Community Outreach and Development
Dick joined HVA in 2008. He is in charge of HVA's development activities and grants program. Dick has 33 years of executive and management experience. He served as Washington's First Selectman from 2003 to 2007. Before that he was Director of Development of the Devereux Glenholme School from 1996 to 2003. Dick served as minister of the First Congregational Church for 10 years. Dick was Founding Trustee and President of the Washington Community Housing Trust, Inc. that attracted more than $3 million in private support to create housing for families, individuals and senior citizens. Dick served on the boards of the Housatonic/Shepaug United Way, HOMEConnecticut and Governor Rell’s Housing Advisory Board. Sears is Chaplain to the Washington Volunteer Fire Company and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Rob joined HVA in January 2017 as Communications Director. He’s served as the VP of Communications at national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, as a communications consultant and strategist for businesses and nonprofits of all sizes, and brings agency creative and production experience as well. A graduate of the University of Baltimore (BS Communications / MA, Communications Design), Rob has served on the boards of the Bethel Land Trust, Bethel Chamber of Commerce, Preservation Advocates for Terre Haute and Bethel Arts. He’s been elected to the Bethel Inland Wetlands Commission, and been appointed to several land use and open space committees (most recently the Bethel Transit-Oriented Development task force). He’s an avid hiker, backpacker, kayaker, “beer league” hockey player, amateur photographer and dad of two.
Brenda joined HVA in a parttime position in 2004 to serve as point-of-contact leader increasing HVA's environmental service activity and attracting new volunteers and support in the mid-river section of the Housatonic watershed. In April 2006, she took on the job of Membership Coordinator and is now Membership Manager. She has been HVA's auction manager and assists with the golf tournament and other events. She is now full time at HVA, taking on coordinator duties for the Donor Relations Management program. Originally from West Virginia, Brenda has been active in the Housatonic Watershed for almost 30 years. She has served as Executive Administrator for the Jewish Community Center in Sherman and as Special Events Coordinator for the New Milford Hospital Foundation, responsible for overseeing the Hospital's annual auction and other events
Jane joined HVA in 1991 as Communications Director publishing its newsletter the Housatonic Current and developing public relations. She now works parttime for HVA and freelances as a graphic design consultant. In the 1970s, Jane was City Editor of the Winsted Evening Citizen. She launched The Northwest Hills magazine as publisher and editor in the 1980s and later was publisher of ConnStruction Magazine for the Connecticut Construction Industry Association. She is a commissioner and secretary of the Torrington Inland Wetlands Commission and secretary of the Artwell Gallery board of directors in Torrington, Conn.
Patience joined HVA in 1985. She prepares financial reports, government filings, and all treasury functions. Her background includes working at GD Searle and Touche Ross & Co. in Boston after receiving her MBA.