Commissioners

Connecticut River Commissioners are volunteers appointed for three-year terms by the governors of each state, except for designated positions as noted below.

New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission

Marion Allen (designated by Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission)

Robert Harcke, Westmoreland (designated alternate by Southwest Region Planning Commission) – Mr. Harcke, a riverfront landowner, is the chief executive officer of Continental Cable Company in Hinsdale, a business that he founded in 1969. He has served as president of the Hinsdale Commercial and Industrial Development Corporation since 1999. He is a board member of the Southwest Region Planning Commission, and serves on its economic development and brownfields advisory committees. He has served on the Westmoreland Budget Committee and is a member of the town’s planning board.

Jennifer Griffin (representing hydroelectric interests) TransCanda. Jennifer is a fisheries biologist with a M.S. degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USGS Cooperative Research Unit. She has worked (and played) on the Connecticut River since moving to New Hampshire in 2001, employed first with an environmental consulting firm and now with TransCanada. She monitors FERC license compliance for TransCanada’s thirteen hydroelectric developments and single storage reservoir on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers, and is involved with relicensing the Wilder, Bellows Falls, and Vernon projects in central and southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Jennifer has conducted and participated in various natural resource studies with focus on Atlantic salmon and American shad on the Connecticut River, river herring in southern New Jersey creeks and rivers, sea turtles and osprey on the Delaware Bay, and striped bass in Chesapeake Bay.

Elaine Levlocke, Chesterfield (designated by Southwest Regional Planning Commission) As a life-long resident of Chesterfield, the Connecticut River has always been an important natural resource throughout her life. Elaine serves her community currently as Emergency Management Director, Commissioner & Vice Chair to Southwest Region Planning Commission, Natural Resource Advisory Committee, Chair; Member on the New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions; Trustee to Rescue, Inc.,; Chesterfield Public School Foundation Board.  Former positions held include Selectwoman, Chesterfield Fire & Rescue Precinct Commissioner (Chair), Planning Board (Secretary), Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Committee, Master Plan Revision Committee. Elaine enjoys spending time with her family which includes two adult daughters, a grandson and granddaughter, doing outdoor activities that include photography, hiking, walking, gardening and snowmobiling.

Brendan Prusik, Columbia (representing forestry and the forest products industry) Brendan Prusik is the Coös County Extension Forester and a Natural Resources Field Specialist with a concentration in Business and Economic Development for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.  As a resident of Columbia, NH since 1986, he brings over 30 years of experience from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, Idaho and Oregon in forestry, forest industry and forest products to the Commission. He received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Biology and Resource Management from the State University of NY at Syracuse.  He is currently pursuing a degree as Master of Education at USNH Plymouth State University. Brendan has served regional natural resources interests on Nash Stream Forest Advisory Committee, NH Timberlands Association Board of Directors, VT Timberland Owners Association Board of Directors, Granite State Society of American Foresters Board of Directors, Chair of Vermont Sustainable Forest Initiative, NH Forest Advisory Board (FAB), and Co-chair of NH FAB committee on Liquidation Harvesting in New Hampshire. He is a Member Society of American Foresters and NH Timberland Owners Association; a certified NH Tree Farm Inspector and Project Learning Tree Educator and has been a licensed Forester in NH since 1993.

Mary Sloat, Lancaster (member-at-large) – Mrs. Sloat is former chair of the planning boards of both Northumberland and the Coos County Unincorporated Places, and serves on the Board of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Nash Stream. Formerly vice-president of the board of directors of the North Country Council and chair of its Northern Forest Lands Committee, she has taken leadership roles in the North Country League of Women Voters and 4-H, and participated on the STA-North Economic Development Commission and the Heritage Trail Advisory Committee. She currently resides in Hanover. Mrs. Sloat has served as chair of the NH River Commission and President of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions.

James McClammer, Charlestown (member-at-large) – Jim is an ecologist, land use consultant and president of Connecticut Valley Environmental Services Inc., a small business that assists clients perform environmentally responsible development projects. He has served on the Charlestown Planning Board, the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, and the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee of the NH State Legislature as a State Representative. He trained at the University of Maryland and Yale University. He was previously employed by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, a real estate and development firm in Connecticut, and Dufresne-Henry Engineering Company in Vermont.

Richard Sanders, Monroe (member at large) – Dr. Sanders is a Dartmouth graduate in behavioral psychology and took his PhD in human behavioral psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as a professor and chair of the graduate program in Behavior modification at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill from 1966 to 1977. He returned to New Hampshire to start a private practice and consulting business as well as bringing his Simmental cattle breeding operation from Illinois. He served as chairman of the sports medicine committee for the Luge for four years and then for all the sliding sports at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. Dr. Sanders has been a licensed hunting and fishing guide in NH and had served on the Joint Commissions for a number of years until 1996. He and his wife raised their cattle in Monroe from 1978 until 2005 when they put their open land into the federal grasslands program and now raise organic hay.

Open (designated by North Country Council) 

Richard Walling, Bath (member-at-large)  Mr. Walling, a riverfront landowner, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology. While he now operates a cabinetry shop and carpentry business, most of his professional life was spent in the field of cultural resources management (primarily review and compliance archeology) within university, state, and private sectors. Mr. Walling serves as chair of the CRJC Riverbend subcommittee and vice chair of the Ammonoosuc Local Advisory Committee. In addition he has served the Town of Bath on a number of committees including the Planning Board (Vice-Chair), Master Plan Revision Committee, Natural Resources Inventory Committee, and the Ammonoosuc River Corridor Study Group, among others. He also served on the Wells River Watershed Council, is on the Board of Trustees of the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, is active in the Keep Growing local agricultural initiative, participates in VRAP, and has recently become involved in River Runners. 

Christopher R. Yurek (designated by the Connecticut River Watershed Council) Chris holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and has since employed his academic background as an active member of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s ECO AmeriCorps program. His duties include, but are not limited to, implementation of ecosystem restoration projects in and around Southern Windsor County, targeting water quality impairment sites and aquatic organism passage enhancement. Chris also conducts culvert, bridge, and road erosion/ condition assessments as they relate to surface water quality and flood resiliency. Chris is a life-long recreational user of the Connecticut River and grew up in New Hampshire along the state’s western border, right in the heart of the Connecticut River Watershed.

Vermont ‘s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission

Chris Campany, AICP, Brattleboro (Windham RPC) Chris Campany is the Executive Director of the Windham Regional Commission based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  The Windham Region consists of 27 towns within a 920 square mile area of Southeastern Vermont.  The purpose of the commission is to assist towns to provide effective local government and work cooperatively with them to address regional issues.  Prior to his tenure at the Windham Regional Commission, Chris was an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University; Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning, and Zoning Officer, for Calvert County, Maryland; Deputy Commissioner of Planning for Orange County, New York; Federal Policy Coordinator for the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture in its work on the 2002 Farm Bill; founder and Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance in Louisiana; and a Program Analyst and Presidential Management Intern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  He is a Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

David Deen, Westminster (member-at-large) David is the River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He is responsible for public education and advocacy on issues affecting the River in the Upper Valley reach of the river.  David has served in the Vermont Legislature for 28 years as chair of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee among other assignments. He serves on the board of the Connecticut River chapter of Trout Unlimited and as an advisory committee member of the Vermont River Conservancy. He tries to fish whenever and wherever he can and represents fishing interests on the Vermont Connecticut River Resource Commission.  David holds a MS in Environmental Science from Antioch New England Graduate School.

Jameson W. Doig, Newbury  (member-at-large) Jameson W. Doig is Visiting Research Professor in Government, Dartmouth College, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University. At Princeton, he was graduate program director, Department of Politics, 1988-90, chair of the department, 1997-2000, founding director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, 2000-04, and director of the Guggenheim Summer Internship Program, 1996-2008.   In 1994-96, he was a member of the Committee on the Third Regional Plan, Regional Plan Assn. (NY, NJ and CT), and he been involved as an adviser on “Bridgegate” issues and on planning in the NY-NJ region since 2010. He was a member of the Riverbend Subcommittee of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, and since 2014, by appointment of VT’s governor, he has been a member of the Joint Commissions.

 Steven Lembke, Guilford (member-at-large) Steve Lembke has lived in the Village of Green River, VT for 33 years and has been actively involved in the preservation of the Green River and it’s watershed. He was a founding member and past President of the Green River Watershed Preservation Alliance and is a current Trustee and past President of the Green River Village Preservation Trust. Steve and his wife Linda, a hand book-binder and Guilford Conservation Commission member, believe that the health of the Connecticut is heavily dependent on the health of its tributaries. Steve has been a Board member and past President of the United Way of Windham County; Hotline for Help; the Brattleboro Hockey Educational Trust and the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce. He is  currently a Vice President at Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) headquartered in Boston MA, where for the past 30 years, he has helped develop and manage a wide range of educational travel programs for older adults. Prior to joining Road Scholar, Steve was the Director of Marketing for Country Journal Magazine. He enjoys travel, hiking, tennis and working on his land.

Alison Low, St. Johnsbury (designated by Northeastern Vermont Development Association) – Ms. Low is a planner at Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), and is an active member of the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Steering Committee. As the regional planning commission for Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, NVDA works with 55 communities to improve quality of life and protect the region’s uniquely rural assets. Previously, she was the downtown coordinator for St. Johnsbury, where she helped to found St. Johnsbury Works!, a “Main Street” program modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization.

Jason Rasmussen, Ascutney (designated by Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission) – Jason is the Senior Planner at the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) based in Ascutney, Vermont.  The primary purpose of the SWCRPC is to assist with and advocate for sound planning and development activities in the ten member towns within southern Windsor County.  Jason is a professional planner certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association.  His current duties include, but are not limited to, managing the transportation program, Act 250 review, assisting municipalities with preparing town plans and land use regulatory documents, and technical assistance with local development review.

Richmond “Rick” Hopkins, Montpelier (designated by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources) Over the course of more than 25 years, Rick has worked for the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation as an Environmental Planning Analyst. Duties for DEC in the Water Quality Division (now known as the Watershed Management Division) have given Rick a unique perspective on a variety of watershed, land use management and nonpoint source pollution issues across Vermont, including those that concern the Connecticut River and its tributaries.  As part of his duties, Rick is also a member of the 15 Mile Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund Advisory Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hartwick College and a Masters degree in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont.

 

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission(designated ) Open.