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
Lionel Chute (designated by Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission)Lionel is the Director of Natural Resources for Sullivan County and the District Manager of the Sullivan County Conservation District. In this capacity, Lionel oversees the management of Sullivan County’s lands and provides environmental assistance to County residents and organizations. Prior work includes comprehensive biological inventory and forest management planning for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and six years serving as the Administrator of the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau. Areas of interest and expertise include: soil and water conservation, native species and habitat conservation, land management for multiple uses, and environmental support related to agriculture. Lionel is a board member of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, representing Sullivan County.
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) Great River Hydro, LLC. 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 Great River Hydro. She monitors FERC license compliance for Great River Hydro’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.
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.
Barbara Robinson (designated by North Country Council) Barbara Robinson is the Executive Director of 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
Tara Bamford, Thetford Land use planning to protect water resources has been a common theme in Tara’s professional planning work for over thirty years, beginning at Cape Cod’s Sole Source Aquifer program. Since 2007, Tara has led the community planning program at North Country Council, the regional planning commission serving the northern third of New Hampshire. Prior to that she served as Executive Director at Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. Tara has both a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resource Planning. Tara has worked with numerous Connecticut River corridor communities and tributaries in both N.H. and Vermont, conducted several projects for the CRJC, wrote the successful nomination of the Cold River to the N.H. Rivers Management and Protection Program, and developed a “no net loss” floodplain ordinance for NHDES, which was published as the statewide model. Tara and her spouse steward a conserved portion of Conant Swamp, a few hundred yards from the Connecticut River in Thetford, Vermont.
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.
Kari Dolan, Montpelier (designated by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources) Vermont. Kari Dolan directs DEC’s Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program. The Program works collaboratively with state, federal and local governments and other partners to coordinate, manage and fund implementation of priority clean water improvement activities throughout the state and provides staff support to the Vermont Clean Water Fund Board. Responsibilities also include tracking, reporting and communicating on the State’s progress in achieving and maintaining clean water. Prior to this job, Kari was the manager for the State river corridor and floodplain program and National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator for Vermont. Ms. Dolan holds two Masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in science and public policy and a biology degree from Princeton.
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.
Michael Storace, Woodstock, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission(designated) – Michael is a planner at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) based in Woodstock, Vermont. TRORC serves 30 towns in east-central Vermont, and assists these municipalities with land use planning, mapping, watershed planning, brownfields assessment, transportation planning, grant management, and other technical assistance. Michael’s current work includes stormwater planning and watershed planning in the Ottauquechee, White, Ompompanoosuc, Waits, Wells, and direct Connecticut River watersheds. His duties also consist of hazard mitigation planning, brownfields redevelopment, and transportation planning.