Board and Staff
Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell
Elizabeth joined the NRWA as Executive Director in 1994. Under her leadership the Association has become more sophisticated in its watershed approach, has grown in its capacity to protect the natural resources of the watershed, and has launched an award-winning environmental education program for youth and adults. The Association is making significant strides in fulfilling the goals of its long-range “2020 Vision Plan.” Elizabeth has provided oversight on many large projects, including the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” multi-year partnership project funded by the U.S. EPA for over $700,000 which garnered more than $400,000 in matching services from three dozen partners. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College in General Studies and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Communications.
Land Programs and Outreach Director
Al Futterman, MPH
Al forwards the NRWA’s Greenway Program and Land Protection Program, working with landowners to permanently protect riverfront and other priority properties through conservation restrictions or easements and through acquisition by local land trusts, municipalities, or state and federal conservation agencies. Al participates in numerous collaborations, including the Fitchburg Greenway Committee and MassLIFT. The NRWA serves as Sponsor of the Nashua River Greenway Forest Legacy Program, and Mr. Futterman oversees that effort. Al also assists watershed towns with their Open Space plans and provides educational programs for adults at the River Resource Center. Al has been the NRWA’s Land Programs and Outreach Director since 1999. Al holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Sociology from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University, and has done additional graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Program at Amherst.
Smart Growth Circuit Rider
Mark Archambault, AICP
Mark joined the NRWA team to work on the smart growth component of the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” project in the Squannacook-Nissitissit sub-basin. Mark assisted communities in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire with consideration of regulatory tools such as zoning and subdivision regulations that help to protect drinking water sources. Under the “Protecting Today’s Water for Tomorrow” project, he prepared 12 bylaws and ordinances for towns in both states, 6 of which were adopted by the Planning Board or vote of Town Meeting. He continues to assist communities with approaches to Low Impact Development and stormwater management, as well as facilitate interstate cooperation on watershed protection efforts. Mark has been the NRWA’s Smart Growth Circuit Rider since 2005. Mark holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Environmental Education Director
Mary H. Marro
Mary coordinates and implements programs for 7,000+ students and adults annually. She has initiated curriculum-based environmental education school programs in Pepperell, Fitchburg, Ayer, Leominster, Ashburnham, and Shirley, MA and in Nashua, NH. Mary serves as Scientist-in-Residence in several schools. Mary has provided professional development and college credit for teachers in several communities, at Fitchburg State University, with the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, and at the NRWA’s River Resource Center. Mary develops service learning projects for schools that provide opportunities for teachers and students to be involved in watershed stewardship. She provides youth programming afterschool, during school vacations and in the summer, and also offers popular programs for the public. Mary has been the NRWA’s Environmental Education Director since 2001. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School.
River Classroom Director
Stacey Billings Chilcoat
Stacey coordinates and implements the NRWA’s “on the water”, canoe-based education programs for youth and adults serving 2000+ participants annually. In this position, she serves as lead environmental educator and river guide on river trips for all ages. She also works with the Environmental Education Director to create and lead “off water” programs including in school and school yard science classes, family workshops, afterschool nature and science clubs, and outdoor adventure hiking programs for young teens. Stacey serves as an educational consultant to teachers, administrators, and schools developing inquiry-based science programs within the Nashua River watershed. She has been the NRWA’s River Classroom Director since 2001. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She is certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid, and holds an American Canoe Association Level 3: River Canoeing Instructor Certification.
Gaynor grew up, largely outdoors, in Wales, which, paradoxically, led her to a BA in Dramatic Literature. She worked for BBC Television for several years, until life in dark editing suites became too unpalatable. On arriving in the USA, Gaynor immersed herself in learning about the ecology of eastern forests and waterways. After working as a freelance correspondent for local newspapers, writing about environmental issues, and family outdoor activities, she spent a year at NRWA as their Americorps Service Learning Coordinator. She has been an educational consultant for NRWA for a number of years, in addition to working as a River Classroom Guide, and a Discovery Museum Traveling Science Teacher.
Water Programs Director
Martha Snow Morgan
Martha supervises the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Program, including authoring the NRWA’s EPA, MassDEP and NH DES-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan for the Water Monitoring Program. She manages other water quality-related projects, including Bacterial Source Investigations and nutrient investigations, and provides comments and advocacy on issues concerning water quantity and quality as they affect the Nashua River watershed, including NPDES permits, dam issues, water conservation, and land use issues as they affect water. Martha has been the NRWA’s Water Programs Director since 1999. Martha holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an Associate Degree in Animal Science, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono.
Water Monitoring Coordinator
Kath coordinates seasonal water sample collection with the NRWA stream monitoring teams and supervises laboratory analysis for the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Program. She works closely with Water Programs Director in addressing a wide range of water issues. Kath also coordinates student interns and volunteers who assist with special projects, data analysis, and field work, including the NRWA’s bio-control project to reduce invasive purple loosestrife. Kath has been the NRWA’s Water Monitoring Coordinator since 2006. Additionally, Kath serves as Chair of the Lower Merrimack River Advisory Committee, and is a member of the NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee providing input on stream flow policy and regulation. Kath holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Wynne publicizes NRWA events and programs through press releases, bi-monthly newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, the NRWA website, and various other avenues. She is a member of the staff Development Team, working on online appeals, assisting with event planning and logistics, and supporting individual and organizational membership acquisition and retention efforts. She also serves as staff IT support. Wynne has been the NRWA’s Communications Manager since 2000. Wynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Winona State University in Minnesota.
Lauri focuses on increasing awareness of and support for the Association from individuals and businesses in the community. She coordinates support from individuals via memberships, annual appeals, and major gifts as well as business and organization membership, sponsorship, and matching gifts. She also supports the Association’s marketing, planning, and outreach activities. Lauri has been the NRWA’s Development Manager since 2002. Lauri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Judy Larter, Paul Matisse, and Lucy Wallace, current and past NRWA presidents
Lucy Wallace, Harvard, MA
Lucy served as Grants Administrator for National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, doing wetlands, resource protection and restoration, and land-related grants. She has served as a Member of the Harvard Board of Selectmen, and also served on the Harvard Conservation Commission, Harvard Planning Board, and chaired the Harvard Town Plan Committee. Lucy has been involved with Devens redevelopment planning since the base closure announcement in the early 1990’s. She is a Board member of the Harvard Conservation Trust.
Judy Larter, Dunstable, MA
Judy is a botanical artist “by degree”. She is currently involved with family interests and the business of hydro-electric sites in New Hampshire. Judy is currently Chair of the Dunstable Planning Board. Judy has worked for several decades to conserve land in the area, including protection of family farmland in Dunstable. Judy is the Director of the Dunstable Rural Land Trust, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Lake George Land Conservancy, and works with the Lowell Humane Society.
Robert Pine, Groton, MA
Bob is a principal and founder of Pine and Swallow Environmental where he is Director of Environmental Planning and Engineering. A Professional Engineer and a Landscape Architect, he has been involved with major landscape development projects throughout the United States and worldwide. He has served as Trustee for the Groton Conservation Trust for over 30 years, as a Director of the Groton Land Foundation, and on numerous Groton town boards and committees. He also served as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Squannassit and Petapawag Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.
Fredericka Baytos, Stoughton, MA
Freddie has been with the Deluxe Corporation for over 15 years, most of that time in the position of Corporate Marketing Research Director for the Minneapolis headquartered company, which has a satellite location in Groton, MA. Freddie belongs to professional associations, such as the American Marketing Association. She also volunteers time to assist various community organizations, is an avid hiker, enjoys flower gardening and has a special interest in protecting and restoring natural places. Freddie previously served on the NRWA Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.
Robert Antonioni, Esq., Leominster, MA
Bob is a practicing attorney with Antonioni and Antonioni Law Offices of Leominster. He is former Massachusetts State Representative and State Senator representing north Worcester County from 1998 thru 2008. Bob is a fly fisherman with an interest in conservation and watershed protection. He initiated state and local protection for the Notown Reservoir, and the preservation of Sholan Farms in Leominster and the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton. Bob is active with a variety of organizations, including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and Our Father’s House. He enjoys bike riding, swimming, fly fishing, playing hockey, and learning the banjo.
Ralph Baker, Fitchburg, MA
Ralph is the Chairman and Chief Scientist of TerraTherm, Inc., an environmental remediation contractor based in Fitchburg. A co-founder of the firm, Ralph holds a Ph.D. in Soil Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has been an environmental scientist for 40 years, and is an expert in hazardous waste cleanup technology. He is the author of over sixty-five technical papers and four books. Ralph was formerly Chair of the Groton Board of Health, and has been a long-time member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ralph previously served on the NRWA Board from 2006-2012.
Mary Dacquino, Dunstable, MA
Mary is the owner of SeasonS at Calmore, an antique, home and garden shop, which is located at her residence in historic Dunstable Center. She and her husband, David, permanently protected 70 acres of a 91-acre parcel, they previously owned in Amherst, NH. Mary has been proactive in organizing or participating in fundraising events for underprivileged and environmental groups in a variety of locations. Mary previously served on the NRWA Board of Directors from 2006-2012.
Michael Fleming, Leominster, MA
Mike is recently retired from the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (formerly Dept. of Environmental Management). He earned a BS in Forestry (UMass Amherst). He started out as a Forester working on State Forests and Parks land in Essex, Middlesex, & Berkshire Counties, and with private and municipal forest landowners in Worcester County. He then served as the SuAsCo Watershed Team Leader with the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs/MA Watershed Initiative, a broad partnership of state & federal agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, local officials, and individuals working on watershed related issues, and was appointed as one of two gubernatorial appointees to the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council. For 12 years, he served as MA Forest Legacy Program Coordinator, a US Forest Service funded program with a goal to protect important forest resources.
Warren Kimball, Boylston, MA
Warren is recently retired from the MA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Warren has a BS in Microbiology (UMass Amherst) and a MS in Environmental Engineering (Northeastern University). Warren joined the DEP in 1972 as one of the original “Water Wrats,” sampling, analyzing, and modeling rivers and lakes. He has served as the head of the Water Quality Standards, Biology, Research and Demonstration Programs. Warren was involved in revisions to the Water Quality Standards for 25 years and wrote the CSO, mixing zone, thermal, toxics & antidegradation policies. As a consultant to EPA, he helped found the Water Quality Standards Academy, assisted with the National CSO Policy & the National Water Quality Assessment Guidance (305 (B) requirements). He has worked with DEP’s Streamflow Task Force, and serves as a consultant to USGS and EPA’s National Water Quality Monitoring Council on subcommittees for the Water Information Services & Volunteer Monitoring.
Peter Lanza, Leominster, MA
Pete is an educator who often works with the Leominster Public Schools. He is the former President of the statewide COLAP Board and a former Leominster Conservation Commissioner. Pete serves on the Fall Brook School Council, and is a board member of Leominster Access Television and the Lake Samoset Association. He has been an active leader with the NRWA’s Monoosnoc Brook Greenway Project for over two decades.
Melissa Maranda, Fitchburg, MA
Melissa isa life-long resident of North Central Massachusetts and currently lives in Fitchburg. Melissa is the Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer of Rollstone Bank and Trust’s Wealth Management Division. The Bank has offices in Fitchburg, Leominster, Harvard, Townsend, and Worcester. Melissa holds a Law Degree from UNH School of Law, and has extensive non-profit, fund-raising, and sale management experience. In her former position as Director of Gift Planning for the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Melissa was with the Foundation during its first decade and provided leadership in raising over $40 million in charitable assets. Melissa volunteers in the community and her interests include many outdoor activities.
Edward McNierney, Groton, MA
Ed is a former President of the Association's Board of Directors. He has had a varied technology career and recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of the One Laptop per Child Foundation. He's currently the Technical Director of the Global Learning XPRIZE at the XPRIZE Foundation. He has served as a Trustee of the Groton Public Library, chairman of that library's Building Committee, a founding member of the Groton Trails Committee, and as chairman of the Groton Finance Committee. He is currently a Trustee of the Groton Conservation Trust and the Newfound Lake Region Association.
Robert Porter, Still River, MA
Bob lives with his wife and two daughters in Still River, a village within Harvard MA, overlooking the Nashua River Valley. In the summer of 2011, Bob paddled the Nashua River from the Home Depot in Leominster to its meeting with the Merrimack River in Nashua, NH, and then he paddled down to Newburyport. He manages real estate projects as his profession. Bob was part of the community effort to establish a shared septic system for the village of Still River. He has also volunteered with his daughter's theater group and his church.
Thomas Ryden, Pepperell, MA
Tom is cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of Vgo Communications, a start-up company headquartered in Nashua, NH that provides robotic telepresence products to the healthcare, education and business markets. Tom serves on the board of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, a non-profit technology trade association. He also chairs the association’s robotics cluster. Tom has an engineering degree from University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University. In his free time, Tom enjoys kayaking on the river with his children.
Gerald Smith, Lancaster, MA
Gerry, along with his wife Janet, have lived on Spectacle Pond for the past three years. They previously lived in Bolton for 24 years. Gerry recently retired; he previously worked in the environmental field as a Freshwater Biologist for some 40 years. He was the founder and President of Aquatic Control Technology, Inc., a lake management and restoration firm based in Sutton, MA. He was also a Principal and Biologist with IEP Inc., an environmental consulting firm, formerly of Northborough. Gerry served a three- year term as a Director of the North American Lake Management Society; is a Past-President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society; and has been active with the MA Congress of Lakes & Ponds since its inception. He enjoys most outdoor activities and particularly fly-fishing.
William Stevenson, Harvard, MA
Will has been a resident of Harvard since 1997. Will is the Director of Business Development for Lycott Environmental, Inc. and Aquatic Control Technology. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from Union College, Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry, and an MBA from Babson College. He has spent his professional career working in a variety of positions and industries. He serves on the Advisory Council for MassAudubon and the Board of Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Todd Sumner, Groton, MA
Todd is a Groton resident and the Principal at Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA. Parker is progressive, regional public secondary school whose students live throughout the watershed; Todd is also proud of Parker's history of supporting water testing initiatives and other NRWA projects. Todd has always had a strong commitment to conservation and sustainable land use; he worked with his siblings and the Franklin Land Trust to preserve their family farm in Heath, MA, in agricultural/open space use. Todd has served on independent school boards and town committees, mostly in the Deerfield River valley where he lived prior to coming to Parker in 2011.
Charles Vander Linden, Groton, MA
Chuck is a co-founder (1981) and partner in the law firm Starr Vander Linden, LLP, which has offices in Fitchburg and Worcester. Chuck graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976, then served as a law clerk for the Honorable Reuben Goodman on the MA Appeals Court. He has been engaged in the practice of law in central Massachusetts since 1977. He served as a member of the Groton Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years and has been a Trustee of the Groton Conservation Trust since 1984.
William G. Wilkinson, Townsend, MA
Bill was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Middlesex Savings Bank, Natick, MA. Now retired, he maintains his affiliation with the Bank, sitting on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Locally, Bill sits on the Board of the Townsend Public Library Endowment, the Townsend Historical Society, and the Indian Hill Music Council. He has served on the Town of Townsend Zoning Board of Appeals and Finance Committee. Bill is a member of the Friends of Willard Brook, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, and Ducks Unlimited. Bill is an avid fly fisherman with a strong interest in wetlands/watershed protection and conservation. In addition to fly fishing, Bill enjoys canoeing, hiking, hunting, birding and gardening.
Founding Director Emeritus
Marion Stoddart, Groton, MA
Marion is the founder of the Nashua River Clean-up Committee and the NRWA. She has played a key role in the clean up of the Nashua River and the success of the organization. Marion is an active member of the Groton Greenway Committee. She is the former Chairman of the Groton Conservation Commission and the Groton Conservation Trust. Interests include adventure travel, hiking canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, bicycling and tennis.