Staff & Board Archive

Welcome to our new Board Member, Matisse!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Matisse Bustos Hawkes, VRC’s Vice Chair, is a strategic communications professional with two decades of experience serving the arts, non-profit and social justice communities. Most recently she served as Associate Director of Communications and Engagement at WITNESS, the human rights organization founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel that supports people worldwide to use video and technology for social change. In 2019 she founded Otro Lado Communications which partners with filmmakers, human rights advocates, journalists, technologists, philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations to develop creative and effective communications strategies.

 

A native of Southern California, Matisse made her way to Vermont via New York City, and lives in Middlesex with her family. She enjoys as much time at reservoirs, lakes and swimming holes as the short, but beautiful, Vermont summers allow. She joined the VRC board in 2018.

Welcome aboard Betsy!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


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Welcome Betsy!  The Vermont River Conservancy is happy to welcome Elizabeth (Betsy) Catlin to our Board of Directors.

Betsy brings with her a valuable professional experience solving environmental problems in ways that also encourage positive economic development, as an attorney with Dunkiel and Saunders.

She enjoys the farmlands around her home in East Montpelier, has a love of horses, and is committed to the preservation of our open river lands.

We are so glad she has joined our Vermont River Conservancy team!

VRC welcomes new Board member: Tom Slayton

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Vermont River Conservancy Board is delighted to welcome journalist, author, and river enthusiast Tom Slayton to its ranks.  Tom joined us on a paddling trip on the Connecticut River in early June, and has assisted VRC with developing completed project announcements.  As a board member, Tom will continue to serve the rivers and state he loves. We are honored to have him on board.  Welcome Tom!

Meet our new Assistant Director

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The need for informed river management and conservation in Vermont is increasing, especially in the wake of the 2011 floods.  To help increase VRC’s capacity to respond to these needs, the VRC Board has modified the organization’s structure, and welcomes Lydia Menendez as the new Assistant Director.

Lydia Menendez

Lydia comes to VRC with eight years experience as an environmental educator, four years experience implementing waste reduction and organics reclamation programs in central Vermont, and two years experience directing the Land Stewardship Program at the University of Vermont, where she earned her Master’s in Natural Resources.  She co-chairs the Middlesex Town Forest Stewardship Committee, and is committed to conserving and stewarding land and water resources in Vermont.  Welcome aboard Lydia!

Stephan Syz nominated for CVPS-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Congratulations Stephan!  VRC’s co-founder, trustee and volunteer extraordinaire, Stephan Syz, has been nominated for the CVPS-Zetterstrom Environmental Award in recognition of his ceaseless commitment to preserving access to Vermont’s most treasured river resources.Stephan Syz

“The depth and breadth of the work of this year’s nominees indicates a deep commitment to Vermont’s natural resources, including habitat, wildlife and enjoyment of Vermont’s natural resources,” said CVPS spokesman Steve Costello.

This certainly describes Stephan’s contributions to VRC over the last 17+ years.  The award will be decided in April.  Best of luck Stephan, and thank you for all your hard work and good humor!

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