WUV's Steering Committee members are from across the state and represent both member and partner organizations.

Gordon Batcheller is a member of the Southwestern Vermont Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which focuses on the conservation and enjoyment of riverine systems in southwest Vermont, including the Batten Kill, Mettawee, Wallomsac, and Hoosic Rivers. Professionally, Gordon is recently retired as Chief Wildlife Biologist for the State of New York, Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, and will soon serve as Executive Secretary of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, a quasi-governmental organization that represents the state agencies from Virginia to Maine, along with the Canadian Provinces. Gordon lives in Petersburgh, NY (near Bennington, VT).

Gloria Cristelli
was born in Morrisville, Vermont and was a river recreator as a youth, walking over four miles round trip (the last two uphill!) to swim in the closest river. Gloria taught overseas for 24 years, and worked with a team in the middle school of Taipei American School in Taiwan to create an interdisciplinary unit on watersheds. Along with the science teacher on the team, she discovered a river source which the students visited as part of their field trips for science, art, and poetry writing. As an English-as-a-second-language teacher, Gloria created parallel humanities lessons for her students. Back in Vermont, she became involved in water sampling and then joined the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance, where she now serves as President.

Mary Patricia Goulding
is President and an original board member of the Memphremagog Watershed Association, and an ex officio board member of Quebec-based Memphremagog Conservation, Inc. Before moving to Newport full-time in 2012, Mary Pat summered there for 66 years. She has twenty years of experience with environmental impact statements and technical editing. Before moving to Vermont year-round, Mary Pat lived in New Mexico for 36 years. She enjoys back-packing, skiing (both alpine and x country) and water sports, and is an enthusiastic environmentalist and adept coordinator.

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Jon Groveman currently serves as Policy and Water Program Director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council.  Jon has also served as
General Counsel for the Agency of Natural Resources, Chair of the Natural Resources Board and Executive Director of the Vermont Water Resources Board.

Kim Jensen is Director of the Lamoille County Conservation District, has extensive experience in water protection and restoration projects ranging from large scale PCB cleanups to buffer installations to Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects with several watershed and environmental organizations. She initiated statewide projects as Chair of the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts. Komer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master’s degree in Science Education from the Vermont Science Initiative.

Lydia Menendez Parker is the Assistant Director for the Vermont River Conservancy, the statewide land trust focused on the protection and stewardship of riparian lands. VRC is helping coordinate Watersheds United Vermont to support capacity building for watershed groups and improving statewide communication between watershed groups and partners as a way to enhance Vermont’s water quality statewide. Vermont River Conservancy is administering the grants for Watersheds United Vermont and providing staff support to assist with its creation.

Ron Rhodes
is the North Country River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He spends most of his time in the northern VT and NH, an area he knows well from his years as a fly fishing guide and his nearly decades of service on the boards of the Greater Upper Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited and the White River Partnership. Ron is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he majored in Political Science and Economics. Prior to moving to the Upper Valley, where he lives with his wife Betsy and their English Setter Kaylea, Ron worked in politics and government in Washington D.C. and Ohio

Mary Russ is the Executive Director of the White River Partnership (WRP). The WRP is a community-based nonprofit organization bringing people and local communities together to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed in east-central Vermont. 

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Stepenuck is Extension Program Leader for Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) and Extension Assistant Professor of Watershed Science, Policy and Education in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She develops, implements and oversees LCSG outreach activities across the Lake Champlain Basin, and is currently focusing on efforts related to development of healthy soils through lawn care, community resilience to flooding, clean boating, and best winter maintenance practices. She also maintains www.volunteermonitoring.org to support the national volunteer water monitoring network, and serves as vice chair of the Citizen Science Association board of directors.