OUR TEAM

They say the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. The same is true of the Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development. Our staff members are the driving force behind our work. Please get in touch if we can help you in any way.

Our Staff

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JEANNE DAVIES, AICP

Executive Director

Jeanne joined CT RC&D as its first Executive Director in 2016 for the primary reason that she was inspired by the dedication of the CT RC&D volunteers and partners and the organizations’ mission to promote economic prosperity that is environmentally resourceful.

In addition to providing overall leadership to the organization in the pursuit of its core mission, her day to day CT RC&D responsibilities are to support and advise staff, council members, nonprofit partners and clients with strategies, funding, and efficient timelines to foster grassroots where volunteer time and enthusiasm is available.

Throughout her career, Jeanne has worked to improve life in the areas of conservation, transportation access, infrastructure, community revitalization, emergency management and sustainable land use for residents in Connecticut’s communities. She has over 30 years of experience in local, regional, state, and federal planning; fiscal, human, and resource management; and program-project implementation, including work with advocacy, diversity, waste management, capital projects, grants management and natural hazard mitigation.

Jeanne is a member of the American Planning Association and Chair of the Connecticut Chapter’s Program Committee. She is also a member of the Southern New England APA Conference Committee. She has served as Vice Chair of the CTDEMHS Region 2 Regional Emergency Planning Committee, Chair of the DEMHS Region 2 Transportation ESF Committee, Co-Chair of the DEMHS 2 Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee, and as a member of the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (SeCTer) Finance Loan Committee, she has served as Chair of the SCRRRA Recycle Council.

Jeanne has B.A. in government studies from Clark University in Worcester, an M.S. in Geography- Community Planning from Central CT State University, as well as post graduate studies with the University of Akron’s Planning Department in the Netherlands. Jeanne is an accredited planner with the American Institute of Certified Planning (AICP) and also received FEMA ICS certification through EMI, economic development certification through CEDAS/CTDECD, as well as numerous FHWA certifications in Transportation and Freight Planning.

In her time away from CT RC&D, Jeanne enjoys writing, travel, painting, composing music, gardening, hiking or relaxing with family & friends, often while enjoying summer sunsets at the family camp.

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AMANDA FARGO JOHNSON

Agricultural Programs Director

Amanda is passionate about working with Connecticut farms to help them stay innovative and sustainable, so they can continue operating in Connecticut. She has been employed by the CT RC&D since 2005 where she began working for the award winning Connecticut Environmental Review Team Program.

In 2009, Amanda created the signature Connecticut Farm Energy Program to provide information on energy to Connecticut farms and ag -based rural small businesses as well as provide grant writing assistance in applying for USDA REAP grants. Since 2010 Amanda has helped secure over 1.96 million dollars in REAP grants which equates to over 8 million dollars in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Connecticut. She is also a long standing member representing agriculture producers on the State of Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board. She also helped to form her hometown’s Agriculture Commission where she serves as Vice Chair/Secretary. She was instrumental in organizing her town ‘s Farmer’s Market, one of CT’s top rated farmer’s markets and managing the event for 7 years.

She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in Natural Resources Management & Engineering as well as Landscape Architecture. Amanda lives in southeastern CT with her husband, two children, dog, two cats and a fish. She enjoys travelling, gardening, volunteering at her church, trips to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

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ANDREA PERES

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Andrea joined the CT RC&D team in September 2017. She brings a background in government and private industry, with several years planning and building marketing and promotion. Dubbed a renaissance woman by her peers, she is well versed in conservation initiatives, ecotourism, marketing, website development and management, finance, and business development. An avid outdoorswoman, she volunteers as a steward for her local land trust and is particularly interested in land conservation and management, as well as the development of tools to better engage stakeholders and landowners. She also volunteers as a Climate Reality Leader for the Climate Reality Project and serves on the outreach committee for Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization. Andrea holds a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut, and is most eager to put her experience to work to help Connecticut communities achieve sustainability.

Born and raised in Kansas, she harbors a passion for the natural world and wide open spaces. She lives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley with her best friend and husband, Joe, along with their fur-baby, Virgil. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, kayaking, traveling, or unwinding at a local pub.

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JANE FLYNN

Financial Administrator

Jane brings more than 20 years of business accounting experience to her role as financial administrator.

Her experience with state contracts, budgeting, financial statements, payroll along with all audit and tax compliance reporting, will aid her in her new role.

Jane, a CT native, is an ardent outdoorsman. Her passion for conservation and sustainability for CT will pair with that of the mission of CT RC&D.

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JILLIAN SHEA

Youth Education Coordinator

Her name is Jillian, but you might know her as Farmer Jill. She’s spent the past 14 years managing organic vegetable farms across the United States with a focus on educating youth about plants. From ag-based boarding schools in Vermont, pepper and lavender fields in New Mexico, Urban Homesteads in Florida to Aquaponic startups in Connecticut, Jillian has found a way to always prioritize youth engagement in agriculture.

All of this experience has led her to where she is now, as the Youth Education Coordinator for CT RC&D. Jillian is passionate about bringing meaningful career opportunities in conservation and agriculture to young people in Connecticut through hands-on internships and outreach programs through our organization.

In her spare time, Jillian runs Plant Nights at local venues around the state, farms her own slice of backyard paradise and hunts down the best waterfalls in the Northeast with her husband.

Highlights: Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional, CT Young Farmers Alliance Member, CT & MASS NOFA speaker, CT Horticulture Society Member, Urban Farm University Podcast Guest, Produce Safety Alliance Certified, Seafood HACCP Certified, Featured in Women and AG

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Previous CT RC&D Staff and Interns

RENEE EWING
PHILIP HORNIG
GEORGE WILLIAMS
FERNANDA MASTROLUCA
JESSICA LORD
CHRIS MELENDEY