They say the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. The same is true of the Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area. Our staff members are the driving force behind our work. Please get in touch if we can help you in any way.
Inspired by CTRC&D’s work over many years, Jeanne joined CTRC&D as its first Executive Director in 2016, motivated by the resolute dedication of the CTRC&D members and its partners. Jeanne is thrilled with the opportunity to help CTRC&D reach its full potential, as well as provide technical assistance and leadership to the CTRC&D Council and its mission to promote conservation, agriculture, livable communities and sustainable rural economic growth from the ground up.
Staff have nicknamed her “Mary Poppins”, for her belief that all projects and ideas are attainable where time, enthusiasm and dedication is present. CTRC&D has what it takes to support grassroots ideas and get valuable projects done with timely proficient reliability. Jeanne’s focus at CTRC&D is to support and advise staff, council members, nonprofit partners and clients with strategies, funding, and accurate timelines to get a project or program to completion.
Jeanne, a lifelong Connecticut resident with a love and passion for its small towns, has over 30 years of experience and knowledge of issues in local, regional, state, and federal planning; fiscal, human, and resource management; and program-project implementation. This includes work with a diverse population on issues of economic growth, land use planning, zoning, waste management, capital projects, grants management, natural hazard mitigation, transportation, and emergency management.
Jeanne is a member of the American Planning Association and currently is co-chair of the CCAPA Program Committee. Jeanne has also 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, member of the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer) Finance Loan Committee, Chair of the SCRRRA Recycling Council and as an ongoing member of the Southern New England APA Conference Committee.
Jeanne is a graduate of government studies at Clark University in Worcester, a three year Scholarship at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, an M.S. in Geography- Community Planning from Central CT State University, and University of Akron’s Land Use Planning Seminar in the Netherlands. Jeanne is also an accredited planner with the American Institute of Certified Planning. She also has received FEMA ICS certification through EMI, Economic Development Certification through CEDAS -CTDECD, and numerous certifications in Transportation and Freight Planning through FHWA.
Time away from CTRC&D, Jeanne will be found reading, writing, bicycling, painting, composing music, hiking or relaxing with family & friends, hopefully during summers sunsets at the family camp.
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.
With over 15 years of business management and accounting working for regional and municipal governments as well as nonprofits, Paula's experience also includes nonprofit management and human resources. Her specific expertise provided to CTRC&D is fiduciary management and oversight in the forms of accounts payable / receivable, payroll, grant funding administration, annual financial statement and 990 preparation, budget preparation, insurance and benefits management.
Grants Coordinator/Marketing Manager
Andrea joined the CTRC&D team in September 2017, providing over 7 years of work with government as well as private industry and business. Related experience working for business and government in Southeastern Connecticut includes drafting proposals and bid packages as well as workshop and meeting coordination. Andrea brings to CTRC&D experience over several years planning and building marketing and promotion. She is well versed in social media and website development and management, grants coordination, organizational effectiveness building, and bookkeeping.
Born and raised in Kansas, she harbors a passion for agriculture and rural development. She recently moved to rural Connecticut with her best friend, Joe, and their fur-baby, Virgil. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, or unwinding at a local brew pub.
Riley joined the CT RC&D team in December 2018 to work on planning, coordination and reports for the Environmental Review Team Program. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and serves on the CT River Coastal Conservation District Board as secretary. Riley has worked for One Medical Passport, a medical software company, since 2013, where she has gained professional experience working in marketing and client support. Riley also brings experience in non-profit philanthropy from serving on UConn’s Student Alumni Association as VP of Alumni Relations and Philanthropy for two years, as well as an internship at MIT’s Alumni Association. Prior to joining CT RC&D she was a research assistant at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, where she ran soil fertility tests and conducted field work on CT lakes and ponds for the Station’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Program. Riley is excited and motivated to work to protect Connecticut’s natural resources for everyone to enjoy.
An avid explorer, Riley has traveled to almost all of the lower 48 states, and has visited the majority of our magnificent National Parks. She also spent time abroad studying the Roman aqueducts as part of her undergraduate program, worked on an organic farm in southern Italy, and travelled throughout Europe. In her free time she enjoys learning about different cultures, trying new restaurants and cuisines, and working to improve her vegetable garden.
Philip Hornig is a lifelong Connecticut resident who is absolutely fascinated by energy efficiency, renewable energy, wildlife and agri-business. He worked for nine years at Easy Pickin’s Orchard, a sustainable small family farm that utilized Integrated Pest Management. Philip attended the University of Connecticut, where he studied economics, ecology and conservation biology, and he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Resource Economics. He hopes to assist CTCR&D in promoting a more robust, rural, small-business-based economy and broadening energy efficiency in Connecticut.
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