Timothy Randhir MA (SWCS member since 1994)
Carol Grasis CT (SWCS member since 1995)
Sara Fusco CT (SWCS member since 2012)
Devleena Ghosh-Brower (SWCS member since 2013)
John Dudula (SWCS member since 2013)
Rhode Island Director:
Jeff Peterson (SWCS member since 2008)
UConn Student Representative:
UConn Student Advisor:
Dr. Gary Robbins (SWCS member since 2011)
UMass Student Representative:
UMass Student Advisor:
Dr. Timothy Randhir
Nancy Ferlow (SWCS member since 1988)
Christine Odiaga (SWCS member since 2012)
for Fiscal Year 2017 Board of Directors
(1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017)
President – TOM AKIN (MA)
Tom Akin is the State Resource Conservationist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Amherst, MA, since January 2015; from 2003 to 2015, Tom was the Conservation Agronomist for NRCS. From 1998 to 2003, Tom worked at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain as the Assistant Superintendent and Internship Coordinator. Tom has also worked as an IPM Coordinator at Weston Nurseries, an Extension Educator with UMass Amherst, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic. Tom has a BA in English from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN and an MS in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Tom’s interests are community gardening, helping farmers and gardeners improve their soil’s health, good local beer, and an occasional round of golf.
President Elect – Vacant
Vice President – TIMOTHY RANDHIR (MA)
Dr. Timothy O. Randhir is a Professor of Watershed Management and Water Quality with the Department of Environmental Conservation at University of Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1995 and did post-doctoral work there before joining UMass as a faculty in 1997. Timothy specializes in watershed management, climate change, water resources, ecological economics, dynamic systems modeling and optimization, GIS and spatial analysis, land use policy, common pool resource management, nonpoint source pollution, and natural resources policy. He serves as Editor of three international journals. Timothy is the author of a book on Watershed Management and has published more than 45 referred articles in leading journals including Water Resources Research, Ecological Modeling, Climatic Change, Journal of Hydrology, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, and Journal of American Water Resources Association.
Secretary – CAROL GRASIS (CT)
Carol Grasis graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1994 with a BS in Renewable Natural Re-sources. Carol has been employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service since 1994. She was originally hired as a cartographic technician for the Statewide Soil Survey program and then became a soil conservationist in 1996 and worked in the Windsor Service Center until moving to the CT NRCS State Office in 2010. She is currently a Resource Conservationist, working on the Program Staff for CT NRCS. Outside of the office, her interests include hiking, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. She is a trail manager and volunteer with the Vernon Greenways Volunteers, and has coached baseball at the Little League and Babe Ruth level. Carol has served on the board of SNEC-SWCS in the past, including terms as CT Director (1999), President (2001, 2002), President (2013) and Secretary (2015).
[Treasurer is a 2-year term; Sara Fusco currently holds this office.]
Connecticut Director – DEVLEENA GHOSH-BROWER
Devleena recently started working for Eversource Energy as an Environmental Specialist. She is responsible for the environmental licensing and permitting for the Western Mass service territory. She also is a registered Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). In her past life, Devleena was in the environmental consulting world with Tighe & Bond and VHB for 10 years. She is also an adjunct lecturer with Eastern Connecticut State University teaching a freshman Ecology course. She is a board member with the Manchester Conservation Commission and has a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University. Outside of work, Devleena enjoys hiking, pottery and spending time with family. She lives in Manchester CT with her husband Josh and twins Hudson and Maya.