BOARD of DIRECTORS
(September 2017 – August 2018)
President: TOM AKIN (SNEC member since 2005)
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.
Vice President: TIMOTHY RANDHIR (SNEC member since 1994)
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 (SNEC member since 1995)
Carol Grasis graduated from the University of College in 1994 with a BS in Renewable Natural Resources. 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: CHRISTINE ODIAGA (SNEC member since 2013)
Rhode Island Representative: JEFFREY PETERSON (SNEC member since 2008)
Jeff Peterson is a Senior Wetland and Soil Scientist at VHB with 35 years combined international and national experience, 22 of them for VHB. His skills include wetland delineation, soil description and classification, erosion and sediment control planning, plant identification, and wetland functional assessments. Jeff is certified as a Professional Soil Scientist, PWS, CPESC by ACOE Baltimore District as a Wetland Delineator. He has served on the New England Hydric Soils Technical Committee, responsible for establishing criteria for identifying wetland soils, since 1999. Jeffrey’s studies of mesic Spodosols in northeastern Connecticut helped improve wetland delineations in these problem soils. He has also authored several successful local, state, and federal wetland permit applications for public and private sector developments in southern New England states.
Massachusetts Representative: JOHN DUDULA
Connecticut Representative: DEVLEENA GHOSH-BROWER