Commissioners
& Staff

New Hampshire Commissioners ~ Vermont Commissioners ~ Staff

Officers
Connecticut River Joint Commissions, Inc.

President

Chris Campany

Vice-President

Cleve Kapala

Secretary

Tom Kennedy

Treasurer

Mary Sloat

Past presidents

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New Hampshire Commission

Vermont Commission

Chair

Cleve Kapala

Chris Campany

Vice-Chair

Bob Harcke

Gayle Ottmann

Secretary/
Treasurer

Mary Sloat

Tom Kennedy

Commissioners 

Connecticut River Commissioners are volunteers appointed for three-year terms by the governors of each state, except for designated positions as noted below.

New Hampshire's Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission

Robert Christie, Hanover (representing statewide conservation organizations) - Dr. Christie is a retired pathologist, laboratory director, Adjunct Professor of Pathology at Dartmouth Medical School, and a writer. A member of the Lancaster Conservation Commission, he is also active in a number of regional conservation organizations, as well as the Weeks State Park Association and North Country Chamber Players. Dr. Christie served for 15 years on the White Mountains Regional School Board and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Norwich University, which awarded him an honorary degree. During World War II, he served as a tank company commander in Europe where he received the Bronze Star. Members of his family own Christie's Maple Farm in Lancaster.

Robert Harcke, Westmoreland (designated by Southwest Region Planning Commission) - Mr. Harcke, a riverfront landowner, is the chief executive officer of Continental Cable Company in Hinsdale, a business that he founded in 1969. He has served as president of the Hinsdale Commercial and Industrial Development Corporation since 1999. He is a board member of the Southwest Region Planning Commission, and serves on its economic development and brownfields advisory committees. He has served on the Westmoreland Budget Committee and is a member of the town's planning board.

Cleve Kapala, Hopkinton (representing hydroelectric interests) - Mr. Kapala is Director of Government Affairs and Relicensing for TransCanada Hydro, the present owner of the hydro generating dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. He previously served as Director of Relicensing for the company's predecessors, New England Power Company and USGen New England. Mr. Kapala has also been a director of the New England Salmon Association, a member of the board of trustees of the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and former Director of Education & Policy for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Mary Sloat, Lancaster (designated by North Country Council) - Mrs. Sloat is former chair of the planning boards of both Northumberland and the Coos County Unincorporated Places, and serves on the Board of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Nash Stream. Formerly vice-president of the board of directors of the North Country Council and chair of its Northern Forest Lands Committee, she has taken leadership roles in the North Country League of Women Voters and 4-H, and participated on the STA-North Economic Development Commission and the Heritage Trail Advisory Committee. Mrs. Sloat has served as chair of the NH River Commission and President of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions.

Donna Drouin, Walpole (designated by CT River Watershed Council) - Mrs. Drouin is a native of Keene, who received degrees at Keene State College in Geography (BA) and a Masters in Education. While residing in Keene, she chaired the Keene Conservation Commission, briefly, was a city councilor and served on various other community committees. She is now retired, having taught high school social studies for 17 years in the Green Mountain Union School District of Chester, VT. Since retirement in 2004, she has been a volunteer with the Walpole Recycling Action Program and the Walpole Historical Society. In April 2011, Mrs. Drouin was elected president of the Historical Society. She has held memberships in the Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests for many years.

Robert Ball, Jefferson (member at large)Mr. Ball is a retired electrical engineer who worked as a technical manager at Bell Laboratories and   specialized in project  and software quality management of telecommunications systems. Since retirement, he  has served on the New Hampshire Water Quality Standards Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Department of Environment Services, the Jefferson Conservation Commission, the New Hampshire State Moorings Appeals Board, the New Hampshire Lay Lakes Monitoring Program, and the New Hampshire Coverts Coordinator Project. In 2005, he formed the Israel River Volunteer Advisory Group which has partnered with state, federal  and local university agencies to access  basic water quality, thermal, and trout migration issues in the Israel River Watershed. He is an officer and director for the Ammonoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited and certified fly fishing instructor for the NH Fish and Game Let's Go Fishing Program.

Joan Monroe, Lebanon (designated by Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission)

Rebecca Brown, Sugar Hill (member at large)

Vermont 's Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission

Peter Gregory, Woodstock (designated by Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission) - Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission since 1997, Mr. Gregory is also a former treasurer of the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District. Gregory serves on the Vermont Transportation Operations Council, an advisory panel to the Vermont DOT Secretary, and is a Board member on the Vermont State Infrastructure Bank serving as Chairman for the past 4 years. He helped develop the Vermont Byways Program, provides staff support for the Vermont Scenery Preservation Council, and is active on the Connecticut River Byway Council Steering Committee. He was presented with the Regional Leadership award by the New England Association of Regional Councils in 2003.

Thomas Kennedy, Hartland (designated by Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission) - Mr. Kennedy is Executive Director of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, chairman of the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Association, and active on the Vermont Scenery Preservation Council and Connecticut River Byway Council Steering Committee. He lectures students in elementary and middle schools on the history, life and culture of people in southern Africa, and is active in youth soccer in Hartland and in the Upper Valley. He and his wife own a small farm in Hartland, Vermont where they raise livestock breeds that are considered to be endangered.

Beverly Major, Westminster (representing agricultural interests) - Currently Town Librarian in Westminster West, Mrs. Major is a retired teacher. She is also a former chair of the Westminster School Board and chair and founding member of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. She serves on the local Board of Civil Authority and has served on the State School Directors' Board and the boards of the Extension Service and Brattleboro Community House. Her family owns the dairy sheep cheese-producing Major Farm in Westminster. For 17 years she led a large and very active 4-H club in her area. In 2008 Mrs. Major was honored by EPA with the President's Volunteer Service Award and by Gov. Douglas with an Outstanding Community Service Award.

Alison Meaders, St. Johnsbury (designated by Northeastern Vermont Development Association) - Ms. Meaders is a planner at Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), and is an active member of the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Steering Committee. As the regional planning commission for Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, NVDA works with 55 communities to improve quality of life and protect the region's uniquely rural assets. Previously, she was the downtown coordinator for St. Johnsbury, where she helped to found St. Johnsbury Works!, a "Main Street" program modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization.

Gary Moore, Bradford (member at large) - The emergency management director for his native Bradford, VT, Mr. Moore is a consultant in homeland security, teaching a variety of terrorism and bomb related courses to fire, police and emergency management officials around the country. He is a member of the VT State Police Search and Rescue Team and the VT Hazardous Materials Response Team. He has served on all three of the government commissions focused on New England's largest river, currently including the four-state CT River Flood Control Commission, and, formerly, the CT River Atlantic Salmon Commission. Moore has also served as commissioner of VT's Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, chair of the VT Water Resources Board, and is vice chair of the VT State Colleges System board He writes a regular column, "Thoughts on the Out of Doors," for several valley newspapers.

Gayle Ottmann, Hartford (member at large) - Executive Director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Hartford Select Board, Mrs. Ottmann is an active member of the Scenic Byway Council Steering Committee. She is involved in an array of area non-profit organizations with emphasis on tourism and economic issues., including Upper Valley Housing Coalition Public Outreach and Education Sub-Committee, member of the State of Vermont's Cultural Heritage Tourism Council, member of the Upper Valley Transportation Committee, Vermont's Rail Advisory Council, member of the Executive Board of Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Program Director for the White River Rotary Club.

Joseph Sampson, Bradford (member at large) - Mr. Sampson brings years of experience in municipal affairs to the commissions, having served for 17 years as a member of the Bradford Board of Selectmen. He is an assistant scout master with Boy Scout Troop 978, and is a member of the Masons, Charity Lodge No. 43.

Michaela Stickney, Waterbury (designated by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources) - Michaela Stickney is Coordinator of Vermont's Lake Champlain Basin Program, a large, bi-state and multi-national watershed program. Her twenty years of experience in watershed planning and aquatic biology include work in twenty Vermont towns, four states, and seven countries. Ms. Stickney is working on Governor Douglas' Clean and Clear Action Plan, a new statewide water quality improvement initiative. She and her husband sell hay and framing lumber from their 150 acre hilltop farm.

Brendan Whittaker, Brunswick (member at large) - The Reverend Mr. Whittaker, who holds degrees in forestry and divinity, began his career in Vermont state government as Essex County Forester, and was appointed by Governor Davis to serve as First Chairman of the Act 250 District 1 Environmental Commission. Governor Snelling appointed him as Director of the State Energy Office in 1977, and in 1978 as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. In 1991 he was appointed by Governor Snelling to the Northern Forest Lands Council. He later joined the Vermont Natural Resources Council as Northern Forest Project Manager. A selectman of Brunswick, Mr. Whittaker and his wife operate a market garden from their farm. Though retired, he continues to fill in at Episcopal churches in NH. He is a founding member of the nation-wide "Forest Stewards Guild."

Norman Wright , Westminster (member at large) - A former Vermont State Representative and Commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Mr. Wright has 26 years experience in government in Montpelier and in Washington D.C. He served until 2002 as chief executive officer of the Vermont Hospital Association and on a number of American Hospital Association work groups on Medicaid and Medicare. He is a member of the executive committee of Windham Regional Planning Commission and chair of its Community Development and Housing Committee. He has served as town meeting moderator for Westminster and was principal of an appraisal business in Putney. 

Alex DeFelice , Wilder (member at large)

Elizabeth Coppola , Springfield (member at large)

Chris Campany, Brattleboro (Windham RPC)

Steve Adams, Hartland (member at large)

Staff

CRJC has contracted with Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission to provide administrative support to CRJC.

Rachel Ruppel, Program Manager

Yutian Zhang, Finance Manager

Past Presidents

1989 - 1996 - George Moulton, Charlestown NH
1996 - 1997
- Peter Richardson, Norwich VT
1998 - 1999
- Cheston Newbold, Cornish NH 
2000
- Mary Sloat, Northumberland NH
2001
- Nathaniel Tripp, Barnet VT
2002
- Mary Sloat, Northumberland NH
2003 - 2004
- Gary Moore, Bradford VT
2005 - 2006
- Glenn English, Haverhill, NH
2006 - 2007
- Gayle Ottmann, Hartford, VT
2007 - 2008
- Cleve Kapala, Hopkinton, NH
2008 - 2009
- Beverly Major, Westminster VT
2009 - 2010 - Glenn English, Haverhill, NH