Board and Staff

Board of Directors at Blue trail launch

Dave Small, seated w/trusty net; Rice Flanders behind him; David Brule on right (also pictured Dick Chaisson, Ivan Ussach)

Millers River Watershed CouncilTen local individuals are serving on the MRWC Board of Directors, as of October 2011:

David Brule (President) has been chairman of the Erving Conservation Commission since 1982.

Rice Flanders (Vice President) serves on the Orange Riverfront Park and Open Space Committees, among others.

JoAnne Burdin (Treasurer) is a member of the Templeton Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.

David Small (Secretary) is President of the Athol Bird and Nature Club. He lives in Athol and is Assistant Regional Director at Quabbin Reservoir.

Kathy-Ann Becker is the Wendell Town Moderator, and a member of Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Guy Corbosiero is Vice Chair of the Winchendon Planning Board and President of the Winchendon Springs Lake Association. He also serves on the town’s Board of Health and Charter and Bylaw Review Committee, and is a board member of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

John Henshaw is a resident of Templeton and a founding member of the Otter River Stream Team.

Tom Kellner is Chair of the Royalston Zoning Board of Appeals, and on the faculty of Anna Maria College and the Worcester Art Museum.

John O’Keefe, a resident of Orange, is the former Coordinator of the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest in Petersham. He serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association and Millers River Environmental Center, and on the Conservation Committee of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

Mason Phelps, a Wendell resident, serves as clerk of the Franklin Regional Planning Board, and as Treasurer of the Valley Land Fund and the Millers River Greenway Corp.

A part time staff member an an AmeriCorps member serve the Council:

Ivan Ussach has been MRWC’s part-time Watershed Coordinator since 2005. He is also the Stormwater Campaign Coordinator for the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition. Ivan received a M.P.H. degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health, after which he worked for several New York City agencies as an environmental toxicologist before co-founding the Rainforest Alliance and creating the Smart Wood Program.

Keith Davies, MRWC’s former AmeriCorps service member and Outreach Coordinator, continues to assist MRWC. Keith has a masters degree in environmental science/water resources and 20+ years of experience in water resource protection. He is a scout leader, fly fisherman, hiker, and loves to get out in his canoe.