NRWA Board Bios
Ann Collis is a lifelong resident of Wilton, where she has worked and raised her family. Ann got involved with the NRWA when she assisted in blazing a new trail at Quarry Head Park in 2016, she then joined the NRWA board in 2017. A certified gardener through The New York Botanical Garden, Ann joined the Wilton Garden Club in 2007. She has served on the garden club’s board of directors and has been the co-chair of the greenhouse and youth gardens for the last five years. In addition, she has been active in the Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale for the last ten years. Ann also serves on the Steering Committee for the Norwalk River Valley Trail; she is involved with trail maintenance and coordinates the removal of invasive species throughout the trail. Ann received a BS in Marine Geology from Long Island University and worked for 40 years in the corporate world as an Import/Export Logistics Manager and as an Inventory Planning Manager. She is an avid gardener and hiker and constantly looks for ways she can help improve the environment.
David Havens, Vice President, has been a lifelong resident of Connecticut, splitting his time between Norwalk, Stamford and New Canaan and serves as the Vice President of NRWA. After growing up along the Norwalk River, Dave spent six years conducting full-time environmental fieldwork from 1971 to 1977, while also working for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Since 1977 Dave has worked as a science teacher for Pre-K students to Graduate Studies. He has been an active voice for environmental issues locally and nationally, working with several organizations such as Greenpeace, Earth First!, Audubon, Green Schools Alliance and NRWA. Along the way Dave earned two BS degrees and three graduate degrees in science as he continued to conduct research on a number of issues: Invasive Species, Open Space, Habitat Destruction, Breeding Bird Census and much more. Over the last few years, he designed and built a raised outdoor classroom and boardwalk through his school’s wetlands, developed a plan to eliminate 14 species of invasive plants that gained a strong foot hold on the property and taken his passion of teaching and environmental work to an international level with the Green Schools Alliance. In 2012, David and his students were selected as state finalist in “Siemens We Can Change the World High School Challenge, sponsored by Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board”, for their efforts to selectively and safely exterminate invasive plants along the Norwalk River.
Kitsey Snow has served on the Board for seven years and on the Ridgefield Conservation Commission Board for eight where she helps to oversee the many miles of hiking trails for the RCC. A 25-year resident of Ridgefield, she is raising three sons and has been an active member of the PTA, serving in several positions. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ridgefield Garden Club and enjoys hiking and kayaking. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in psychology and worked in operations for Bankers Trust Co. in New York for seven years before moving to Connecticut.
Lisa Stuart, treasurer, joined the NRWA board in August 2016. She became aware of the organization in 2010 when her daughter earned her Girl Scout Silver Award by completing an environmental protection project under the NRWA’s guidance. Lisa graduated from the University of Connecticut and from Fordham University School of Law. Over the past 20 years she held leadership positions in Fairfield County non-profit organizations. She currently provides development and operations consulting to the non-profit sector. Lisa is an avid gardener and passionate about protecting our local watershed.
Cathy Smith, secretary.
Louise Washer, president, has lived in the Silvermine area, both in Wilton and Norwalk, for over 20 years. She graduated from Smith College and has worked in magazine publishing in New York and as a sculptor. She has been a member of the NRWA board since 2010 and now serves as its President. Louise got involved in NRWA after volunteering for the river study program at Cider Mill School in Wilton when her children were students there.