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NRWA Mission and NRWA Board Bios

NRWA Mission

The Norwalk River Watershed Association, incorporated in 1996, is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to improve the water quality and fish and wildlife habitats of the 40,000-acre Norwalk River watershed; to restore the riverbanks, meadows and forests through invasive plant abatement and promotion of native species; to encourage recreational use of the river, the surrounding open space and its trails; and to promote research, legislative advocacy, education, cooperation, and action on the part of the stakeholders in the seven watershed towns in CT (Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston, and Norwalk) and NY (Lewisboro).

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NRWA Board Bios

Jacqueline (Jackie) Algon has lived in Wilton since 2006 and joined the NRWA Board in 2012. A Master Gardener, she was UConn MG Program Coordinator at the Bethel Extension Center following a 35-year career in Information Science with a multinational pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, and she consults on information management projects. Jackie currently serves on the boards of Pinewoods Camp Inc. and Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS-NY), and was formerly a board member of the national Country Dance and Song Society and Country Dance*NY. She serves as Co-Chair of Hospitality for the Wilton Garden Club and teaches English to speakers of Spanish. Her partner, Carl Andersen, shares their home in Wilton with his residence in New Hampshire, and her daughter and son-in-law and their children live in Maine. Jackie holds a BS in Zoology (Univ. Cincinnati), MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.), and a PhD in Information Science (Rutgers Univ).

Elizabeth Craig lives in Wilton and joined the NRWA board after being a parent volunteer at Cider Mill School’s River Study Program, which introduces fourth and fifth graders (and their parents) to the Norwalk River’s rich fauna and flora, just a short walk from school. “As a runner, or just walking the dog, I enjoy being out on NRWA trails, the green spaces in Wilton certainly enhance the quality of life for residents and are well worth protecting”. Formerly a librarian for Merrill Lynch, Elizabeth is currently Wilton Garden Club Programs co-chair, a Wilton Inland Wetlands Commissioner and CT Master Gardener.  Elizabeth serves as the secretary of NRWA.

David Havens 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.

R. Scott Jones has lived in Wilton for four years. He has participated in the Healthcare and Medical Device industry for 30 years, the past ten of which as Chief Executive and has, likewise, served on the Boards of a number of companies. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in life sciences, engineering and business management and enjoys wildlife, fishing and woodworking. He plans to put his corporate experience to work with NRWA in developing the Corporate Responsibility Program.

Kitsey Snow, treasurer of NRWA 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 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.

Louise Washer 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.