Lindsey Wight, Coordinator
Lindsey serves as the part-time coordinator for both the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee. A biologist by trade and inclination, Lindsey worked most recently as an environmental consultant, specializing in surveys for endangered bats. She grew up in Brookfield, Vermont, and now resides in Jay, with her husband and their many pets.
Brian Jerose, Technical Adviser
Brian Jerose has acted as the part-time MRBA Technical Advisor since 2001. In this role, he supervises volunteer workdays such as riparian tree plantings. Brian also owns and operates Agrilab Technologies and works with farmers and other business interests on watershed protection and composting projects. He has also been a partner in WASTE NOT Resource Solutions. He has a BA in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo and a MS in Environmental and Resource Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Brian lives in Fairfield with his wife Joanna and daughters Maya and Lucy.
Jaime Tibbits, Conservation Services Manager
Jaime has worked on small and medium-sized family-owned dairy farms and at the University of Vermont’s research dairy farm. She spent a decade as field supervisor and project manager for a prominent area landscape company. Jaime has spent the last three years working for Agrilab Technologies as a Technical Service provider working with landowners on water quality improvement projects as well as composting projects. Her field experience and ability to effectively communicate compliment her role as conservation services project manager. Jaime’s active membership on the Northwest Solid Waste District Board demonstrates her commitment to waste management, her community and resource conservation. She received her BA from Johnson State College specializing in Vermont’s landscape, history, and culture. Jaime lives in Faifield, VT with her family where she spends her free time managing a small homestead.
Brodie Haenke, ECO AmeriCorps Member
Brodie Haenke began serving as a Watershed Technician with the Missisquoi River Basin Association early September 2016. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Brodie recently graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. In late August he packed up all his belongings and drove over 1,200 miles from Minnesota to Burlington, VT, after being accepted by ECO AmeriCorps to serve in the beautiful state of Vermont. The ECO AmeriCorps program was created by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to place members at service sites dedicated to improving and maintaining water quality in Vermont. Brodie is incredibly excited serve with the MRBA throughout the next year and looks forward to the many opportunities he’ll have to engage community members and implement projects designed to improve water quality.
So far during his service, Brodie has assisted with the completion of our 2016 water monitoring program, which enables us to better understand our watershed and identify areas critical for conservation. He has also participated in our riparian buffer plantings where we were successful in getting over 1,000 trees in the ground along the Missisquoi River and Black Creek. He has created an provided outreach programs including “What is a Watershed” and “Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin” to area schools and organizations. In his spare time, Brodie enjoys hiking with his German Shepard, checking out the local Burlington music scene, and, of course, exploring the regional geology of Vermont!