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Meet the Staff of the Vermont Chapter

27 State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone: (802) 229-4425
Fax: (802) 229-1347


Jon Binhammer, Director of Protection, ext. 110

Dan Farrell, Conservation Information Manager/GIS Analyst, ext. 107

Eve Frankel, Director of Communications & External Affairs, ext. 101

Heather Furman, State Director, ext. 114

Phil Huffman, Director of Landscape Conservation and Policy, ext. 109

Jennifer Kramer, Director of Philanthropy, ext. 104

Paul Marangelo, Senior Conservation Ecologist, ext. 119

Lynn McNamara, Critical Lands Manager, Northern Vermont, ext. 116

Joe Merrill, Director of Operations, ext. 113

Karla Noboa, Field Assistant and AmeriCorp Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 111

Rose Paul, Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science, ext. 108

Susi Richardson, Major Gifts Manager, ext. 103

Kim Sudol, Executive Coordinator, ext. 100


348 Bentley Ave.
Poultney, Vermont 05674

(802) 884-8165
Fax: (802) 884-8126 


Josh Jones, Field Assistant and AmeriCorp Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 24

Murray McHugh, Critical Lands Manager, Southern Vermont, ext. 23

To contact a staff member, email us at or call one of our Vermont offices.

Who We Are

Jon Binhammer, Director of Protection, is responsible for the land conservation program of the Vermont Chapter, including negotiating land purchases and conservation easements. He has been with the Vermont Chapter since 1991. Prior to coming to the Conservancy in Vermont, Jon's endeavors included environmental education and prairie restoration and management throughout the Midwest. He has a BA in biology from Grinnell College and a MSEd from Northern Illinois University. An avid amateur birder, botanist and naturalist, Jon developed an appreciation of the natural world from an early age and a strong desire to protect it that continues to this day. He lives in Brookfield with his wife and two children, and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.

Dan Farrell, Conservation Information Manager/GIS Analyst, grew up in New York City. As a young person he belonged to a small theater company there and painted landscapes. After getting a diploma in sound engineering, he moved out west and fell in love with nature while wandering through the California mountains. Returning to New York to study Environmental Science at Columbia University, he became interested in plants during biodiversity field work. He continued his plant studies after moving to Vermont 12 years ago, then went on to study relationships between plant diversity and landscape diversity at the University of Vermont. After receiving his MS in Botany, he worked at the Vermont Nongame and Natural Heritage Program, managing natural community data. Lately, Dan’s interests include wild edible plants and primitive skills. He was drawn to The Nature Conservancy by a great respect for its overall mission and for the people within the organization and by its scientific approach to conservation. Among other things, the Conservation Information Manager position allows him to indulge his love for making maps.

Eve Frankel, Director of Communications & External Affairs, spent most of her upbringing in urban areas. She studied Literature and Communications at American University in Washington DC where she went on her first hikes in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. It was a transformative experience that inspired a love for all things outdoors. A Vermont resident for 20+ years, Eve began her career at Seven Days Newspaper, one of the most successful independent weeklies in the country. After a short break to have her children, Eve worked for a decade in the renewable energy field for both private and public international wind turbine companies before joining TNC in 2014. As a senior level marketing and business development professional, Eve feels like her current role is a dream job where she can apply her experience and skills to advance the conservation mission. She lives with her family in the beautiful Mad River Valley, where her children have grown up scaling and skiing peaks, planting gardens, and camping under the stars.

Heather Furman, State Director, has led the Vermont Chapter since August, 2013.  Prior to joining TNC, Furman spent a decade as Executive Director of Stowe Land Trust where she guided the organization through transformative growth and dramatically accelerated the pace and scale of conservation initiatives.  Furman is the co-founder of the Climbing Resource Access group of Vermont (CRAG-VT); a non-profit dedicated to land protection for recreation access and habitat, and served as its Board president from 1999-2005.  In 2006 she joined the Board of Directors of the Access Fund and worked nationally to protect land for recreation access.  She served as the Access Fund's vice-president from 2007-2009, and helped steer the organization through a multi-million dollar capital campaign to raise fund for land conservation priorities around the country.  Furman has held planning positions with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and is a graduate of The Rubenstein School of Environmental & Natural Resources, University of Vermont, where she received her MS in Natural Resource Planning.  Prior to moving to Vermont in 1998, Furman accumulated five years of international experience, living and traveling throughout Latin America and Asia.  From 1995-1997, Furman lived in Nepal, where she carried out conservation initiatives for the World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Peace Corps.  She currently lives in Jericho Center with her husband, Dave, a black lab names Macintosh and an assortment of cats.

Phil Huffman, Director of Landscape Conservation & Policy, Before joining TNC in 2007, Phil spent a decade as an independent consultant, focusing on place-based conservation initiatives that integrate natural and cultural heritage, recreation, and other important community values. He also worked for 8 years with the U.S. National Park Service, developing new models for community-based river conservation in the Northeast under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. He completed his undergraduate work in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and eventually went on to earn a joint Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Public and Private Management from Yale University. Phil has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and the world around us. He loves to hike, ski, bike, paddle, run, sail, fly-fish, play hockey, and travel - especially with my family and friends. He lives with his wife and two young sons in the Mad River Valley of Vermont’s central Green Mountains, and feels immensely lucky to be able to call it home.

Jennifer Kramer, Director of Philanthropy, Ever since she was a teen – in the seventies when the environmental movement was gaining traction - conservation has been her abiding personal passion. But Jennifer says, “when I was nearing that certain mid point in my life, I took stock and decided that protecting this planet had to be my profession.” She returned to school to get a Masters in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England where she spent two years studying all the things that she cares most deeply about. Jennifer emerged to be hired by the Vermont Chapter as a major gifts fundraiser. Now she travels around Vermont, visiting our wonderful members and taking them to see the work they support. “Those are the days when it’s hard to believe that this is actually work” she says.

Paul Marangelo, Senior Conservation Ecologist, has been with the Vermont Chapter since 2004. His responsibilities include administering the volunteer water chestnut management program, managing upland invasive species, and providing aquatic ecology expertise to projects statewide. Paul also coordinates landscape modeling assessment and strategy implementation to protect the ability of wide-ranging mammals to move between Vermont and neighboring states and countries. Paul’s career has taken him from Michigan to Vermont in a variety of roles as an aquatic ecologist, aquatic biologist, wetland restoration specialist and a consulting freshwater mussel expert. His expertise also includes aquatic invasive species, and fluvial ecology and geomorphology. Paul holds a MS (1997) in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA (1986) from Rutgers College. Paul's interest in conservation science grew from a love of hiking and backpacking, and first took form researching invasive and native freshwater mussels and rivers. Fortunately for conservation, Paul quickly abandoned his first “career” as a rock musician and turned to science.

Lynn McNamara, Critical Lands Manager, Northern Vermont, joined the Vermont Chapter in May of 2008 and assists with a variety of conservation-related tasks including stewardship start-up for newly acquired lands or easements, data management, and helps out wherever needed. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she worked at a variety of positions, from studying the effects of climate change on fish populations in the Alaskan arctic, to environmental education in NH, to assisting at a local animal hospital. She earned a Master's degree from Antioch University New England in 2006, focusing on the ecology of invasive plants, specifically wild chervil in Vermont. Lynn grew up along the south coast of Massachusetts, spending as much time as possible by the ocean. She moved to Vermont in 1999 and lives with her husband in Montpelier. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking and quilting in her spare time.

J. Murray McHugh, Critical Lands Manager, Southern Vermont, is the steward for the Conservancy's natural areas in southern Vermont, including our flagship preserve, the Helen W. Buckner Memorial preserve at Bald Mountain. Murray is also an adviser for the Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery, recently transferred from the Conservancy's Ward Farm to Green Mountain College, where native trees and shrubs are grown from locally-collected seed for local restoration projects. Murray joined the Conservancy in 2002 from the nursery industry where he grew a wide range of plants from garden variety selections to wild saltmarsh grasses for large-scale restoration. He received a BS in Biophysical Resource Management from the University of Michigan, a MS in Ecology from Rutgers University and spent a year studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Murray spent his younger years in Michigan and now lives with his wife and two children in the Southern Lake Champlain Valley, where he especially enjoys spending time with his son looking for critters.

Joe Merrill, Director of Operations, has been with the Conservancy since 2005. Originally serving as Finance Manager for the Vermont and Maine chapters, Joe joined the Vermont staff full-time and relocated to Montpelier in 2014. As our DOO, Joe handles human resources, finances and general administration for the chapter. Prior to joining TNC, Joe’s finance career encompassed public accounting, banking, and private industry. Joe grew up in Western Maine and received his business degree from the University of Maine. Joe and his wife strive for a sustainable life at their home in Montpelier, and he enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, photography, writing and playing baseball in his spare time.

Rose Paul, Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science, has a range of duties that include supervising five staff, conservation planning at multiple scales, and conservation science initiatives such as helping partners assess stream culverts for aquatic organism passage, training Master Gardeners about invasive plants, and planting a strain of disease-tolerant American elms at our natural areas. Rose has an undergraduate degree in Botany from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters Degree from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. She formerly worked for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and in environmental education. Rose got her start as a naturalist by unflinchingly examining dead birds, worms, and jack-in-the-pulpits when she was little.

Susi Richardson, Major Gifts Manager, has been with the Vermont Chapter since 1994. When she first began with The Nature Conservancy she assisted the administrative team, and now her focus is working with the philanthropy team, processing gifts and pledges that come to the chapter, and working on a database to enter and update information. She assists with planning events and coordinating mailings that come from the Vermont office. Susi was born and raised in Vermont and some of her fondest memories of childhood are the times she played outside. Her love of animals steered her to college to be a Veterinary Technician, which is where she worked prior to coming to The Nature Conservancy. She lives in Duxbury with her husband, and looks forward to summer camping trips with her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren enjoying the outdoors.


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