Meet the Staff of the Vermont Chapter

Our staff members share a kinship with nature, love of the environment -- and a lot of curiosity.

575 Stone Cutters Way, 
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

Kasia Fodor, Executive Assistant, ext. 112

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

Heather Furman, State Director, ext. 114

Gus Goodwin, Conservation Coordinator, ext. 121

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

Lisa Huttinger, Associate Director of Philanthropy, ext. 102

Shayne Jaquith, Watershed Restoration Manager, ext. 105

Jennifer Kramer, Associate Director of Philanthropy, ext. 104

Paul Marangelo, Senior Conservation Ecologist, ext. 119

Jack Markoski, Field Assistant and AmeriCorp Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 111

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

Joe Merrill, Director of Operations, ext. 113

Catherine Newman, Director of Philanthropy, ext. 120 

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

Susi Richardson, Major Gifts Manager, ext. 103

Kaitlyn Sephton, Operations Assistant, ext. 100


348 Bentley Ave.
Poultney, Vermont 05674

(802) 884-8165
Fax: (802) 884-8126 


Dylan O'Leary, 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.

Kasia Fodor, Executive Assistant, grew up in Poland where during her youth she often hiked and camped in the Carpathian Mountains. She graduated from Warsaw School of Economics with a degree in marketing and political relations. Kasia spent most of her professional life in Europe working in advertising and market research industries conducting projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Her last 6 years were spent in London, UK where she worked as a project leader and business office manager for an international market research agency. Kasia is a skilled linguist – her primary languages are English, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. She lives in the Champlain Islands with her teenage son, and in her spare time she enjoys yoga, skiing and vegan baking.  Her next challenge is windsurfing.

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 the outdoors. Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2014, Eve was a 20 year marketing and business development professional in the publishing and renewable energy fields. Her current role is a dream job where she can apply her senior level 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.

Gustave "Gus" Goodwin, Conservation Coordinator, shepherds conservation projects from start to finish, dividing his time between land protection, stewardship, conservation science, and even leading a field trip or two. He is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program and a former field technician for The Nature Conservancy in New York and California. In his spare time, Gus is an avid climber, back country skier, backpacker, puddle stomper, and rock skipper who believes the best adventure is a shared adventure.

Phil Huffman, Director of Landscape Conservation & Policy, Phil Huffman is Director of Landscape Conservation and Policy for The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. He leads the Chapter’s work on landscape-scale conservation initiatives, federal and state policy advocacy, and emerging efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of climate change. His large landscape conservation work includes a leadership role the Staying Connected Initiative, an innovative bi-national partnership of nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada working to sustain and enhance landscape connectivity in the Northern Appalachian-Acadian region for wildlife and people. Phil holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, and Master’s degrees from Yale University in both Environmental Studies and Public and Private Management. He has the great fortune to live with his wife, two sons, and the family dog in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, in the heart of the Green Mountains.

Lisa Huttinger, Associate Director of Philanthropy, grew up playing in the suburban woods of Ohio, and along irrigation ditches in El Paso, TX. Her non-profit career began during her undergrad at the University of South Carolina, and continued in New York City, where she worked for Phoenix House. She made a major shift when she left New York to pursue a Master’s degree in environmental education at the Teton Science School in Grand Teton National Park and University of Wyoming.  With a new set of skills and knowledge, she blended her passion for the outdoors with her love of service.  She moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, where her career encompassed philanthropy, communications, and program management, most recently as the Development Manager for the Wood River Land Trust. You can find her hiking, paddling, birding, quilting, and gardening – all with her rescue lab, Raven, in tow. 

Shayne Jaquith, Watershed Restoration Manager, is leading our work to restore the forests and wetlands so critical to wildlife habitat, water quality and flood resiliency. Prior to joining The Conservancy, Shayne worked for 16 years as a river scientist for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation where he helped develop and implement new approaches to living in harmony with rivers. Shayne was on the ground helping towns and landowners to restore waterways after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. Shayne holds a B.A. from the University of Maine and a M.S. in resource management and management from Antioch New England Graduate School. He enjoys skiing, biking, climbing and lite homesteading in Huntington, Vermont where he resides with his wife Lori, and their young son Emmett.  

Jennifer Kramer, Associate 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, first became involved with the Conservancy as an easement monitoring volunteer, then while in grad school, she completed a practicum with the VT chapter. After graduating, Lynn served as an AmeriCorps member as a stewardship assistant. She was hired full time in 2008 and worked for four years as the conservation assistant in the Montpelier office. In 2012, Lynn began her current role as the critical lands manager for Northern Vermont. Her current duties include all aspects of stewardship of our conserved lands in the northern part of the state. Her trusty sidekick, Willow, serves as office greeter, Leave No Trace expert, and general morale booster.

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.

Catherine Newman, Director of Philanthropy, grew up on Johns Island in South Carolina playing in the marshes and on the mudbanks of the Stono River where she developed her deep and abiding love of our lands and waters. She received her Bachelor's in English at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Conservancy she served as The Director of Institutional Advancement for Ashley Hall, an independent girls school in Charleston, South Carolina. There she managed all fundraising, marketing and communications activities. The school experienced an annual growth of 14% during her tenure and successfully closed two multi-million dollar capital campaigns. On her days off, Catherine can be found out riding a horse, bird watching, gardening or trying to motivate her two retired greyhounds to get off the couch.

Rose Paul, Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science, has a range of duties that include supervising four 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.

Kaitlyn Sephton, Operations Program Coordinator, grew up in the woods of western Massachusetts and majored in Environmental Studies in Geography at Clark University, in Worcester, MA. After finishing a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy, also at Clark University, she got her start in conservation working with the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Pew Environment Group to protect the northern boreal forest of Quebec. In 2011, she moved to New York City and joined the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Marine Program, supporting field staff and conservation programs in 20 countries around the world. Missing the woods, she left NYC in 2016 and took some time to travel around the US and Canada and visit as many national parks as possible, before settling down in the Green Mountain State. She joined the Vermont chapter in 2017 as Operations Program Coordinator and is excited to be working in support of conservation efforts that are close to home.