WHO WE ARE
Board Members & Officers
John Little started attending meetings of concerned citizens along the Missisquoi River in the early 90s, and was a founding member of the Missisquoi River Basin Association in 1996. Over a 36 year career, John taught in the sciences at Richford Jr/Sr High School, North Country Union High School, Vermont Community College and Vermont Technical College. He received the Commissioner’s Award for Vocational Technical Education in 1993 for a Solar Race Car Project, and also the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 for creating MRBA’s Bugworks educational program which is annually provided to local schools within our watershed. John also played an integral role earning Wild & Scenic River designation for the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers (UMATR), a 10-year effort that achieved success in 2014. Now retired, John enjoys paddling through our beautiful region and to dedicating his time to both the MRBA and UMATR organizations.
John Little, President
Paul was raised on his family’s farm in Franklin, VT and has always been involved in agriculture. For the past 30 years, he and his wife, Linda, have owned and operated a small registered Jersey dairy farm in Bakersfield. Paul also serves as a Certified Crop Adviser for 30 local farms of all sizes. He is an avid volunteer, serving as a director for MRBA. He is also a past chief and current member of the Bakersfield Fire Dept., an active member of Franklin Watershed Committee, and a 4H leader. He enjoys motorcycle riding and downhill skiing in his limited spare time.
The Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA) is an active, non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration of the Missisquoi River, its tributaries, and the Missisquoi Bay. We bring together diverse interest groups within the community – teachers, farmers, summer residents, loggers, business owners, environmental experts, outdoor enthusiasts, municipal officers, woodland owners, and concerned citizens like you.
Paul Stanley, Vice President
Cynthia has been involved with MRBA since 1997 when she assumed the position of Coordinator. She is now the organization’s Treasurer. Cynthia is also a member of the Enosburg Conservation Commission and the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions.
Cynthia Scott, Treasurer
Wendy Scott has been involved with MRBA for many years. An avid paddler in Canada, Wendy decided after many northern trips that it was important to pay attention to the local waterways of Franklin County. Wendy lives in Enosburg Falls with her husband Al Stirt and has been enjoying retired life after 30 years of teaching. Most summers Wendy and Al head north for long canoe trips and in the winter they enjoy winter camping in Algonquin Park in Ontario.
Wendy Scott, Secretary
Mike Manahan, Enosburg, VT
Brian Jerose, Fairfield, VT
Thomas Bryce, Charlotte, VT
Craig Cimmons, Jay, VT
Meet Our Staff
Lindsey serves as the part-time coordinator for both the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee. A biologist by training and inclination, for a time Lindsey specialized in surveying for endangered bats; she is still involved with bats through the Vermont Bat Center and will happily talk your ear off about some of her favorite animals. She grew up in Brookfield, Vermont, and now resides in Jay, where she loves to explore rivers both new and old with her husband and their many pets (or at least the dogs).
Lindsey Wight, Coordinator
Ellen serves as a Project Manager for MRBA. She helps to plan and implement riparian tree plantings, performs water sampling, works with the community to move toward responsible stewardship of river and floodplain resources. Ellen grew up along the Great Miami River in western Ohio and seeks to rebuild our human connection to the landscape, particularly to rivers. When she isn’t working on a project, she spends her time tending a flock of dairy sheep, cheesemaking, providing consultation on food safety, and serving in municipal government positions to address land use regulation.
Ellen Fox, Project Manager
Ari Lattanzi fell in love with the communities, landscapes and waterways of the northern forest while attending Middlebury College and she is thrilled to be back! She spent her years away working in sustainability, resilience and community development for local governments and teaching high school science in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Her favorite book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.