Staff and Board

Wayne-250px-1455_croppedWayne Castonguay, Executive Director

Wayne has been an Ipswich River advocate since childhood and has extensive background in nonprofit management and protecting natural resources.  Prior to becoming Executive Director in September 2012, he worked for The Trustees of Reservations for 14 years, first as Regional Ecologist, then as General Manager of Appleton Farms, and most recently as Director of the Trustees’ statewide Agriculture Program. Previously, Wayne worked for 10 years as a Biologist for Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. He is also a tireless volunteer for the Town of Ipswich, having served on the Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee, Shellfish Advisory Board, Coastal Pollution Committee and Stormwater Management Committee. He has also served as a Board member, technical adviser and volunteer for Ipswich River Watershed Association and other nonprofits and co-founded the Great Marsh Coalition and the national Farm-based Education Association which promotes children-in-nature education.  Wayne has a MS in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts.  Wayne is a lifelong resident of Ipswich.
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Trish Aldrich, Development Director

Trish has helped non profit organizations for over 40 years. She recently raised funds to safeguard Appleton Farms for The Trustees of Reservations and she got her start volunteering for Friends of the Earth as a Winsor School student.  In between she was Director of Development for Save the Sound, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and Shore Country Day School. She aspires to put the FUN into fundraising. Perhaps her best job was surveying the vegetation of the Interior of Alaska and tending Musk Ox in Fairbanks, AK, where she paddled many cold and wild rivers, skied 100 miles through Denali National Park and and wrote her Hampshire College thesis on Using Native Species to Revegetate Disturbed Areas in the Arctic (aka TransAlaska pipeline). She enjoys volunteering in the community (Cary St Tennis Club, Grab The Torch, Raise a Racquet for the Y, UU Green Sanctuary, Winsor School), connecting with nature and motivating Ipswich River staffers to break away from their computers and enjoy a lunchtime paddle, preferably with Summer Intern Katy.
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1-1-1-Kristen_paddles_2015Kristen Grubbs, Environmental Planner

Kristen has nearly 20 years of experience working for both non-profit and governmental organizations. Kristen has a graduate degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England and most recently worked for six years as the open space planner for the Town of Ipswich. She has also worked as the Conservation Projects Manager for the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire in Exeter, NH, as the Executive Director for the Seacoast Land Trust in Portsmouth, NH, and as a Land Protection Project Manager for the Monadnock Conservancy in Keene, NH. From her work with volunteers and town leadership in Ipswich, she learned the challenges and rewards of advocating for and negotiating projects and efforts to achieve environmental goals within a municipal setting.
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Brian Kelder, Restoration Program Manager

Brian is responsible for dam removal projects and the Restoration Partnership. Brian is an aquatic ecologist with expertise in fisheries research and habitat restoration. Most recently, he served as the Staff Scientist for the Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip, NY, where he played a leadership role in advancing migratory fish restoration on Long Island. Some of his previous work has focused on salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest, walleye habitat in the Great Lakes, and endangered sturgeon in the Hudson River. Brian is originally from the Catskills region of New York where his family has operated a farm for more than a century and where he spent his formative years exploring local water bodies and developing his interest in aquatic systems. He holds a MS in Aquatic Ecology from SUNY ESF and a BS from Cornell University.
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1-Ryan_skis_near_Ipswich_River_canoe_dock_PARyan O’Donnell, Programs Coordinator

Before joining the staff, Ryan was a volunteer monitor with our River Watch Program in Reading.  Ryan has a master’s degree in teaching from Tufts University, has taught high school biology, middle school math and science and has included lessons collecting macroinvertebrates from the Ipswich River.  Ryan also has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire where he enjoyed studying invertebrate zoology including a thesis on earthworm physiology.  Ryan enjoys sharing his interest in natural history with others and was a volunteer gallery guide at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  He also enjoys bird watching, hiking, and generally exploring outdoors.
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Carolyn Favazza, Bookkeeper

Carolyn brings over fifteen years of accounting experience to the Ipswich River. She has worked in the construction, banking, non-profit, and private sectors. Her experience includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, taxes, budgeting, cash forecasting, job costing, and payroll reporting. She lives in Georgetown with her husband, two young sons and dog. She volunteers her time with the Boy Scouts and her church. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and painting.
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Staff and Board gather at the 2015 Strategic Planning Retreat at our Riverbend Headquarters.

Christine Sandulli, President

David Comb, Vice President

Richard Jacobson, Treasurer

Dave Williams, Secretary

Don Bowen

Diane Dixon

Erica Fuller

Richard Howard

Miriam Lasher

Robert Paine Metcalf

Greg Murrer

Judy Schneider

Suzanne Sullivan

Brian Tinger

Susan Winthrop