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People at FMR

Board of Directors

Cyndee Button lives in Fayston with the lively Chase Brook in her backyard. The Gallatin River (MT), Mill River (MA) and Narragansett Bay (RI) all hold special memories for her and her husband. She is the Lab Coordinator for the Mad River Watch Program, active member of the community volunteering for PAWSitive Pantry and Master Gardener projects. Swimming, biking, hiking, skiing and walking her dog put a big smile on her face. She especially enjoys sharing her outdoor adventures with her grand kids! (Chase Brook)

Jack Byrne was trained as a biologist, earned a masters degree in environmental law and policy, became an environmentalist and social entrepreneur, then an educator, and currently works with faculty, staff and students at Middlebury College to make sustainability a more visible, effective and common practice throughout the college community. He is a founder of and chairs the Foundation for Our Future, and also founded and directed the River Watch Network. He currently serves as Green Campus Leader for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication. (Main stem Mad River)

Sucosh (John) Norton is a former Chairman of the Warren Selectman and former Chief Operating Officer of Controlled Energy Corporation in Waitsfield. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of NRG Systems in Hinesburg, and a member of the Joint Climate Change Oversight Committee for the State of Vermont. He is the Vice President of the Board of Yestermorrow School and he and his wife Roni are founding members of the Carbon Shredders. They have two children, Emily and Everett, and they live on Prickly Mountain in Warren on an unnamed tributary of the Mad River.  (Unnamed Tributary Mad River)

Kinny Perot is an active member of the Warren community and has served on the Warren School Board, the Warren Public Library Commission, and on the board of the Yestermorrow Design Build School. Having attended the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies she now spends much of her time as President of the Friends of the Mad River and as mother of two. (Freeman Brook)

Jeannie Sargent lives in Warren where the Lincoln Brook pleasantly babbles in her backyard. Jeannie has been a freelance scientific illustrator for over 25 years and began her career while studying for her M.S. in Forest Biology. Her interests in both art and science has given her a unique appreciation for visual representation of data. She has produced scientific, wildlife and botanical illustrations for various educational institutions, government agencies and consulting firms. She operates a landscaping business when the snow is not on the ground and can be found bartending at local establishments year round. (Lincoln Brook)

Brian Shupe lives in Waitsfield where he has been involved in civic affairs for over two decades. He is a past director of the Mad River Valley Planning District, was a community planning consultant to all Valley towns, and presently serves as the Chair of the Waitsfield Development Review Board. Brian has an M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning and works as the Executive Director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) in Montpelier.  He lives with his wife Valerie Capels on a homestead that fronts on the main stem of the Mad River. They enjoy being outside as much as possible.  (Main stem Mad River)  

Kate Sudhoff  Kate is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Forestry. Kate studied an array of subjects: conservation biology, sustainable forestry, GIS, fisheries management, botany, dendrology, geology.  Kate is a dedicated horsewoman, an avid gardener, an amateur herbalist, an intrepid skier, an occasional kayaker and an enthusiastic rock and ice climber! Kate also enjoys swimming, bird watching, and botanizing along the Mad River. (Lake Champlain)

Katie Sullivan lives in Waitsfield and teaches third and fourth grade at the Warren School. She received a B.A from The Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in environmental education and an M.Ed in Math Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. She was the 2007 Vermont Teacher of the Year and 1999 EPA Educator of the Year. (Unnamed Tributary Mad River)

Lindsey Vandal lives in Waitsfield and runs the Little Otters Nature Playgroup, a program of the Open Hearth Community Center. After receiving her B.A. from Middlebury College, she worked for Seattle Audubon Society and earned her M.Ed. with a focus in Science Education from the University of Washington and IslandWood. She and her husband, Nathaniel, have a daughter, Georgia, with whom they love to go on adventures. Lindsey loves to mountain bike, ski, hike, garden, practice yoga, watch birds, and swim in rivers. (Pine Brook)


Corrie Miller, Executive Director

Corrie lives in Fayston and has been the Executive Director of FMR since March 2014.  She earned her M.S. from the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program and B.S. in Biology from Vanderbilt University. Corrie is originally from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia but has spent over a decade in Vermont. She enjoys all the Mad River Valley has to offer but particularly exploring mountain and valley with her pup, Ceiba.  (Shepard Brook)


Andres Torizzo is owner of Watershed Consulting Associates, a firm specializing in stormwater management and erosion control. Andres served on the FMR Board for years before he moved from Waitsfield to Burlington in 2014. Now he advises FMR on all things stormwater! His interests are in low impact stormwater design, GIS, and stormwater runoff modeling. When not working, Andres loves to ski, bike, boat and travel with his wife Margie and son Dylan. (Lake Champlain) 

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