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Riverkeeper Welcomes New Team Members

We are excited to welcome some great new talent to the Riverkeeper team!

Mark Lucas has joined our Hudson River team as lead attorney in conducting the Indian Point SPDES and Clean Water Act Section 401 adjudicatory hearings in Albany. Mark has an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for this case, and an excellent background from his experience working for the State of Vermont on matters which involved many of the same legal issues as Riverkeeper faces with Indian Point.

Mackenzie Schoonmaker, our new and anxiously anticipated Watershed staff attorney, comes to us with four and a half years experience as an Associate with Beveridge and Diamond. In addition, her focus on the environment has been long-standing. She has a BA in Environmental Science from SUNY Purchase and she is a graduate of our very own Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. Rob Friedman has joined the Patrol Boat and Water Quality programs after being a dedicated intern over the past four years. Rob graduated this year from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a degree in Environmental Policy. Lisa Niosi is joining us an Assistant Office Manager. She graduated with honors last year from Marist College with a BS in Business Administration.

It is also our pleasure to welcome Dana S. Gulley to our Development team. Dana is thrilled to be joining the Riverkeeper team as the Outreach and Development Coordinator. A recent graduate of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, Dana is excited to return home to the Hudson Valley and to engage with the many individuals, businesses and organizations that share a common vision for protecting the Hudson and the NYC drinking watershed. She is also eager to meet and work with the many volunteers that are so vital in getting the Riverkeeper message out and making our effort a success.

We’d also like to thank Emily Griffin, our former Volunteer Coordinator for her wonderful years of service to Riverkeeper. Emily started with us as an Intern in 2009 and quickly proved herself and was hired as a full-time member of the staff. During her tenure she brought such enthusiasm and commitment to our volunteer program. She left Riverkeeper in May of this year to travel the country with her fiancé Evan Watson (who many of you know as a talented Shad Fest performer) as he pursues his music career. We wish Emily and Evan all the best and look forward to seeing them again when they’re back in the Hudson Valley!

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