Marty Illick, Executive Director
Marty Illick has been working with the Lewis Creek Association since its inception in 1990, and other Vermont environmental initiatives since 1975. She is a research and development consultant in the organic agriculture and food industry, a board member of the Charlotte Land Trust, Addison County River Watch Collaborative, South Chittenden River Watch, and a commissioner of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.
Marty works with manufacturing businesses and nonprofits that promote socially and environmentally sound services and products, and communities to promote ecologically based community planning and citizen activism. Marty’s academic studies include cultural anthropology, sociology, nutrition science, and food product development.
Krista Hoffsis, Program Coordinator
Krista moved to Vermont in 2011 to attend the University of Vermont, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with a focus in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity. Krista has had a long-time passion for all things pertaining to water and wildlife. Krista spent her college years stream monitoring, teaching students across the State about watershed stewardship, and working on the UVM Research Vessel, Melosira, where she studied water quality and fisheries.
Krista's interests include aquatic ecology, conservation biology, and sociology. In her free time, she can be found swimming in Lake Champlain, playing with her dog, or volunteering with Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
ANDREA MORGANTE, board PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Andrea loves working with people, plants, earth and water as active member of the community serving on the Hinesburg Select Board and Hinesburg Land Trust as a landscape designer and contractor in Chittenden and Addison County. She has been recognized for her environmental activities with awards from the Vermont Land Trust, Environmental Protection Agency and the Vermont Association of Profession Horticulturalists.
Louis DuPont, Board Member
Louis credits a key elementary school teacher and memorable camping and hiking trips as a kid for inspiring his love of the outdoors. Though his work life has focused on building and woodworking, volunteering on behalf of the environment is one way of showing gratitude to this gorgeous planet and getting to work with inspired and inspiring people. Louis lives in Starksboro with his wife Ellen and their two girls.
Judy Elson, Board Member
Judy both lives and works in Ferrisburgh. For the last ten years she has taught 5th and 6th grade at Ferrisburgh Central School. Since high school, Judy has had a passion for the environment. She spent her early career years exposing thousands of kids to outdoor learning experiences throughout the country as an environmental educator. Before entering public education, Judy was the Director of School Programs at Shelburne Farms for 9 years. Although the four walls of a school can be confining at times, Judy strives to get her kids out and about exploring and learning in their local environment. Through several of her units of study, students find themselves in local forests, along local streams, and on top of local mountains. Judy has been an integral part of the development of a large community garden and on-site composting program at Ferrisburgh Central School. She strongly believes that kids need to understand where their food comes from and what it takes to grow their food. Judy lives with her daughter and husband near enough to Lewis Creek to hear the soothing ramblings of the creek daily.
Peter Erb, vice president and Board Member
Peter lives in Hinesburg with his wife DeeDee. He is retired from the Hinesburg Planning and Zoning Department after a stint of 15 years. Previously, he lived in the small mountain town of Shrewsbury in Rutland County, where he was very active on the Planning Commission, and personally worked on land conservation via land trust protection and State acquisition, as well as wilderness preservation in the national forests. He grew up in a very rural, forested part of New Jersey and most of his youth was spent playing in, and learning about “the woods”. Peter has a shop where he crafts wood and metal into anything from furniture to bird feeders. He has been on the LCA board for 10 years, attempting to put his planning experience and my passion for thinking out the box to continued use.
Susan Moegenburg, Board Member
Dr. Susan Moegenburg manages the projects in the Social Ecological Gaming Stimulation (SEGS) lab at the University of Vermont, running the games and providing support to the faculty involved. Susan has a PhD in ecology and also teaches courses on Tropical Forest Ecology and Nontimber Forest Products.
Chris Runcie, Board Member
Chris works as a naturalist/educator for Four Winds Nature Institute, teaching, writing, and developing programs about natural science. She serves on the board of The Watershed Center in Bristol, the Forest & Field Club, and the Starksboro Public Library. She takes part in Mountain Birdwatch, a citizen science bird monitoring program run by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and is a member of the Vermont Entomological Society. Chris is keenly interested in insects, flowers, ferns, frogs, and benthic macroinvertebrates - to name a few. She loves to engage people of all ages in learning about nature and is committed to conserving and protecting our beautiful watershed.
Chris Slesar, Board Member
Chris Slesar joined the Lewis Creek Association as a way to link his work with the Monkton Conservation Commission to a larger watershed organization. He is the Chair of the Monkton Conservation Commission and an Environmental Specialist at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and has a special interest in wildlife and transportation issues. Chris also serves as a member of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Scientific Advisory Group. Chris has a BA from Rutgers University and an MA from Antioch University. He lives in Monkton with his wife and two kids.
Stevie Spencer, Treasurer
Stevie has lived for 32 years in Hinesburg with her husband Rolf and her three kids.
Even though she graduated from college with a degree in art history, she quickly became involved in environmental education and organic farming. At present, besides her involvement with Lewis Creek Association, Stevie volunteers for Hospice, mentors in the school, and is involved with Responsible Growth Hinesburg.
Vegetable gardening and weaving are her passions.