Meet the Franklin County Team


Lauren Weston
District Manager

Lauren's background includes a wide range of projects involving water resource engineering, agriculture, climate justice, and community building; she is excited to combine and continue to work on these topics as part of her new role as District Manager. In 2015, Lauren graduated from Smith College in her hometown of Northampton, MA and traveled for a few years until settling into Vermont in early 2018. She currently serves as an active Board Member for the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition and is also a 2021 Fellow with the New Leaders Council Vermont. Lauren recently spent the 2019 growing season in Franklin County, working on a small farm in Montgomery and serving the community at two local restaurants. She is incredibly eager to work in Franklin County again with folks who are dedicated to the land, water, and life around them.

Brodie Haenke
Conservation Specialist

Brodie joined the Franklin Co. Conservation District in 2017 as an ECO*AmeriCorps member, following a year of service with the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Franklin Watershed Committee. He is originally from St. Paul, MN and gained a passion for natural science, field work, and environmental stewardship while studying Geology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He now leads the Franklin District's water quality monitoring program and assists farms with nutrient management planning and implementation.

Katherine Helmer
ECO AmeriCorps Member/Conservation Technician
Katherine joined the Franklin County Conservation District as an ECO AmeriCorps Member in September 2020. She is originally from Lunenburg, Massachusetts but moved to Burlington, Vermont to study at the University of Vermont. She graduated with a B.S in Environmental Sciences concentrating in water resources, and a French minor. During her year-long position with FCNRCD, Katherine will be assisting with water quality monitoring and soil sampling as well as community outreach projects across the county. Katherine is excited to be a part of such a passionate team working towards the improvement of water quality in Vermont!
Eliza Letourneau
Conservation Technician
Eliza Letourneau is from Addison County, VT and joined the FCNRCD as an ECO AmeriCorps member in September 2019. She studied environmental science at Duke University where she worked on a team researching impacts of gold mining on a river ecosystem and the surrounding communities. After a successful year in AmeriCorps, she has continued with the team part time to assist with soil sampling and other field work.
Richard Noel
Richard began serving on the Board in the 1980s. Born in Connecticut to French Canadian parents, soon moved to Vermont to join farming relatives. He started haying when he was 9 years old and has worked on farms all his life. From 1972 to 1999 he ran his own dairy on the headwaters of the Rock River in Highgate, and continued haying until 2017. He likes to help the NRCS and District bring information to farmers. Because he knows the area so well, he brings local knowledge to staff who come from out of state. He still has a 45 acre farm where he sugars and hays. Reach Richard at 802-868-4162.
Phil Parent
Vice Chair
Phil grew up helping his dad on the family farm in Enosburg, and as a high-schooler at Bellows Free Academy he was an active member of FFA and 4-H. On buying the farm from his dad in 1987, Phil quips, “That’s when he saddled me with debt forever.” Before joining the Conservation District in 2000, Phil was involved with a local group helping farmers with record keeping and nutrient management. Today he serves on the District’s board as a way to give a voice to farmers in the community and make a positive difference. Reach him at 802-933-2382.
Eileen Trudell
Eileen became a supervisor in 2015. She grew up on a farm in Fairfield and went on to own and operate a dairy and maple farm with her husband Garry, which they still operate. They have raised four children there and now have one grandchild. Eileen is also a retired dental hygienist after 35 years in the profession. As a Vermont farmer, caring for the environment is just a part of who she is.
Doug Lantagne
Doug is a trained forester and worked for UVM Extension for over 17 years on natural resources issues. On the Board of the Conservation District, he hopes to continue to serve the people of Franklin County related to water quality and natural resources management. The District is important, he says, because it provides support and knowledge to individuals in the county wanting to be better land stewards. Doug lives in Fairfax and began serving for the Franklin District in 2017.
Molly Magnan

Molly grew up in St. Albans. She attended BFA and then UVM, where she received a degree in Chemistry. She worked three years in an environmental testing laboratory in Williston. Since then, she has been teaching physics and environmental science at BFA. Her husband owns and operates a farm with his brothers in Fairfield, on which they raise their three children.

Daton Fleury
Retired from Board
Daton (center) began serving on the District board in 1967 and has farmed all his life. He served because he wanted to see what all the farmers are doing, and help them in any way that he could. At one point, he had the best manure storage system around, because it had a roof on it. This picture is at the close of the Vermont Soil Survey, in 1965. Daton served the District for over 50 years, many of them as the Chair of the Board!