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Meet the Winooski Team

 

Corrina Parnapy
District Manager
Corrina joined the WNRCD as the District Manager in September of 2015. She has degrees in Environmental Studies focusing on fisheries from SUNY Cobleskill and a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Limnology from Skidmore College. Previously Corrina worked for environmental not-for-profits and state agencies within upstate NY within the Lake Champlain watershed, conducting water quality and natural resource protection projects and outreach efforts focusing on issues related to water quality, nutrient loading, invasive species, and road salt application. Corrina has also conducted consulting work through her own environmental organization, where she worked with clients to identify, understand and mitigate impacts to water quality utilizing algal analysis. She has numerous articles, blogs and technical papers published and has conducted presentations at professional conferences and for the public and municipal groups. When not working for the protection of natural resources Corrina, her husband and young son enjoy every opportunity to get out and explore the natural world.
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Kristen Balschunat
Conservation Specialist

Kristen joined the WNRCD team in June 2018. Kristen grew up in the Lake Champlain Basin, in Glens Falls, NY.  After earning a B.A. in Geography from SUNY Geneseo, she worked as an environmental educator for four years. She taught experiential science curriculum to students of all ages with The Wild Center, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, The Appalachian Mountain Club and The Ecology School. Kristen completed hydrology research with the National Science Foundation REU program, where she investigated the impact of urbanization on stream stability. Kristen has worked for multiple farms in the Northeast, including Foggy Meadow Farm in Benson, VT. She is committed to maintaining Vermont’s rural landscape in balance with the health of the watershed. Finally, Kristen is an active citizen scientist, involved in projects like eBird, iNaturalist, spotted salamander research and bird banding. In her free time Kristen enjoys hiking, birding, painting, gardening and canoeing.

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James Mazzola
Intern; Stream Sampling Coordinator

James joined the WNRCD in June 2018 assisting with water quality monitoring efforts and habitat restoration work.  James is a recent graduate from Castleton University with a Bachelors in Ecological Studies. He grew up in the small town of Shaftsbury VT  where he found his passion for the outdoors. Through the years and dedication of becoming an Eagle Scout and studying wildlife to become a better conservationist and hunter it lead to him becoming an avid outdoorsman. His studies at Castleton have only furthered his interest in wildlife management and habitat restoration.  He is excited to work for the WNRCD and build his skills in conservation, wildlife management and habitat restoration!

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Cherie Staples
Bookkeeper

Cherie spent eleven years with the Vermont Land Trust, after six years at Vermont Natural Resources Council, and then moved to Colorado for six years, where she helped care for her first granddaughter and then managed the Denver office of The Wilderness Society.  Along the way, a camera has been a steady companion and she has quite a raft of photos. Returning to Vermont in 2003, she’s become a part-time bookkeeper for several businesses in the central Vermont area. She is a member of the Onion River Chorus and sings in the Old Meeting House Choir, and participates on an East Montpelier community committee. Cherie has two children and three grandchildren.

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