Board & Staff

Board of Trustees

Officers

Matthew Krauser, Chairman
John Neale, Vice Chairman
Guy Piserchia, Treasurer

Trustees

Debra Apruzzese
Michael Dee
Jay DeLaney, Jr.
Mary Horn
Jane Kendall

Teresa Lane
Cathy Lee
Chris Obropta
Lois Olmstead
Alan Pfeil
Kathy Pfeil
Nicolas Platt
Dorothea Stillinger
Kevin Sullivan
Nadine Vitro
Giorgios Vlamis

Staff

Sally Rubin, Executive Director, srubin@greatswamp.org

Sally Rubin, Executive DirectorSally Rubin, a retired attorney committed to improving the quality of life in New Jersey through civic activity, joined GSWA in January, 2008. A lifelong resident of Somerset Hills, she brings a wealth of community involvement and experience to the position. She recently finished serving her second term as a member of the Bedminster Township Committee, and was also a member of the Bedminster Planning Board for six years. Additionally. Ms. Rubin previously served on the Boards of Education for Bedminster and the Somerset Hills School District. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in psychology and holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.


Hazel England, Director of Education & Outreach, hengland@greatswamp.org

Hazel England, Director of Education & OutreachHazel is an Ecologist who has worked at GSWA as its Director of Education and Outreach since 2004. Before joining GSWA she worked for 10 years as a Somerset County Park Commission Naturalist conducting Environmental Education programs for all ages. She started her career as the Executive Director of the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in the Pine Barrens. Hazel develops and conducts educational water quality and natural history programs for students and the broader community. She is also the land manager for GSWA’s Conservation Management Area, coordinating restoration at the site. A native of Scotland, she received her undergraduate degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Dundee, and her master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of Aberdeen.


Sandra LaVigne, Director of Water Quality Programs, sandral@greatswamp.org

Sandra LaVigneSandra joined the staff in March of 2016. Prior to joining GSWA she worked for 8½ years as a water quality specialist and restoration ecologist with Allied Biological in Hackettstown, NJ. She managed water quality programs and designed restoration projects as well as working closely with seasonal interns and running educational outreach programs. Sandra is a native of northern New Jersey and attended Cook College, Rutgers University where she completed her undergraduate work in Ecology, with a minor in Environmental Education and her master’s work in Restoration Ecology with a concentration in wetland restoration.


Wade Kirby, Director of Development, wkirby@greatswamp.org

Wade KirbyWade’s background is in show business where he spent fourteen years in New York City working as an actor, stage manager and producer. Then along came triplet boys at the end of 1998 requiring him and his wife Linda to flee the city and move to Morristown! Wade has since worked in development positions for the State Theatre of New Jersey, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Nederlander Presentations, the Morris Museum, and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee of the Kirby Episcopal House and the Guilford Foundation, and is the current President of the Morristown Club. Before joining the GSWA staff in 2017, Wade served on the Advisory Council and subsequently the Board of Trustees for the organization. Wade enjoys seeing the wild fox, deer and birds of prey so prevalent in this part of Morris County


Rick Porter, Director of Institutional Relations, rporter@greatswamp.org

Rick PorterRick joined the staff in February 2015. He has had a love of the outdoors and a strong passion to protect and preserve the environment ever since growing up in Western Canada near the majestic Rocky Mountains. Shortly after receiving an Honors degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, he embarked upon a long and successful management career, working around the world for several major international banks. In 2000, Rick chose to turn his talents and energy towards the not-for-profit field. He’s very excited to be bringing his years of experience in corporate relationship development and grants management to the Great Swamp Watershed Association.


Sue Levine, Director of Finance & Human Resources, slevine@greatswamp.org

Sue Levine, Finance DirectorSue joined the staff in July 2011. She is responsible for the organization’s financial management. In addition, she is the staff liaison to the Board of Trustees. Sue has an extensive background in sales and financial management in petro chemicals and mortgage banking, and has held senior management positions in each of these areas. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University and a M.B.A. from Rutgers University.


Kelly Martin, Director of Communications and Marketing, kmartin@greatswamp.org

Kelly Martin, Membership & Education AssociateKelly joined the staff in 2012 after volunteering to help plan and organize the annual Gala. Previously, she worked as an environmental educator at the Philadelphia Zoo and as a reptile keeper teaching the younger generations about the importance of environmental conservation. Currently, she is in charge of all the organization’s communications initiatives and runs the well testing program.


Dan Ross, Education Associate, dross@greatswamp.org

Dan RossDan became interested in the environment and the outdoors as a child in the boy scouts, and spent a lot of time hiking and exploring nature. Later on that passion led him to pursue a degree in the environmental field. After receiving his B.S. in Environmental Policy Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers, he went on to become a Watershed Ambassador for the NJDEP serving the Musconetcong River Watershed, where his position was very much focused on environmental education and outreach. Following an aquatic invasive species removal project in Lake Musconetcong in which he partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, he then went on to accept a position working with the Cooperative Extension of Morris and Somerset Counties. At GSWA, Dan plans upcoming events, hosts hikes, and provides in-school education programs.


Kristina Necovska, Membership Associate, knecovska@greatswamp.org

Kristina NecovskaKristina joined the staff in 2016. She is responsible for our membership services. A lifelong naturalist and birder, she has been passionate about preserving the environment since childhood. Prior to joining GSWA, she has written about STEM advocacy for girls for a CUNY affiliated publishing house. More recently, she has served as web content manager at TapIT NYC, a NY-based non-profit focused on clean water issues facing urban environments. She earned her BA in English and International Studies at Muhlenberg College and is expected to earn her GIS certificate from Penn State in 2016.


Debbie Rice, Office Manager, drice@greatswamp.org

Debbie Rice, Office ManagerDebbie joined the staff in May of 2011 and provides our administrative support and special-event planning. Her myriad of experience in general contracting, medical publishing and pharmaceutical advertising enables her to keep pace with our busy staff and keep our office running smoothly.