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Annual Meeting

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain Annual Meeting Agenda

November 14, 2019 at 6:30pm
Swanton Municipal Complex

Proposed Agenda

Welcome/Introductory Remarks – Kent Henderson, Board Chair

Alyson Easton, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Farm Markets – VAAFM Updates and progress farms are making to reduce runoff into Lake Champlain

Neil Kamman, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Director of Vermont’s Water Investment Division in the Department of Environmental Conservation – Clean Water Funding (Act 76) and Program Rollout

Kent Henderson, FNLC Board Chair – Review of 2019, Local updates, and a look into 2020.

Patrick Daunais, Project Coordinator, FNLC – Functionality, and efficacy of the Two-Tier Ditch on soil and water quality.

Cassi Carpio, ECO Americorps Volunteer, FNLC – Functionality, and efficacy of the rain barrels on soil and water quality.

Board Meeting – Election of Officers and Board Member Terms

  • 3-year Term Renewals: Chad Tyler, Scott Magnan
  • Officer Elections for Co-Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer

Closing Remarks – Kent Henderson, Board Chair

Presenter Bios

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

Alyson Eastman was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017.

Most recently, she served in the Vermont State legislature, representing the Addison-Rutland 1 District. A graduate of Champlain College, Eastman has owned and operated several successful businesses over the years, offering a wide variety of services including property management, payroll, bookkeeping, and H-2 Visa management.
Agriculture has always been an important part of her life. She grew up on the family farm in Orwell, Vermont. Throughout her youth, she was active in 4-H. She continues to live on the family farm in Orwell with her husband, and two sons.

Neil Kamman, Director of Vermont’s Water Investment Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Neil Kamman is one of Vermont’s leading experts on surface water pollution, with a total of 29 years of experience in the field of watershed management. He holds degrees in forestry (Bachelors), and water resources (MS), both from the University of Vermont.

Neil presently serves as Director of Vermont’s Water Investment Division in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Previously, Neil served as Senior Policy Advisor for DEC, and before that, as Manager of DECs Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning Program. Under that program, and as part of the 2015 Vermont Clean Water Act, Neil re-focused DECs tactical basin planning efforts to prioritize and deploy clean-water funding to the highest-priority pollution sources. Neil also coordinated the development of the Vermont Surface Water Management Strategy; which is DECs blueprint for successful water pollution cleanup. Earlier in his career, Neil conducted scientific research regarding environmental mercury contamination and the ecological health of lakes and streams.

Patrick Daunais, Project Coordinator, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Vermont in 1998. Since graduating, Patrick has worked in biotech, academic research, and clinical testing fields managing laboratory operations, quality assurance programs, and performing project management. Since starting at FNLC in April 2018, he has been doing project development and management, grant writing, and coordinating all facets of project implementation.

Cassi Carpio, Project Assistant, ECO Americorps Volunteer at FNLC

Cassi received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2016. Following a Peace Corps service, she decided to join the ECO Americorps team to do further service work and to explore different environmental fields. She has now joined us for a second year and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge on the different techniques that organizations use to improve water quality. Cassi is serving with Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) as a Project Assistant to aid in the different grant projects both current and future to increase water quality in Lake Champlain by reducing land-use pollution.


November 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Swanton Village Municipal Center
120 First Street
Swanton, VT 05488