“I cannot be more honored to be part of the IRWA team. This is a lifelong dream come true,” says Executive Director Wayne Castonguay.
Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director
Wayne Castonguay became Executive Director of IRWA in September 2012. Wayne has been an Ipswich River advocate since childhood and has extensive background in nonprofit management and protecting natural resources. Prior to coming to IRWA, he worked for The Trustees of Reservations for 14 years, first as Regional Ecologist, then as General Manager of Appleton Farms, and most recently as Director of the Trustees’ statewide Agriculture Program. Previously, Wayne worked for 10 years as a Biologist for Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. He is also a tireless volunteer for the Town of Ipswich, having served on the Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee, Shellfish Advisory Board, Coastal Pollution Committee and Stormwater Management Committee. He has also served as a Board member, technical advisor and volunteer for IRWA and other nonprofits and co-founded the Great Marsh Coalition and the national Farm-based Education Association, which promotes children-in-nature education. Wayne has a MS in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts. Wayne is a lifelong resident of Ipswich.
Trish Aldrich, Development Director
Trish’s career in advancing non profit organizations spans twenty years. During that time, she has enjoyed working with conservation organizations large and small. Most recently, she raised funds to safeguard Appleton Farms (and the Crane Estate and Long Hill) for the Trustees of Reservations. Previously she served as Director of Development for Save the Sound, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and Shore Country Day School. She raises funds for the UU Church in Swampscott and the Winsor School. Trish has a BA in Plant Ecology from Hampshire College and wrote her thesis on Using Native Species to Revegetate Disturbed Areas in the Arctic. She lived in Alaska for 10 years where she tended Musk Ox, surveyed the vegetation of the Interior of Alaska and paddled many wild and cold rivers. Now she is happy to be back in Nahant with her family.
Cynthia Ingelfinger, Outreach Coordinator
Cynthia received her master’s degree from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont and most recently worked for the Wilderness Society (TWS) in Boston as an ecologist for the northeast. There, she focused on ecological reserve mapping of the Northern Forest and on infusing the ecological values of wilderness and roadless areas into TWS’ communications campaign. Before graduate school, Cynthia taught environmental education at the Teton Science School, Yosemite Institute, and worked in the high Sierras helping to identify ‘Important Bird Areas’ for conservation management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University. Cynthia lives in Ipswich and enjoys hiking, paddling, and mucking around the marshes and rivers of the North Shore with her husband and two children.
Brian Kelder, Restoration Program Manager
Brian is responsible for dam removal projects and the Restoration Partnership. Brian is an aquatic ecologist with expertise in fisheries research and habitat restoration. Most recently, he served as the Staff Scientist for the Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip, NY, where he played a leadership role in advancing migratory fish restoration on Long Island. His previous work includes salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest, walleye spawning habitat in the Great Lakes, and endangered sturgeon in the Hudson River. Brian is originally from the Catskills region of New York where his family has operated a farm for more than a century and where he spent his formative years exploring local water bodies and developing his interest in aquatic systems. He holds a MS in Aquatic Ecology from SUNY ESF and a BS from Cornell University.
Jim MacDougall, Director of Special Projects
Jim is a local naturalist and professional wetland scientist. His commitment to biodiversity spans more than 30 years. Jim owns and runs a small consulting firm and assists landowners to more fully appreciate their natural resources so they may account for the indigenous biodiversity when making land management decisions. He also is a farmer on a family-owned, small farm which practices organic farming methods, out of respect for the soil, the wildlife, and the neighbors. His previous work experience includes managing property for Essex County Greenbelt Association and Massachusetts Audubon Society. Jim lives in Topsfield and enjoys discovering things in the great outdoors.
Ryan O’Donnell, Programs Coordinator
Before joining the staff, Ryan was a volunteer monitor with IRWA’s River Watch Program in Reading. Ryan has a master’s degree in teaching from Tufts University, has taught high school biology, middle school math and science and has included lessons collecting macroinvertebrates from the Ipswich River. Ryan also has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire where he enjoyed studying invertebrate zoology including a thesis on earthworm physiology. Ryan enjoys sharing his interest in natural history with others and was a volunteer gallery guide at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. He also enjoys bird watching, hiking, and generally exploring outdoors.
Carolyn Favazza, Bookkeeper
Carolyn brings over fifteen years of accounting experience to IRWA. She has worked in the construction, banking, non-profit, and private sectors. Her experience includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, taxes, budgeting, cash forecasting, job costing, and payroll reporting. She lives in Georgetown with her husband, two young sons and dog. She volunteers her time with the Boy Scouts and her church. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and painting.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IRWA Board and staff tour the Salem Beverly Water Plant, Fall 2012.
Peter Phippen, President
Christine Sandulli, First Vice President
Dave Williams, Secretary
Campbell Steward, Treasurer
Robert Paine Metcalf
Maria Van Dusen