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Meet The Great Outdoors Bloggers
Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police
Col. Gross joined the Boston Police Department in 1974 where he began his career patrolling the streets of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and greater Boston, helping to establish over three hundred urban crime watch groups. Prior to joining the Environmental Police, he served as commander of the Boston Police Department’s Sex Offenders unit and as a Federal Task Force Agent and Sgt. Detective in the Boston Police Drug Control unit. Col. Gross served as a U.S. Army Sgt. First Class during the Vietnam War and earned three Purple Heart medals for his service. His favorite outdoor activities are fishing, hiking, boating, camping, and horseback riding.
Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Before coming on board to DAR, Anna worked at a number of start-up software companies on strategic marketing initiatives. Her marketing background and city roots add a unique perspective to the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural community. Suffice to say she’s hooked on “Ag” and everything locally grown! She received her bachelor’s degree from Salem State College, loves hiking, writing, and eggplant.
Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)
Bill joined MET in 2007 after ten years raising funds for social service and educational institutions in Ohio and Massachusetts. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University. A dedicated sailor and catboat enthusiast, he can often be found in the waters of the south shore. He has proudly displayed his right whale license plates since 2003.
Chief of staff, Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
Bob started working with DFG more than 20 years ago as a communications specialist after graduating from Saint Michael’s College. A native of Orange, Bob’s passion for outdoor recreation was sparked at age five while fishing in a small boat with his father and two brothers, dodging ice floes on the half frozen lake. He lives in Ipswich with his wife, daughter, and son and enjoys outdoor hobbies (most often with kids in tow) such as fishing, clamming, birding, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snow shoeing.
Director of Natural Resources, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection
Dan has been with the Division since 1995 when he was hired as a Conservation Biologist. Dan became the Natural Resources Director in 2007 and oversees a variety of wildlife, forestry, and land stewardship programs. Dan knew at the age of 7 when he caught his first snapping turtle that he wanted to pursue a career in wildlife ecology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dan enjoys spending time fishing, canoeing, playing tennis, and tinkering around his yard and garden.
Edward M. Lambert Jr.
Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
Ed Lambert has been working in government for 30 years - including as a state Representative from the 8th Bristol District and Mayor of Fall River - and he brings all that public experience and expertise to his new job at DCR. Most recently, he taught public management at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and was executive director of the school’s Urban Initiative. When he came to DCR in February, Commissioner Lambert immediately started traveling around the state, visiting parks and forests, beaches and watersheds, getting to know all the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities that DCR has to offer. He is not inexperienced in these matters: As Fall River mayor, he helped establish the state's first bioreserve in southeastern Massachusetts, which has protected about 14,000 acres of forests and wetlands. In addition to all this, he loves camping and hiking. Commissioner Lambert lives in Fall River with his wife and has a 22-year-old son.
Information and Education Coordinator, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)
Elaine joined DMF in 2012, but has been doing marine science outreach and education since age three. She has since changed her educational props from stuffed animals and hand drawn posters to periodicals, online media, and coloring books. While earning her degrees – a BA in biology from Boston University and a MSc in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Elaine learned that although she enjoys field work and research, she still enjoys educating the public about the marine world more so. Her role at DMF is to increase the Division’s visibility to the general public through media and outreach interactions. A New Englander born and raised, Elaine can be found either in the mountains or on the ocean almost every weekend.
Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)
Erin joined the Division of Marine Fisheries in 2005 and oversees the conservation and management programs for protected species in Massachusetts waters. This work covers a range of species including endangered large whales, harbor porpoise, and sea turtles. She holds a master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. When not working with protected species, she enjoys cooking, jogging, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Recreation Bureau Chief, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Since 1992, Gary has been responsible for DCR’s recreation services statewide. Each year, nearly 40 million people visit Massachusetts state and urban parks, which include more than 80 ocean and freshwater beaches, 35 swimming and wading pools, 3,000 miles of paths and trails, 30 campgrounds, 47 athletic fields, 25 tennis courts, three golf courses and dozens of historic and scenic sites. Gary joined the state parks agency in 1978 as a conservation helper. When not working in the parks, Gary can often be found there, bicycling on the pathways or hiking the Appalachian Trail across Massachusetts.
Gregory C. Watson
Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Greg Watson was sworn in as the Department's 19th Commissioner on April 2, 2012. He also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. Commissioner Watson has a long connection to and appreciation of agriculture starting in his childhood where his grandmother tended a vegetable garden and fruit trees and visiting his uncle's working farm in Tennessee. His first hands on experience with agriculture started in 1978 as he worked with urban community groups and rural farmers to develop a network of six neighborhood-based farmers' markets in Greater Boston. Under his current leadership, Greg seeks to expand access to locally grown food across the Commonwealth with emphasis on building robust urban infrastructure solutions.
Greg is a big fan of Bob Dylan, spending time with his two grown children, and loves Brussels Sprouts. He currently resides in Falmouth Massachusetts.
Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Hannah is working as a communications intern with the EEA this summer. She is pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. She is currently spending the summer living in Rockport, MA enjoying the rocky beaches and tending to her vegetable garden. Hannah also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking, surfing and skiing.
Press & Social Media Intern, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Katie has been a press and social media intern with DCR since the fall of 2012. She is currently a junior at Emerson College, majoring in Writing, Literature, & Publishing and double minoring in sociology and photography. Katie’s DCR internship was something of a happy accident, most likely brought about by her love of writing and the decade she devoted to aquatics at home in New York. A certified lifeguard and water safety instructor, Katie can be found swimming, biking, or kayaking in summer and cooking her way through the winter.
Multimedia Intern, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Maia is currently working with the EEA as a Multimedia Intern for the 2012 spring semester, while she pursues a degree in Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she's involved with the student environmental club and does research on compost use and lead in urban gardens. Maia grew up in Rochester, NY. Her love for nature developed during summer hiking and swimming adventures in Vermont. In her free time, Maia enjoys cooking, knitting, running, and playing guitar.
Social Media Intern, Department of Fish and Game
Mark is the social media intern for DFG for the summer of 2012. Heading into his sophomore year at the University of Southern California, Mark is dual majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing with a minor in Screen Writing. Mark grew up in Belmont, MA, and was a counselor for the Mass Audubon Habitat Day Camp located there. He loves to be outdoors and can often be found playing basketball, hiking, camping, or swimming at the beach.
Senior biologist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)
Greg is an aquatic biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) who specializes in the study of ecology and physiology of sharks. He has been a fisheries biologist with DMF since 1987 and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in zoology and a Ph.D. from Boston University in biology. His shark research has spanned multiple fish habitats around the globe including Arctic Circle, the Red Sea, the coasts of Australia and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Central Pacific Ocean.
Multimedia Intern, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Jenny is working as a multimedia intern with the EEA during the fall 2012 semester. She attends Tufts University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is an Eco-Rep at Tufts helping to promote sustainability in the residential halls. Spending her summers in Cape Cod and living in a farming town in New Jersey sparked her interest in the environment. Jenny enjoys running, biking, and playing tennis in her free time.
Captain, Massachusetts Environmental Police
John, who joined the Massachusetts Environmental Police force 30 years ago, is responsible for coastal enforcement of federal and state environmental protection laws that protect species including right whales and porpoise. The Environmental Police also enforce the state’s recreational boating laws that require life jackets and prohibit operating boats under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A Gloucester resident, John enjoys astronomy, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, and foraging for wild mushrooms.
Director of Water Supply Protection, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Jonathan has been the Director of Water Supply Protection since 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Wesleyan University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University. Jonathan held several positions in water resources management at the MWRA from 1989 to 2005. He traces his interest in science, protecting the environment, and public sector management to a 7th grade science project on water pollution. He loves to travel and hikes wherever he is.
Lisa Berry Engler
Metro Boston Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays)
Lisa Berry Engler is the Outreach Coordinator and the Metro Boston Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays Program. She is a relative newcomer to Mass Bays, joining in May 2011. But Lisa is no stranger to the Massachusetts coastline, having worked previously at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Program as the Coastal Coordinator for 5 years. Lisa has an undergraduate degree from Colby College and a graduate degree in environmental management from Duke University.
When Lisa isn’t at the Mass Bays office in Boston, she is hanging out with her family. She loves to lug her kids outside for hikes and birding adventures. She also enjoys biking to work, spending time at the beach, and anything that involves fresh air.
Universal Access Program Coordinator, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
As a teenager, Marcy watched her father as he visited institutions to create custom seating and head support for severely disabled children. Marcy has coordinated accessible recreation in the great outdoors for people with disabilities at DCR parks since 1995. She finds her work helping people extremely rewarding. She earned an Environmental Education degree from Lesley College. Marcy enjoys hiking, bicycling, paddling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, birding, and letterboxing – all activities that have been adapted through the DCR Universal Access Program.
Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife
Since 1999, Marion has worked as an outreach coordinator for MassWildlife. When she first joined MassWildlife, Marion worked as an educator hosting wildlife and watershed education workshops. She began her career with the Commonwealth as an Environmental Police Officer, formerly known as a game warden, in northern Worcester and Middlesex counties. Marion enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking, gardening, and the occasional bird or deer hunt. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental education from the University of Vermont.
Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
An avid angler, hiker and hunter, Commissioner Griffin has worked as an environmental professional for the past 18 years, serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection, Chief of Legal Services for the state parks system, and Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. She earned degrees from Davidson College and Cornell Law School. She has worked on land conservation throughout her career, and is pleased that with support of the Patrick-Murray administration the DFG protected 10,280 acres of open space in 2009 for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
Assistant Press Secretary, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Reginald, or Reggie, Zimmerman joined the EEA Communications & Public Affairs team in 2011 after working as a reporter in Boston and Cambridge where he covered everything from local elections to Asian longhorned beetles. A native New Englander, Reggie feels as much at home in nature as he does in the city. Reggie studied journalism and political science at Northeastern University and enjoys hiking, rock-climbing and camping.
Secretary, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Appointed as secretary in 2011, Secretary Sullivan served as DCR commissioner from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that Secretary Sullivan served as the mayor of Westfield for 13 years. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association and a founding president of the Winding River Land Conservancy, which has protected 1,700 acres in western Hampden County. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a jurist doctorate from Western New England Law School. Among his favorite vistas in DCR parks is the view from the top of Mt. Greylock and from the banks of Castle Island.
South Shore Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays)
Sara Grady has been working for the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) and the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) since 2005, although she did spend a summer interning for the NSRWA in 1998 and earned their coveted "Volunteer of the Year" award. In 2001, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology from Brown University and in 2006, a Ph.D. in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program, studying horseshoe crab population dynamics on Cape Cod for her dissertation. Sara lives in Plymouth with her husband (an entomologist and fellow nature lover), their 16-month old daughter, and their Lab-Akita mix. In her free time she likes to be on or in the waters of the South Shore swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or trying to surf.
Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration
Tim coordinates a division that’s mission is to restore and protect the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. Prior to the working for the Commonwealth he was an outreach coordinator for Mass Audubon. Tim lives in Ipswich with his wife, family and an English mastiff named Flora. If he's not at work coordinating a first-in-the-nation division dedicated to ecological restoration, he’s probably gunkholing in the Great Marsh or flyfishing the Bash Bish.
Press Intern, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Shruti is working with the EEA as a press intern for the 2013 summer season. A rising junior attending the University of Rochester, she is pursuing a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Outside of the classroom, Shruti is involved in research, a tour guide for the University of Rochester, and is co-captain of an Indian competitive dance team, Rochester Bhangra. When she’s not dancing, working, touring, or researching, she enjoys eating, baking, playing volleyball, and soaking up as much sun as possible.
Preservation Planner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Wendy has been a preservation planner in DCR's Office of Cultural Resources for 14 years, working on the preservation of DCR's rich collection of historic landscapes, buildings, and sites. She holds a masters degree from Boston University and lives with her family in Beverly, where she encourages her two young daughters to go outside and get dirty whenever possible.