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The members of the board of directors of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council are:

Roy Najecki

Roy Najecki, Glocester :: President roy@najecki.com

Rhode Island native originally from Warwick. Eagle Scout. BS in Accounting from Bryant College. Former budget manager for the Leviton Mfg. Co.  Former Board President of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. Trustee of the Glocester Conservation Commission and Glocester Land Trust. Lives in West Glocester with Debra, his wife of 25 plus years, and their Yellow Labrador Retriever ‘Daisy’.  Roy became WRWC Board President in 2014.

John P. Hake

John P. Hake, Fishery Biologist :: Vice President johnphake@gmail.com

John is retired from Fidelity Investments where he was VP of Systems Analysis.  John started his career as a Fisheries Biologist working for the Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit at UMASS Amherst and then at Ichthyological Associates in Delaware working on environmental impact of the Salem, NJ nuclear power plant.  After changing his career to technology, then retiring, John is going back to his roots and volunteering at the WRWC.  John currently runs the WRWC spring migratory fish count and electrofishing assessment programs for the WRWC.

John holds a BS in Fisheries Biology from UMASS Amherst.  John was elected to serve as WRWC’s Vice-President in 2016.

Christopher Riely

Christopher Riely, Providence :: Treasurer

Christopher Riely is a forester and watershed manager for Providence Water, the public utility from which most Rhode Islanders get their drinking water. He is also Board President of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. Christopher lives on the West Side of Providence a only short distance from the Woonasquatucket. Christopher has a BA from Tufts, Master of Forestry from Yale, and MBA from URI.

Louis Lariviere

Louis Lariviere, North Providence :: Secretary

Lou has been a WRWC board member since 2009 and is currently serving as secretary.  Lou is a life-long resident of North Providence, married, self employed as a general contractor, and co-chair of the North Providence Environmental Commission.

Ayana Bass, Providence

Donald T. Burns

Donald T. Burns, Smithfield

Don Burns and his wife Joan built a house in Smithfield, RI on Georgiaville Pond in the Woonasquatucket Watershed in 1966.  He soon started his involvement with efforts to improve water quality in Smithfield including forming a group to bring sewers to the town.  He joined the Smithfield Conservation Commission in 1977 and has been its chair for about 30 years.  That led to helping to start a land trust in Smithfield and joining the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) in the mid-1990s.  Don was President of the WRWC board from 2005 to 2015.  Don is now happy to be just a member of the board of the WRWC and watch newer members take the leadership and add to the achievements of our group.

Scott Geller, Smithfield

Scott Geller is a resident of Smithfield and an employee at Fidelity Investments where he works as a data analyst.

Jack A. Gold, Providence

Jack is a philanthropy officer at Care New England and lives in Providence's Armory District. A former director of the Providence Preservation Society, Jack also served as director of San Francisco Architectural Heritage and as a corporate and foundation relations officer at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Preservation Planning from Cornell University.

Timothy O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor, North Providence

Tim O’Connor is a native Rhode Islander and has been a resident of North Providence for over 20 years.  Tim has spent his entire career working on environmental subjects.  Tim’s experience includes 10 years at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and 15 years as an environmental consultant. Currently he is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Johnson & Wales University. 

Tim is also active, both personally and professionally, in numerous sustainability/conservation-focused activities and is a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design & Construction.

Tim earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Laureen Ratti

Laureen Ratti, Fidelity, Smithfield

Laureen has 20+ years of experience working for Fidelity where over 3,000 associates at the Smithfield campus are close to Georgiaville Pond. She also owned and operated Meadowbrook Gardens in Richmond RI for 8 years where a commitment to increase awareness on the value of how we treat our natural resources equals the state of our personal health and positive economic development began.  Laureen is the chair of the WRWC Development Committee.

Douglas A. Stephens, Johnston

Retired from the commercial insurance industry as a safety and loss control consultant. Actively volunteering for various local environmental/conservation organizations: Audubon Society of RI; Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy; URI Watershed Watch Program; and the Johnston Historical Society.

The board members may be contacted via Alicia Lehrer, our Executive Director. Please see the Contact Us page for details on how to contact Alicia.

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