Supervisors and Staff Information



Edward Lewis. Co-Chair. Ed is a retired dairy farmer from Poultney. He serves many leadership positions locally, including Select Board for the town of Poultney, Director on the Co-op Insurance Board, and formerly as the Chair of the Natural Resources Conservation Council (NRCC).

Christopher Brooks, J.D., MELP.  Treasurer.  Chris is a professor  of public and environmental policy at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.  His classes include Public Policy and the Environment, Land-Use Planning and Regulation, Watershed Management and Policy, Environmental Administrative Law, and History and Philosophy of the Environment.

Walter Fordham, Supervisor. Walter works in the insurance industry and lives in Poultney, Vermont.  He has a background in Horticulture and an interest in pollinators.

Beth Kashner Duquette, Supervisor.  Beth lives and works at Round Bale Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont.  She has a degree in natural resources and manages a small, diversified farm.

Don Markie, Supervisor. Don served for over 30 years as a school teacher/school counselor/administrator at Mill River Union High School, located in North Clarendon and continues to work part time in the Mill River school as the Drop Out Prevention Coordinator. Don lives in West Haven, Vermont and raises grass fed, natural beef on his farm. In addition to his farming operation, Don operates JAMY Farm Property Management which aims to provide housing needs for previously homeless adults and at-risk adults.



Hilary Solomon, MEM, Manager, Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District., or (802) 287-8339

Hilary graduated from Duke University with a Master’s Degree in Water Resources and worked for the Ohio EPA and Ross County SWCD for three years, before moving to Vermont. She worked as the watershed coordinator for the Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership from 2004-2008, and returned to the District in 2012 as the Water Quality Specialist.  In 2014, Hilary became the District Manager for PMNRCD.

Jennifer Durham Alexander, Agronomy Outreach Professional., or (802) 558-6470

Jennifer grew up on a small dairy farm in Hampton, NY. She graduated from Castleton State with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Natural Science and a minor in Business. In addition to twelve years of experience working with agricultural producers, she has 15 years of experience in customer service and eight years of experience in the horticultural industry. Jennifer has also worked for the Agency of Natural Resources in the Water Quality Division. Through the District, she has worked with landowners engaged in agricultural pursuits since 2005.

Sadie Brown, Nursery Manager , or (802) 287-0710

Sadie is a local resident and grew up on a small farm and vineyard in Poultney, VT.  She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with Bachelors of Science degrees in Ecology and Environmental Science and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Planning & Management.  Sadie utilizes her experience in horticulture, agriculture and science based planning in her position at PMNRCD.

Stefano Pinna, Agronomist
Stefano  is from a northern Italian town outside Torino and has been farming for the past three years in Panton, VT.  He graduated from the University of Turin with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and a certification in Agronomy.  Stefano is interested in research opportunities and has experience with implementation of them on his own farm, including his role as a co-pilot and project manager of SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

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