Supervisors and Staff Information


Don Markie, Co-Chair. 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.

Ashley Fioretti, Treasurer.  Ashley owns Little Flower Farm, a small organic vegetable farm in Middletown Springs, VT.  Ashley has a background in education and runs a farm to school program at the local elementary school.

Natalie Coe, Supervisor.  Natalie holds her PhD in Biochemistry from University of Minnesota and is a former professor at Green Mountain College. Natalie resides in Fair Haven VT and currently teaches science at  Long Trail School. After studying medical disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and schizophrenia, her research now focuses on plant disease in connection with local species genetics.

Rene Navarrete, Supervisor. Rene has a background in horticulture and owns and operates a landscaping business, Evergreen Designs. Rene resides in Pawlet VT.

Katy Crumley, Supervisor. Katy is the former Bennington County Conservation District Manager. She joined the board in September 2021 and has a background in water quality, forest and wildlife management.


Hilary Solomon, MEM, Manager, Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, or (802) 558-3515

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 and Environmental Planner, 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.

Whitney Burgess, Agricultural Outreach Specialist, or (802) 779-4521

Whitney graduated from St Michael’s College with an Environmental Science degree. She is an avid hunter and lives in Hubbardton, where she manages her land for wildlife. Whitney worked for seven years at a local sheep farm and joins us to assist farms with nutrient management planning, grant writing, and other agricultural endeavors.

Averie Noble, Nursery Co-manager; Project Technician, or (802) 779-7094

Averie is back in Vermont, after a stint out west at Oregon State University. She lives on a beef farm in Benson. At the District, she helps manage nursery-related projects, runs the water quality monitoring program, and provides support to all staff positions with focus on the agricultural programs.

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