NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
In February 2017, Emily Boedecker was appointed commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Boedecker joins DEC from the nonprofit sector, having served as executive director for Local Motion, a Burlington, VT-based nonprofit advocating for walkable and bikeable communities. She possesses more than a decade of experience in marketing, fundraising, business development, management, and partner engagement. Boedecker previously served as the acting state director at the Nature Conservancy of Vermont and held various positions in France and California for Hewlett-Packard and VeriFone.
Representative of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner at NEIWPCC Executive Committee and Commission Meetings
Since 2007, Pete LaFlamme has been director of Vermont DEC’s Watershed Management Division. Previously, he established DEC’s Stormwater Program and went on to develop and manage a number of stormwater regulatory and policy initiatives including a comprehensive program for managing stormwater-impaired state waters. Throughout his career, LaFlamme has specialized in mathematical modeling of water resources and water resources engineering. He did graduate coursework at the University of Vermont’s Water Resources Research Center, specializing in water resources analysis and modeling, and has a B.S. in Environmental Analysis from the University of New England.
Dr. Mark Levine was appointed commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health in March 2017. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Levine served as professor of medicine and associate dean for graduate medical education at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont (UVM). He has also served as the Designated Institutional Official at the UVM Medical Center and vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine. Levine was elected a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in 2015, has been a Fellow of ACP since 1992, and served as Governor of the Vermont chapter of ACP from 2007 to 2011. In 2016 Levine was also elected President-Elect of the Vermont Medical Society. Levine earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Since 1991, David Deen has been a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has frequently served on the legislature’s natural resources and water resources committees and is currently chair of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources. In 2017, Deen retired from the Connecticut River Watershed Council where he served as a river steward. The Council works to protect the watershed “from source to sea.” He is also well-known as a former Orvis-endorsed and NH-licensed fly-fishing guide. Deen holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England.
James Ehlers is CEO of Lake Champlain International, a nonprofit organization that aims to restore and revitalize Lake Champlain and its communities. He is a member of Senator Bernie Sanders’s Environmental Advisory Committee, chair of the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Vermont Citizen Advisory Committee, and chair of the Colchester (Vermont) Economic Development Advisory Council. He also serves as president of Tethys, a company providing market-based solutions to water quality issues. Ehlers received his graduate degree from Saint Michael’s College and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University.
Since 1984, Dennis Lutz has been the public works director/town engineer for the Town of Essex, Vermont. Previously, he worked for seven years in Vermont state government as an environmental engineering supervisor and seven years as project manager for Donald L. Hamlin Consulting Engineers. Lutz spent 37 years in military service, beginning on active duty as an engineer in Vietnam and Oregon and later as a member of the Vermont National Guard and assistant adjutant general for the Army. He is a certified professional engineer in civil and sanitary engineering in Vermont. He is also an elected water commissioner to the Champlain Water District. Lutz has an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.