Adelaide Dumm, District Manager
Adelaide joined the Winooski NRCD conservation team in May 2022 as the Conservation Specialist, and was promoted to District Manager in November 2023. Adelaide’s passion for conservation is unparalleled and is deeply rooted in her upbringing on her family farm in Central Pennsylvania.
Adelaide has worked various jobs in the environmental conservation field including interning at the local water authority and Conservation Districts in PA where she developed an interest in water quality. Adelaide attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and graduated with a Bachelors in Natural Resources Management and a minor in Aquatic Resources management. In 2017, she moved westward to work seasonally in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska as a fisheries biological technician with the United States Forest Service. Inspired to continue to develop her understanding of wildlife habitat conservation and participate in the scientific community, Adelaide earned a Masters Degree in Natural Resources Conservation from Paul Smiths College in 2022.
Adelaide relocated with her fiancé and dog from Alaska in 2018 and has been working with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation as a state park manager for the past three years. Adelaide has dedicated time to volunteering as a cyanobacteria monitor with the Lake Champlain Committee and educating the public on water quality and watershed conservation.
Adelaide is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the District, ensuring adequate progress towards the goals and objectives of our 5 year strategic plan, providing oversight, mentorship and support to the other District staff, and implementing innovative projects and initiatives to advance our mission. Adelaide currently serves as the Vermont Envirothon Program Coordinator. She leads several Winooski NRCD programs including the annual Tree sale, the Trees for Streams program, the Storm Smart partnership, and the Lake Iroquois Watershed Action Plan. Adelaide is also the project manager for the Hands Mill Dam and ongoing aquatic organism passage work with the USFS and VTFWD. Adelaide enjoys spending time in nature as a fly fisher, kayaker, hiker, skier, gardener, and overall avid outdoor enthusiast. As a new mother she looks forward to embracing the opportunity to raise her son with her Fiancé in the Green Mountain State.
Kathleen Lewis, Agriculture Conservation Specialist
Kathleen (Kat) Lewis joined Winooski NRCD in August 2021 as the Agriculture Conservation Specialist. Kat grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont for her undergraduate degree. Kat graduated from The University of Vermont with a B.S. in environmental science and minor in ecological agriculture in May of 2019.
After graduating, Kat completed two terms of ECO AmeriCorps within Vermont. She first spent 11 months serving with The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Kat helped run the LaRosa Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program as well as assisted in the yearly stream sampling conducted by DEC to analyze the biological integrity of Vermont’s waterways. Kat spent her second year of AmeriCorps serving with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets in the Water Quality Division. At the Agency of Agriculture, she assisted with programs for farmers and landowners to help improve water quality on their fields and across the Vermont landscape.
When Kat isn’t working, she can be found hammocking in the woods, playing with her cat, skiing, or cross country skiing.