LCI Staff

James Ehlers, Executive Director

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James has been the Executive Director at LCI for more than a decade. He holds more than 20 years of experience with water quality and conservation issues and has a proven track record of accomplishing challenging tasks.

See James featured in the documentary Bloom a documentary on the plight of Lake Champlain.

Eric LaMontagne, Outreach Director

Eric grew up in the Upper Valley region of Vermont where he spent summers and weekends working for his father’s landscaping company. Being raised on the water, it was a natural progression to attend UVM where he received his BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. Eric worked Natural Resource Instructor for the Green Mountain Conservation Camps and as a Biological Technician for Vermont Fish and Wildlife before joining the LCI team in 2011.

Elizabeth Ehlers, Business Manager

Elizabeth grew up on the Florida Panhandle, spending days crabbing on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and nights fishing for snook and grouper in the inner bays. She studied Environmental Science with a focus on Sustainable Development, and completed field projects in the Florida Everglades, Peru, Guatemala, Panama and Nicaragua. Seeking a new adventure after graduation in 2000, she drove to Vermont to spend the summer, and met her now husband while planning a kids fishing derby on Lake Champlain. That 3-month trip has turned into 11 years.

Juliana Dixon, Program Director

Growing up in rural Northern California Juliana was raised on woods and waters.  With a passion for ensuring access to the same natural childhood for all children, she has come to LCI looking to work preserving and protecting the watershed of Lake Champlain.  Juliana has a BS in Environmental Science, and an MS in Sustainable Agricultural Development.  She has worked on a local food systems campaign, promoting a Land Trust, as a developer for a Forest School, and as a Park Ranger at Sand Bar.

Lindsay Harris, Newsletter Editor

Lindsay has always been drawn to animals, mountains, wilderness and water. She was born and raised in New Jersey, but escaped out west, wandering through the mountains of Wyoming, Montana, California, Arizona and Alaska, mostly working for the US Forest Service as a wildlife technician. She got a BS in Aquatic Biology from Humboldt State University in Northern California, settled in Vermont in 2003 and worked for the VT Department of Water Quality for a few years.

John Hutchins, Digital Assistant

John is from the hills of Northern Vermont. Growing up surrounded by nature, John has always found solace in the outdoors. John studied at the University of Vermont and stayed connected with his roots during that time. He got more interested in fishing as the years went on, and it all started from the Lake Champlain International Father's Day Derby. His love for the water and his passion for proper water treatment has brought him to LCI!

Pat Delang, Volunteer

Pat has been a volunteer for LCI for roughly 10 years.  She unflaggingly does our mailing list, data entry, and any number of other duties - always with a smile.

Robert White, Volunteer

Robert has been a volunteer for LCI for roughly 7 years.  In addition to providing derby weigh station assistance, Robert has provided both the fun side of volunteering - out on the Lake as the Captain of Champlain's Ark - and the less glamorous but necessary work of grant writing.

Bryan McCarthy, Volunteer

Bryan began helping out as one of the captains of the Champlain’s Ark last year, and has enjoyed being on the water and talking with people on their boats about what LCI is working on.  He is a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Vermont.