WAITSFIELD — Corrie Miller, a scientist and conservationist, will take over as Executive Director of the Friends of the Mad River (FMR) starting in March. Miller has a strong background in non-profit management and, since Tropical Storm Irene devastated the region, has worked as the Executive Director of the Ausable River Association in the eastern Adirondacks. For nearly a decade before that she lived and worked in Vermont, most recently with the Staying Connected Initiative finding community-based solutions for wildlife habitat protection.
“We are extremely pleased that Corrie has accepted our offer to build on the wonderful work of Caitrin Maloney,” said the river association’s board chair, Kinny Perot. “Corrie’s strengths and experience running a watershed association, her strong skills interpreting dense scientific material, and her interests in connecting the community and the river make her a wonderful fit for FMR. We are excited to work with her as we continue to focus on the watershed’s health and prepare for future climatic changes affecting our entire community.”
Miller received her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and completed a post-baccalaureate certificate at University of Minnesota before obtaining a Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont. She has served as Associate Director of Smokey House Center in Danby, VT, and has worked to build community partnerships in seven Northern Vermont towns through the Staying Connected Initiative, a partnership of non-profit and state agencies across the Northeast fostering wildlife habitat connections. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Ausable River Association, a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 that works cooperatively with landowners, municipalities, and government agencies to protect the wild, scenic, and recreational resources of the Ausable River watershed.
“I’m thrilled to be headed back to Vermont, looking forward to getting to know the people and places of the Mad River Valley, and honored to become part of an organization doing such important and valued work” Miller said.