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.

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
Fish, sail, water ski, take in vitamin D, just looking at it
Favorite Type of Fish or Lake Critter
Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, walleye, wood ducks, and hexagenia mayfly
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story
Fire alarm pulled during an awards ceremony; lightning blowing up a weigh station scale during FDD
Largest fish caught
Most all are bigger than any Eric has caught
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Spending time with my wife, son, and daughter. Moose and deer hunting with friends in big woods. Vegetable and flower gardening. Physics, finance, astronomy, literature, wife’s cooking and baking, music, history, chess, Charlie Brown, beer, and entertaining friends in the Rabbit Hole. Volunteer at food shelf, church, and Meals on Wheels.
Thing people least likely know
Hosted two Iraqi war refugees in my house … racing stock cars is addictive—good thing for my family I was not any good at it.

Eric LaMontagne, Outreach Director
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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 has worked Natural Resource Instructor for the Green Mountain Conservation Camps and as a Biological Technician for Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
Being in it, on it, around it, near it. Hiking, fishing, boating, swimming...
Favorite Type of Fish or Lake Critter
Cormorants (HA! Kidding of course) . Gar, wood duck, any aquatic snake, Atlantic salmon. I’ll fish for anything that puts up a fight.
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story
On a first date, I had a waiter recognize me for my role in the derby. He then sat down in the booth with us, took out his camera, and started showing us pictures of his derby fish. I didn’t get a second date…
Largest fish caught
10.2lb Lake Trout
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Playing with the “build your own” feature on car and truck companies’ websites, hunting, taking out my boat (the Dammit), photography, meeting local artists, hiking, and touring Vermont breweries.
Thing people least likely know
I have never lived more than a half mile from a body of water.

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.

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
Watching our children explore and enjoy the lake, and seeing how excited they get reeling in their first fish.
Favorite Type of Fish or Lake Critter
Tern … love watching them ride the air currents.
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story
Being 9 months pregnant during the 2008 derby, somehow holding out an extra two weeks and making it through the awards ceremony.
Largest fish caught
31-pound dorado
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Cooking, baking, restoring furniture and spending time with family.
Thing people least likely know
Worked as a marine mammal trainer with sea lions and dolphins for 8 years, and volunteered with The Stranding Network to rescue and rehabilitate stranded and injured wildlife.

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.

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
I love sailing on small zippy boats that put me right in the spray just above the water.
Favorite type of fish or Lake critter
All turtles – but I especially loved watching the painted turtles construct nests at Sand Bar.
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story
I’m new here, so I look forward to making memories!  I do have stories of the State Park system though.  Ask me about kayaking to work during a storm…
Largest Fish caught
Possibly the only employee at LCI ever to say this:  I’ve never been fishing.
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Local sustainable food systems, gardening, playing with my children, sailing, hiking, volleyball and Dancing!
Things people least likely know  
I have performed on an aircraft carrier, for the Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland, and for the Danish televised coverage of the U.S. elections  

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. She now lives in Tunbridge with her two young daughters, operating her own grass-based dairy farm and creamery (Mountain Home Farm) and working part time with LCI.

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
Snorkel, so as to catch small glimpses of its     magnificent underwater world.
Favorite type of fish or Lake critter
Northen Pike; I love how she lays in wait, perfectly camouflaged in the dappled shallows like a log-shaped tiger.
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story
I
have yet to experience a derby, but I did get to help process some huge turkeys behind the LCI office!
Largest fish caught
An 8 lb Coho Salmon on Prince of Wales Island, AK.
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Hobbies: I love to be outside, moving through the woods on my horse, skis, mountain bike, or own two feet. I also love to fish and swim and see the world like new through my kids' eyes.
Things people least likely know  
The most fun I ever had was playing in the finals of the World Beach Ultimate Frisbee Championships in Rimini, Italy.

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!

Favorite thing to do on Lake Champlain
Catch Big Northern Pike
Favorite type of fish or Lake critter
Nothern Pike! I love how prehistoric they look, and how they thrash. They also have that distinctive smell...
Favorite Derby or LCI memory or story

Lining up on the shores of North Hero catching perch and baiting them for Bowfin. Fishing with friends is always a great time!
Largest fish caught
9.9 lb Lake Trout, 6.25 lb Largemouth
When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies
Fishing, kayaking, shooting.
Things people least likely know  
I dance salsa!

 

 

Some of our dedicated volunteers:

 

Pat Delang
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.

 Fun Facts
 Pat also volunteers at the Varnum Memorial Library in Jeffersonville,
 
and though a great supporter of the LCI derbies, Pat doesn't fish.
 

 

 

Robert White
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.

 Favorite Derby Story
1984 the Derby's inception.  My fishing partner and I were almost awarded the grand prize for two walleye 6 and 6.5 lbs that were registered as Small Mouth Bass.  We ate the evidence for dinner.  However the next day we both went back to the weigh station and had the mistakes corrected.  Derby officials gave us a lot of prizes for our honesty.

 

Bryan McCarthy
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.

"I live on the lake, I swim in the lake, and I drink water from the lake.  With as much as anyone can have invested in Lake Champlain, I have a deep interest in improving the quality of the water and habitat it provides."
                                                         - Bryan McCarthy