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Ian Cooke

Ian Cooke, Executive Director

In his tenure as Executive Director, Ian has developed the Watershed Association’s programs, expanded its capabilities and fostered development of the watershed approach in Massachusetts. Ian has served as Executive Director since 1993. Ian currently serves as Board President for the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and was formerly a Board Member of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition. He has a BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.

Reach Ian at or 781-575-0354 x 305.



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Nancy Fyler

Nancy Fyler, Outreach Director

Nancy works on outreach and communications, as well as water conservation partnerships between watershed municipalities and the Watershed Association. She especially enjoys working with students and teachers. She has a BFA in Communication Design from Parson’s School of Design and a teaching certificate in K-12 Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. Nancy is currently a Board Member of the Sustainable Sharon Coalition, and volunteers her time on various committees in her hometown.

Reach Nancy at or 781-575-0354 x 307.




Chris Hirsch

Chris Hirsch, Environmental Scientist

Chris joined NepRWA as Environmental Scientist in 2016. He studied zoology at North Carolina State University, and earned his Master’s in Restoration Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the watershed association, Chris worked on water quality monitoring projects for a non-profit watershed group in Baltimore MD.

Chris oversees and/or leads the Association’s science and environmental monitoring programs, and also plays a key role in our efforts to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and restore fish and wildlife habitats.

Chris can be reached at  or 781-575-0354 x 302.



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Nancy Mahon

Nancy Mahon, Office Manager

Nancy joined the staff as our Office Coordinator in January, 2016.  She studied at Boston University and has a Bachelor’s in Business with a concentration in Accounting.

Nancy lives in Canton where she spends much of her time volunteering within the school system as a proud parent of four sons.

You can reach Nancy at or 781-575-0354 X304





Dee Mullen

Dee Mullen, Development Director

Dee is a graduate of Hartwick College with a B.S. in Sociology, and has more than 24 years of experience generating revenue and increasing support for non profit organzations.  She launched her fundraising career at The Cambridge School of Weston, led the parent fundraising effort at Boston University, and most recently was the major gift officer at Italian Home for Children.

Dee’s passion is showing small non profits how to raise more money, strengthen their boards, and build relationships with donors. She currently serves on the board of Hopa Mountain in Bozeman Montana, volunteers on the development committee at the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain and enjoys hiking with her two Jack Russell terriers.

Please contact Dee at or 781-575-0354 x 303.


Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer, Willett Pond Manager

Tom performs a wide variety of tasks at Willett Pond, ranging from construction supervision to natural resources management to enforcement of shoreline protection rules.

Contact Tom at or 781-575-0354 x 301.





Annie O’Connell

Annie O’Connell, Environmental Science Fellow

Annie is a recent graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.S. in Environmental Geoscience. Prior to working with NepRWA, she has had internship experience working at the Yale University School of Forestry and for the City Council parks department in Dublin, Ireland. She is passionate about environmental issues and particularly interested in natural resource management and hydrology.

As the Environmental Science Fellow, Annie will be participating in coordinating the Citizen Water Monitoring Network program, as well as assisting with outreach and other environmental science initiatives.

Reach Annie at or 781-575-0354 x 306.