various Extension programs in collage

Middlesex County

The Middlesex County office is located in Haddam. Several of our programs have offices in Haddam, including 4-H, the Connecticut Trail Census and the Master Gardener Program. Soil test kits are available at the Middlesex County office. The following statewide programs have offices in Middlesex County: the Center for Land Use Education and Research, and forestry. 

Hartford county office

1066 Saybrook Road, Box 70

Haddam, CT, 06438

middlesex@uconn.edu

(860) 345-4511

Faculty and Staff

Chester Arnold

Chester Arnold

Co-Center Coordinator & Water Quality (NEMO) Extension Educator - CLEAR

chester.arnold@uconn.edu  or 860-345-5230

Chet Arnold is an Extension Educator and the Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). Chet has been with the University since 1987, and has developed and worked on a wide variety of programs involving land use and water resource protection, focusing primarily on communities as a target audience. As the Center’s Director, Chet focuses on the integration and dissemination of CLEAR land use research, geospatial tools and training, and outreach programs.

Emily Alger

Emily Alger

4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator - UConn4-H

emily.alger@uconn.edu

 

Kara Bonsack

Kara Bonsack

Graphic Designer - CLEAR; NEMO

kara.bonsack@uconn.edu or 860-345-5227

Kara Bonsack is a graphic designer and web developer for the Center for Land Use Education And Research (CLEAR). Kara’s responsibilities include the design, development and maintenance of websites and publications and assists CLEAR programs with conferences and training sessions. She also lends her design and web development talents to other departments within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources including Extension and Natural Resources and the Environment. Kara is also an avid photographer and has taken many of the photographs used in print materials and websites she creates. Kara is a graduate of the UConn with a bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in graphic design.

Maria Camara

Oak LeafMaria Camara

Administrative Assistant

maria.camara@uconn.edu

 

Cary Chadwick

Cary Chadwick

GIS Education & Associate Extension Educator - CLEAR

cary.chadwick@uconn.edu or 860-345-5216

Cary Chadwick joined the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2006 as a member of the Geospatial Training Program. As a geospatial educator, her role is to contribute to the hands-on technical training classes offered by the program on the use of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Cary is also actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects that integrate geospatial technologies to better manage and understand natural resource systems.

Cary is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven. 

David Dickson

David Dickson

Network Coordinator - CLEAR; NEMO

david.dickson@uconn.eduor 860- 345-5228

Dave Dickson is the coordinator of the National NEMO Network. As coordinator, he works with each of the NEMO Network programs nationwide and strives to facilitate the open exchange of resources, expertise, educational materials and war stories between the programs. He also assists non-member states seeking to start a NEMO program and join the Network.

Dave has both a J.D. and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, where he served as a notes and comments editor of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. Dave is also a UCONN alum, with a BA in Anthropology and Political Science. His pre-NEMO professional experience includes: coordinating environmental policy and education projects for the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP), representing municipalities before Congress and federal agencies, serving as a liaison between the University of Colorado and both the state legislature and Congress and coordinating an international project that sought to uncover unethical marketing practices in developing countries.

Michael Dietz

Michael Dietz

Extension Educator - CLEAR; CT Sea Grant

michael.dietz@uconn.edu or 860-345-5225

Dr. Mike Dietz is an Associate Extension Educator for UConn Extension. Mike oversees the Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program, in the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He has a Ph.D. in Water Resources from the University of Connecticut, and his extension and research programs focus on protecting surface waters, with a focus on green infrastructure techniques.

Bruce Hyde

Bruce Hyde

Assistant Extension Educator - CLEAR

bruce.hyde@uconn.edu or 860-345-5229

Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.

Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

Gail Reynolds

Gail Reynolds

Coordinator - Master Gardener

gail.reynolds@uconn.edu or 860-345-5234

Gail K Reynolds, Middlesex County UConn Master Gardener coordinator, retired from a long career in Information Technology. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and Forest Science from Yale University and five Information Security professional certifications. Her interests include native plant gardening, land conservation, and technology.

Amanda Ryan

Amanda Ryan

Visiting Assistant Extension Educator - CLEAR

amanda.ryan@uconn.edu or 860-345-5231

 

Rachel B. Shore

Oak LeafRachel B. Shore

Secretary

rachel.shore@uconn.edu

 

Charles Tracy

Charles TracyCharles Tracy 

Coordinator - CT Trail Census

charles.tracy@uconn.edu

Charles Tracy is leading the Connecticut Trail Census, a statewide volunteer data collection program, designed to get a better understanding of multi-use trail use trends, and to make this information widely available. Prior to coming to UConn, Tracy worked as a National Park Service landscape architect, guiding regional trail development and landscape-scale conservation initiatives throughout New England. He holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts and in classics from the University of Texas. 

 

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Associate Extension Educator - CLEAR; NEMO

emily.wilson@uconn.edu or (860) 345-5226

Emily Wilson is a Geospatial Educator at CLEAR. Since joining UConn in 2000, her role has been to provide GIS and remote sensing information and support to CLEAR programs including the NEMO Program, the Geospatial Training Program and other related research and outreach efforts. Emily does a significant amount of work on the CT ECO and CLEAR websites with the goal of providing easy access to geospatial information and maps.

Emily is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in environmental science and botany. She received her M.S. in forestry and remote sensing from the University of Maine.

Thomas Worthley

Thomas Worthley

Co-Center Coordinator & Forestry Stewardship Associate Extension Coordinator - CLEAR

thomas.worthley@uconn.edu or 860-345-5232

Tom Worthley is Associate Extension Professor at the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Connecticut Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He has written a number of scholarly articles and also teaches courses in Forest Ecology and Management and Dendrology. He has worked extensively on tracts in the UConn Forest and beyond in both outreach and educational activities.