Staff and Board

Meet Our Staff

Robert (Rusty) Russell, Executive Director

Rusty Russell was welcomed as our new executive director in autumn, 2016, following on a decade of teaching graduate students in Tufts University’s urban and environmental policy and planning program.  Before that, he served as an advocate and communications director for the Conservation Law Foundation, the Boston-based NGO.  A certified planner, Rusty holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  In addition to a longtime focus on environmental sustainability, his career has included stints as a journalist, corporate lawyer and agency administrator.  He has also been active with the Mystic River Watershed Association, and a few years ago his Tufts students helped to found a related organization, the Friends of the Malden River.  Having grown up in the shadow of Holyoke, Mass., he is excited to be based in a century-old building in downtown Lawrence that was once a woolen mill, only short walk from the Merrimack River.  Contact Rusty at or on his cell, at 617.515.9522.

Alex Krofta, Restoration Scientist

Alex Krofta joined the MRWC team in April of 2016.  He studied economics and environmental science and policy at Clark University before serving for many years as a wildlife field-technician in the swamps and streams of upstate New York.  Upon moving back to Massachusetts in 2009, he worked as a conservation lands steward at the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and as a habitat management planner and practitioner with Polatin Ecological Services, a consulting firm.  He recently received an M.S. in sustainable landscape planning and design at the Conway School in Conway, Mass.  Contact Alex at or on his cell, at 508.212.5885.


Meet Our Board of Directors

Kim Goddu, President of the Board

Maurice Balboni, Treasurer

Ryan Young, Secretary

Sarah Boehm

Cathy Crumbley

Kim Goddu, President of the Board
Kim Goddu is a partner with the KEL Sustainability Group, LLC, project lead at West Street Hydro, Inc. and sustainability project manager at Bethesda Green.  Kim holds a master’s degree in environmental science with a concentration in sustainable development and climate change, as well as a professional science master’s from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of New Hampshire.

Maurice Balboni, Treasurer
Maurice, a  graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), is retired from a 45-year career in the business world.  He worked as a financial executive and turn-around business consultant, spending his early years in mainframe computer sales for Honeywell, Inc.  He migrated to internal financial management, serving as division controller for the Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Framingham, Mass.  He then advanced through a series of executive positions, which included controller at Malden Mills, Inc. in Lawrence, Mass., corporate controller at the Jamesbury Corp. in Worcester, and vice president for finance and administration at the Phalo Corp. in Westborough, Mass.  During the second half of his business career, Maurice served as president of Maurice Balboni & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in business turnaround and crisis management.  He is a former member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Financial Executives Institute.  Until 2014, Maurice was a trustee of the Lawrence General Hospital, and during his 25-year tenure there served for two decades as its treasurer and, at intervals, chair of its Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and Investment Committee.  He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, where he is a member of its Finance Committee.  Maurice is keenly interested in the theory and practice of conservation–an idea that includes rivers and other natural resources, as well as pretty much everything else.

Ryan Young, Secretary
Ryan is the strategic projects manager and formerly the director of easement stewardship at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.  He also is a licensed real estate agent, and holds a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from the Vermont Law School, as well as a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Bowling Green State University.  Ryan and his family live a stone’s throw from the Merrimack in Concord, N.H. and they try to recreate on and in the river as often as possible.

Sarah Boehm is an educator with experience in classroom teaching and outdoor environmental education.  She currently teaches science at the Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence, Mass.  Sarah studied biology and geology at Colby College and holds a master’s of education from Antioch University New England.  She became a MRWC volunteer in 2010, as part of our water quality sampling initiative, and has been active with the organization ever since.

Cathy Crumbley has dedicated her career to promoting environmental health and human dignity.  As program director for the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, she worked for nearly two decades to advance the development of safer alternatives to hazardous products and practices.  Before that, Cathy organized environmental education programs for mid-career professionals from developing countries.  She has a B.A. in biology from Pomona College and an M.S. in environmental science from UMass Boston.