George C. Thomas

I have been the Executive Director of Genesee RiverWatch (formerly the Center for Environmental Information (CEI)) since 2008. Starting in 2003 I become involved with CEI by hosting the inaugural facility tour of the then-CEI’s monthly Green Drinks event. This event was held while I was working as an environmental engineer at Eastman Kodak Company where I developed and implemented a wide variety of programs and projects for 33 years.

My interest in clean water was sparked when I began fly fishing over 20 years ago. After climbing the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks and being involved with Scouting for 12 years, my interest in water quality and outdoor recreation increased even further. When I retired from Kodak I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to combine my interest in the outdoors, environmental conservation, and clean water. The opportunity at RiverWatch came along at the right time.

As Executive Director I report to the Board of Directors of Genesee RiverWatch. My responsibilities include: office/budget management, grant writing, technical project assistance, environmental expertise, fund development, project management, partnership development, building collaborations, and identification of opportunities to further the mission of Genesee RiverWatch.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

I have been married for over 50 years to my wife, Claire, whom I met on a blind date in college. We have two adult children and three grandsons, and we enjoy spending as much time with them as we can.

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