Who We Are

Genesee RiverWatch was launched in 2014 with the support of its parent organization, the Center for Environmental Initiatives. The work of our Board of Directors, a small part-time staff, dedicated volunteers and generous donations have been critical to the success the organization has achieved to date.

Protecting and Celebrating our River

Genesee RiverWatch works to improve the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational, and economic assets for its communities. We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.

Our approach to this work is based on core values established over 40 years ago and include a commitment to inform and educate, to base our actions on science and data and to collaborate with others.

George Thomas


  • George Thomas, Executive Director
  • Wayne Howard, Information Manager, GIS Analyst
  • Janet Weissend, Office Manager

Board of Directors

Mike Haugh
  • C. Michael Haugh, President – CMH Consulting
  • Joseph C. Makarewicz, Ph.D., Vice President – SUNY Brockport Environmental Science, Retired
  • William Hallahan, Ph.D., Secretary – Nazareth College
  • Georgiana Prince, Treasurer – Retired
  • Charles C. Bares – Mallards Dairy LLC
  • Gerald R. Bertoldo, DVM – Cornell University
  • Michael L. Boller, Ph.D. – St. John Fisher College
  • Amy R. Butler – Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
  • Justin F. Dollard – University of Rochester
  • Mark Gregor – LaBella Associates
  • Ronald G. Hull, Esq. – Heisman Nunes & Hull LLP
  • Peter A. Lent – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Retired
  • Sarah M. Lobe – Nixon Peabody LLP
  • John Noble – Noblehurst Farms, Inc.
  • Terry Schmitz – Landscape Consultant
  • S. Ram Shrivastava – Larsen Engineers
  • Melissa Skyer – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • F. Drew Smith – County of Monroe Environmental Services, Retired
  • Anne Spaulding – City of Rochester Department of Environmental Services
  • Anne S. Stocum – Xerox Corporation, Retired
  • Michael P. Storonsky – Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Christy Tyler, Ph.D. – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Charles Valeska – Eastman Kodak Company, Retired


CEI, the parent organization of Genesee RiverWatch was founded in 1974 by Elizabeth Thorndike as the Center for Environmental Information. Its original mission was to act as a clearinghouse for environmental information and a convener of experts as an enabler to solve serious problems such as Acid Rain Deposition. Over the decades, the organization’s mission evolved and, since 2000, CEI focused on initiatives to improve water quality in the Lake Ontario Basin, achieve wise use of energy, promote green business, reduce the use of toxic materials and improve air quality.

Throughout its history, CEI worked with citizens, organizations, institutions, government and businesses to achieve its goals through:

  • Education: Outreach to a wide range of stakeholders, increasing understanding and appreciation of the issues.
  • Collaboration: Establish partnerships with appropriate stakeholders to define problems and develop solutions.
  • Informed Action: Implement initiatives and projects supported by our partners and aimed at achieving our goals.