MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance (Alliance) has hired Erin Brickley as its new Executive Director.
Brickley will take the helm of this newly-formed not-for-profit organization on Monday.
Brickley grew up in Chautauqua County and graduated from Falconer Central School with honors. She attended Hiram College for her undergraduate work, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She earned her Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco while working full-time as a Microbiology Water Lab Supervisor. Her most recent experience was with Trinity Biotech.
“We searched nationally to fill this position and we received resumes from some very qualified people,” said Pierre Chagnon, Interim Chairman of the Alliance and current member of the county legislature. “We were very fortunate to find someone who is not only well qualified, but who has roots here in Chautauqua County.”
“I am excited about bringing my educational background and work experience to the Alliance”, said Brickley. “I am committed to the Alliance’s mission of improving the quality of Chautauqua Lake and its watershed for the betterment of our community.”
According to a media release, the top priorities for the Alliance in 2015 include consolidating its membership, electing the permanent Board of Directors, and pursuing funding for projects.
It will also coordinate and collaborate with lake and watershed related organizations, governmental bodies, and other stakeholders to foster and promote the management of Chautauqua Lake and its watershed.
Although the Alliance recently received its 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit corporation from the Internal Revenue Service, the Board of Directors has interim status and the general membership has not yet been established.