About Us

Carey Hengstenberg has been working with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for over 15 years. After graduating with a Masters degree in geology, she spent several years working for an environmental consulting company before joining the Vermont DEC as a hydrogeologist and a compost specialist.  Through her career in state government Carey has taken advantage of networking and learning opportunities including completing the Agency of Natural Resources Leadership and Management Program, joining the adjunct faculty at Norwich University and the Vermont Governor’s Institute of Science and Technology, and serving as a board member of the Northeast Recycling Council.  In 2013, she was promoted to the role of DEC Planning Manager where she leads strategic planning and Results Based Accountability efforts in the Department, and oversees the Agency of Natural Resources internship program.  It was through these experiences and connections that she led the effort to successfully create the VT DEC’s ECO (Environmental Careers and Opportunities) AmeriCorps Program.  As the ECO AmeriCorps Program Director, Carey oversees the administration of the program and supports program staff and members to maximize their opportunities to achieve their career goals.

Dustin Bowman is ECO’s Program Coordinator. In this role, he is the primary point of contact for current and prospective service sites and members, media outlets and community partners. His primary role is to support and supervise all ECO AmeriCorps members, provide operational leadership under our grantor’s guidelines and strategically develop ECO’s capacity to address Vermont’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Prior to ECO, Dustin spent three years with Vermont’s leading solar company, SunCommon. In this role, he helped to develop and provide memberships into the company’s community-based solar offering in Vermont and New York. He has experience in managing sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and has a proven track record of cultivating successful partnerships through collaborative action.

Dustin holds a B.A in Environmental Studies with a minor in Public Policy from Green Mountain College. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School (Alaska) and AmeriCorps (Montana) alum. He lives in Montpelier and has never met a waffle he didn’t like.

Judy Thurlow joined the Department of Environmental Conservation in November of 2019 and spends part of her time assisting the ECO AmeriCorps team. Judy has a degree in English from the University of Vermont and has spent more than 20 years working as an editor, including 10 years at Vermont Life magazine. Prior to editing, she worked for various mountain clubs (Green Mountain Club, Adirondack Mountain Club, Appalachian Mountain Club) on trail crews, coordinating volunteers, and organizing trail and education programs in support of each club's conservation efforts. 

Besides the East Coast, Judy has lived and worked in Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and Antarctica, and traveled extensively. She is now quite happy to be rather permanently stationed in East Montpelier, Vermont.

Lindsay Carey is a Grants Management Specialist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the ECO AmeriCorps Grant Manager. As the ECO Grant Manager, Lindsay is responsible for financial management and budget planning as well as overall fiscal coordination of the ECO AmeriCorps Grant.

Prior to her work in State government, Lindsay lived and worked in New York City and held various positions in National Accounts and Due Diligence as a FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licensed representative contributing to the distribution of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) real estate investment products.

Lindsay holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont in Art History with a minor in Economics and an M.P.P. from the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy with specializations in Economics and State & Local Government. When Lindsay is not analyzing policies and managing budgets, she can be found exploring the Green Mountains on her snowboard or skis, practicing yoga, discovering new art and artists, or preparing for her next adventure.