Hub Staff

Dave Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator
Kara Bonsack, National NEMO Network Communicator

Additional Team Members - Regular contributions and support come from the following:

Chester Arnold, NEMO Program Co-founder
Emily Wilson, Geospatial Educator
Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Educator
Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
Bruce Hyde, Land Use Educator

Dave Dickson
David W. Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator

Dave Dickson is the coordinator of the National NEMO Network. As coordinator, he works with each of the NEMO Network programs nationwide and strives to facilitate the open exchange of resources, expertise, educational materials and war stories between the programs. He also assists non-member states seeking to start a NEMO program and join the Network.

Dave has both a J.D. and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, where he served as a notes and comments editor of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. Dave is also a UCONN alum, with a BA in Anthropology and Political Science. His pre-NEMO professional experience includes: coordinating environmental policy and education projects for the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP), representing municipalities before Congress and federal agencies, serving as a liaison between the University of Colorado and both the state legislature and Congress and coordinating an international project that sought to uncover unethical marketing practices in developing countries.

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Kara BonsackKara M. Bonsack, National NEMO Network Communicator

Kara Bonsack joined the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2002 as the National NEMO Network Communicator. Kara's primary responsibilities include the design and development of NEMO Network related websites and publications and assists the National Coordinator with yearly conferences and training sessions. Kara is also considered the primary designer for CLEAR. As such, she designed and maintains the CLEAR website and designs and produces most of its publications. She also lends her design talents to additional CLEAR programs including website design and development, publication, presentation, poster and logo design and production. Kara is also an avid photographer and has taken many of the photographs used in the National NEMO Network and CLEAR materials.

Kara is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in graphic design.

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Chet Arnold

Chester L. Arnold, Jr., NEMO Program Co-founder
CLEAR Program Co-Director
Water Quality Educator

Chester Arnold is a Water Quality Educator for the University of Connecticut Department of Extension, and the Associate Director of UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), established in 2002. Since 1991, Mr. Arnold has been Co-Director of the NEMO Program, a national award-winning effort that uses remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) technology to educate local land use decision makers about the relationship between land use and water resource protection.

From 1987 to 1994, Chester led the public outreach program of the Long Island Sound Study National Estuary Program. He has authored numerous publications, including national award-winning journal articles and a newspaper column entitled On Long Island Sound. Chester has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Emily WilsonEmily Wilson, Geospatial Educator, NEMO Program

Emily Wilson is the Geospatial Technology Specialist for the NEMO program. Since joining UConn in 2000, her role has been to provide GIS remote sensing information and support to the NEMO project, the Geospatial Training program and other related research and outreach efforts. She also does a significant amount of web work with the goal of providing easy access to geospatial information and maps. 

Emily is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in environmental science and botany. She received her M.S. in forestry and remote sensing from the University of Maine.

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Cary ChadwickCary B. Chadwick, Geospatial Educator

Cary Chadwick joined the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2006 as a member of the Geospatial Training Program. As a geospatial educator, her role is to contribute to the hands-on technical training classes offered by the program on the use of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Cary is also actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects that integrate geospatial technologies to better manage and understand natural resource systems.

Cary is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven.  

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Micheal DietzMichael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director

Mike is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike’s position is jointly held between the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus. In addition to assuming the leadership of the NEMO Program, Mike will contribute to Sea Grant’s sustainable coastal community development program.

He received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, focusing on stormwater and low impact development (LID) techniques. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Connecticut NEMO program from 2005 to 2007 on projects related to LID. He left Connecticut in 2007 to take a position at Utah State University as an assistant professor and extension specialist in sustainable living, where he continued to work on stormwater monitoring and LID, in addition to green building, energy conservation, and water harvesting. He was director of Utah House, a demonstration house for green building techniques.

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Bruce HydeBruce Hyde, Land Use Educator

Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.

Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.