New Faces at NepRWA

June 2024 — We’re excited to welcome a group of talented individuals this summer, including a part-time staff member, a new Environmental Science Fellow, and several exceptional interns!

Karen Groce-Horan — Community Engagement Strategist. Karen joins the NepRWA staff after careers in higher-ed, business finance, workforce development, and non-profit equity–justice work. Central to her work in the recent past has been collaboration and community engagement.

Having raised a family in the Neponset region, Karen has been involved in racial, economic, and environmental justice in the region and Greenway area for years and looks forward to partnering with communities to bring engagement strategies and adaptive, resilient solutions for positive impact in the Neponset Watershed.

Karen can be reached at

Paul Hanbury — Paul is NepRWA’s 2024-25 Environmental Science Fellow. He is a graduate of UMass Boston with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Sustainability. His main interests as an environmental scientist are watershed stewardship, environmental education, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach.

He will organize River cleanups, coordinate the Community Water Monitoring Network, and support other environmental science projects.

Paul can be reached at

Chris Ammann — Chris joined NepRWA as a research intern in May 2024 and is working on the Embrace A Stream 2.0 project, targeting how stormwater runoff into coldwater stream systems impacts brook trout habitats through water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling.

He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University and is currently completing his M.S. in Marine Biology at Northeastern University.

Chris can be reached at

Paige Hemingson — Paige joined NepRWA as the Greenways Intern in June 2024, working on beautification projects and mapping Greenway features. She also assists in promoting accessibility and engagement across the Watershed.

She is a Master of Public Policy student focusing on Environmental Justice at Brandeis University and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Southwestern University in Texas.

Paige can be reached at

Roy ZhuRoy is a third-year student at Northwestern University pursuing a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and Environmental Science with a focus on urban ecology and environmental justice.

This summer, Roy will be working on expanding a map of recreation activities across the Watershed and conducting outreach toward updating signage and murals along the Greenway.

Roy can be reached at