Chris Mancini, Executive Director
Chris joined Groundwork Somerville in June 2011. He began his environmental career working on board the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching environmental sustainability and marine ecology. After some time working on boats and at an environmental field station in Manhattan, he became Program Manager for Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI that educates and engages boaters in the worldwide protection of the oceans. He has volunteered and been engaged with Groundwork Somerville in some way since 2006, at one point running the Maple Syrup Project prior to turning it over to Groundwork Somerville. For fun, he plays guitar and banjo in a band, and snowboards with his wife.
Kristin DelViscio, Green Team Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kristin joined Groundwork Somerville in October 2012 as the Green Team Coordinator. She has a background in youth development, education, and environmental justice. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, from School-to-Farm, an alternative educational program affiliated with Hampshire College, to the Maple Syrup Project here at Groundwork Somerville. Kristin is interested in empowering youth to take an active role in changing our globalized food system. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, baking, sharing food with others, and being physically active. She’s excited about learning and laughing with the Green Team!
Lee Dwyer (aka Lee Lettuce), Gardens Coordinator
Lee joined Groundwork Somerville in 2012 first as the Lead Gardens Educator, coordinating after-school garden clubs and developing curricula, before taking over as Gardens Coordinator. With a major in Urban Studies and experience in MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and advocating for homeless students in the Chicago Public Schools, Lee is passionate about building sustainable communities and teaching. Outside of work, Lee hikes, cooks, writes poetry, and plays softball.
Clay Larsen, Landscape Designer
Clay is a landscape designer who brings over 30 years experience as a landscape contractor, horticulturalist and builder of both residential and commercial projects to our organization. He currently works out of both the Groundwork Lawrence and Groundwork Somerville office and covers a large region of eastern Massachusetts in his work.
His current practice focuses on three specialties: Teaching landscape construction skills including: storm water best management practice (BMP) and coordinating the EPA funded Green Jobs Program at Groundwork Lawrence; project management including community development, environmental permitting, and erosion and sedimentation monitoring for the nine mile long, rails to trails, Northern Strand Community Trail project for Bike to the Sea Inc. ; and development of the Bike Path Community Garden program for the city of Malden.
Clay holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the Boston Architectural College and is a Massachusetts licensed construction supervisor.
Fall Student Employees and Interns
Katelyn Montalvo, Food Justice Team Leader
Katelyn Montalvo is a Tisch Scholar from Tufts University working with Groundwork Somerville this semester. She works with Winter Hill middle school students in the after-school Food Justice Team, growing veggies and herbs in the school’s garden beds, cooking, teaching about food justice topics, and more. Katelyn is a sophomore at Tufts University studying American Studies and Community Health. Her academic interests include learning more about food access and health-related disparities. For fun, Katelyn loves exploring the cities of Massachusetts, knitting, practicing yoga and going to concerts with friends.
Nolan Nicaise, a Kentucky native, is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He enjoys working with kids, bicycling around the city when all is dark and still, experimenting in the kitchen, making fermented food products, and learning new things. His favorite garden foods are cucumbers and watermelons. Nolan is the Garden Club Leader at the West Somerville Neighborhood School and Kennedy Elementary School.