ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is proud to announce two new staff members and the appointment of a current staffer to a new positio...

New Hires at ECHO

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is proud to announce two new staff members and the appointment of a current staffer to a new position. Information about Nina Ridhibhinyo, David Bardaglio, and Barry Lampke is provided below.

Nina Ridhibhinyo was named director of programs and exhibits. Previously she served as ECHO’s groups program manager. She entered ECHO as groups program coordinator.
In this new position, Ridhibhinyo said her role shifts to a larger view of education within the organization, including short- and long-term exhibit direction and continued programming work with schools and groups.

“I think ECHO is at a really interesting place,” she said, explaining that the 13-year-old organization is reaching a new level of maturity, redeveloping its original exhibits (including Discovery Place, geared towards preschoolers), and reimagining how it engages its school and community audiences.

While at ECHO, Ridhibhinyo found her passion, she said. As a student she used museums as inspirational study havens and has long been an advocate for environmental stewardship. These, mixed with a love of working with children, intersect at ECHO.

Her favorite exhibit at the center is the Beluga whale, as she is interested in the geologic history of the area, and it reminds her of hours spent under the Blue Whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.   

Ridhibhinyo is a graduate of Brown University and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Free-Choice Science Education with Oregon State University. She lives in Huntington.

David Bardaglio joined ECHO June 1 as director of finance and administration. Previously he worked as managing consultant and CFO for Optimal Energy, Inc. and financial director with the Vermont Energy Investment Corp/Efficiency Vermont, in addition to similar roles in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. He is a graduate of Bucknell University.

Bardaglio, who lives in Burlington, said ECHO offered a chance to return to a mission-driven organization. He has so far enjoyed working for a public institution with a dedicated staff and board of directors, he said.

In his short time at ECHO, Bardaglio has already started to implement a paperless accounting system that directly aligns with the organization’s eco-friendly attitude – “My goal is to stop paper,” he said.  

His role at ECHO includes making sure managers, staff, and the board have the information they need to make informed decisions. Bardaglio views staff members as “internal customers” he said, and he feels a responsibility to provide them with a strong financial future.

Bardaglio said the large fish tank, the bubble tower and the view from the upper deck are among his favorite ECHO spots.

Barry Lampke connects two important local organizations as the Voices for the Lake Project Manager. A partnership between ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and the Center for Earth Ministry, the project is identifying opportunities for collaboration to create a culture of clean water.

Lampke has experience working with a number of nonprofits. His work history includes serving as director of external affairs for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and director of the Champlain Initiative. He has also worked with Smart Growth Vermont, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the Association of Vermont Recyclers, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and other organizations in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area.

He has long been interested in protecting people’s health, promoting environmental sustainability and providing people the tools they need to thrive, he said.

Lampke moved to Vermont in 1990, making what he called a “quality of life” decision.

He is excited to work with an organization that has an education mission and space, he said he enjoys seeing the exhibits and watching guests’ reactions to the dynamic science center. Given the recent enactment of the state’s landmark clean water law and the willingness for diverse groups to collaborate, now is a great time for the unique Voices partnership, Lampke said.

Fittingly, his favorite exhibit is Voices for the Lake, watching visitors engage and telling stories about their personal relationships with Lake Champlain.

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