Eileen served as a tireless leader of FCSP for eight years. She deepened the FCSP partnership with DEEP and CFPA, and led a successful multi-year campaign to raise awareness of the lack of funding and need for additional staffing at our State Parks. Eileen is a landscape designer and sole proprietor of Latin Roots Garden Design in Madison, CT. Her interest in historic gardens led her to Harkness Memorial State Park in 1996. She has volunteered at the park for 18 years, assisting with the restoration of the world renown Beatrix Farrand gardens, co-chairing the Friends of Harkness horticulture committee and organizing its Annual Plant Sale. She served as President of the Friends of Harkness for four years (1999-2003) and is at present a member of its Board of Trustees. She joined the board of the Friends of CT State Parks in 2004, focusing her efforts on legislative issues. She remains active with Legislative issues.
In September of 2014, Eileen was recognized nationally for her efforts on behalf of Connecticut State Parks when she received the 2014 Presidents Award by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). The award is given each year to an individual or organization who has made an extraordinary contribution, innovation, and/or best practice at a state, regional or national level, furthering the goal of a system of state parks.