PA Watershed Summit 2010

Presenter Bios

Bev Braverman
For the past 11 years, Bev has been the Executive Director of the Mountain Watershed Association, Inc. (MWA), a grassroots, community-based group located in Melcroft, PA. She also sits on the Boards of Directors of the Citizens Coal Council and the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce. She is an attorney and uses this training to review permit applications, complaints, and generally track the many activities of MWA.

Shaun Busler
Shaun is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and Biologist with Stream Restoration Incorporated and BioMost, Inc. He is involved in the restoration of watersheds affected by abandoned mine drainage and the permitting and mitigation of wetlands. He is an active participant in the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition and Aultman Watershed Association for Restoring the Environment (A.W.A.R.E.). Shaun graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Biology.

Rita Coleman
Rita is the Program Manager for the Watershed Management Program in the Southwest Regional Office of the DEP. She has been with the DEP for 28 years. In her previous position, she was a regional Watershed Manager for 7 years assisting non-profits with their watershed restoration and protection efforts.

John Dawes
John served as an alternate Commissioner on Governor Ridge’s 21st Century Commission on the Environment and was part of a policy team for the Heinz Endowments Environmental Program. He currently serves as President of the Board of POWR – the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers. Dawes is also a well-known Angus breeder on his Huntingdon County farm, where he continues his lifelong commitment to land and watershed management. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from the Penn State University College of Education.

Anne Daymut
Anne is the new Watershed Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation. Anne’s previous experience includes three years as the Indiana County Conservation District Watershed Specialist and two years as Americorps*OSM/VISTA for Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association.

Cliff Denholm
Cliff is an Environmental Scientist with Stream Restoration Inc. and BioMost, Inc. He is an active participant of the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition. Cliff is involved with the conceptual design as well as the operation and maintenance of passive treatment systems and assists in the management of Datashed.

Elizabeth Dropp
Liz has been on the Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) board for 5 years and acts as treasurer. Most of her work experience is with soil and water conservation and conservation education. She has previously worked with USDA NRCS and two County Conservation Districts. She is currently a PA certified Nutrient Management Specialist and writes Nutrient Management Plans for farms. Liz has a BS in Agronomy.

Mike Hewitt
Mike is the Program Manager for the Eastern Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR). His primary role is to coordinate nearly 45 community watershed organizations consisting of local volunteers and community leaders interested in restoring abandoned mine lands and remediating streams impacted by abandoned mine drainage. Mike provides technical grant writing assistance, project oversight and educational outreach to groups and schools in the EPCAMR Region.

Brian Hill
Brian serves as the Program Officer for the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brian served as CEO and President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a statewide non-profit group headquartered in Harrisburg. He served Governor Rendell as his executive policy specialist on the environment and transportation. Governor Ridge appointed him to his 21st Century Environment Commission. Under Governors Casey, Ridge and Rendell, he was a member and also chaired the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council and served on the state’s Environmental Quality Board. Brian was Chairman of the Board for the First Energy Sustainable Energy Fund, and on the board of trustees for the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, the Allegheny Valley Conservancy, the French Creek Valley Conservancy, and the Greenspace Alliance of SE PA. He served on a National Research Council study committee that reviewed water quality issues in SW PA. He is currently on the board for the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. Brian received a BS in Environmental Resource Management from Allegheny College and his MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire.

Jennifer Hoffman
Jennifer is Chief of the Monitoring and Assessment Section at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). Her major work responsibilities are directing the Commission’s efforts in monitoring and assessing the biological communities and water quality status of the Basin’s streams and rivers and providing environmental support for the Commission’s Water Resources Management Division.
Robert Hughes – Robert has been the Executive Director for EPCAMR for the last 13 years and has a passion for cleaning up and restoring streams, rivers, and landscapes impacted by abandoned mines. He is committed to educating, engaging, and involving our youth on placed-based local environmental issues in our mining regions across PA. He has a background in hydro-geology, AMD water pollution control technologies, grant-writing, environmental education, and organizational capacity building and is often called upon for technical assistance in these areas by community groups, educators, state, county, municipal, and federal agencies dealing with abandoned mines.

Jan Jarrett
Jan Jarrett is President and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture). As President of PennFuture, Jarrett works with a staff of 25 in offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester and Scranton. PennFuture works to protect environmental quality and grow the green economy by advocating for progressive policies, enforcing environmental laws, and transforming markets. She has more than 20 years of experience working in Pennsylvania on environmental and conservation causes. Before joining PennFuture, she worked at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as its Grassroots coordinator and led an alliance that ensured environmental interests were represented before proceedings at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Jarrett also sits on the board of directors for the State Environmental Leadership Program, a national network of state-based environmental advocacy organizations.

Scott Leff
Scott is the Associate Director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. He holds a Masters Degree in business and technology from Carnegie Mellon University and has spent more than 25 years as a senior level business executive, entrepreneur, consultant to nonprofits, and member of approximately 20 nonprofit Boards. Scott’s particular expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, financial planning, social entrepreneurship, marketing, technology strategy, organizational development, and executive management.

Andy McAllister
Andy is the Regional Coordinator for the Western Coalition for Abounded Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR). With over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of Benthic Ecology (ecology of bottom-dwelling critters), Water Pollution Control, and Abandoned Mine Drainage abatement, Andy has worked throughout the Eastern half of the U.S. and abroad. Andy has worked in the private sector as well in academia and government examining how bottom-dwelling invertebrates in marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems react to and recover from many forms of pollution. He is a former Water Resource/Watershed Specialist for the Dauphin Conservation District who, in 2006, joined WPCAMR as the Watershed Coordinator.

Jon Meade
Jon is a Pennsylvania native, ecologist, strategic planner, and coalition leader with over 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. He is currently the Executive Director of the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and is also Director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s EAC Network (Environmental Advisory Council).

Brian Oram
Brian is a licensed professional geologist and the director for the Center for Environmental Water Quality Laboratory at Wilkes University.  Mr. Oram has a BS Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wilkes University and a MS Degree in Environmental Pollution Control from The Pennsylvania State University.   In addition to working on research and consumer product development, the Center is a partner in the C-SAW Program.  Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) program which provides successful capacity-building assistance to watershed & lake associations as well as other conservation groups to effectively address local water-quality concerns across the state.  C-SAW’s multi-disciplinary team offers three levels of technical assistance, each customized to meet the groups’ specific, and changing needs:  (1) watershed-specific (short-term) technical assistance; (2) mentoring (long-term) assistance; and (3) quality assurance/quality control assistance.

Tom Osbourne
Tom is the Vice Chair of the Conewango Creek Watershed Association. He spent much of his youth playing in and learning about the Conewango Creek. After a several enlistments in the US Navy Seabees, he returned to the banks of the Conewango to raise his own family and renew his love for the Conewango Creek. Thomas spends over 300 days a year on the creek, and owns the only livery on it: Conewango Kayak and Canoe, LLC. He is currently occupied learning about the native mussels and the impact that zebra mussels will have on them.  He is also very interested in the history of the Conewango Creek and how we can protect its future.

Peggy Morrison Outon
Peggy is the founding Executive Director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Prior to establishing the Bayer Center, she founded similar institutions in Austin, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. Peggy has three decades’ experience in the nonprofit sector as development officer, management support professional, board member and volunteer.  She has served as a management consultant to more than 600 nonprofit organizations in fund development, board development, strategic & operational planning and volunteer management.  As a volunteer, she has served on 34 boards—7 as president, including chairing the founding board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national network of nonprofit capacity builders. She has taught graduate students at both the University of New Orleans and Robert Morris University.  She is a founding member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation international training team and serves as a trainer and advisor to the Institute for Global Ethics.  She has spoken to audiences locally, nationally and internationally. In July 2006, she was named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50.

Dennis Pennington
Dennis is a Water Program Specialist at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.  He received the 2008 American Institute of Professional Geologists Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal which is given to individuals who have long records of service to the geology

Melissa Reckner
Melissa is the director of the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, a program of the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy, which includes a volunteer corps who monitor water quality and provide environmental education programs. She actively serves on numerous boards and committees, including those of the Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project and the Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association.

John Rogers
John is the President of Keystone Conservation Trust. He has worked for over 35 years in the environmental field in environmental policy and strategic planning.

Cheryl Snyder
Cheryl has 24 years of service in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection where she currently works as a water program specialist in the Non-point Source Section within the Bureau of Watershed Management.  Cheryl’s job duties include working with non-point source projects, assisting with the statewide watershed management program, providing technical guidance to the Growing Greener grant program and monitoring watershed restoration projects and Non-point Source Program funded projects to gauge the effectiveness of the projects and find improving waters.

Julie Vastine
Julie is the director of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College. A native of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Julie enjoys working with community organizations to build their capacity to monitor, protect, and restore water quality in Pennsylvania.

Phil Wallis
Phil has over 25 years experience in the land trust and environmental field. He was past president of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. He is currently President of Pennsylvania Audubon.

Candie Wilderman
Candie is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She is the founder of the Environmental Studies Department at Dickinson and has been teaching there for over 30 years. She is also Founder and Science Director of ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring), a project of the Environmental Studies Department which has been providing technical and programmatic assistance to community-based volunteer stream monitoring organizations since 1986. She earned a B.S. in Geology from Tufts University, an M.A. in Geology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication to volunteer monitoring from the PA Keystone Watershed Monitoring Network in 2003, the Distinguished Teaching Award from Dickinson College in 2002, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Environmental Educator of the Year Award in 1998.

Diane Wilson
Diane is the Environmental Group Manager serving as the Chief of the Watershed Support Section in the Bureau of Watershed Management for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Her section has responsibility for the statewide Riparian Forest Buffer Initiative, the Lake Assessment and Management Program, and the Healthy Waters Initiative.

Ben Wright
Ben is the Assistant Director of the Watershed Conservation Program at the Western PA Conservancy. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University.

Faith Zerbe
Faith is a biologist and Monitoring Director for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) which is a river advocacy organization that puts data to work to better protect and restore the streams and habitats of the Delaware Watershed. DRN is also a service provider for the Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds and helps assist groups with their own monitoring projects and needs.


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