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Mill Creek Watershed Council Staff

 

Debra Beck, Office Manager     deb

Ms. Beck joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the Executive Assistant in August 2016. Deb has a background in landscape architecture and interests in nature that were nurtured at a young age. This position allows her to follow her passion of environmental stewardship while using her natural skill set in office management.

 

 

 

Laura Collins, Recreation Coordinator

Ms. Collins joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities in May 2016 as the Recreation Coordinator for the Mill Creek Yacht Club with a desire to explore the Mill Creek and to share her enthusiasm for adventure and stewardship. She is thrilled to help increase awareness of the Mill Creek and its revival and urges anyone curious enough to take a trip down the creek and experience its charm.

 

 

 

Tara Keesling, Marketing Director   Tara Web Photo

Ms. Keesling joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the Operations Manager in June 2015. In June 2016, she transitioned into the role of Marketing Director. With a master’s in creative writing: poetry, Tara is the self proclaimed Poet Laureate of the Mill Creek.

 

 

 

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Jim Moyer, Project Manager

Mr. Moyer joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the Project Manager in February 2016. Jim manages Mill Creek projects and works to make the Mill Creek a valuable and visible asset of the Cincinnati region. His goal is to increase access to the Mill Creek.

 

 

 

Keerthisaranya Palanisamy, Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator

Ms. Palanisamy joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities volunteering as one of the Program Coordinators for the Water Quality Monitoring Program in April 2016. Keerthi has graduated with a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is interested in contributing to the wellness and preservation of the Mill Creek by testing the watershed for any chemical and biological contamination.

 

 

Dave Schmitt, Executive Director

Mr. Schmitt joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the Executive Director in June 2017. Dave is experienced in river conservation, solid waste management, brownfield remediation, and the gamut of federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Dave earned a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College, an M.S. in Forestry from University of Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A native Cincinnatian, Dave practiced environmental law for 25 years with Cors & Bassett, LLC. and he is most looking forward to working with the Mill Creek community.

 

 

Chris Weidl, Program and Outreach Director

Mr. Weidl joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the East Fork Mill Creek Wildermuth Wetland Research Assistant in August 2016. In the spring of 2017, Chris became the Program and Outreach Coordinator and was then promoted to the Program and Outreach Director in the summer of 2017. Chris has a degree from Cincinnati State Community and Technical College in Environmental Engineering Technology with a focus in Stormwater Management. He would like to help restore and maintain the Mill Creek as a safe and fun water resource for the region while developing new techniques for the efficient maintenance of green infrastructure projects.