Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) dedicated staff and board.

Staff

Heather Elmer joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners as Executive Director in 2014. Heather works with CRWP’s team, members, and a wide range of partners to plan, secure funding for, and execute complex projects to protect natural resources, solve environmental problems and enhance parks. She creates strategic organizational alliances, including the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative, a network of organizations working together for healthy streams and Lake Erie.  Heather previously led environmental education and collaborative research at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and managed a wetland wastewater treatment system at Oberlin College’s Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.  Heather earned a master’s degree in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and English from Oberlin College with High Honors in Biology. Heather has presented at numerous conferences including the Coastal Zone Conference, National Adaptation Forum, and Ohio Stormwater Conference. She is a member of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Chagrin Scenic River Advisory Council and chair of the Oberlin Public Utilities Commission.
Heather Elmer joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners as Executive Director in 2014. Heather works with CRWP’s team, members, and a wide range of partners to plan, secure funding for, and execute complex projects to protect natural resources, solve environmental problems and enhance parks. She creates strategic organizational alliances, including the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative, a network of organizations working together for healthy streams and Lake Erie. Heather previously led environmental education and collaborative research at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and managed a wetland wastewater treatment system at Oberlin College’s Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Heather earned a master’s degree in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and English from Oberlin College with High Honors in Biology. Heather has presented at numerous conferences including the Coastal Zone Conference, National Adaptation Forum, and Ohio Stormwater Conference. She is a member of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Chagrin Scenic River Advisory Council and chair of the Oberlin Public Utilities Commission.

Heather Elmer

Executive Director

helmer@crwp.org

Kimberly Brewster Shefelton joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in September 2016. She works with communities and Central Lake Erie Basin watershed partners on watershed protection, stormwater management, and restoration projects, including project development, habitat assessments, watershed plan development, grant writing, and assisting communities with incorporating natural resource protections into their codes. Since joining CRWP in 2016, Kim has written or assisted with successful grants for $12,593,334 awarded to CRWP or its members, including grants from Ohio EPA’s Section 319 Grant Program and Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program and H2Ohio Program, the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, and the national Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. Previously, Kimberly served as Captina Creek Watershed Coordinator with the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District in eastern Ohio. Kimberly earned her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Kimberly’s prior research investigated the effects and remediation of acid mine drainage in southeast Ohio. Kimberly’s work is published in the journal of Environmental Earth Sciences.
Kimberly Brewster Shefelton joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in September 2016. She works with communities and Central Lake Erie Basin watershed partners on watershed protection, stormwater management, and restoration projects, including project development, habitat assessments, watershed plan development, grant writing, and assisting communities with incorporating natural resource protections into their codes. Since joining CRWP in 2016, Kim has written or assisted with successful grants for $12,593,334 awarded to CRWP or its members, including grants from Ohio EPA’s Section 319 Grant Program and Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program and H2Ohio Program, the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, and the national Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. Previously, Kimberly served as Captina Creek Watershed Coordinator with the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District in eastern Ohio. Kimberly earned her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Kimberly’s prior research investigated the effects and remediation of acid mine drainage in southeast Ohio. Kimberly’s work is published in the journal of Environmental Earth Sciences.

Kimberly Brewster Shefelton

Deputy Director

kbrewster@crwp.org

Keely Davidson-Bennett, Senior Project Manager, began working for Chagrin River Watershed Partners in 2012. Keely has written successful Ohio EPA 319, ODNR Coastal Management, NOOA Coastal Storms, Great Lakes Commission Great Lakes Basin Program, Ohio EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and Lake Erie Protection Fund grant applications. She has managed CRWP research, stream restoration, and planning projects worth $1.4 M and assisted members with many more stream and wetland restoration and stormwater infrastructure design and construction projects. Keely updates CRWP’s model comprehensive stormwater and erosion and sediment control codes. Keely regularly presents at the Ohio Stormwater Conference. Keely earned a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Hiram College.
Keely Davidson-Bennett, Senior Project Manager, began working for Chagrin River Watershed Partners in 2012. Keely has written successful Ohio EPA 319, ODNR Coastal Management, NOOA Coastal Storms, Great Lakes Commission Great Lakes Basin Program, Ohio EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and Lake Erie Protection Fund grant applications. She has managed CRWP research, stream restoration, and planning projects worth $1.4 M and assisted members with many more stream and wetland restoration and stormwater infrastructure design and construction projects. Keely updates CRWP’s model comprehensive stormwater and erosion and sediment control codes. Keely regularly presents at the Ohio Stormwater Conference. Keely earned a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Hiram College.

Keely Davidson-Bennett

Senior Project Manager

kdavidson-bennett@crwp.org

Josh Myers joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in February 2018. He works with communities and Central Lake Erie Basin watershed partners on stream and wetland restoration, watershed protection, and stormwater management projects including project development, habitat assessments, watershed plan development, grant writing, and assisting communities with incorporating natural resource protections into their codes. Since joining CRWP in 2018, Josh has managed projects throughout the Chagrin River and surrounding watersheds worth $2.9 M. Previously, Josh worked as an Environmental Scientist with a consulting firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member with Cascade Conservation District and Sun River Watershed Group in Great Falls, Montana. Josh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Analysis with a Specialization in Restoration Ecology from Bowling Green State University. 

Josh grew up in Lake County and can often be found with his partner and dog exploring local parks or growing native plants at his home.
Josh Myers joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in February 2018. He works with communities and Central Lake Erie Basin watershed partners on stream and wetland restoration, watershed protection, and stormwater management projects including project development, habitat assessments, watershed plan development, grant writing, and assisting communities with incorporating natural resource protections into their codes. Since joining CRWP in 2018, Josh has managed projects throughout the Chagrin River and surrounding watersheds worth $2.9 M. Previously, Josh worked as an Environmental Scientist with a consulting firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member with Cascade Conservation District and Sun River Watershed Group in Great Falls, Montana. Josh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Analysis with a Specialization in Restoration Ecology from Bowling Green State University. Josh grew up in Lake County and can often be found with his partner and dog exploring local parks or growing native plants at his home.

Josh Myers

Senior Project Manager

jmyers@crwp.org

Laura Bonnell joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in November of 2018. She led the development and launch of the Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener program and continues to lead its implementation and instruction. Laura also manages several Ohio EPA Section 319(h) and Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program stream and wetland restoration projects for CRWP’s member communities and partners, which includes grant writing, project management, complex multi-stakeholder engagement and coordination, and habitat assessments. She is a Level 2 Qualified Data Collector (QDC) for use of the Qualitative Habitat Field Evaluation Index (QHEI). Before joining CRWP, she spent 8 years working for the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC doing scientific research, grant writing, and international program expansion and development. Laura has a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Laura grew up in Cleveland, and now resides in Eastlake with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and two cats. Before starting her family, Laura enjoyed traveling around the world, but now enjoys spending her summers at the beach and winters crocheting by the fire. She is a Board Member of the Port Authority of Eastlake Ohio.
Laura Bonnell joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in November of 2018. She led the development and launch of the Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener program and continues to lead its implementation and instruction. Laura also manages several Ohio EPA Section 319(h) and Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program stream and wetland restoration projects for CRWP’s member communities and partners, which includes grant writing, project management, complex multi-stakeholder engagement and coordination, and habitat assessments. She is a Level 2 Qualified Data Collector (QDC) for use of the Qualitative Habitat Field Evaluation Index (QHEI). Before joining CRWP, she spent 8 years working for the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC doing scientific research, grant writing, and international program expansion and development. Laura has a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Laura grew up in Cleveland, and now resides in Eastlake with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and two cats. Before starting her family, Laura enjoyed traveling around the world, but now enjoys spending her summers at the beach and winters crocheting by the fire. She is a Board Member of the Port Authority of Eastlake Ohio.

Laura Bonnell

Senior Project Manager

lbonnell@crwp.org

Linda Moran has provided support to the Chagrin River Watershed Partners’ team since 1999. She is like a Swiss army knife who works in many areas including accounting, payroll, employee benefits, information technology, and outreach to our Board of Directors, donors, and grant funders.  Linda also assists the team with grant applications and grant administration. Linda is a native Northeast Ohioan and lives in Mentor.  She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and has been interested in environmental protection since she was 10 years old.  She enjoys going outside to play and is grateful to the people who made possible the region’s many public natural areas.
Linda Moran has provided support to the Chagrin River Watershed Partners’ team since 1999. She is like a Swiss army knife who works in many areas including accounting, payroll, employee benefits, information technology, and outreach to our Board of Directors, donors, and grant funders. Linda also assists the team with grant applications and grant administration. Linda is a native Northeast Ohioan and lives in Mentor. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and has been interested in environmental protection since she was 10 years old. She enjoys going outside to play and is grateful to the people who made possible the region’s many public natural areas.

Linda Moran

Administrative Manager

lmoran@crwp.org

Mackenzie Snyder joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in January 2019 as Marketing Specialist and Administrative Assistant. Marketing tasks include the graphic design and content development of annual reports, flyers, project profiles, advertisements, websites, e-Newsletters, and social media. Publishing press releases. Administrative support includes assisting with maintenance of accounting system, fundraising, Board and Executive Committee support, grant writing, project administration, development of policies and procedures, database management, financial planning, budgeting, and information technology. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in marketing and supply chain management from John Carroll University. She enjoys exploring with her family outdoors at the many local park systems.
Mackenzie Snyder joined Chagrin River Watershed Partners in January 2019 as Marketing Specialist and Administrative Assistant. Marketing tasks include the graphic design and content development of annual reports, flyers, project profiles, advertisements, websites, e-Newsletters, and social media. Publishing press releases. Administrative support includes assisting with maintenance of accounting system, fundraising, Board and Executive Committee support, grant writing, project administration, development of policies and procedures, database management, financial planning, budgeting, and information technology. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in marketing and supply chain management from John Carroll University. She enjoys exploring with her family outdoors at the many local park systems.

Mackenzie Snyder

Marketing Specialist & Administrative Assistant

msnyder@crwp.org

Kevin Saracino served in AmeriCorps at Chagrin River Watershed Partners for two years as a Watershed Steward before joining the CRWP team as a Watershed Stewardship Specialist in October 2021. Kevin focuses much of his time on outreach and education from developing the CRWP Speaker Series to providing technical assistance recommendations to community landowners. He also assists with various project management alongside other CRWP staff. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kent State University. He grew up in the Chagrin River Watershed and is proud to be able to devote his work to protecting and improving his community. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys backpacking through various national parks as well as playing the guitar and coaching youth lacrosse teams.
Kevin Saracino served in AmeriCorps at Chagrin River Watershed Partners for two years as a Watershed Steward before joining the CRWP team as a Watershed Stewardship Specialist in October 2021. Kevin focuses much of his time on outreach and education from developing the CRWP Speaker Series to providing technical assistance recommendations to community landowners. He also assists with various project management alongside other CRWP staff. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kent State University. He grew up in the Chagrin River Watershed and is proud to be able to devote his work to protecting and improving his community. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys backpacking through various national parks as well as playing the guitar and coaching youth lacrosse teams.

Kevin Saracino

Watershed Steward Specialist

ksaracino@crwp.org

Kaylee Acres served for one year with Chagrin River Watershed Partners as the AmeriCorps Education & Outreach member before joining CRWP as the Watershed Education & Outreach Specialist in October 2021. She assists with a variety of projects and areas including the Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener program, social media and educational outreach, grant-writing, and stream restoration and reforestation projects. Outside of CRWP, Kaylee volunteers with Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program. Kaylee holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Kentucky University. She relocated from Kentucky to Northeast Ohio with her fiancé, their two pups, and cat. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography. She’s inspired by nature and is dedicated to protecting the natural world around us.
Kaylee Acres served for one year with Chagrin River Watershed Partners as the AmeriCorps Education & Outreach member before joining CRWP as the Watershed Education & Outreach Specialist in October 2021. She assists with a variety of projects and areas including the Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener program, social media and educational outreach, grant-writing, and stream restoration and reforestation projects. Outside of CRWP, Kaylee volunteers with Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program. Kaylee holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Kentucky University. She relocated from Kentucky to Northeast Ohio with her fiancé, their two pups, and cat. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography. She’s inspired by nature and is dedicated to protecting the natural world around us.

Kaylee Acres

Watershed Education & Outreach Specialist

kacres@crwp.org

Sarah Brunot is a native of Shaker Heights and has been an AmeriCorps member with Chagrin River Watershed Partners since October 2022. She assists with many projects including the Master Rain Gardener program, social media posts, education, and volunteer programs. Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the College of Wooster. She also enjoys hiking, teaching dance classes, and studio art.
Sarah Brunot is a native of Shaker Heights and has been an AmeriCorps member with Chagrin River Watershed Partners since October 2022. She assists with many projects including the Master Rain Gardener program, social media posts, education, and volunteer programs. Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the College of Wooster. She also enjoys hiking, teaching dance classes, and studio art.

Sarah Brunot

Education & Outreach Specialist, AmeriCorps Member

sbrunot@crwp.org

Heather Beukeman began serving for AmeriCorps as the Watershed Steward for Chagrin River Watershed Partners in October 2022. She provides technical assistance to landowners within member communities and assists with education and outreach and planning stewardship events. Last year Heather served NOWCorps through Western Reserve Land Conservancy as their Land Steward Specialist. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Kent State University and has been a volunteer with Geauga Park District since 2015. In Heather’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, dog, cats, and chickens. Heather also enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and volunteering. She devotes herself to protecting and restoring natural areas and is an advocate for the Homegrown National Park Movement.
Heather Beukeman began serving for AmeriCorps as the Watershed Steward for Chagrin River Watershed Partners in October 2022. She provides technical assistance to landowners within member communities and assists with education and outreach and planning stewardship events. Last year Heather served NOWCorps through Western Reserve Land Conservancy as their Land Steward Specialist. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Kent State University and has been a volunteer with Geauga Park District since 2015. In Heather’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, dog, cats, and chickens. Heather also enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and volunteering. She devotes herself to protecting and restoring natural areas and is an advocate for the Homegrown National Park Movement.

Heather Beukeman

Watershed Steward, AmeriCorps Member

hbeukeman@crwp.org

Board

Executive Committee

 

William Tomko, Mayor, Village of Chagrin Falls • President
Mary E. Samide, Munson Township • Vice President
Christopher Horn, Bainbridge Township • Secretary
Greg E. Studen, South Russell Village • Treasurer
Irene McMullen, Trustee, Munson Township
Jason Kasunick, Councilman, City of Eastlake

 

Directors

 

Auburn • Patrick J. Cavanagh
Aurora • Denise J. Januska
Bainbridge • Kristina O'Brien
Beachwood • Chris Vild
Bentleyville • Leonard A. Spremulli
Chagrin Falls Township • John Finley
Chagrin Falls Village • Ann Gasser
Chardon City • Randal Sharpe
Chardon Township • Michael Brown
Cleveland Metroparks • Jennifer M. Grieser
Eastlake • Jason Kasunick
Gates Mills • Sandra Turner
Geauga Park District • Matthew McCue
Hunting Valley • William Mulligan
Kirtland • Kevin Potter
Kirtland Hills • John F. Turben
Lake County • Ron Young
Lake Metroparks • Vince Urbanski
Mantua Township • John Festa
Mayfield Heights • Susan Sabetta
Mayfield Village • Scott Sipos
Mentor • Brian Ashurst
Moreland Hills • Randy Nielsen
Munson • Irene McMullen
Newbury Township • Bill Skomrock
Orange Village • Kathy Mulcahy
Pepper Pike • Richard Bain
Russell Township • Kristina Port
Solon • Dan Driscoll
South Russell • William Koons
Streetsboro •
Waite Hill • Chris Sherwin
Wickliffe • Ron Strauser
Willoughby • Robert Fiala
Willoughby Hills • Bob Bartolotta
Woodmere • Benjamin Holbert

 

At Large Directors

 

Alison Ball
Mark Cain
James Dickinson
James R. Gills
MaryAnne Hejna
Christopher Horn
Donna Klements
Timothy A. Miller
Brett Rodstrom
Mary E. Samide
Greg E. Studen
Rebecah Troutman
William A. Tomko
Daniel P. Troy
Peter J. Whiting