Rebecca Hayden has acted as the President of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley since 2009. She works as a project manager for PENNVEST, and is active in a wide variety of community-based water resource initiatives, among them the Master Watershed Steward program. She has a background in geology and water resource management, and enjoys biking, swimming, kayaking, running, and anything outdoors.
Nate Pritchard is the Watershed Specialist and Agricultural Technician for Northampton County Conservation District. Prior to joining the conservation district, Nate worked for approximately 8 years for an environmental consulting firm doing site investigation and remediation throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, carrying out brownfield remediation, geotechnical sampling, and work related to the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA
Gerald Mistal is a Master Watershed Steward and Wildlands Conservancy’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. He enjoys hiking and kayaking, and dreams of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. His wife prefers day hikes.
Jim is a founding member of WCLV. From 2008 to 2015, he was the watershed specialist with the Northampton County Conservation District. Since 2015, Jim works as the recreation specialist with the Northampton County Division of Parks & Recreation. He enjoys birding, kayaking, exploring nature and spending time with family in the North Carolina Outer Banks.
Meara is an environmental engineer who lives in Bethlehem. She is a trained Master Watershed Steward, and helps on WCLV projects where an engineer is called for, such as swale rehabilitations and rain gardens. She lives in a leaky Victorian house that nevertheless has charm with her fiance and excellent dog. Meara loves to bake complicated things, play clarinet, run, and host boardgame parties.
Brad currently serves as a Water Resources Extension Educator and Master Watershed Steward Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley. In this position, he focuses on water quality education and works in collaboration with local program volunteers to recruit and train new volunteers, host programs and workshops, facilitate outreach efforts, and boost program visibility. Brad servces as a Board Member at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. He is currently the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, and belongs to the Pennsylvania Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. Brad comes from a family steeped in agriculture and is passionate about the environment. Brad lives in Monroe County with his wife and two children and a Border Collie, Frost.
Stefanie Green represents the Bertsch Hokendauqua Catasauqua Watershed Association. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Biology from Delaware Valley University.She works as a Microbiologist at Azzur Labs. Stef’s dog serendipitously found Rebecca’s dog in the woods and she was given the opportunity to work with the Penn State Extension and eventually join the BHCWA, of which she is now president. Stef enjoys cooking/baking, hiking with her dogs, kickboxing, and discovering new books.
John Mauser represents the Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association and has been active in conservation and natural resources for over thirty years, partnering with numerous conservation organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley. His experience includes developing and presenting numerous educational programs, running conferences, writing grants and securing other sources of funding, defining projects, permitting projects, project management, developing partnerships, and so forth.
Jim Orbin moved into the Cooks Creek Watershed in 1973 and serves on the WCLV Board as the representative of Cooks Creek Watershed Association. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from Lehigh University and worked for many years in industrial wastewater treatment and air pollution monitoring.
Kate Ebel is the Senior Environmental Scientist at Wildlands Conservancy and works on a wide range of restoration projects within the Lehigh River Watershed and Lehigh Valley. She works closely with broad-based groups of partners on natural resource stewardship, stream and floodplain restoration, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and other conservation issues. She enjoys hiking, camping, biking, nature photography, gardening, and experiencing the outdoors in her free time.
Bob serves as the President of the Fry’s Run Watershed Association, and has been involved with the group for over 15 years. He is interested in all manner of environmental and water quality issues. He turns wood in his free time.
Kathy Altmann has led the Bushkill Stream Conservancy for 6 years. She and her husband run an optical shop in Easton, and have a deep interest in conservation in the region Kathy loves to cook and garden, and is shown here with her grandson Ian and husband Bernie a few years ago.
Jane is an active member of the Monocacy Creek Watershed Association, currently serving as the secretary and treasurer. She is a retired high school math teacher and moved to Bethlehem in 2006 when her first grandchild was born here. She is a Master Watershed Steward and helps with weeding and maintaining the perennial beds on the Hoover Mason Trestle, the Southside Bethlehem Greenway and the new native perennial beds at the Bethlehem Rose Garden with friends from Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife. In May of 2019, she and Greg converted large sections of their front and back yard turfgrass into native perennials, and so far it’s been a very successful transformation!
Simon Molloy represents the Little Lehigh Watershed Stewards. He is a Master Watershed Steward and co-chair of the LLWS. He enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and playing guitar and hanging out with his five grandsons . Recently retired after 40+ years as a semiconductor process engineer, he is eager to get outside and help make a difference in environmental issues.
Jim Vogt and Carolyn Lange have been married since 1986. Jim is currently the Master Watershed Steward Coordinator in Monroe County. Carolyn works as a Medical Technologist. In 2002 they were awakened from their blissfully ignorant lives by someone proposing a racetrack for owners of high-end sports cars on the Kittatinny Ridge in their peaceful valley. They joined in the fight, becoming members of Blue Mountain Preservation Association. They then became Board members of BMPA and went on to join a number of other local environmental groups. The racetrack was never built- that property is now part of PA State Gamelands 168. Jim and Carolyn enjoy cooking together, hiking, biking, birding and watching Red Squirrels at their home. They are currently serving life sentences as President and Secretary of the Aquashicola/Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy. Together they form a single board member of the WCLV.