Board Of Directors

Rebecca Hayden Kennedy
President

Rebecca Hayden Kennedy 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 Prichard
Vice President

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
Treasurer

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 Wilson
Secretary

Jim is a founding member of WCLV and serves as secretary of the organization. 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.

Keri Maxfield has been involved in watershed protection since 1998, and has been the President of the Saucon Creek Watershed Association since 2007. With over 25 years professional experience in the arts, Keri specializes in environmental science communication and community outreach.  She is the Art Director at Nurture Nature Center, Easton PA where she is responsible for visual interpretation of science content. Keri and her husband Tom live in Lower Saucon with their two cats. Gardening is her therapy.

Brad Kunsman currently serves as the Master Gardener and Master Watershed Steward Extension Educator in the Lehigh and Northampton County Extension Offices. Formerly he served as the 4-H Extension Educator. He holds two degrees, one in Education from Northampton Area Community College and one in Elementary and Kindergarten Education K-6 from Penn State. He comes from a family steeped in agriculture and is passionate about the environment.

He currently serves as the NAE4-HA Senior Regional Communications Director, where he leads a group of passionate 4-H and Youth Development professionals.

Louise Bugbee represents the Bertsch, Hokendauqua, Catasauqua Watershed Association. A retired Penn State Extension Educator, she spent 17 years as a mosquito control professional. She is currently working as an independent consultant in various areas of Public Health education.

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 Schmidt
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.

Mike Kenney is a Master Watershed Steward and serves as the secretary for the Bushkill Stream Conservancy. He enjoys flyfishing, camping, and hiking, and has been known to paddle a kayak from time to time. When not volunteering for environmental efforts, he works as a Clinical Social Worker in private practice.

Caitlin Mercier is the Watershed Specialist for the Lehigh County Conservation District. In her role, she assists public and private landowners reduce nonpoint source pollution impacts through planning, education, and conservation and restoration projects. She has a B.S. in Agronomy and Environmental Science from Delaware Valley College and a M.S. in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania. Caitlin lives in Berks County with her husband, son, and dogs. They enjoy exploring outside, playing in streams, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Jane Cook 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.