QUALIFICATIONS
  • Science background
  • Project management experience
  • Design and layout proficiency
  • Mapping skills
  • Love of nature 
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER HISTORY

Currently an independent consultant, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Performed contract work as a publications editor on behalf of Chartiers Nature Conservancy from 1998-2003.  In a volunteer capacity, during the decade between 1998-2008, managed conservation projects for both a local conservancy and a municipality. Designed and maintained websites for two local grassroots conservation groups and one environmental advocacy organization.   Continuing to maintain the Scott Conservancy website on a volunteer basis.  Conceived and currently maintain an independent site, www.chartiersgreenway.net, that tracks progress on and results from publicly funded conservation projects in the Chartiers Watershed.  
  

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Shade Tree Commissioner, Crafton Borough, PA, March 2000-March 2008

  • Volunteer position, managed $5,000 - $10,000 annual tree budget, as Chair of the Shade Tree Commission for a local municipality for eight years.  Designed annual tree planting program of between 10 to 40 2 ˝ “ caliper street and shade trees, supervised tree maintenance and tree removals and determined outside contract work. Facilitated cooperation between the borough and local utilities regarding tree issues. Procured replacement trees under Duquesne Light Company’s “Right Tree-Right Place” Program.  Developed list of appropriate street trees.  Attended annual training courses.  Crafton is an older Pittsburgh community with many stately old trees.  Proper management of the Tree Commission programs for Crafton Borough allowed this urban community to improve the quality of its urban forest and maintain its status as a Tree City USA, a designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation it has held since 1989, for an additional eight years.
     

Publications Editor, Chartiers Nature Conservancy, Pittsburgh, PA, April 1998-April 2003

  • Responsible for reporting on conservancy events, land acquisitions and environmental projects, including Evaluation of Mine Discharges from Abandoned Coal Mines in the Lower Chartiers Creek Watershed and Restoration Plan for Large Mine Discharges to Lower Chartiers Creek, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) thru Growing Greener. Worked with late project manager John Hamm and coordinated with project consultants GAI and Hedin Environmental as they collected and graphed data on discharge sites and in-stream pollutant concentrations. Continued with the project after leaving CNC, posting the characterization results and remediation plans on-line at chartiersgreenway.net/amd.htm
     

  • As Secretary of the Steering Committee for the Rivers Conservation Plan, a DCNR funded study, managed deliverables from project consultants Skelly & Loy and advised on mapping parameters and graphic presentation of maps and data.  Successful completion of this plan allowed the Chartiers Watershed to be listed on Pennsylvania's Rivers Registry.  This listing paved the way for future funding on projects identified in the plan.
     

  • Published 12 to16 page newsletter 5 to 6 times per year for a local grass roots conservation group in the Chartiers Watershed.  Created and maintained over 1000 record mailing list database on Microsoft Excel.   Labeled, sorted, bulk mailed average of 400 newsletters per issue and distributed an additional 200 to libraries, town halls and other venues. 
     

  • Designed and maintained website detailing land acquisitions, activities and projects for the conservancy. Maps and photo-journal layouts on both the website and in the newsletters were key in recruiting new membership, including board members.
     

  • As Garden Captain, in conjunction with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, supervised the planting, maintenance and clean-up of the Parkway Garden on the Carnegie Interchange of the Parkway West, the major thoroughfare between downtown Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh International Airport.