Executive Director

Harry

Harry Stark, MPA, CMS4S, RS was hired to serve as Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners first Executive Director in 2014. Mr. Stark’s role is to oversee long-term planning, grant management, fiscal accountability and leading the Ohio Stormwater Conference.

Mr. Stark is an administrator for the City of Wadsworth which includes being the Assistant Director of Public Service, Parks Director and the Director of Economic Development. Mr. Stark has over twenty years of experience in administrative activities and multiple areas of expertise. With the City of Wadsworth, Mr. Stark is responsible for overseeing many programs, departments and activities for the City. He is knowledgeable in grant development and management, stormwater management, state and federal stream and wetlands regulations, Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, capital project oversight, project development, program development and oversight, and employee management and development.

With a background in public administration and project development and management, he is well versed in working with a variety of groups including planning commissions, steering committees, councils, local political groups, citizen groups and organizations, non-profit organizations, and other groups and has given many presentations at a variety of venues.

Mr. Stark also serves as the President of the Ohio Stormwater Association, Executive Director of the Annual Ohio Stormwater Conference, editorial board for Stormwater Solutions magazine, state of Ohio representative for Envirocert International, Board member of Wadsworth City Schools Business Advisory Committee, and a number of other volunteer activities.

He assisted in the initial development of the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in 2016. He has previously served as the President of Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, Chair for the Northeast Ohio Watershed Council, Vice Chair of Envirocert’s CMS4S Board of Directors, District Director for the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and member of Streetsboro Recreation and Preservation Committee and Master Plan Committee.

Mr. Stark has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Akron and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina. He has received the Storm Water Professional of the Year from the Ohio Stormwater Association, Distinguished Service Award from the Water Management Association of Ohio, District Director Service Award from the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and Business Advocate of the Year from the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.

Watershed Coordinator

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners hire and manage the position of Tinker’s Creek Watershed Coordinator who is charged with implementing the Watershed Action Plan (WAP). The Coordinator acts as the liaison between the 24 pertinent communities through which Tinker’s Creek runs, working with them to protect the watershed through education, policy advocacy and the forging of partnerships with other organizations. The Coordinator also conducts educational outreach to schools and through public forums, while meeting with elected officials and community leaders and working with local businesses and organizations to build a robust support network.

In late 2011, Babette Oestreicher was hired as the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Coordinator. Prior to her appointment at TCWP, Oestreicher worked for the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Euclid Creek Watershed program, as well as for the Earth Day Coalition’s Clean Transportation Program in Cleveland. She also formerly held a graduate assistant position with the Center for Sustainable Business Practices in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University, and was the general manager of Nature’s Corner Greenhouses in Cincinnati.

A graduate of Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs with a M.A. in environmental studies and Miami of Ohio University with a B.A. in zoology and environmental science, Oestreicher also participated in Boston University’s tropical rainforest studies program in Australia. She presently volunteers as the beach clean-up manager for Drink Local, Drink Tap™, an organization promoting the use and protection of valuable local freshwater resources, and resides in Cleveland.

 

Summer Intern

Jennie Brancho

Get to know TCWP fist intern, Jennie Brancho

Originally from a suburb near Pittsburgh, PA, I am an upcoming senior at Kent State University.  I came to Kent State to study Integrated Language Arts with the goal of becoming a high school English teacher, but after my freshman year, I changed my major to Environmental and Conservation Biology with a concentration in environmental policy and management.  I hope to work with clean water through management or legal work upon graduation in May 2017.

At Kent State, I am a member of the Honors College.  Each semester I complete one credit of individual honors work by volunteering in Dr. David Costello’s biogeochemistry lab where I help complete various soil digestions and occasional sample collections in the field.  This year, I will begin the experimental phase of my senior honors thesis.  I plan to study the toxicity of copper and silver in varying levels of water hardness to the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis.  In addition, I will compare and contrast the effectiveness of current regulatory policies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and the European Union in protecting L. stagnalis from copper and silver poisoning.

I am also involved in a few other organizations on campus.  For the past three semesters, I have worked as a University tutor for Biology, Chemistry, and Math at the Academic Success Center.  I am also a member of Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity, in which I currently serve as vice president of Foundation.  In this position, I coordinate and plan all volunteer activities for our chapter, especially those aligned with our philanthropy, Service for Sight.  At Kent State, I am also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternity and have served as a member and mentor of Provost Leadership Activities.

This past winter break, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Costa Rica studying tropical ecology and conservation biology with other biology and film students at Kent State.  I stayed in biological stations in Palo Verde National Park, San Ramon, La Selva, and Punta Moranco.  During this time, I completed four group research projects focusing on pollination rates for a hibiscus species, plant preference for bat tents, tadpole densities and pool connectivity in the San Lorencito River, and fish species abundance and diversity in protected and unprotected coral reefs.  I hope at some point I am able to go back!

I am really excited to start my internship at Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners!  This is my first real work experience in the field, and so far I am really enjoying seeing how the concepts I’ve learned to class come to life in regulation and prevention measures.  I can’t wait to learn more throughout the summer!

 

For additional information contact: Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, P.O. Box 444, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087. Phone: 330.963.6243. Email:[email protected].