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.

 

Assistant Watershed Manager

Originally from a suburb near Pittsburgh, PA, Jennie Brancho is a recent Kent State graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Conservation Biology with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Management.  At Kent State, Jennie was a member of the Honors College and completed a Senior Honors Thesis titled “A Review of Regulatory Policies for Copper and Silver Water Quality Criteria.”  In this study, Jennie compared the water quality criteria and implementation measures of these criteria for both copper and silver in the United States, Canada, European Union (England, Germany, and Spain), South Africa, and Australia and New Zealand.  This study also utilized a standard ecotoxicity test conducted using Lymnaea stagnalis to measure the effectiveness of these criteria in protecting sensitive freshwater organisms.  Jennie also completed four small-scale research projects while participating in Kent State’s Tropical Field Ecology and Conservation course in Costa Rica.

Last summer, Jennie served as TCWP’s first intern.  She then began working with us part-time and will continue to work with TCWP through July 2017 before attending Ohio University for graduate school.

 

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