Executive Director ([email protected])

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 Aurora which includes being the Director of Public Services. Mr. Stark has over twenty-five years of experience in administrative activities and multiple areas of expertise. With the City of Aurora, 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 Past-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, and a number of other volunteer activities.

He assisted in the initial development of the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in 2005. 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 and Wayne S. Nichol’s 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.

Senior Project Manager ([email protected])

Kate Chapel joined Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in June of 2017 as the assistant watershed coordinator, and is now the senior project manager. She was born and raised in Kirtland, Ohio and has lived in the Lake Erie watershed for most of her life. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While there, she conducted research on the Agaves of the Bahama Archipelago and published a new species of clover from Kentucky. Kate then continued her studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where she earned a master’s in Conservation Ecology with a focus on terrestrial ecosystems. Her opus work was the creation and updating of a Land Management Plan for the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s eight properties which will prioritize projects for the next fifteen years. Previously, Kate has worked for the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan, and for the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor. She is excited to bring her experiences and skills to this position to benefit the watershed and its communities.

Watershed Coordinator ([email protected])

Kelli Herrick, MS joined Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in November, 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus in Ecology from Cleveland State University. In 2014 she obtained a master’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Herpetology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. While attending Marshall University her graduate thesis focused on identifying non-invasive detection techniques for the Eastern Hellbender and determining the risk of type-1 and type-2 error in amphibian-based citizen science surveys. Prior to joining Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, she was employed as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). At FWC she monitored populations of threatened and endangered herpetofauna including the Gopher Tortoise and the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander.

NOWCorps Program Manager ([email protected])

Julie Stark grew up near Lorain, OH, and discovered the existence of AmeriCorps her freshman year of college while volunteering on an alternative spring break trip in Vero Beach, FL, alongside Habitat for Humanity. In 2011, Julie joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and served with non-profits along the West Coast USA. Some of the projects included: infrastructure and maintenance at a summer camp focused on environmental education on Vashon Island (WA), building affordable housing for workers in Coachella Valley (CA), tutoring and mentoring children at an elementary school, and working alongside park rangers in Silver Falls State Park (OR) repairing damaged trails and building new trails.  After graduating from NCCC, Julie successfully wrote and petitioned for a competitive grant to allow her access to travel to Namibia for three weeks to volunteer at Harnas Wildlife Foundation- a wildlife sanctuary founded by Marieta Van der Merwe. In 2014, Julie transferred to Oberlin College, where she was able to spend a month with other college volunteers at the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The Cloud Forest School is a bilingual school that focuses on sustainability and environmental education for its students of all ages. Julie graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, and is excited to join Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners as they embark on their new journey with the NOWCorps program.

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