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 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

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 - Open Position
Environmental Education Coordinator

Sonya Mottram is passionate about the environment in Northeast Ohio.  She lives in Stow, Ohio with her family.  She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.  Sonya worked for the City of Hudson, OH as the Administrative Support Supervisor.  In 2008, Sonya became the staff liaison for the City of Hudson’s Environmental Awareness Committee.  With the EPA’s mandate of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, Sonya was designated as the coordinator of education and public participation. She has been a liaison for the City with non-profit organizations such as ReWorks, Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep America Beautiful and Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners.  She has organized events such as the Green on Green event, clean-ups, rain barrel raffles, rain barrel workshops and rain gardens.  She has supported the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners staff on events, rain gardens, grants, and conferences for many years.  We are excited to have her join our team!

NOWCorps Program Manager

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.
Ambassador Animal

Meet “Tinker the Turtle” aka Joe Tinker, or JT for short! Tinker is a male Woodland (Eastern) Box Turtle, which is a Species of Concern in the state of Ohio. Being a strictly terrestrial turtle, Tinker and his other Woodland Box Turtle relatives can be found within the Tinker’s Creek Watershed in forests and woody areas. Since Tinker’s Creek is named after Joseph Tinker, the principal boatman for Moses Cleaveland’s surveyor crew, we wanted a male Woodland Box Turtle to be named after him.

Male Woodland Box Turtles have incredible red eyes, as you can see in Tinker’s photo. Tinker is the Ambassador Animal for TCWP, and will be used to educate the public about the importance of protecting Ohio’s native wildlife and our watershed. Tinker will allow TCWP to engage members of the public of all ages to learn more about topics on healthy creeks and lakes, stormwater, water quality, biodiversity, conservation, habitat restoration, and more!

Tinker’s previous owner remains anonymous, but he was well taken care of throughout his 30 years of life and is happy and healthy. Tinker was finally surrendered to the Herp’s Alive Foundation, located in South Euclid, who has cared for him the past couple years. Herp’s Alive is a non-profit foundation that takes in unwanted, abused and neglected reptiles, as well offering adoptable reptiles and amphibians. They kindly helped us adopt Tinker with the correct Ohio Department of Natural Resources Education Permit. This allowed us to give Tinker his forever home, and incorporate him into our educational public programming.

We will be posting more information about how you can meet Tinker, so stay tuned!

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