Kris has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Miami University of Ohio. She has been the Executive Director since shortly after PCS was founded in 2007. Previously, she was the Watershed Coordinator for the Duck and Otter Creeks Partnership, another non-profit watershed group in the Maumee Area of Concern. She was also on the Maumee RAP Committee, when it was under the TMACOG umbrella, for over 10 years.
Kris has long loved the outdoors, nature, and animals. While moving around the world as a military “brat,” she has many important childhood memories centered around being outside, whether exploring on the beach (her personal preference!), in the woods, in the neighborhood stream, or just playing outside until the street lights came on. She also learned the importance of clear, clean, and safe water from a young age, while living in Turkey where even the water that came out of the tap was rust-colored, funny smelling, and not very potable. Kris remembers her mother working long hours, through multiple tedious steps, to make the water safer to drink – a privilege that most Americans take for granted today.
Kris has now put down deep roots here in Northwest Ohio where she has lived for more than 13 years (far longer than anywhere else in the world!). She and her husband, Brian, have settled in Perrysburg with their two kids – who are also growing up to love our natural world and play outside until the lights come on!
Jessica is thrilled to be a part of an organization that strives to make our community, both the people and the environment, a better place. She grew up in Sylvania, Ohio and spent much of her childhood exploring the fields and the creek in front of her house. However, Jessica's passion for water and specifically, the Great Lakes stems from time spent in Northern Michigan at her family’s cabin. Seeing and experiencing the beauty of lakes and rivers as a child, and learning the importance of them as an adult is what led her to this opportunity at Partners for Clean Streams.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in communication and environmental science from Wittenberg University, Jessica ventured north to Michigan State University to get a Master’s degree in community sustainability with a focus in environmental education. While at Michigan State, she worked on various projects involving organizations such as Michigan Sea Grant and The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. Jessica was also a youth programs intern with the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, through which she planned and taught various lessons and activities on environmental stewardship and garden education. The experiences Jessica had during her childhood and throughout her education have shaped her interest in the environment. She is very excited to be a part of Partners for Clean Streams' efforts to protect Northwest Ohio’s waterways for many generations to come.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking and baking, taking long walks, swimming, coaching and playing volleyball, being with family and friends, and spending as much time outside as possible.