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Kris Patterson, Executive DirectorKris 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!

Daniel PicDaniel LaCerva received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in History from the University of Toledo. Previously, he was the Outreach Coordinator at Humane Ohio and currently serves as the Associate Director at Toledo Bikes, a non-profit dedicated to bicycle recovery and education. He grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, but is proud to call Toledo his home of the past 9 years.

A lifelong Ohioan, Daniel has always loved being outdoors and being a part of his community. He enjoys cycling and hiking with his fiancé and his dog. He rowed crew in college and frequently plans bicycle rides that incorporate many of the bridges that cross our waterways. Daniel hopes to make the water more accessible to people as a recreational resource while maintain the natural balance. He believes that it is important for the community to respect their waterways so that they can be properly enjoyed by all.

Cassondra PicCassondra is a Northwest Ohio native who is very excited to be back in the area communicating the importance of water quality of the Lake Erie Watershed. Filled with a love for adventure and the outdoors, she went to Northern Michigan University studying Environmental Studies and Anthropology focusing on how we communicate sustainability and biodiversity. While there, she worked as a Native Plant Technician and Co-Manager of an Outdoor Learning Area. After graduating from Northern Michigan University, she worked in Parque Patagonia, Yellowstone National Park, and the Willamette National Forest before completing her Master of Public Administration at Bowling Green State University in 2019. 

Growing up in Northwest Ohio, she was intrigued by the natural beauty of wetlands. Going annually to Magee Marsh for birding since she was five, exposed her to the unique ecosystems and biodiversity in Northwest Ohio. Finding these unique spots in Northwest Ohio had a profound impact on her willingness to explore new areas and consistently learn new things; even though she lives in the area she travels with a mini-library of plant and bird identification books in the trunk of her car ready to learn more. Some of her interests include bumblebee identification, being active outside, birding, and puns. She is very enthusiastic to combine her love of communications, riparian systems, and puns at Partners for Clean Streams to help spark community actions in cleaning the Lake Erie Watershed.

Watershed Coordinator_A KovachAmanda originally comes from Texas, where she received a Bachelor’s in biology from the University of North Texas (UNT). Her familiarity with Ohio began during her time at Miami University of Ohio, where she received a Master’s in Zoology (emphasis on aquatic toxicology and ecology). She has previously worked as an environmental consultant and a high school science teacher. 

Amanda and her family spend most of their free time outdoors; generally paddling, hiking, or fishing around Lake Erie and it’s watershed. Her passion and appreciation for all things aquatic began early in life when she wanted to be a SCUBA diver more than anything. This goal was accomplished in conjunction with her first experiences working in an aquatic sciences lab at UNT. Since then, the majority of her career has focused on understanding and advocating for the remediation and restoration of compromised aquatic habitats. Amanda is excited to help restore Lake Erie and its surrounding watershed, and to help influence the next generation of environmental stewards.

Partners for Clean Streams Inc. is striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and flourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams and lakes that are clean, clear and safe