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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 20 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!

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.

Olivia pic copyLiv grew up exploring Oak Openings sand dunes and getting muddy in the Maumee River. Liv earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Geography and East Asian Studies from Ohio University in 2015. Liv took two opportunities to live in China, first for a summer study abroad program at Beijing University, and two years later, to work as a staff writer for The World of Chinese art and pop culture magazine. 

Although life in Beijing was exciting, it was easy to miss mature trees and diverse wildlife. Liv started a habit of hiking and camping trips in the countryside hills outside the city. When they moved back to the United States, it was with a newfound appreciation for America's unique place in environmental history, and a deep longing to work in environmental advocacy.

Liv earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Bowling Green State University in 2019. Since returning to Northwest Ohio, they've worked in visitor engagement at the Toledo Museum of Art, as an administrative assistant to the Buddhist Temple of Toledo, and as an LGBT advocate, both as an independent consultant and with Equality Toledo.

Liv enjoys the area's many parks in all four seasons: cross-country skiing in winter, wildflower identification in spring, camping in summer, and trail biking in the fall. When they're not outside, Liv can be found singing, playing guitar, and storytelling via elaborate Dungeons & Dragons games with friends.

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