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Our Staff

Steve May, Executive Director

 

 

 

 Steve hosts many RRWC’s meetings, works with partner organizations to further RRWC’s outreach and goals, coordinates with Farmer-Led Coordination, grants and education.

Stephen May

Executive Director

Steve.May@lenawee.mi.us

Meija Knafl, Outreach Coordinator

Meija leads nature programming in-field, and in-classroom for all ages, coordinates with partner organizations to present to communities, and is always promoting the health of local streams and rivers of private and public land throughout the watershed. 

 

Meija also enjoys fencing! She fences in both modern and historical styles at the Ann Arbor Sword Club, and even teaches private lessons. She also volunteers to participate in controlled ecological burns and loves to bike in the warmer seasons of the year.

Meija Knafl

Lydia Lopez, Water Stewardship Coordinator

Lydia works on everything from representing RRWC at conferences and meetings, to creating information content, and helping our Outreach Coordinator host events.

Outside of RRWC, Lydia is a small business co-owner of a local zero-waste store, as well as a senior, majoring in Environmental Science, at Siena Heights University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her partner on his family farm.

Lydia Lopez

Water Stewardship Coordinator

waterstewardship@riverraisin.org

Sarah Woith, Adminstrative Coordinator

Benny works on inviting communities and members to events, updating RRWC’s website, adding new contacts, and attending and representing RRWC in meetings. 

 

Benny is new to the watershed as she just moved here in August of 2021 all the way from Seattle, Washington. She has self published a poetry book and has many hobbies including photography, graphic design, video games, writing, and making jewelry. 

Benny Woith

Administrative Coordinator

admin@riverraisin.org

Ivy manages the majority of the councils social media presence. From photos and updates to fliers and reminders, Ivy is constantly updating the public on the happenings of our watershed.

 

Outside of this position, Ivy attends Siena Heights University and is pursuing a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. On top of her love for nature, Ivy is also passionate about music! She participates in both the band and choir and Siena, while regularly volunteering on the worship team at her church and playing guitar for her friends and family.

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Ivy manages the majority of the councils social media presence. From photos and updates to fliers and reminders, Ivy is constantly updating the public on the happenings of our watershed. 

 

Outside of this position, Ivy attends Siena Heights University and is pursuing a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. On top of her love for nature, Ivy is also passionate about music! She participates in both the band and choir at Siena, while regularly volunteering on the worship team at her church and playing guitar for her friends and family. 

Ivy McClelland

Administrative Assistant

riverraisinassistant@gmail.com

Benny works on meeting minutes, inviting communities and members to events, updating RRWC’s website, adding new contacts, and attending and representing RRWC in meetings. 

 

Benny is new to the watershed as she just moved here in August of 2021 all the way from Seattle, Washington. She has self published a poetry book and has many hobbies including photography, graphic design, video games, writing, and making jewelry. 

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Kyler is a senior at Eastern Michigan University acquiring a B.S. in Environmental Science and Society, with a minor in Heritage Preservation. Kyler is also the Treasurer, and founding member, of Sierra Club at EMU.

He enjoys spending time with friends, going hiking, photography, and biking.  His future ambitions are to acquire a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan along with a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. Kyler hopes to work for a municipality in their planning, public works, or parks department with the ultimate goal of working to improve equitable tree canopy cover within a community. 

Kyler Melmoth

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Levi is an intern at RRWC for the summer of 2024. He is getting his bachelor’s degree in environmental science and society at Eastern Michigan University.

 

He is interested in environmental justice and policy. He will be aiding the RRWC over the summer collecting specimens, native planting, working RRWC events, and much more.

Levi is also a practicing musician. He enjoys playing guitar, writing songs, and singing. In his free time, he loves hiking, biking, and reading. 

Levi Makula

Executive Committee

Harry Sheenan, Chair

Harry works to develop and manage grants, he’s also the timekeeper and chief "cat herder of the Executive Committee!”

 

Harry says he joined RRWC because of the organization’s high performing ability, geared toward conservation and outreach as well as its potential to grow in capacity to influence and protect the River Raisin. 

Outside of RRWC, Harry enjoys hiking, soccer tourism, and canoeing (whilst avoiding mosquitos)! Harry also joined the Peace Corps in Nepal from 1990-1992.
 

Harry Sheehan

Chair
Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner Representative

Washtenaw County 

John Calhoun, Vice Chair

John C. Calhoun is RRWC’s Vice Chair! John assists in grant approvals, outreach meeting coordinations, and public relations. Having grown up on the River Raisin, and now living on Clark Lake, John cares deeply about the watershed and its health. 

 

John loves to fish on local lakes and the western Lake Erie basin, hunt, and is the President of the Brooklyn Sportsman's Club, the “best sporting clay course in Southern Michigan!” John is also lay minister and an elected township official. 

John Calhoun

Vice Chair

Columbia Township Treasurer

& Jackson County Representative

KZ Bolton, Treasurer

KZ Bolton

Treasurer

County Commissioner & Lenawee County Representative

Sybil Kolon, Secretary

Sybil is a diligent meeting minute manager and aims to ensure RRWC is transparent in meeting minutes and other communications.

 

She has lived in the watershed for 46 years and has been involved with RRWC since the 1990’s. Sybil retired from Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality, which is now known as EGLE (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) in 2016.

 

She has always held a special interest in connecting people, especially kids, to nature.

Sybil Kolon

Secretary

Manchester Township Representative

Washtenaw County

Members

David Hoffman

David Hoffman

County Commissioner & Monroe County Representative

Phil Kittridge

Phil Kittridge

Cambridge Township Representative,

Lenawee County

Trudi Cooper

Trudi Cooper

Sharon Township Representative

Washtenaw County

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