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Kris June 2023Kris 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!

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Mary earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Sustainable Management from Bowling Green State University in 2022. Growing up in the Northwest Ohio region, her academic and professional careers have been influenced by being surrounded by the Oak Openings Preserve and the Lake Erie Islands.

She has a strong passion for the conservation and preservation of the Lake Erie ecosystems and looks forward to putting her time and effort into ensuring clean, clear and safe waters. After spending nearly every summer growing up on Lake Erie's Put-In-Bay, she has developed a deep appreciation for the area and the importance of keeping our waterways clean and sustainable. 

Mary enjoys spending time in familar and new outdoor spaces and continuing to expand her knowledge on environmental topics. 

KaylaA northwest Ohio native, Kayla was born and raised in Toledo. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in April 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis, with a specialization in Environmental Law. She looks forward to using her knowledge to protect the environment and promote wellness for the earth.

Kayla worked as Partners for Clean Streams' summer program intern in 2022, and has volunteered as a Clean Your Streams site captain for three years. She is looking forward to providing more support to an organization that has made major impacts for her local community. 

Recently, Kayla has had the opportunity to visit Australia, Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, and England. Seeing the way that other countries handled environmental problems compared to the U.S. inspired her to want to bring back what she learned during her travels. She also enjoys learning about the history of the Great Black Swamp and has done some surveying work in Wood County. She continues to look for ways she can protect the environment personally and professionally. 

KatKat is a native of northwest Ohio, but spent time living in Buffalo, Nashville, and Houston before returning home to the wonders of the Great Lakes and the Great Black Swamp. She has a BA in Political Science from Houghton College and a BS in Geology/Hydrogeology from BGSU and is a current master’s student in Geology at BGSU. Her research interests include mitigating nutrient runoff from agricultural sources, biogeochemical processes in wetlands, and wetlands restoration.

Kat is also an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) through the Wood County Park District. She is passionate about place-based education and citizen science and hopes to spend her career improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by building coalitions around science-based interventions.

She lives in Bowling Green, where she, her three kids, and two dogs spend as much time as possible outside exploring new parks as well as old favorites.  They especially enjoy camping, archery, snowshoeing, biking, exploring the Oak Openings sand dunes, and visiting the Lake Erie beaches all year round.

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