The Network is comprised of a two-person team based in Ellicott City, MD.
Tom has more than 30 years experience in practical aspects of stormwater practices to protect and restore urban watersheds. He currently directs the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, a non-profit organization devoted to implementation of more sustainable stormwater practices across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Tom directs the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training Partnership, which provides webcasts, workshops and on-line training modules to train engineers on new practices. Tom also serves as the stormwater technical coordinator for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. Tom also is active in promoting better stormwater regulations and permits in communities across the Bay. Tom founded the Center for Watershed Protection in 1992, and loves stream-walks, good scotch, and bad dogs. To contact Tom about all things stormwater send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David manages CSN’s annual webcast series and training workshops, and helps develop stormwater resources to support CSN’s 11,000+ member network. Prior to joining CSN, David worked for the Chesapeake Research Consortium at the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office. While at the Bay Program Office, he supported programs to help states track, report, inspect and verify best management practices to meet the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. David has his BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and lives in Annapolis. When he is not in the office, you can probably find David out on a hike or in the stands at Camden Yards. You can reach David any time at Wood.CSN@outlook.com.
Board of Directors
The Network now has a distinguished board of directors to guide its growth and strategic direction, drawn from many disciplines and many different parts of the Bay.
Jennifer Zielinski serves as the President of the Board for CSN. A water resources engineer with Biohabitats, Jennifer has over 14 years of experience in watershed and stormwater planning and policy development. She has worked with communities throughout the country on projects focusing on stormwater design and retrofitting, local stormwater and watershed program guidance, watershed planning, upland area pollution prevention assessments, better site design, and other watershed consulting areas. Before joining Biohabitats, Jennifer was program director at the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP), a nationally recognized non-profit that develops innovative technical guidance relating to watershed assessment and management, stormwater management, NPDES regulatory compliance, and natural resource conservation.
Andrew Gavin serves as the Treasurer of CSN. As the Manager of the Monitoring and Protection Program at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, his major work responsibility is directing the Commission’s efforts in developing and implementing projects related to water quality monitoring, protection, and restoration. Prior to working for the Commission, Andrew held positions with a U.S. Department of Energy research consortium and the U.S. Geological Survey. He holds a Master of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in geology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster in geology.
Bill Stack is The Deputy Director of Programs with the Center for Watershed Protection where he has worked in that position for 8 years. He has over 40 years of experience in water resource protection and restoration programs related to water supply and source water protection, urban stormwater management, agricultural non-point source control, and flood management. Prior to coming to work for the Center Bill spent 30 years working for Baltimore City Department of Public works where he headed the Source Water Protection and MS4 Programs. Bill has a B.S in Biology from St. Mary’s College of MD and M.S. in Biology from Towson University and is a Professional Engineer.
Erik Michelsen is currently the Administrator of Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program and is charged with managing a billion dollar restoration program to clean up the County’s waterways and satisfy its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements. He previously served as Executive Director of the South River Federation where he helped attain funding for and implement over $6 million in water quality improvement projects as well as spearhead the passage of a statewide requirement for stormwater utilities in Maryland’s Phase 1 MS4 jurisdictions. Prior to that, he was employed as a Project Manager by Underwood and Associates, an environmental consulting firm specializing in regenerative design. Mr. Michelsen is a past Chair of the Maryland Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment, the collected group of environmental organizations advocating to the Maryland General Assembly. He has served on the Chesapeake Bay Program Sediment Work Group and is a member of the Senior Scientists and Policymakers for the Bay. Mr. Michelsen graduated from the University of Richmond and did graduate work in experimental psychology at Villanova University.
Dr. Shirley Clark currently is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at PennState– Harrisburg (PSH). She regularly teaches courses in hydrology, conveyance system design, open-channel hydraulics, erosion control and risk assessment at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Shirley’s bachelors’ degree is in Chemical Engineering fromWashingtonUniversityand her doctoral degree is in Environmental Health Engineering from UAB. She has worked in the environmental field since 1987 and in water resources and stormwater since 1992. She is a registered professional engineer in the state ofAlabamaand is a Diplomat in theAmericanAcademyof Water Resources Engineers. She is a member of several professional organizations (WEF, AWRA, ASCE/EWRI, and AEESP) and serves on a variety (too many!) of stormwater-related committees.
Scott Crafton, a Virginia Tech graduate and registered Landscape Architect in Virginia, retired in June 2006 as Assistant Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), after 30 years of state service largely related to stormwater management regulatory programs. Scott was also formerly Executive Director of the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department and chairman of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program’s Stormwater Work Group. Since retirement, Scott has worked part-time on projects for DCR and, subsequently, Virginia DEQ to assist with revisions of the Virginia SWM Regulations, to revise the Virginia SWM Handbook, and to establish a web-based Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse. Recently Scott was hired as a stormwater project manager for the Louis Berger Group, and currently he is contracted to the Virginia Department of Transportation helping them with MS4 permit compliance.
Steve Saari, is a watershed protection specialist with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) where he has worked for the past seven years. Steve has been in the watershed restoration field for thirteen years and has been working in the environmental field for the past twenty-one years. He started his watershed career at the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and then moved on to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin where he worked as a watershed manager before coming to work with the District of Columbia. Steve is currently building a wooden sea kayak to that he can spend more time enjoying the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.
Mary Gattis works for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as Coordinator of the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council (LGAC). Prior to joining the Alliance, Mary served as senior environmental planner at the Lancaster County Planning Commission (Lancaster, PA) where she oversaw the development of the County’s first Integrated Water Resources Plan. She chaired the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Urban/Suburban/Rural workgroup throughout the development of Pennsylvania’s Phase I and II Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) and currently serves on PA DEP’s WIP Management Team and Stormwater Offset workgroup. As LGAC Coordinator, she participates in several Chesapeake Bay Program workgroups and is a member of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team’s Land Use workgroup. Mary holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Belmont University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Jim Caldwell has spent his career as a local government environmental manager in the Baltimore, Washington region. Jim was appointed the Director of the Howard County Office of Community Sustainability in December of 2014. Guided by principles of science, ingenuity, sustainability and stewardship, the Office engages in water quality, economic development, agriculture, energy and education initiatives. Jim worked for Montgomery County Maryland for 25 years, and for 12 years he served as Director of the Department of Environmental Protection, overseeing natural resource protection programs for water, air, energy, and pollution prevention. His long dedication to environmental protection is grounded in training in wildlife zoology from Ohio State University and a MS in Environmental Management from American University. Jim is a member of the Board of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, and is also a member and past chairman of the Maryland Science Center’s, Science Advisory Council.