Brenda Smith, Executive Director
Brenda Smith joined Nine Mile Run as Executive Director in January 2008. Over the last two decades, she has helped nonprofit groups as diverse as humanitarian aid organizations and arts ensembles with strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and administrative challenges.After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Brenda travelled around the world four times, working on Pitt’s Semester-at-Sea program. Between trips she studied at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In 1989 she co-founded Global Links, a nonprofit organization that provides hospitals in Western Pennsylvania and across the U.S. with an environmentally responsible alternative to disposal or incineration of surplus equipment and supplies. Materials recovered here are sent to hospitals and clinics serving the poor around the world, with special emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Serving as President of Global Links for ten years, Brenda helped the organization grow to include more than ten paid staff members, hundreds of volunteers, and average annual donations valued at more than $1 million.
Prior to joining NMRWA, Brenda worked in either a volunteer or consultant capacity with the Three Rivers Community Foundation, the Renaissance City Choirs, the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, and Building New Hope. She also served for three years as the full time Development Director of Chatham Baroque, and still attends this ensemble’s extraordinary concerts whenever possible. Currently an active participant in the Clean Rivers Campaign and the Green Infrastructure Network, Brenda is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and was recently honored by the Women and Girls Foundation as one of 15 “Womens Greening the Pittsburgh Region.” She lives in Squirrel Hill with her partner, Rosemary Welsch.
Kevin Gieder, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin joined NMRWA in November 2011 as a result of our participation in “The Environmental Finance Collaborative”, a project that is providing four environmental organizations with high level strategic and operational financial expertise via a shared Chief Financial Officer. Our partners in this initiative are Construction Junction, GTECH Strategies and Tree Pittsburgh.
Kevin is responsible for providing operational financial expertise and oversight, budgeting and business planning, support for the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, and the adoption of best practices in financial management.
Prior to joining the Collaborative, Kevin spent 10 years with H.J. Heinz Company World Headquarters in a variety of finance roles, and 7 years in the audit practice of a regional CPA firm. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Real Estate Finance. Additionally, Kevin serves as the Vice President of the Board of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, where he chairs the Finance Committee.
Sara Madden, Design Manager – StormWorks
Sara joined NMRWA as an intern in the summer of 2009. She holds an undergraduate degree in fine arts and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Chatham University. Sara is responsible for the design and project management of StormWorks’ rain garden projects. Her interests include: sustainable landscapes, contemporary sculpture, urban ecology, alternative transportation, and environmental planning. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling by bike through the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
Michael Hiller, Director of Policy & Outreach
Mike Joined NMRWA in July 2013 as the Director of Policy and Outreach. He has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a Master of Art degree in Geography with a Graduate Certificate in GIS & Spatial Analysis, both from the University at Albany. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Mike was the GIS Coordinator for the University at Albany, where he developed a campus-wide system of infrastructure. He also has experience as an urban planning consultant, working to create more sustainable regions and places. He is responsible for coordinating watershed communities and organizations to develop and implement green infrastructure projects. In his free time, Mike likes to explore new areas of Pittsburgh, hang out with his dog, and find fresh food at a farmer’s market.
Theresa Muehlbauer, Communications & IT Coordinator
Theresa joined NMRWA in August 2015. She recently earned a Master’s degree in Life Sciences Communication, with a focus on non-profit marketing from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her undergraduate degrees are in Communication Arts and Spanish. Before moving to Pittsburgh Theresa worked in IT and video production. She is responsible for our print and digital communications, including social media. Theresa loves running, practicing yoga daily, drawing, and event photography.
Lindsey-Rose Allen, Project Coordinator
Lindsey-Rose joined NMRWA in October of 2015. She attended Oberlin College, completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. During her time at Oberlin she served on the staff of an ecological wastewater treatment facility, the “Living Machine.” After Oberlin, she went on to earn a Master of Science in Sustainability at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. While at ASU, she served as a Fellow in the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Program as part of the Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools initiative. Lindsey-Rose coordinates stewardship and outreach events in the restoration area, regular monthly water quality monitoring, and our environmental education programs. In addition, she is responsible for managing day-to-day office operations and maintaining our member database. In her free time, Lindsey Rose throws stoneware pottery, cooks and bakes, sews quilts, works in her garden, and takes every opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.
Jared Manzo, Urban Forestry Manager
Jared joined NMRWA in October of 2014. He earned his undergraduate degree in Forest Resource Management and his Masters in Forestry from West Virginia University. After graduate school, Jared worked as a Production Arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts in the Pittsburgh area. Jared assists watershed communities and groups with various tree-related projects that include tree planting and stewardship as well as educational workshops and technical advice. Outside of his love for everything trees, he enjoys ultimate Frisbee, collecting vinyl records, 35mm photography, and backpacking trips.
Maureen Copeland, Operations & Partnerships Manager
Maureen “Mo” Copeland joined the StormWorks staff in June 2014, excited to be a part of the stormwater solution in Pittsburgh. A southwestern PA native, she has a degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College and Masters in Environmental Management from Duquesne University. Over the last ten years in Pittsburgh, Mo has worked in a variety of nonprofits in the region, most recently as Community Programs Manager at GTECH and AmeriCorps Program Manager at PULSE. She oversees all rain barrel operations for the StormWorks teams, including regional partnerships, individual installations, and other associated projects as needed. In her free time, you’ll find her camping, running, or playing Gaelic football.
Nathan Resnick-Day, StormWorks Field Crew / Urban Forestry Assistant
Nathan joined NMRWA in May 2013 & StormWorks in May 2014. He is a NOFA Accredited Sustainable Landcare Professional, holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Phipps Conservatory and a diploma in Horticulture Technology from Bidwell Training Center. As a lifelong beneficiary of the run, he is honored to contribute to green infrastructure that manages and cleans stormwater runoff in the watershed and throughout the region. Nathan’s other interests include ethnomusicology, natural history, public health, and his dog, Gus.