Staff and Trustees

Cindy Ehrenclou

Cindy Ehrenclou, Executive Director

Cindy served as Development Director of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association from 1994 through 2006 and as Executive Director from 2006 through 2011 before taking the helm of RHA. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership New Jersey and is the Chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. In addition, Cindy serves on the Raritan Basin Alliance, New Jersey Land Trust Network, Keep it Green Campaign, New Jersey Highlands Coalition, and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative Steering Committee.

Contact Cindy:  908-234-1852, ext. 311 or Email

Bill Kibler

Bill Kibler, Director of Policy

Bill was the Executive Director of the South Branch Watershed Association from 2005 until RHA was created in 2011. An attorney (JD, Syracuse University) who specializes in environmental law, he served as an Officer with the Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from the United States Military Academy. Bill is also Chief of the Califon Fire Department and serves on the New Jersey Highlands Coalition Policy Committee and the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance.

Contact Bill: 908-234-1852 ext. 312 or Email

kristi macdonald

Kristi MacDonald, Director of Science

Kristi has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Her research has mainly focused on understanding how species respond to human-caused stressors such as urban and agricultural land use, pollution, invasive species and climate change. Prior to joining RHA she worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hudsonia, and NY/NJ Baykeeper on programs to guide decision-makers on how they might incorporate protection of habitat and other ecosystem functions into local and regional land use planning. Kristi has studied rare birds on islands in the Indian Ocean, deer and panther in the Florida Everglades, wading birds and nesting shorebirds along the shores of New Jersey, reptiles and amphibians in the Highlands, and songbird communities in forested wetlands of the Arthur Kill and Raritan watersheds. For several years she taught at a magnet school for science in Newark, NJ, where she helped students conduct independent research projects in urban ecology. She is presently coauthoring a book about conservation of biodiversity in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

Contact Kristi: 908-234-1852 ext. 322 or Email

Lauren Theis, Director of Educationlauren with tree

Lauren served as an Americorps Watershed Ambassador with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before joining the staff of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 2007. She is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, where she earned a BS in Biological Sciences. Lauren is a talented artist (drawing, painting and photography are her primary fields) who also enjoys outdoor pursuits including gardening, birding and hiking.

Contact Lauren: 908-234-1852, ext. 314 or Email

Debra Dolan, Director of Operations

Debra joined RHA in the beginning of 2015. Prior to that she held a number of management positions in the areas of marketing and information technology for corporations and non-profit organizations throughout the region. She holds a BA in Fine Arts/Computer Graphic Design and an MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication.

Contact Debra: 908-234-1852, ext. 316 or Email

Jody Marcus, Director of Development

jm-photoJody came to RHA after a short stint as the Curator of the Morris Museum. Before that she was the Director of Development and Membership at Morris County Tourism Bureau for 3 years. It was her 15 years as a founding member and executive director of the Community Children’s Museum in Dover, that she learned the ins and outs of the NJ nonprofit world. Presently, she is an active board member of the Morris Educational Foundation. She has a Masters of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute and a BA in cultural anthropology from University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Contact Jody: 908-234-1852, ext. 320 or Email

Maria Berezin, Watershed Scientist, Surface Water

Maria has a Master’s degree in environmental science from Drexel University and has worked mainly on using fish populations to assess water quality and on the impacts of invasive aquatic organisms on food web structure. Prior to joining RHA, she worked as a fisheries technician for New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife in the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries, and for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia as a research technician in the fisheries section of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research. Maria studied marine ecosystems both with Rutgers University Marine Field Station and in her time as an undergraduate with Stockton University. 

Contact Maria: 908-234-1852, ext.315 or Email

Linda Donnelly, Development Database & Information Manager

lindaLinda attended Rutgers for 2 years following up with a degree in Computer Science from Chubb Institute of Technology while working for J&J as a programmer analyst, and project leader. Attracted to the philosophy of Mars, Inc. she accepted a position as Project Manager of Applications Design and spent the next 10 years there. She left Mars to begin her most important career yet, raising two children. Linda spends her free time as a volunteer for the Long Valley Community Food Pantry, The Garden Club of Long Valley, and as Parent Organization Chair for International Baccalaureate Program at West Morris Central High School. You can find Linda by the ocean where she loves sea glassing, beach biking, herbal, veggie, and perennial gardening, reading, knitting and cooking with friends!

Contact Linda: 908-234-1852, ext.319 or Email

Sharon McCannSharon McCann, Finance and Human Resources *

Sharon joined the staff of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 2006. She holds a BA from Rutgers University and a MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University. In addition to her work with RHA, Sharon assists other for profit and non-profit organizations in the area of accounting and finance. She spends her free time at ice hockey rinks and softball fields with her husband, cheering for their two children and their teams.

Contact Sharon: 908-234-1852, ext. 317 or Email

Trish McGuire, Volunteer and Outreach Program Manager *

Before joining Raritan Headwaters in 2017, Trish worked as director of volunteer engagement for Pedal for the Puzzle, an annual bike ride and family festival in Bedminster that raises funds and awareness for autism. Earlier, she served as volunteer coordinator for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in Pennsylvania, and volunteered as a trainer of new and advancing Girl Scout leaders for the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ in North Branch. Trish graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture. She became a Rutgers Environmental Steward in 2015 and received her certification in Volunteer Administration in 2016.

Contact Trish: 908-234-1852, ext. 324 or Email

Debbie Newcomb, Environmental Educator

Debbie Newcomb, Education Program Coordinator *

Debbie has worked as an environmental scientist and watershed protection specialist for 18 years and served as a volunteer on the Clinton Township Environmental Commission for 10 years. She holds a B.S. degree in environmental science and M.A. in environmental education. 

Contact Debbie: 908-234-1852, ext. 343 or Email

Robert Reid

Robert Reid, Property Manager *

Robert is a professional sculptor who joined the staff of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 2009. He has been an advocate for the protection of the Highlands Region and the creation of the Highlands Trail for many years and serves as a trustee of the Hunterdon Land Trust. Robert holds both a BA and an MA from the University of Tennessee. His artwork is held in private and public collections in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan and Switzerland.

Contact Robert: 908-234-1852, ext. 318 or Email

George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager *

George has held numerous stewardship and conservation management positions. Most recently, he was Director of Conservation and Stewardship for Orange County Land Trust in New York, where he handled all aspects of land preservation and stewardship activities related to protected lands. At RHA, he is responsible for implementing land preservation and stewardship programs; managing RHA-owned preserves; overseeing our easement monitoring program, including landowner outreach and annual site visits; coordinating habitat restoration/improvement/enhancement projects; and working with conservation partners to preserve watershed lands. He has a master of science degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Centenary College, Hackettstown. He is also a trustee and Vice President of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy headquartered in Blairstown.

Contact George: 908-234-1852, Ext. 328 or Email

Melissa Mitchell ThomasMelissa Mitchell Thomas, Geographic Information Systems & Information Technology

Melissa worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Upper Raritan Watershed Association prior to her service with RHA. She holds a BS from Minot State University. A collegiate basketball player, Melissa remains an active athlete as a member of basketball and softball leagues. She is a youth coach with Crossroads Basketball, where she specializes in working with high school girls who aspire to play in college and professional leagues.

Contact Melissa: 908-234-1852, ext. 313 or Email

Mara Tippett, Watershed Scientist, Groundwater

Mara first came to RHA as the 2015-2016 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the North and South Branch Raritan Watershed. Upon her graduation from the program, Mara joined RHA as manager of our well test program. Since earning her BA in Biology from The City University of New York, Hunter College in 2003, she has raised three children, owned a small business, and served as a den leader for the local cub scouts, and on the board of her youngest child’s preschool. She also recently obtained a Certificate of Eligibility to teach high school-level biology.

Contact Mara: 908-234-1852, ext. 327 or Email

Erica Rossetti, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador

Erica recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture and Natural Resources. Throughout her studies, she was a water quality research intern with the Delaware Water Resources Center, a teaching assistant for economics classes, and the secretary and community service chair for the technical sciences sorority on campus. She is excited to combine her passion for community service, science, and the environment as the 2017-2018 Watershed Ambassador and hopes to make a difference in her community.

Contact Erica: 908-234-1852, ext. 323 or Email

* Denotes Part-Time Staff Members


Board of Trustees
Stewart Brunhouse, President
Geoffrey Connor, 1st Vice President
John F. Parker, 2nd Vice President
Charles Reid, Secretary
William Bruett, Treasurer

Candace McKee Ashmun
George Cassa
Dallas Hetherington
Jessica Keeley
Greg Morris
Robert Morris
Henry Patterson
Andrew Platt
Hilary Prouty
Nick Romanenko
Kay Serebrakian
Henry R. Slack
Carol Tiffany
Elizabeth Wilkes