Cindy Ehrenclou, Executive Director 

Born and raised in communities within the watershed, Cindy has spent nearly 25 years at Raritan Headwaters. She joined predecessor organization Upper Raritan Water Association (URWA) in 1994 as Development Director and became Executive Director in 2006. In 2011, she led the merger between URWA and the South Branch Watershed Association that established Raritan Headwaters. An avid kayaker and birder, Cindy is chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and serves on the Raritan Basin Alliance, New Jersey Land Trust Network, Keep it Green Campaign, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative Steering Committee. In 2007, she graduated from Leadership New Jersey. 

Contact Cindy: 908-234-1852 x311 or

Debra Dolan, Director of Operations 

Prior to joining in Raritan Headwaters in 2015, Debra held a number of management positions in the areas of marketing and information technology for corporations and non-profits throughout the region. She holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts/Computer Graphic Design and an M.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication. 

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

Bill Kibler, Director of Policy 

An avid fly fisherman and clean water advocate, Bill served as Executive Director of the South Branch Watershed Association from 2005 until RHA was created in 2011. Bill graduated from United States Military Academy, served as an officer with the Army Corps of Engineers, earned his law degree from Syracuse University, and became an attorney specializing in environmental law. He is the former Chief of the Califon Fire Department and serves on the New Jersey Highlands Coalition Policy Committee and the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance. 

Contact Bill at 908-234-1852 x312 or 

Kristi MacDonald, Director of Science

Kristi holds a Ph.D in ecology from Rutgers University, and has focused her scientific research on learning how species respond to human-caused stressors. Prior to joining RHA in 2015, she worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hudsonia, and the NY/NJ Baykeeper, and taught urban ecology at a magnet school in Newark. Kristi has studied wildlife as close to home as the New Jersey shore and as far away as islands in the Indian Ocean. She is presently co-authoring a book about conserving biodiversity in the New Jersey Meadowlands.  

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

Jody Marcus, Director of Development

Jody came to Raritan Headwaters in 2016 after serving as Curator of the Morris Museum and the Director of Development and Membership at Morris County Tourism Bureau. She also served for 15 years as a founding member and executive director of the Community Children’s Museum in Dover. Jody is currently an active board member of the Morris Educational Foundation. She holds a Masters of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from University of Massachusetts/Amherst. 

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

Lauren Theis, Director of Education

Lauren started at the Upper Raritan Watershed Association as an intern in 2003 and served as an Americorps Watershed Ambassador with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before joining the staff full-time in 2007. After working with our stewardship, education, and water quality programs, Lauren became Director of Education in 2013. Lauren is a certified yoga instructor and a talented artist, specializing in drawing, painting and photography. She enjoys outdoor pursuits, including gardening, birding, and hiking. She is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, where she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. 

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

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 

Linda Donnelly, Development Database & Information Manager

Prior to joining RHA, Linda worked at J&J as programmer analyst and at Mars, Inc. as Program Manager of applications design. She left Mars to begin her most important job, raising two children. Linda volunteers for the Long Valley Community Food Pantry, the Garden Club of Long Valley, and is Parent Organization Chair for International Baccalaureate Program at West Morris Central High School. After attending Rutgers University for two years, she received a degree in Computer Science from Chubb Institute of Technology. In her spare time, Linda enjoys sea glassing, beach biking, gardening, reading, knitting and cooking with friends. 

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

Joanne Endahl, Events Assistant and WaterWays Educator

Joanne earned her Special Education and Psychology degrees from the College of St Elizabeth in Convent Station. She worked at Matheny School and the Mendham School District before joining the Waterways program in 2015. She loves sharing the outdoor classroom with students and seeing their enthusiasm while learning in the natural environment. Being with her family and dogs, exploring Maine in the summers and avidly following college football in the fall are among her favorite ways to spend her time.

Contact Joanne:

Deborah Hawkins, Program Administrative Assistant
Beth McConnell, Development Consultant
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. Prior to that, 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 holds a B.S. degree horticulture from the University of Georgia. 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  

Debbie Newcomb, Education Program Coodinator

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

Sandy Perry, Press/Media Coordinator
Robert Reid, Fairview Farm Property Manager

Robert cares for the entire 170 acre property, from maintaining the barns and offices to keeping trails safe and passable. Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a Master’s Degree in Sculpture, both from the University of Tennessee. He is a former trustee of the Hunterdon Land Trust and currently manages their Farmers Market. He also creates sculpture and furniture from wood and found objects.

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

George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager

George joined Raritan Headwaters in 2016 and implements land preservation and stewardship programs, manages our preserves, oversees our easement monitoring program including landowner outreach and annual site visits, coordinates habitat restoration/improvement/enhancement projects, and works with conservation partners to preserve watershed lands. Prior to his current position, he served as Director of Conservation and Stewardship for Orange County Land Trust in New York. He is also a trustee and Vice President of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy in Blairstown. He holds an M.S. degree in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College and a B.A. in Sociology from Centenary College.

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

Melissa Mitchell Thomas, GIS/IT Manager

Prior to joining the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 2005, Melissa worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology. An avid athlete, she serves as a youth coach with Crossroads Basketball, where she utilizes her collegiate basketball experience by working with high school girls who aspire to play in college and professional leagues. She continues to participate in basketball and softball leagues. She received a B.S. degree from Minot State University.

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

Mara Tippett, Watershed Scientist, Groundwater

Mara joined Raritan Headwaters as the 2015-2016 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the North and South Branch Raritan Watershed. After graduating from the program, Mara became the manager of our well test program. She has raised three children, owned a small business, and served as a den leader for the local Cub Scouts, and served on the board of her youngest child’s preschool. She recently obtained a Certificate of Eligibility to teach high school-level biology. She holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Hunter College.

Contact Mara: 908-234-1852, ext. 401 or


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