Staff and Trustees

2020-21 Doan Brook Watershed Partnership Board of Trustees

The Partnership’s 16-member Board of Trustees meets bi-monthly to discuss watershed issues and initiatives, funding resources, programs and actions for consideration. Meetings are open to the public and scheduled at varying locations within the Partnership.

DBWP Executive Committee

Chairman – Darnell Brown Chief Operating Officer, City of Cleveland
President – Nancy Moore Councilwoman, City of Shaker Heights
Vice President – Karen Knittel Planner, City of Cleveland Heights
Secretary – Laura Gooch At-Large Citizen Representative & Engineering Consultant
Treasurer – Curt Witchey At-Large Citizen Representative

Trustees

Dorothy Adams – At-Large Citizen Representative
Joel Alpern – Chief of Education & Experience, Holden Forests & Gardens
Chris Bongorno – University Circle, Inc.
Kay Carlson – Executive Director, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Jeri E. Chaikin – Chief Administrative Officer, City of Shaker Heights
Stephanie Howse – Councilwoman, Ward 7, City of Cleveland
Josie Moore – City Council Member, City of Cleveland Heights
Roberta Muehlheim – Museum Ambassador and Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Stacey Polk – At-Large Citizen Representative

Affiliate Trustees

Jane Goodman – Environmental Consultant
Jeff Jowet – Watershed Team Leader, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

DBWP Staff

Victoria Mills,
Executive Director

Tori graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Environmental Studies and History, with a Fine Arts minor. Since then, she has worked as an environmental planner and educator. Tori worked for the Oceanarium of Maine, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), both domestically and abroad, before returning to Cleveland. Her focus since has been on watersheds, first working at the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan, then at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes as the Doan Brook Educator and the Director of Sustainability. She first joined the Partnership as Interim Director in 2006.

Tori resides within the Doan Brook Watershed and is proud to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors, who not only farmed 200 acres along the Doan in the 1800s, but opened their homes as underground railroad stations as well.

Professional headshot of Elizabeth Smith in black blazer and purple top.Elizabeth Smith,
Watershed Programs Manager

Elizabeth has a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies from Spelman College and an M.S. in Conservation from the University College London. For her dissertation, Elizabeth expanded a dataset raising the important of preserving small ponds among farmland by examining beetle populations. Upon returning to the Dugway Watershed, Elizabeth began her career in the environmental field as an outreach coordinator for a recycling startup and a project manager for a solar company. She is a Cuyahoga County Master Recycler and most recently a department assistant to the LGBT Center and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University.