Board of Directors

Executive Committee


President - Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads

Jaclyn received a Ph.D. in environmental policy from Drexel University. She is the Assistant Executive Director at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and teaches environmental policy at Drexel University. She is also active in the Delaware Valley Regional Network of the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of Norwood's Environmental Advisory Committee, a board member of John Heinz and founder of Delaware Concerned Citizens for Environmental Change. She can be reached at: president@dcva.org


1st Vice President - Alan Samel

Alan has been a member of DCVA since 1992 and was president from 2011-2013. He has been coordinating the Stream Watch program since 1995. Alan has a B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State and a M.S. in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware. He is currently employed as an Environmental Toxicologist at E.I. DuPont de Nemours (since 1986) and has published and presented over 25 papers, platform presentations and posters at Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual Meetings. He is a past-Chair of SETAC North America Science Committee and a current Chair of SETAC Global Science Committee. Alan can be reached at: 1stvp@dcva.org 


2nd Vice President - Derron LaBrake

Derron is a principal at Wetlands and Ecology. Derron earned his B.S. Biology /Ecology Concentration from West Chester University. Certifications include Master Watershed Steward, Ecological Designer, Professional Wetland Scientist #000983, 1995, 2008, 2015 Habitat Evaluation Procedures, 1993 Wetland Evaluation Technique, 1988. Specialized training : Penn State Extension, Master Watershed Steward Training, 2017 Enhancing the Practice of Ecological Design, American Ecological Engineering Society, 2012 Bioretention/Bioinfiltration Summit, Villanova University, 2011 Plant Stewardship Index for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Piedmont, 2005 Aquatic Ecosystem and Stream Restoration, 2003 Environmental and Ecological Risk Assessment for Hazardous Waste, 2002 Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management, 2003 Wetlands for Wastewater Disposal and Water Quality Improvement, 1995 Designing Wetlands for Treating Storm Water, 1996 Designing Wetlands for Treating Acid Mine Drainage, 1996  . Derron can be reached at: 2ndvp@dcva.org


3rd Vice President - Earl Wilson

Earl can be reached at:


Secretary - Ann JacksonAnn can be reached at: secretary@dcva.org

Ann Jackson (retired), has been a member of DCVA since 2010.  She participates in the Stream Watch programs, wetland meadow restoration projects, Darby/Cobbs Watersheds-Wide Clean Ups, habitat garden development, tree planting events, and Outreach Community events.

Treasurer - Richard Carroll

Dick has been a member of DCVA since 1995 and treasurer since 2002. He is a volunteers for Wilmington Trail Club, Hagley Museum, Winterthur Museum, and Friends of Heinz Refuge.
Dick can be reached at: treasurer@dcva.org


General Board Members Emeritus Board Members
Anne Ackerman*

Robin Mann

 Ed Ambrosio
Donna Adams

Toni McIntosh

 Dave Cannan
Jamie Anderson

Marty Milligan

Jan Haigis
David Bennett

Peter Puglionesi

 John Haigis

Tim Denny

Mandy Santiago

 Tom Houghton
Tim Devaney

Ed Silberstein

 Carol Laws
Kathryn Goddard-Doms

Maya Silva

Jan Marie Rushforth
Carl DuPolt

TomRoy Smith

 Andy Saul
John Furth


Jim Stultrager
Jeannette Guess


 Fritz Thornton
Rich Horowitz


 Olga Thornton
Clyde Hunt
Greg Vitali
Barbarann Keffer  Joseph Ackerman*
Rosemary Kesling  Bill Buchanan*
Gerry Krieg Robert Doherty*
Scott Maits  Bill Frasch*

*-Deceased

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Darby Creek Valley Association P.O. Box 732 Drexel Hill, PA 19026   |   Phone: 484.222.2502
Jaclyn Rhoads, President – president@dcva.org
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