Board of Directors

Executive Committee


President - Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads received her B.S., M.S. and Phd. she also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the Assistant Executive Director at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and teaches environmental policy at Drexel University and environmental science at Widener University. She is also a fellow of the Delaware Valley Regional Network of the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of Norwood's Environmental Advisory Committee, President of the Friends of the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and founder of Delaware Concerned Citizens for Environmental Change. Jaclyn received Environmental Advocate of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter in 2017 and the PennFuture “Woman of the Delaware River Watershed Award in 2018.  She can be reached atShe 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 FMC Corporation with over 30 years of environmental experience. Alan 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

He is a principal at Wetlands & Ecology. Inc. He earned his B.S. Biology /Ecology Concentration from West Chester University, and has been working as a consulting ecologist for more than 30 yrs. His professional certifications include Ecological Designer, Professional Wetland Scientist, Habitat Evaluation Procedures, and Wetland Evaluation Technique. Specialized training completed include: Master Watershed Steward Training from the Penn State Extension; and Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.   

In April 2018, Derron’s work as the lead designer of green stormwater infrastructure project that was recognized by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partnership with an Excellence in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) award for a Private Project. Derron has completed six other GSI projects in the Pennypack Creek watershed over the past 12 years. He is an active member of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative’s Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, which is funded in part by the William Penn Foundation (WPF) to engage and educate the public about water quality. He has been the monitoring lead for Cobbs Creek in this project since 2014.  

Derron represents DCVA in the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group, which was formed to inform and advise the community that lives adjacent to the Lower Darby Creek Superfund Site. He served as co-chair of the Technical Working Group between 2014 and 2018, when the Clearview Landfill remedial design was underway and continues to provide technical assistance as an active member of the CAG. He has also been able to watchdog EPA as they address this complicated site, bringing the experience he gained from working on 21 other non-EPA lead superfund sites, six of which were landfills to support the interests and needs of the Eastwick Community.  Derron can be reached at: 2ndvp@dcva.org


3rd Vice President - Earl Wilson

Earl Wilson has made Eastwick his home for over forty years.  He is a retired Philadelphia Public School teacher who has taught science to hundreds of children.  His passion for science and teaching has him committed to organizations such as Eastwick Action Committee, Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, Darby Creek Valley Association and the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group.  Collectively with Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, Earl has received the Bread and Roses Award for his dedicated work in Eastwick as a community activist. He is also the proud recipient of the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group Leadership Award and just recently received the Darby Creek Valley Association Ribbon of Green Award for his lifelong dedication and commitment to over forty years of service to Eastwick and the surrounding communities.  Earl can be reached at ehwilsonsr2@aol.com



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 worked with DCVA volunteer Bill Frasch to win an US EPA funding for a Technical Assistance Grant in 2004, the purpose of which is to provide the community surrounding the EPA superfund sites in the Lower Darby Creek area with information about the cleanup and the risks to the community associated with the site.  Dick also worked with DCVA volunteer JanMarie Rushforth on a grant to monitor the cleanup of the Haverford State Hospital property from 2007 to 2009 when the hospital was closed and the land became available for other uses. Dick also manages the funds for the William Penn Foundation grant to DCVA whose purpose is to study and improve water quality in the Darby Creek watershed. A busy volunteer, Dick has maintained a section of the Horseshoe Trail for the Wilmington Trail Club since 1990.  For the Hagley Museum he volunteers for special events, the annual car show in September and fireworks in June. As a Winterthur Museum volunteer he assists the garden guides with walks for the public. Dick has also been a member of the Friends Of Heinz Refuge since 2010 and had served as the treasurer since 2015

Dick can be reached at: treasurer@dcva.org

Staff: 


Director- Susan Miller

Experienced leader with a history of working in the Nonprofit and science industries.  Skilled in Nonprofit Organization, management, marketing , finance and fundraising. Susan has a Masters in Non-profit Organizational Management from Eastern University and a B.S. in Biology/Marine Biology from Long Island University, Southampton. Susan has years of experience in management and in the environmental field, and has managed geotechnical soil laboratories and a medical neurovirology research lab.  Susan has been volunteering with Natural Lands, Force of Nature for numerous years.


General Board Members
Donna Adams

Jamie Anderson has a BS in Environmental Science and an MA in Geography and Planning. She has always had a keen interest in nature in particular water quality from growing up across the street from Little Crum Creek. Jamie currently resides in the Darby Creek and has professional experience in environmental planning, water resource conservation, and the MS4 program. Her activities in DCVA focus on education and outreach initiative as well as supporting the expansion of riparian plantings along Darby Creek and its tributaries.  She has been very active in building rain gardens and giving rain barrel workshops. Jamie is also the coordinator for the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative.

David Bennett- born in and grew up in Lansdowne and still live on Darby Creek for past 68 years. David became active with DCVA around the year 2000 and soon joined the Board of Directors. I have been serving as the liaison to Lansdowne Borough as well as the DCVA representative to the Circuit Coalition.  David was the chairperson of the Annual Darby Creek/Cobbs Creek Watershed Wide Cleanup for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018. During that time we expanded our number of sites to include 2 areas in Philadelphia, one in Montgomery County, and several in Delaware County.

Tim Denny became a member of DCVA in 1992 after helping with the Darby Creek Cleanup for several years.Tim also serves as the Director of Parks and Recreation in Haverford Township. In that role he was instrumental in the 14 year effort to transform the former Haverford State Hospital grounds into  the current Haverford Reserve and the LEED certified Community Recreation and Environmental Center ( CREC) which opened in 2012. DCVA played a pivotal role in administering the grant from the NFWF which Haverford Township acquired for the ecological inventory of the 209 acre site, which is adjacent to Darby Creek and critical to the watershed.

Tim Devaney has been involved with DCVA for many many years.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Art. He studied Botany and Ornamental Horticulture at Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation.  Tim is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and PHS Tree Tender. Tim drafted the Historic District Ordinance and Shade Tree Commission Ordinance, both codified into law for Borough of Ridley Park.  He also established a non-profit tree growing project funded in part by the National Tree Trust utilizing advanced growing techniques to provide tree species native to Pennsylvania for public lands. 
Kate Goddard Doms edits The Valley,  the quarterly newsletter of the Darby Creek Valley Association. Kate is an associate professor at Ursinus College where she teaches freshwater biology,  biological oceanography, and other courses.  She and her research students at Ursinus College study the effects of pollution and habitat modification on the fish and invertebrates of the Darby Creek Watershed. 
Carl DuPolt  has a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin.  He has been married for 42 years.  He is semi-retired from the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service in Chester, PA, Somerset, NJ and Hammonton, NJ and is now working as a consultant for Green Building Solutions & Supplies, LLC in Exton, PA. He was the president of the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association from 1983-2000.  He has been on the Board of Directors of DCVA since 2006.   He was on the Marple Township Environmental Advisory Board and Planning Commission during the 1970's and 1980's.  He was a member of the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, where he served as Director, Vice President, Treasurer and President since 1976.  He is a member of the American WaterWorks Association and the American Water Resources Association-NJ. I am currently a member of the Board of Directors and I have been a member since the early 2000's
Jeannette Guess
Rich Horowitz Phd. Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science Senior Scientist, Fisheries Section Leader, Ruth Patrick Chair of Environmental Sciences, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Office: Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
Clyde Hunt 35 years ago that a call went out to start a watershed-wide group for the Darby Creek. U.S. Representative Robert Edgar planned to assist an organizational meeting. Clyde and Gila attended the breakfast meeting at a Wm. Penn District School eager to do somethings locally. We learned on that Saturday morning, that Repr. Edgar had promised a vote for that morning in Washington. The overwhelming comment was... “Lets eat!  We can start our own association.”   And so most all attendees agreed that our stream now had its own sponsor.  Clyde is DCVA’s tree expert! He is in charge of tree planting for DCVA throughout the watershed.
Barbarann Keffer  First stumbled upon the DCVA in a local paper’s press release seeking volunteers to head clean-up sites in the watershed.  That was in 2007 and she has been captaining sites ever since. Encouraged by founding members John Furth and Clyde Hunt, Barbarann has served on the Board since 2008.  She lives in Upper Darby Township where she also serves on Township Council.
The DCVA is comprised of a wealth of talented and committed residents who work on many issues important to our community – environmental justice, historic preservation, creek restoration and beautification, stormwater mitigation – with programs and opportunities open to people of all ages and interests.  That is why I continue to be a part of the DCVA and to encourage others to do the same. This is a great organization which is always open to the energy and ideas of new potential members.”


General Board Members
Rosemary Kesling is a founding member of DCVA and has been a member of the board since the organization's inception.  She edited the newsletter for many years and now maintains the membership database as well as soliciting member renewals every year.  She received a B.A. from Creighton University in 1966 and a M.A. in English from the University of Iowa in 1969. She worked for many years for the Pennsylvania Resources Council doing environmental education. 
Gerry Krieg has been a DCVA board member since 2013.  He has worked as a cartographer since the mid-90's, having received an M.A. in Geography from Temple University.  He has been President of the Norwood Shade Tree Committee since 2008.  In this position he has been responsible for overseeing the planting of hundreds of trees throughout the borough, work on a multi-year habitat restoration project along the Darby and Muckinapates Creeks near the Morton House in Norwood, the opening and continued operation of the Norwood Community Garden and other projects.  Gerry is involved in the initial activities of the habitat restoration of the newly acquired DCVA Folcroft property that borders the Muckinpates Creek.   
Scott Maits

Robin Mann is an environmental advocate, active for years with the Sierra Club, and currently serving in her 4th term on their national Board of Directors.  During her time on the board, she has served as the Club's national Vice President and President.  Previously, she chaired the Sierra Club's national water campaigns for several years, working to strengthen regulatory protection for small streams and wetlands, and defend against efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act. She led Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter advocacy efforts for clean water during the 1990s, helping to secure improved wetlands and stream protections at the state level.  She participates in various local environmental initiatives, and serves on the boards of a local environmental justice coalition and other community organizations in addition to DCVA.  She holds M.A.'s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and in economics from the University of California - Berkeley.

Marty Milligan  been a Darby Creek Clean up Captain since 1998. He is a commissioner for the Marple Newtown Recreation Department, Delaware County Parks and Recreation Board member and former Chairman of the Newtown Square Parks Recreation Board.  He spent a good portion of his youth fishing, swimming and playing ice hockey on the Darby Creek, when the Philadelphia Flyers better known as the ”Broad Street Bullies” were winning Stanley Cup Championships.

Toni McIntosh 





Peter Puglionesi  joined the Board in 2013. He is currently President of Applied EHS Management Inc. which provides solution-focused safety, environmental, risk and emergency management services.  He has a B.E. from Cooper Union and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer and Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He won a National Fish and Wildlife grant funded by the William Penn Foundation for a DCVA demonstration project using Rain Gardens to absorb runoff from streets involving installation of 8 rain gardens adjacent to streets and, with its Hav-a-Rain Garden local partner, 10 residential rain gardens. He is Co-Chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee, a Haverford Township Civic Association Board Member, Co-Founder of Friends of Haverford Trails and Hav-a-Rain Garden, and was on the Haverford Township Consulting Task Force for Haverford State Hospital which initiated the initial assessment of natural resources at the site which, after formal studies and planning facilitated by DCVA efforts, led to the preservation of over 120 acres of the 212 acre site for passive recreational use.

TomRoy Smith became interested in the Darby Creek Valley at an early age.  He began to attend DCVA meeting when the organization was founded.  Tom was on the nominating committee that nominated DCVA board members for 20 years.  He worked as an archivist for Upper Darby Township for 25 years. He enjoyed publishing a booklet on the history of Addingham and Garrettford, Pennsylvania from 1873-1912.  Addingham is the area of Upper Darby west of the Swedish Cabin and Garrettford is east of the Swedish Cabin. Tom developed a love of Quaker heritage and for many decades has portrayed William Penn in costume and delivered talks on Penn.   Tom has written articles for the DCVA quarterly The Valley for many years.  His column is called “Cricker Corner”.  He writes mostly about his boyhood playing and exploring around the Darby Creek and about the history of the Darby Creek watershed.  

Mary Westervelt taught many subjects - among them, English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Spanish, and Technical Communication - while trying to fit her passions for gardening and the environment into her spare time.  In 2013 she began work on a Master of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2016.  Mary is Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn, PA and chairs the Environmental Advisory Council of Tredyffrin Township.  She joined the DCVA Board in 2018. Mary is the author of Nature that Nurtures.



Emeritus Board Members
Anne Ackerman*
Joseph Ackerman*
Ed Ambrosio
Bill Buchanan*
Dave Cannon
Dave Doherty*
John Furth*
Bill Frasch*
Jan Haigis
John Haigis

* Deceased


Tom Houghton
Carol Laws
Jan Marie Rushforth*
Andy Saul
Jim Stultrager
Fritz Thornton*
Olga Thornton
Greg Vitali
Bill Buchanan*, 





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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