Amy Miller

Watershed Specialist
Watershed Program Lead

Amy Miller

Watershed Specialist
Watershed Program Lead

Amy started with ACCD in 2008 after completing a graduate degree in environmental science/biology at Clarion University. When not on the stream for work, she's usually still on the stream or lake fishing and hunting throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Phone: (412)291-8014

Brian Gilliland

Senior Resource Conservationist

Brian Gilliland

Senior Resource Conservationist

Brian has spent his career “on the other side of the aisle,” preparing permit applications to submit to the District. His understanding of the development and engineer communities brings great value to the staff. Brian started with ACCD in 2016 and will be reviewing Individual NPDES permit applications.

Phone: (412)291-8011

Danielle Rhea

Agriculture Conservationist
Dirt + Gravel Roads Program Lead

Danielle Rhea

Agriculture Conservationist
Dirt + Gravel Roads Program Lead

Danielle began working for ACCD in 2016 with prior experience in watershed conservation and Nutrient Management planning. She also administers the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads Program. Outside of the office, she enjoys fishing, playing piano, and spending time on her family's farm.

Phone: (412)291-8004

Emma Grubbs

Marketing + Community Engagement Coordinator

Emma Grubbs

Marketing + Community Engagement Coordinator

Emma joined ACCD in 2017 as a marketing and design fellow after studying public relations and graphic design at Slippery Rock University. When not promoting all things ACCD, she likes drinking green tea and collecting magazines.

Jan Lauer

District Manager

Jan Lauer

District Manager

Prior to ACCD, Jan was the Director of 3 Rivers Clean Energy and Senior Vice President of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Jan also spent 20 years in corporate research as an Operations Manager. Jan is on the board of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and Penn’s Corner Charitable Trust.

Phone: 412-291-8013

Jessie Albright

Marketing + Operations Director

Jessie Albright

Marketing + Operations Director

Before joining ACCD in May 2016, Jessie worked in nonprofit media and marketing while her Carnegie Mellon graduate program in Public Policy and Management developed strong project management skills. In her free time, she explores Pittsburgh's vibrant arts scene, fishes and camps.

Phone: (412)291-8009

Jonathan Burgess

Policy Director
Urban Agriculture Program Lead

Jonathan Burgess

Policy Director
Urban Agriculture Program Lead

Jon joined ACCD after studying Public Policy at Duquesne University. His background mixes natural resource mgmt., agricultural extension and policy analysis. Jon also leads our Urban Agriculture Program. He likes concerts, cooking, and time with his wife and their dog.

Phone: (412)291-8017

Kelly McLaughlin

Assistant District Manager
Chapter 102 Program Lead

Kelly McLaughlin

Assistant District Manager
Chapter 102 Program Lead

Kelly has worked at ACCD since 2006 and has worked for PA CleanWays (Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful) and Westmoreland Conservation District. She is on the boards of Turtle Creek Watershed Association and the Regional Trail Corporation.

Phone: (412)291-8012

Lou Turka

Senior Research Conservationist

Lou Turka

Senior Research Conservationist

After attaining his BS in Civil Engineering Technology at Point Park and EIT certification, Lou spent 3 years as a land development design engineer. His engineering experience makes him a great resource at your Conservation District. Lou likes to spend time with his family and on his hobbies which are too numerous to mention here.

Phone: (412)291-8003

Matt Gordon

Senior Resource Conservationist
Chapter 105 Program Lead

Matt Gordon

Senior Resource Conservationist
Chapter 105 Program Lead

Matt has been with ACCD since 2014 and helped to establish our Chapter 102 program. He is a Penn State and Clarion University graduate with a background in fisheries and aquatic ecology. Matt is an avid outdoorsman and is slowly adjusting to city life.

Phone: (412)291-8003

Melinda Muehlbronner

Senior Resource Conservationist
First Technician

Melinda Muehlbronner

Senior Resource Conservationist
Lead Technician

Melinda started with ACCD in 2014 and has over 6 years experience in Erosion and Sediment work.

Phone: (412)291-8002

Michele Meanor

Resource Conservationist

Michele Meanor

Resource Conservationist

Michele graduated with a master’s degree in environmental studies and was ACCD’s GIS Fellow until she was hired in 2017. Michele spends her free time working on home improvements, attending concerts, and visiting New Orleans every chance she gets.

Phone: (412)291-8015

Nate Simon

Senior Resource Conservationist

Nate Simon

Senior Resource Conservationist

Nate started at ACCD in 2016 after spending two years with the Washington County Conservation District. Nate has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Geography/Biology from IUP. Most of his free time is spent deep in the woods or on a stream, hunting and fishing or just wandering and observing.

Phone: (412)291-8016

Rebecca Zeyzus

Municipal Stormwater Program Lead

Rebecca Zeyzus

Municipal Stormwater Program Lead

Rebecca is the Municipal Stormwater Program Lead and is also the Executive Director of the Allegheny Watershed Alliance. She has spent time on Lake Champlain completing water quality testing and preventing the spread of invasive species. Rebecca loves swimming, kayaking and reading.

Phone: (412)291-8006

Sara Bach

Customer Service Supervisor

Sara Bach

Customer Service Supervisor

Sara attended Chatham University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration while working professionally in the healthcare field before joining ACCD. She has a strong background in training and direct customer contact. In her free time, Sara enjoys yard sales and thrift shopping, reading and spending time with family.

Phone: (412)291-8010

Sean Lukacs

GIS + Technology Coordinator

Sean Lukacs

GIS + Technology Coordinator

Prior to working at ACCD, Sean was a Team Chief in a communications section for the PA National Guard, 1-110th Infantry Battalion. During that time, he developed a drive for public service and skills necessary for IT resolution and management. Sean also has a background in archaeology and field data collection.

Phone: (412)291-8007

Shannon Yasko

Customer Service Administrator

Shannon Yasko

Customer Service Administrator

Shannon graduated from Bradford School of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys being with her family, camping and volunteering with her church through Samaritan's Purse to help disaster relief.

Phone: (412)241-7645

Toni Bell

Customer Service Administrator

Toni Bell

Customer Service Administrator

Toni has built extensive experience in account management, specifically when working at the University of Pittsburgh in tuition monitoring prior to working at ACCD. An avid gardener, she uses her fresh picked vegetables and herbs when cooking for family and friends.

Phone: (412)291-8007

Our Board of Directors

Donald Newman
Chairman
Buchart Horn
Eric French
Vice Chairman
Eisler Landscapes
John Thatcher
Treasurer
All Pittsburgh Real Estate
Ruthann Omer
Secretary
Gateway Engineers
Pat Catena
Allegheny County Councilman,
District 4
Deborah Lange
Carnegie Mellon University,
Brownfields Center
John Scott
McCandless-Scott Farm
Gregg Brougos
Colliers International

Our Associate Directors

  • Darla Cravotta, Allegheny County
  • Maureen Hogan, Penn State Center
  • Richard Kauffman, CDM Smith
  • James Rumbaugh, The Meritage Group
  • Timothy Schumann, Peters Creek Watershed Association
  • Jason Singer, JASE Contracting
  • Bruce Snyder, Firecherry Consulting
  • Benjamin Walker, Homewood Children's Village