Our Team

Executive Director

Heather Fenyk, Ph.D., AICP/PP (volunteer)

LRWP founder Heather Fenyk currently serves on the LRWP Board and as the LRWP’s Executive Director.

Counsel

Philip George, Esquire (volunteer)

Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, LLC

Water Resources Management – Water Quality Monitoring

Amanda Tucker (supported through a grant from The Watershed Institute)

Amanda is spearheading development of a comprehensive water quality monitoring plan for the Lower Raritan Watershed. She attended McGill University where she earned a M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management and a B.A. in International Development in Environment. After graduating Amanda worked for a sustainability-focused investment firm performing environmental due diligence for alternative energy projects. She has experience in watershed management, environmental compliance, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement.

Water Resources Management (Stormwater) – Land Use Planning

Brian Kempf (volunteer)

Brian is working with the LRWP to frame and implement a watershed-based approach to stormwater management, which includes exploring the possibility of setting up a regional collaborative approach to coordinate and support municipalities’ effort in stormwater management with the incoming MS4 permit requirements. Brian has a background in natural resource and floodplain management, resiliency/coastal planning, and housing/real estate, and will graduate in May 2017 with a Masters from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Data Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Daryl Krasnuk (supported through a grant from The Watershed Institute)

Daryl earned a BS in environmental planning with an emphasis in geomatics at Rutgers University where he continues to work as a GIS analyst at the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis. His work is focused on the impact land use and land change has on watershed health in the Raritan Basin.

CoLAB resident artist with LRWP

Jamie Bruno (supported through a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts)

Jamie Bruno has spent years in both the art and agricultural worlds. Her work investigates interrelationships between humans and the environment, is interactive and increasingly functional. Jamie is an interdisciplinary artist, employing painting, drawing, video, and installation to convey ideas.

Water Resources Management (Stormwater) – Communications

Joan Kaplan (volunteer)

Joan’s work with the LRWP evolved through the Rutgers Environmental Steward program.

 

Project WADES Youth Engagement

Lilly Vargyas (supported through a grant from Johnson & Johnson)

 

Marketing & Strategic Development

Alanna Jamieson (volunteer)

Alanna leads strategic plan development and marketing plan development for the LRWP. She is a communications and marketing professional with ten years of experience in the life sciences industry. Alanna specializes in public relations and corporate communications. Alanna holds a B.A. degree in English from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Raritan Riverkeeper

Bill Schultz

Bill is a retired Captain & shift commander in a career fire service, hazardous materials technician and instructor in water rescue. Schultz has served with various underwater search and recovery teams. In 1991 Bill Schultz began his work as an environmentalist as a volunteer water quality monitor for the NY/NJ Baykeeper. He started the Baykeeper Boat Auxiliary in 1993 and established the Raritan Riverkeeper program in 1999.

Web Development

Atanas Entchev (supported through multiple grants)

Atanas is the founder and principal of EntchevDotCom, LLC — a GIS and web development consultancy based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Atanas received an MS in urban planning from Rutgers University. He built his first website in 1995, writing raw HTML by hand.

Habitat & Ecological Health

Johnny Malpica (volunteer)

Johnny is helping the LRWP spearhead our pollinators garden project for the City of New Brunswick. Johnny currently serves as a program coordinator for The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research & Service at Rutgers University. In this role, he helps to develop and facilitate community-based research projects, as well as community-based GIS mapping projects. Prior to working with The Collaborative, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA based in New Brunswick, New Jersey for one a one-year term. Johnny holds a B.A. in Planning Public Policy and Geography from Rutgers University.

 

Watershed Restoration

Bill Shadel (volunteer)

Bill is an independent consultant in the areas of natural resources, communications, and sustainability. His previous positions include Executive Director at the Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC-NYNJCT), Habitat Restoration Program Director at the American Littoral Society, and Senior Biologist at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Bill holds a B.S. in landscape architecture and a B.A. in history from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in plant ecology from The University of Vermont.

We are looking for volunteers to work in the following areas, please contact us if you are interested in spearheading the LRWP’s work in:

Office Management

Communications

Water Quality Monitoring

Community Outreach