Deborah Nardone has primary strategic and operational responsibility of carrying out ClearWater’s mission and vision. She helps lead staff, volunteers, and friends of the organization to implement that mission while setting strategic direction for the organization. She is also the lead fundraiser and represents the organization to the community at large.
Deb has 20 years of broad experience in the field of natural conservation with local, state and national organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Sierra Club.
She was awarded the Conservation Professional of the Year Award by National Trout Unlimited in 2010 and was named one of the top 40 Pennsylvanians under the age of 40 working to protect the environment by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Nardone earned bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Political Science from Juniata College and a master’s degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University.
She resides on a small, wooded lot with her husband, Jason Little, and their son, Jonah, 8. Together, they enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking.
Sarah Edge has been our Office Manager since January of 2007. She has a BBA and an MS in Accounting from Texas A&M. Sarah was a CPA for a number of years, working for an accounting firm in Exton PA and then forming her own firm in Downingtown until she moved to Centre County in 2000.
Land Conservation Manager
Kevin works with local landowners, volunteers, partner agencies, engaged businesses and stakeholders along with ClearWater staff and board to implement our mission to conserve ecologically important habitats in Central Pennsylvania.
In keeping with his lifelong commitment to the environment, Kevin brings more than 30 years of local experience in community development, environmental initiatives, and transportation management to the Conservancy. He holds a BS in zoology from the University of Michigan, an MA in language and literature from Central Michigan and a professional certification in applied river morphology.
Kevin lives in the village of Gatesburg with his wife Georgia and enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and riding his bicycle.
Land Stewardship Assistant
Colleen Delong helps coordinate the Riparian Conservation Program, works with Growing Native and Native Garden volunteers and assists with other conservation initiatives.
Colleen grew up in Lehigh County, Pa., swimming and canoeing in the Lehigh River and hiking on the Blue Mountain. She was first inspired to pursue a career in the natural sciences during an environmental science class in 11th grade. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and an M.S. from Penn State University’s Ecology Program.
Most of Colleen’s work over the past 20 years has been in habitat establishment and conservation, along with education and outreach. Colleen comes to us from the PA Game Commission (PGC), where she was the statewide coordinator for the Wild Pheasant Recovery Program.
While working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Colleen was the education coordinator for the Cornell Nest Box Network, a citizen-science program that taught people from all walks of life how to conduct wildlife research by collecting data on the success of cavity-nesting birds that use nest boxes across North America. She worked with the West Virginia DNR, assisting homeowners in the West Virginia Wild Yards Program to create backyard habitats for wildlife (and people too) and the Outdoor Learning Sites Programs, where she helped schools create wildlife habitat and outdoor classrooms on school property.
Outside of work, Colleen spends most of her time outdoors, gardening and hiking with her golden retriever and border collie.
Conservation Projects Coordinator
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Suzy joined Clearwater in July 2017 as the Conservation Projects Coordinator.
Suzy develops, manages and advances conservation projects in ClearWater’s land and water resources programs in collaboration with the Habitat Stewardship Biologist and Land Conservation Manager.
As an aquatic ecologist, Suzy spent the last 20 years studying riverine benthic macroinvertebrate ecology, conducting natural resource and water quality assessments and managing research projects for Riparia at Penn State University where she earned her B.A. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and her M.S. in Ecology.
Suzy grew up and currently lives near Lewisburg at the foot of Buffalo Mountain in Central Pennsylvania along with her husband, Rick and sons, Caleb and Ethan. Outside of work, you’ll usually find her behind her microscope, tending her garden, hiking in the woods, or splashing around in the water.
Laura Van Velsor
Laura joined Clearwater in May 2014 as the part-time Executive Assistant. Her administrative responsibilities are primarily to help coordinate the logistics of large annual events and to manage ClearWater’s database. In 2003 Laura earned her B.A.E from Arizona State University in Secondary Education specializing in Biology. Originally from Pennsylvania, she was happy to move to State College in 2004.When not in the office you’ll probably find Laura enjoying the outdoors with her family, refereeing roller derby, or on a yoga mat. She has been teaching yoga since 2013 and started doing yoga fundraising for local animal rescues in 2015 (Happy Dog Yoga).
Water Resources Specialist
Lexie works closely with the Water Resources Monitoring program to collect important water quality and quantity data and the MS4 partners to implement a variety of programs, including Watershed Clean Up day.
Lexie completed her undergrad work at Bucknell University with an emphasis in Biology and completed her MS in Ecology at Penn State this past fall. In 2016-2017, Lexie supported the Spring Creek Watershed Commission and Association, helped launch the Spring Creek Watershed Atlas and served as Adventure Coordinator for the Centred Outdoors program as an AmeriCorps Member with ClearWater Conservancy.
Strategic Communications Coordinator
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Americorps Member/Spring Creek Watershed Conservation Coordinator
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Sierra joined Clearwater in September 2017 as an Office Administrator. Her responsibilities are primarily to greet visitors to our office, assist in planning our fundraising events, and provide staff support for administrative tasks . In 2014, Sierra earned her B.A. in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University. As a Pennsylvania native, she is happy to be settled into life here in Happy Valley. When not in the office, Sierra enjoys spending quality time with her husband Jon, and son Jack, herding her menagerie of rescue animals, and sitting down with a cup of tea, a good book, and (usually) a cat in her lap.