Alysha Hunter is PDE’s Office Manager. As such, her responsibilities include office, accounting, human resources, and executive and board support.
Before joining PDE in October 2019, Hunter had worked in administrative and financial roles for several different companies. She has an associates degree in Business Management from Delaware Technical & Community College.Read More
Angela Padeletti is PDE’s Operations Director. She joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in 2008.
She is currently working on several projects. These include the:
Padeletti brought two previous job experiences with her to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
Beatrice O’Hara is a Wetlands Specialist for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. Here, she supports the Wetland Coordinator with conducting field assessments of tidal wetland conditions and monitoring.
O’Hara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Master of Science degree in Geological and Earth Sciences in addition to a Master’s Certification in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2017.
Danielle Kreeger, Ph.D. is an ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working as a research scientist and educator. She currently serves as Senior Science Director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), where she represents the National Estuary Program’s scientific interests by leading and participating in collaborative science and technical teams that address the goals set forth by the organization’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.
Elizabeth Horsey is Development Director for Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. As such, she handles fundraising, event planning, and database management. Horsey initially joined PDE in 2008.
Previously, Horsey worked as a technical writing editor for three years, during which she prepared manuals for the chemical industry on topics such as safety, health, and environmental standards.
Emily Baumbach joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in 2016. She is PDE’s Estuary Program Coordinator. Her chief responsibility is to collect and report information for compliance with the National Estuary Program.
Baumbach earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School in New York City.
Erica Rossetti is PDE’s Schuykill Action Network associate. Rossetti joined the team last year as an outreach intern, but this year became a regular member of the staff.
Her main role is to assist with administration, collaboration, social media, and event planning for the Schuylkill Action Network.
Irina Beal is the PDE’s Science Technical Specialist. She is here to work with freshwater mussels and assist with living shoreline projects.
Beal came to PDE from the Stockton Coastal Research Center in Port Republic, New Jersey where she collected topobathymetric data, or onshore and offshore beach profiles, of the New Jersey beaches from Sandy Hook down to Cape May Point.
Jonetta Lucas joined PDE as the Staff Accountant in May 2019. In this role, Lucas is responsible for performing the month-end accounting transactions, account analysis, preparing monthly reporting and assisting in the year end audit procedures.
Before joining PDE, Jonetta lived in New York where she held accounting positions with several real estate and property management companies such as Tishman Construction Corp., Cushman & Wakefield and Scholastic Inc.
Joshua Moody, Ph.D. is the Restoration Programs Manager at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. In this role, he manages a variety of projects to meet the region’s restoration needs. This includes the Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI). In addition, he develops the tools and methodologies to identify when and where restoration is appropriate.
Kaitlin Tucker is PDE’s Coastal Watersheds Coordinator. In this role, she mainly works with communities and partners on projects to improve water quality and coastal resilience. She also develops outreach products for the public that incorporate PDE’s science. She has experience facilitating workshops on wetlands, nature-based solutions, monitoring, and other scientific topics.
Karen Forst is PDE’s Coordinator of Grants. In this role, assists with writing and managing grants and identifying new funding opportunities. She brings 15-plus years of grant writing and management experience to the position.
Forst rejoined the PDE staff in 2018.
Kate Hutelmyer joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as its Watersheds Program Manager in 2016. In this role she leads collaborative efforts to make water cleaner in communities throughout Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Previously, Hutelmyer worked for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in central New Jersey.
Kate Layton is Communications Coordinator for Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. In this role, she promotes PDE and its activities to build awareness and engagement for protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary.
Before joining PDE, Layton served as Public Outreach Manager for the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization in central Delaware.
Kathy Klein is PDE’s Executive Director.
Although she recently stepped into this role, it is a familiar one for her. Klein served as PDE’s executive director from 1997 to 2007.
Klein has worked to improve environmental quality in the Delaware River Watershed for the past 30 years and has been a leader in development, strategic planning, and programmatic design and implementation efforts for several regional organizations.
Kurt Cheng is a Shellfish Coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. His chief responsibility is to research the natural benefits provided by various shellfish found in the Delaware River Basin. He also helps to monitor coastal wetlands along the tidal Delaware River and Bay.
Kylie Hall is the PDE’s Development Coordinator. In this role, she provides both development and grant support.
Before joining the PDE, Hall spent two years as the client services manager at Affinity Wealth Management, Inc. There, she provided direct support to financial advisors and their clients.
LeeAnn Haaf is the Wetland Coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. This means she spends much of her time assessing the health of wetlands, which the Delaware River and Bay is losing at the rate of almost one acre per day.
Matt Gentry is PDE’s Shellfish Specialist. At PDE, his work is focused on the restoration of bivalve shellfish such as oysters and freshwater mussels, and the evaluation of their ecosystem services. He works extensively with propagation and reintroduction studies of freshwater mussels to support the Partnership’s Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program.
Nancy Descano is the Finance & Administrative Director for Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. As such, she manages the administrative and operational aspects of PDE’s facility, finances, human resources, information technology, and contracts. She has been with PDE since 2016.
Sarah Bouboulis (pronounced Buh-boo-lis) joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as a Science Planning Specialist in 2015. One year later she took on a new role: Habitat Project Specialist. This means she installs clean-water investments like rain gardens and natural shorelines.
Sarah Morales is an Outreach Associate with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. As such, her chief responsibility is to organize and implement creative programs and projects that engage the public.
Before joining PDE full time, Morales worked at PDE part time as an outreach and volunteer program developer through AmeriCorps Public Allies Delaware.
Virginia Vassalotti is PDE’s Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator. The Schuylkill Action Network, or SAN, is a collaborative network of diverse partners all working towards a clean, healthy Schuylkill River Watershed. As SAN Coordinator, Vassalotti fosters creative partnerships, provides technical assistance, and implements projects to protect water resources in the watershed.