Angela Padeletti joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in 2008 and is PDE’s Science Programs Manager. 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.
Asia Tran is PDE’s Office Administrator. As such, her duties include human resources and I.T. support, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing.
Tran attended Goldey Beacom College majoring in Business Administration, and holds Real Estate licenses in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Brittany Musolino joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as its Outreach Program Specialist in 2017. In this role, she manages several projects and initiatives that aim to enhance public understanding of the connection between individual behavior and the health of the Estuary.
Dr. Danielle Kreeger 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.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary hired Elizabeth Horsey in 2008. She is PDE’s Development Manager, working on fundraising, event planning, and database management.
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 Science Planning 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.
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.
Joshua Moody 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 Collins joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in 2016, first as a monitoring fellow and now as its Watershed Planning Coordinator. Among other duties, she works with communities and partners in New Jersey on projects to improve water quality and coastal resilience.
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 PDE’s marketing and communications manager. In this role, she is responsible for promoting the PDE and its activities to build awareness and engagement for protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary.
Before joining PDE, Layton served as the public outreach manager for the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization in central Delaware.
Kathy Klein is PDE’s Interim 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 events and grants administrator. In this role, she provides both development and office 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 joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as its Deputy Executive Director in 2016. This requires her to manage the administrative and operational aspects of its facility, finances, human resources, information technology, and contracts.
Most recently, Descano served as the interim CFO for the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, which followed 11 years as Blood Bank of Delmarva’s financial controller.
Renée Brecht of Greenwich, New Jersey is the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Director of Outreach. She manages a team of five executives who lead environmental education projects, programs, and events. These initiatives further a collaborative 10-year action plan in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
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.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary promoted Spencer Roberts to the position of science fellow in 2016 after serving as an intern for one year. Roberts works primarily on shellfish restoration and research.
Roberts is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science at Drexel University.
Virginia Vassalotti coordinates the Schuylkill Action Network, of which the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a founding member. This requires her to collaborate with community leaders by sharing information, expertise, and assistance. In this way, she protects and restores Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill River, the Delaware River and Bay’s largest tributary.