Key Personnel

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Holly Purpura

Executive Director

holly@deckerscreek.org

Our Executive Director comes to us locally, born and raised in West Virginia. A West Virginia University Alum in the Geography department, she worked prior to FODC at National Geographic Education and the Hunger Project UK.

 Sarah Cayton

Water Remediation Project Manager

sarah@deckerscreek.org

Sarah Cayton is a Morgantown native and a graduate of West Virginia University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience with a minor in Communications. Previously, she worked on a soil remediation project in Spelter, WV cleaning up a community after contamination by a zinc smelting plant. Sarah enjoys boating, swimming, hiking, and game nights with her friends and family. She is very excited to join the FODC team and make an impact in her home community.

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Haley Mutz

Americorps VISTA

haley@deckerscreek.org

With a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geoscience with minors in GIS and environmental change, Haley is a Morgantown native and WVU alum. Previously, she worked as an intern and volunteer at Friends of Deckers Creek while she finished her undergraduate degree before deciding to join the staff full-time. She enjoys animals, technology, and warm weather.

Jordan Young

Education Coordinator

jordan@deckerscreek.org

Previously the Program Administrator for the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club, Jordan had worked with Friends of Deckers Creek on numerous occasions before finally joining our staff. He is an alum of the West Virginia University Biology Department and is certified as a Master Gardener through the WVU Monongalia Extension Agency.

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Board Members

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Krista Kent

PRESIDENT

Krista, Director of Planning & Operations at the WVU Foundation, is a long-time South Hills resident and wants to help better the beautiful creek that runs near her house.

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Anna Withrow

VICE PRESIDENT

Anna is a Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist at the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center.  Formally trained as a Landscape Architect, Anna works to advance property reuse projects throughout the state. 

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Kendra Hatcher

SECRETARY

Kendra is a native West Virginian from the Eastern Panhandle.  She holds an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in Geology, and returned to Morgantown after completing a Master’s of Science in Geography at Oregon State University.

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Rick Landenberger

Rick grew up in southern California and moved to upstate New York as a teenager.  He maintained a close connection to nature and eventually studied environmental science and ecology in college.  Rick took a position with the US Forest Service that brought him to West Virginia in the late 1980’s.

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Anna Hathaway Runner

Anna has worked throughout the United States on various research and monitoring projects with an emphasis on wildlife research. She has studied endangered and threatened avian, reptile, and mammalian species in Utah, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida.

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Brad Stephens

After receiving his J.D. from the WVU College of Law, Brad opened a practice in Morgantown. He aims to chiefly provide representation to organizations forwarding the causes of environmental stewardship.

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Aldona Bird

Aldona is a journalist with the Dominion Post, writing a weekly column on homesteading and living locally. She is also a freelance photographer and studied Photojournalism at Point Park University. She has volunteered with Friends of Deckers Creek since 2006, serving as a volunteer and leader at age 16.

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Christian Root

Christian is a biology and anatomy teacher at Morgantown High School. After studying Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland, where he also worked in a biotechnology lab investigating the merits of using transgenic fungus to combat Chestnut Blight, he earned his Master’s in Teaching.

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David Raese

David is the owner of the Dominion Post and the WV Radio Corp, as well as the District Governor of the Rotary Club of Morgantown, with whom he's served with for over twenty years.

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Bill Pennington

Bill is a lawyer and long-time FODC supporter. He is a three-time WVU grad with bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering and and a law degree. Bill has helped FODC with land purchases, letters for our newsletter, and helps arrange the trout stockings each year.

Interns

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← Emma Carte

Emma is a born-and-raised Morgantown native, studying English at West Virginia University. When she's not hanging out with her dogs and cats, Emma likes reading and writing above all. She hopes to use her skills in ways that ultimately help how we treat the Earth and how we treat each other.