The Role of the Board of Directors for the RCP
As part of developing an organization with shared governance, the bylaws of the RCP created a seven (7) member Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of RCP members and oversees all RCP activities and finances. A Board member serves a two (2) year term and elects officers for the organization within the Board. The Board meets monthly to conduct RCP business. If interested in becoming a board member or attending meetings, check out the News and Events page for meeting times and locations.
After growing up in Cleveland, and living in Columbus for 20 years after college, Nora Sullivan came to southeastern Ohio in 2009 when she enrolled in Hocking College’s Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Program. Falling in love with the area during that program, she decided to stay. After spending two years doing Acid Mine Drainage watershed work as an AmeriCorps Member with Monday Creek Restoration Project, Nora earned a Master’s Degrees in Communications and Development and Environmental Studies from Ohio University. Nora continues to work on environmental projects as an Environmental Specialist in Ohio University’s Voinovich School Energy and Environment program. She is a member of Raccoon Creek Partnership, and the Hocking River Commission. Nora believes that both people and the environment must be doing well to achieve optimal health in society.
He is a lifelong resident of Ohio. Having been raised in Gallia County, Matt grew up swimming at Baker’s Landing on Raccoon Creek and wade fishing the Northup section of the creek as soon as he was old enough to drive. Raccoon Creek holds a special place in his heart because of the miles he’s waded and floated as well as the memories he’s made doing the same.He holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University and is currently employed as an appliance technician for Factory Warranty Services located in Elkins, WV. Residing in Shade for the past 17 years, Matt frequently visits the creek for short float fishing trips often shuttled by his friends at Raccoon Creek Outfitters in Albany. The creek as helped shape his life and he feels like it’s time he gave something back.
Sarah (Sarie) Cornwell served as a Rural Action Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps member with Raccoon Creek Partnership from 2010-2011. Sarah then fell in the creek a few times, touched a bunch of fish, and went on to serve as Raccoon Creek Water Quality Specialist until fall of 2017. Sarah has long been an active member of RCP and a volunteer for the Raccoon Creek Water Trail Association. She enjoys helping organize canoe floats and teaching canoe skills and boating safety as an American Canoe Association certified canoe instructor. In addition to canoeing, Sarah enjoys bicycling and camping. She still touches fish occasionally and her spirit fish is the Golden Red Horse. Sarah resides in Athens with her husband Eric, who also gets roped into volunteering with RCP, and they have a dog, cat, and two fish.
Sarah Maj is a current resident of Athens, Ohio and an Environmental Health Specialist at the Athens City-County Health Department working specifically in the Wastewater Treatment Program. She studied Geological Sciences at Ohio University where she completed a B.S. in 2014 and an M.S. in 2016. Both her undergraduate and graduate research projects were conducted in Raccoon Creek watershed. Sarah’s undergraduate thesis examined the role of iron oxidation in stream recovery, while her Master’s thesis compared nutrient concentrations in the water and sediment. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, kayaking, and playing soccer. “Raccoon Creek Partnership and the people involved have been instrumental in my development as a scientist and environmental steward. I am excited about the opportunity to give back to an organization that means so much to this region and myself.”
Emily grew up in Toledo, Ohio and ventured down to Southeast Ohio to attend Ohio University, pursuing a degree in Environmental Biology. She started working in the algae lab with Dr. Morgan Vis and discovered how cool algae are. She went on to do her Master’s Degree with Dr. Vis studying the recovery of the biofilm community (the slimy algae and bacteria on rocks) in Acid Mine Drainage recovered streams. The following year, Emily served as an AmeriCorps member with Raccoon Creek Partnership and discovered that the fish and bugs are pretty cool too. Now Emily serves as Secretary on the Raccoon Creek Partnership Board of Directors and works as a Quality Control Technician at Quidel Corporation. She is excited to stay involved with Raccoon Creek and loves helping out with stream sampling whenever possible.
Glenn has been involved in Vinton County since the early 1960s. Graduated from OSU in 1970 with a BS in Forest Industry. Glenn worked in the timber industry, operated the Vinton County Airport, and served as Director of Health at the Vinton County Health Department and the Solid Waste District. Glenn was chair of the Raccoon Creek Improvement Committee before the formation of RCP, and has volunteered with RCP since its formation in 2007. While attending college, Glenn worked to reclaim and treat the acid mine drainage issues on the 70 acres where he now resides; restoring the stream on the property from lifeless to a lively small stream!
My name is Chris Kimmel. My wife Sherri and I live at the homestead with my parents and we have 4 grown children between us, all living near my wife’s hometown of Grand Rapids MichiganI was born and raised in Gallia County where I spent my youth exploring the country around Tycoon Lake and Raccoon Creak. I am a Navy Desert Storm / Shield veteran. I was a High School Electronics Instructor and then held a number of positions in the computer applications / software development consulting arena to my current status as a Data Integration / Enterprise Software Development Consultant under my own shingle. Along with the consultancy, I also own a small general homesteading / brewing supply store in Rio Grande managed by my wife.I am a Mason in Michigan and Ohio, Trustee for the Gallia County Farm Bureau, and on the ballot for Raccoon Township Trustee. My wife and I are active members of the Gallia County Conservation Club and are affiliate members of Gallia County Soil and Water District.I value and appreciate the work that RCP has done to restore the creek and the lands of the watershed and feel that with my interests, skill and experience, the best way I can help with those effort is as an active board member.