Board of Directors

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.


Kate Blyth


Kate Blyth grew up riding horses and playing in the dirt on a farm in Northern Athens County. After being involved with environmental activism related to coal mining in high school, she went on to study Environmental Geography, Spanish, and GIS at Ohio University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science while also gaining four years of experience working on grant-funded, environmentally-related projects. Following college, she returned to the world of reclamation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the Acid Mine Drainage program. After three years in the wellness world as a Pilates instructor, she is now working for Intersect Power on the permitting team, supporting the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects nationwide. Kate has a deep passion for sustainability, reclamation, and environmental education. She continues to ride horses, play in the dirt, and spend many hours outside enjoying our special corner of the world.

Nora Sullivan


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.

Kelly Love


Kelly Love was an AmeriCorps member serving with Raccoon Creek Partnership for 2 years. During that time, she assisted with efforts to improve the water quality of Raccoon Creek. It is an experience that has impacted her life significantly. She has recently finished her Master degree in environmental studies at Ohio University. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation. Kelly has lived in the Athens area for about 5 years now and loves the history of the area. In her free time, Kelly loves exploring the area, camping, and scuba diving. She have a dog that loves going on adventures with her.

Nichole Mazzone


Nichole Mazzone is an Environmental Specialist with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service at Ohio University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and a master’s from Ohio University. Her  educational background is in water quality research and watershed management. She loves recreating outdoors and giving back to her community. She is from Dayton Ohio originally but now calls Athens home!


General board members:

Chris Kimmel

Emil Keil-Loudner

Tim Sanders

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