College of Arts & Sciences

2014 Stormwater Management Workshop Sponsors and Presenters

2014 Storm Water Management Workshop

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Saint Joseph's University Campus
Campion Student Center 
Financial Support:
The workshop is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation William Penn Foundation



Jamie Anderson is the coordinator for the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative. 

Nathan Boon, is a Program Associate in the Watershed Protection Grant Center of the William Penn Foundation. His role is to support science and data-driven approaches to decision-making. Nathan returned to his native Philadelphia following a consulting position with Booz Allen Hamilton providing technology-related project management and strategic planning services to the Federal government. Nathan is a certified Project Management Professional. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University.

David Burke is a Watershed Manager in the South Eastern Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Envionmental Protection.  He has expertise in water pollution, monitoring and environmental restoration. 

Linda Dottor, AICP, Communications Manager, Community Design Collaborative, is an urban planner with over twenty years of experience. She manages communications, outreach, and educational programming for the Community Design Collaborative. The Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofits in greater Philadelphia and offers meaningful volunteer opportunities to design professionals. Previously, Linda was a community planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Kevin Flynn is a Technical Director in the Water Resources division of AKRF.

Dr. Stephen Goldsmith is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment and Villanova University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2009. His research focuses on 1) environmental impacts of shale gas hydrofracking activities, 2) the link between land use practices and water quality impacts, 3) the effect of land use and landslides on carbon transport in the tropics, and 4) human alteration of biogeochemical cycles.

Chris Leswing, PP, AICP, is the Assistant Director of Planning in the Department of Building and PLanning, Lower Merion Township.

Barry Lewis is Executive Director of GreenTreks Network, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit whose mission is moving people towards a more sustainable lifestyle by creating awareness of how individual actions impact the environment, social condition, and quality of life. A writer, editor, photographer, and video producer, Barry has developed and managed a wide range of communications initiatives, including print, television, web, and interactive museum exhibitions. Prior to joining GreenTreks, Barry was Director of Communications at the Academy of Natural Sciences. 

Brian Merritt is a Water Resources Project Manger Manager for the Greater Philadelphia Region of AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. (AMEC).   He is a civil engineer with over 10 years of experience in stormwater management planning, design and permitting; green infrastructure planning and design; floodplain management including dams, levees and flood control projects; municipal stormwater management program development and financing.

As TTF's Executive Director, Julie Slavet leads the organization in its mission to improve the health and vitality of the TTF watershed by engaging its communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy. An active Philadelphia Water Department Green City Clean Waters partner, TTF works across our 30 square mile watershed to implement green infrastructure and stream restoration projects in collaboration with municipal, school, and community partners. Julie has over 30 years of experience at all levels of government and in both the non-profit and small business worlds. Before joining TTF, she served as the senior district staff member for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, leading constituent services and outreach efforts in a district of 650,000 constituents in Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. Julie earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Smith College and an M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.

Margot Taylor, RLA PA & DE, ALSA Landscape Architect & Environmental Educator, utilizes her 29 years of experience in landscape architecture, resource conservation, and environmental education to design/ develop and manage an array of ecological restoration and environmental design projects through her consulting practice. Her expertise includes riparian and forest habitat restoration; design of integrated and natural process-based stormwater management systems; design, construction, operations and management of sustainable landscapes; and procedural and documentation requirements that meet the Sustainable Sites Initiative standards. Margot is a principal of Land Ethics. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Design and a Master’s level certificate in Education. She has taught landscape architecture at Temple University, and currently chairs both Land Conservation Advisory Committee and Scenic By-way Committee for Kennett Township.

Dr. Andrea Welker is a professor on Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. She eanred her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on 1) measurement of in-situ hydraulic conductivity and coefficient of consolidation using PVDs, 2) information literacy, and 3) experimental design using the First Order Second Moment Bayesian Method.

The workshop is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Saint Joseph's University and the Lower Merion Conservancy.

For more information, contact Mike McCann (SJU) at or 610-660-1146, or Patty Thompson (LMC) at or at 610-645-9030.