Staff of HRWC

HRWC phone number (734) 769-5123 (staff extensions are listed below).


Laura_thumbnail_72dpiLaura Rubin, Executive Director, x606lrubin@hrwc.orgLaura joined HRWC in 1998 and oversees HRWC’s programs, administration and fundraising. She also serves as spokesperson on local, regional, and state committees and boards and works with the Board of Directors to set goals and policies for the organization to meet strategic plans. Laura received a 2013 River Hero Award from River Network for her leadership and the accomplishments of staff, board, members, and volunteers. She earned a joint Masters in Business Administration and Science (Natural Resource Policy) at the University of Michigan. She lives in the Allens Creekshed.


R Esselman_thumbnail_72dpiRebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, x611resselman@hrwc.orgRebecca joined HRWC in 2012 to lead HRWC”s work in climate adaptation and water conservation. Prior to joining HRWC, Rebecca spent ten years with the Nature Conservancy working in conservation planning and knowledge sharing. Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Georgia where she focused on watershed issues and a Bachelor of Science in Botany from Michigan State University. She lives on the main stem of the Huron River near Dexter.
Jen_thumbnail_72dpiJennifer Fike, Finance Manager, x604jfike@hrwc.orgJennifer joined HRWC in 2006 to manage  HRWC’s financial affairs. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and worked for several years at not-for-profit organizations. She lives in the Traver Creekshed.
R Foster_thumbnail_72dpiRebecca Foster, Development Associate, x610rfoster@hrwc.orgRebecca joined HRWC in August 2012 to work on membership support and special events. Rebecca recently completed eight years as Village President for the Village of Pinckney and brings prior experience in development and public relations. Rebecca holds a Master of Science degree in Art Education from Penn State and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lycoming College. She resides in the Honey Creekshed (Livingston).

Jason_thumbnail_72dpiJason Frenzel, Stewardship Coordinator, x600jfrenzel@hrwc.orgJason joined HRWC in 2011 to facilitate current and potential watershed stewards. Previously, he worked with the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation program for 10 years as its Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator.  Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in “facilitating tree hugging.” He lives in the Traver Creekshed.
Pam_thumbnail_72dpiPam Labadie, Marketing Director, x602plabadie@hrwc.orgPam joined HRWC in 2007 to provide marketing support to several HRWC programs and to coordinate HRWC’s overall marketing efforts. She has more than 14 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and sales. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law. Her commitment to protecting the watershed comes out of her childhood in Michigan spent boating, swimming and fishing. She lives in the Allens Creekshed.
Ric_thumbnail_72dpiRic Lawson, Watershed Planner, x609rlawson@hrwc.org
Ric joined HRWC staff in 2006, but has been volunteering for HRWC since 1999. He is primarily responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of several watershed management plans in the upper, middle and lower sections of the watershed. He also runs the Water Quality Monitoring Program across the watershed, and is facilitating Green Infrastructure planning for stormwater. Ric earned joint Masters Degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy at Duke University. He lives in the Allens Creekshed.


Kris_thumbnail_72dpiKris Olsson, Watershed Ecologist, x607kolsson@hrwc.org
Kris joined HRWC in 1992. She specializes in GIS analysis, landscape ecology, and code and ordinance development. Kris earned two Masters of Science (resource ecology, natural resource policy) degrees at the University of Michigan. She lives in the Traver Creekshed.


Elizabeth_thumbnail_72dpiElizabeth Riggs, Deputy Director, x608eriggs@hrwc.org
Elizabeth joined HRWC in 1999. She is responsible for several emerging issues and programs including RiverUp!, the Huron River Water Trail, and imagery-based detection of failing septic systems. She has facilitated effective initiatives with municipal, business and university partners to achieve Clean Water Act program compliance, including Michigan’s first nutrient and bacteria TMDLs, and authored several watershed plans. She earned her Master of Science in Natural Resource Policy & Management at the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. She lives in the Malletts Creekshed.


Margaret_thumbnail_72dpiMargaret Smith, Development Director, x605msmith@hrwc.orgMargaret joined HRWC in 2007. She has been a non-profit fundraiser since 1979, and is excited to bring her experience to HRWC’s efforts to protect the Huron River for generations to come. Originally from Hamburg, NY, she grew up on a horse farm where she learned to love and appreciate nature. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Theatre Arts at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She lives in the Allens Creekshed.

paul_thumbnail_72dpiPaul Steen, Watershed Ecologist, x601psteen@hrwc.orgPaul joined HRWC in 2008. He analyzes and reports on the data collected by our Adopt-A-Stream volunteers and provides scientific and educational support to several HRWC programs.  He is the program manager of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a state-wide program focused on volunteer monitoring in lakes and streams.  Paul earned his Master of Science and Ph. D. from the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, where he focused on landscape ecology, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and fish community ecology. He lives in the Horseshoe Creekshed.

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