Rebecca Esselman, Executive Director

Rebecca Esselman, Watershed PlannerNow Executive Director, Rebecca started at HRWC as a watershed planner, leading 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 joined HRWC in 2012 and lives near the Huron River in Dexter.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x611

Daniel Brown, Watershed Planner

Dan Brown, Watershed PlannerDaniel leads HRWC’s RiverUp! program. A Michigan native, he has worked on climate change and environmental issues across North America, most recently as Mass Audubon’s climate change program coordinator. He enjoys empowering conservation based on sound science and getting people to enjoy Michigan’s natural resources. He joined HRWC in 2018 and lives in the Horseshoe Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x608

Anita Daley, Marketing Specialist

Anita Dailey, Marketing SpecialistAnita manages the outreach components of several projects. She is a nature lover who has been working in the environmental non-profit sector for over 20 years with an emphasis on marketing and communications to grow awareness and change behavior. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Business Administration from Boston University. She joined HRWC in 2015 and lives in the Malletts Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x603

Lyn De Groot, Development Associate

Lyn De Groot, Development AssociateLyn is responsible for stewardship of donors, membership and special events. Prior to joining HRWC, she spent eleven years with REI, most recently as their Outdoor Programs & Outreach Coordinator for the Metro Detroit area. A Michigan native, she fell in love with Ann Arbor after moving here to attend the University of Michigan. In her free time she can be found hiking, camping, paddling, or spending time in her backyard garden. She joined HRWC in 2019 and lives near the Huron River in Ypsilanti.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x610

Jason Frenzel, Stewardship Coordinator

Jason Frenzel, Stewardship CoordinatorJason facilitates 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 joined HRWC in 2011 and lives in the Traver Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x600

Jennifer Kangas, Operations Director

Jennifer Kangas, Operations DirectorJennifer manages HRWC financial affairs and operations. She brings more than 18 years of experience as a commercial lender. She also formed and spent seven years operating an organic vegetable farm. Jennifer has served on various boards in various capacities including Treasurer. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Iowa State University. She lives in the Honey Creekshed (Washtenaw).


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x604

Pam Labadie, Marketing Director

Pam Labadie, Marketing DirectorPam provides marketing support to several programs and coordinates overall marketing efforts. She has 15 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 joined HRWC in 2007 and lives near the Huron River in Ann Arbor.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x602

Ric Lawson, Watershed Planner

Ric Lawson, Watershed PlannerRic 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 Chemistry and Flow Program, and is facilitating Green Infrastructure planning for stormwater. Ric earned joint Masters Degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy at Duke University. He joined HRWC in 2006 and lives in the Allens Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x609

Kris Olsson, Watershed Ecologist

Kris Olsson, Watershed EcologistKris 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 joined HRWC in 1992 and lives in the Traver Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x607

Andrea Paine, Watershed Planning Associate

Andrea Paine, Watershed Planning AssociateAndrea coordinates the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program and assists with stormwater management coordination and many other watershed planning, management, and restoration projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan. She joined HRWC in 2018, lives in the Allens Creekshed, and is a native of Manistee, MI.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x613

Margaret Smith, Development Director

Margaret Smith, Development DirectorMargaret joined HRWC in 2007, and has been a non-profit fundraiser for 30 years. She assists HRWC in fulfilling their mission by elevating development office procedures through best practices and donor-centric values. She identifies funding sources, manages special events and donor relations. Since joining HRWC she has established a planned giving program, an annual campaign, and a major donor campaign. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Ann Arbor Network of Development Professionals. She lives in the Allens Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x605

Paul Steen, Watershed Ecologist

Paul Steen, Watershed EcologistPaul 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 joined HRWC in 2008 and lives in the Horseshoe Creekshed.


Phone: (734) 769-5123 x601