Dave Schmitt

Executive Director

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Mr. Schmitt joined the Council as the Executive Director in June 2017. Dave is experienced in river conservation, solid waste management, brownfield remediation, and the gamut of federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Dave earned a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College, an M.S. in Forestry from University of Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A native Cincinnatian, Dave practiced environmental law for 25 years with Cors & Bassett, LLC. and has served on the Boards of several environmental organizations.


Dave is looking forward to working with all Mill Creek communities and stakeholders in the Mill Creek watershed to build on the amazing progress that has been made over the last 20 years.

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Debra Beck

Office Manager

Ms. Beck joined the Council as the Office Manager in August 2016. Deb has a background in landscape architecture and interests in nature that were nurtured at a young age. She also has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University that has been utilized on many projects in the watershed.


This position allows Deb to follow her passion of environmental stewardship while using her natural skill set in office management.

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Jim Moyer

Project Manager

Mr. Moyer joined the Council as the Project Manager in February 2016. Jim has B.S. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental focus from the University of Cincinnati and manages all Mill Creek projects. He is certified as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator (CORE & Aquatic A3) and has completed the OSHA Construction Safety 30-Hour Training course.


Jim works to make the Mill Creek a valuable and visible asset of the Cincinnati region.


Chris Weidl

Program and Outreach Director

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Mr. Weidl joined the Council as the East Fork Mill Creek Wildermuth Wetland Research Assistant in August 2016. In the spring of 2017, Chris became the Program and Outreach Coordinator and was then promoted to the Program and Outreach Director in the summer of 2017. Chris has a degree from Cincinnati State Community and Technical College in Environmental Engineering Technology with a focus in Stormwater Management.


Chris would like to help restore and maintain the Mill Creek as a safe and fun water resource for the region while developing new techniques for the efficient maintenance of green infrastructure projects.

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Tara Keesling

Marketing Director

Ms. Keesling joined the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities as the Operations Manager in June 2015. In June 2016, she transitioned into the role of Marketing Director.


With a master’s in creative writing: poetry, Tara is the self proclaimed Poet Laureate of the Mill Creek.

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Keerthisaranya Palanisamy

Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator

Ms. Palanisamy joined the Council volunteering as one of the Program Coordinators for the Water Quality Monitoring Program in April 2016. Keerthi has graduated with a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Keerthi is interested in contributing to the wellness and preservation of the Mill Creek by testing the watershed for any chemical and biological contamination.