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Dave Schmitt

Executive Director

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.


Linda Keller

Office Manager

Linda joins our team with a strong background in community and non-profit work. An optimist and a connector, Linda has worn many hats throughout her career in outreach, education and administrative roles. She will be a great addition to our team!


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


Bennett Kottler

Project Manager

Bennett joins our team with both a master's degree and doctorate in Environmental Toxicology and has a wealth of experience in environmental science. We are excited to welcome him to our team as a project manager!


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

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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.