Our Team

Staff

Rob Walters, Waterkeeper/Executive Director
Before joining Three Rivers Waterkeeper, Rob was the Director of Membership and Individual Giving for Venture Outdoors and he spent the last nine years perusing his passion for inspiring people to get outside and experience nature through outdoor recreation and environmental education. He is credited as being a cornerstone in the success of Venture Outdoors and is recognized as a pillar in Pittsburgh’s outdoor recreation community. Prior to his work at Venture Outdoors, while earning his degree in Wildlife Conservation with an Entomology Concentration, Rob worked as a Naturalist, Field Biologist, and Field Technician for the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Recreation.

 

Rio, River Dog/First Mate 

Board of Directors

Sean Brady, President
Sean is the Executive Director of Hollow Oak Land Trust, a conservation organization that protects and connects greenspace in the Pittsburgh International Airport Corridor. With a BA in Biology from Allegheny College and an MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, Sean helped build Venture Outdoors as a regional leader in outdoor recreation from its inception in 2001 to 2010. He also served as Development Director for Riverlife, supporting sustainable riverfront development in downtown Pittsburgh. Currently, Sean manages the six conservation areas owned by Hollow Oak Land Trust and works with municipalities and private landowners to develop greenways in the airport corridor.

Lisa Brown, Vice President
Lisa Brown is a PhD Candidate at University of Pittsburgh in Social and Comparative Analysis. She is the Director of Environmental Initiatives and Projects Economic Development South and Watershed Coordinator for Saw Mill Run. Previously she was Director of Operations and Outreach at The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. She is a member of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce. She took a seat on the Board of Directors of Three Rivers Waterkeeper in June 2012 and has assumed responsibilities for promoting the outreach activities of the organization and designing volunteer recruitment programs.

Zelda Curtiss, Treasurer
Zelda Curtiss is a retired environmental attorney, having worked for the Department of Environmental Protection for 28 1/2 years. Following her retirement, she taught an environmental law clinic at Duquesne University School of Law. Ms. Curtiss is a Board member of the Group Against Smog and Pollution and Three Rivers Wet Weather. In addition, she reviews legal actions for the Sierra Club in PA and is the Bylaws/standing rules compliance officer for Sierra Club in PA. Ms. Curtiss is also the chairperson of the Senior Lawyers Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Curtiss is the chairperson of the Environmental Committee at Temple Sinai.

Sarah Winner, Secretary
Working with plaintiffs in Dallas, Texas who were disproportionately and adversely affected by the harmful effects of industrial nuisances inspired Sarah to commit to a career in environmental law. Since then, Sarah has been fortunate to work on a variety of complex environmental issues. Sarah earned her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As a Certified Legal Intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic, Sarah worked on a variety of environmental matters involving coal extraction and natural gas development. After law school, Sarah was the Interim Legal Director at CCJ before joining Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services as a Resident Attorney. In March 2016, Sarah returned to CCJ as Staff Attorney. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys hiking, running, and skiing.