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.
Board of Directors
Kim Teplitzky, President
Kim is a campaigner for the United Steelworkers. Over the past decade, she has served as a grassroots organizer, campaigner and press secretary working on a variety of social justice and environmental campaigns. She spent nearly a decade working for the Sierra Club developing and running local, state and national campaigns to help communities transition toward clean, safe and healthy energy sources. She lives in the Polish Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and loves spending time on the water, hiking, camping and playing outdoors. She also serves on the Board of the Center for Coalfield Justice, and environmental justice organization serving communities across Southwestern Pennsylvania impacted by fossil fuel extraction.
Patrick Grenter, Secretary
Patrick is the Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice, an environmental justice organization operating in southwestern Pennsylvania. Patrick oversees the development and operations of the Center, which works to improve human health and the environment by monitoring the activities of fossil fuel extraction activities across the region. providing counsel to residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania impacted by the energy extraction industries.
He is a 2005 graduate from Santa Clara University and a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of LawPennsylvania Law School. After graduation, started Three Rivers Waterkeeper with several others, and served as the he was the Legal Director for Three Rivers Waterkeeper. He left that position in late 2011 and accepted a position on the Board of Directors in June 2012.
As Secretary, his duties are to keep the minutes book up to date and record votes during board meetings and general membership meetings. He records minutes at all meetings and keeps members informed on board meetings and activities. After approval, Patrick ensures that all members receive a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting. He usually volunteers about 10 to 12 hours per month.
Bruce Laswell, Treasurer
Mr. Bruce H. Laswell, PE. is a Management, Marketing, and Business Development Executive with over 33 years of experience in Operations, Program Management, Marketing, Business Development, and Strategic Planning. He has provided leadership in the engineering community as an entrepreneur, Independent Consultant, Regional Manager, Program Manager, and as a National Manager of Marketing and Sales. His experience has primarily focused on Civil Engineering, Environmental Services, Construction, and Governmental clients. He serves on the Fox Chapel Environmental Advisory Council. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Stanford University Graduate School of Engineering.
As Treasurer, Bruce’s duties are to collect funds due to the corporation, disburse funds as required to meet the obligations of the corporation, keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements, and make regular reports of financial transactions to the Board of Directors. He usually volunteers about 10 to 12 hours per month.
Sean Brady, Director
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, Director
Lisa Brown is a PhD Candidate at University of Pittsburgh in Social and Comparative Analysis. 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, Director
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.
DeWitt Walton, Director
DeWitt Walton is the Assistant to the International President of the United Steelworkers. He has also served as the Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the home for black trade unionists dedicated to racial equality and economic justice, and the President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. He worked for 19 years in the mills in and around East Chicago, Indiana.