Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President - Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads received her B.S., M.S. and Phd. she also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the Assistant Executive Director at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and teaches environmental policy at Drexel University and environmental science at Widener University. She is also a fellow of the Delaware Valley Regional Network of the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of Norwood's Environmental Advisory Committee, President of the Friends of the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and founder of Delaware Concerned Citizens for Environmental Change. Jaclyn received Environmental Advocate of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter in 2017 and the PennFuture “Woman of the Delaware River Watershed Award in 2018.  She can be reached atShe can be reached at:

1st Vice President - Alan Samel

Alan has been a member of DCVA since 1992 and was president from 2011-2013. He has been coordinating the Stream Watch program since 1995. Alan has a B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State and a M.S. in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware. He is currently employed as an Environmental Toxicologist at FMC Corporation with over 30 years of environmental experience. Alan has published and presented over 25 papers, platform presentations and posters at Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual Meetings. He is a past-Chair of SETAC North America Science Committee and a current Chair of SETAC Global Science Committee. Alan can be reached 

2nd Vice President - Derron LaBrake

Derron is a principal at Wetlands and Ecology. Derron earned his B.S. Biology /Ecology Concentration from West Chester University. Certifications include Master Watershed Steward, Ecological Designer, Professional Wetland Scientist #000983, 1995, 2008, 2015 Habitat Evaluation Procedures, 1993 Wetland Evaluation Technique, 1988. Specialized training : Penn State Extension, Master Watershed Steward Training, 2017 Enhancing the Practice of Ecological Design, American Ecological Engineering Society, 2012 Bioretention/Bioinfiltration Summit, Villanova University, 2011 Plant Stewardship Index for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Piedmont, 2005 Aquatic Ecosystem and Stream Restoration, 2003 Environmental and Ecological Risk Assessment for Hazardous Waste, 2002 Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management, 2003 Wetlands for Wastewater Disposal and Water Quality Improvement, 1995 Designing Wetlands for Treating Storm Water, 1996 Designing Wetlands for Treating Acid Mine Drainage, 1996  . Derron can be reached at:

3rd Vice President - Earl Wilson

Earl can be reached at:

Secretary - Ann JacksonAnn can be reached at:

Ann Jackson (retired), has been a member of DCVA since 2010.  She participates in the Stream Watch programs, wetland meadow restoration projects, Darby/Cobbs Watersheds-Wide Clean Ups, habitat garden development, tree planting events, and Outreach Community events.

Treasurer - Richard Carroll

Dick has been a member of DCVA since 1995 and treasurer since 2002. He is a volunteers for Wilmington Trail Club, Hagley Museum, Winterthur Museum, and Friends of Heinz Refuge.
Dick can be reached at:

Director- Susan Miller

Experienced leader with a history of working in the Nonprofit and science industries.  Skilled in Nonprofit Organization, management, marketing , finance and fundraising. Susan has a Masters in Non-profit Organizational Management, and a B.S. in Biology/Marine Biology. She has years of experience working in the environmental field, and has managed geotechnical soil labs and a medical neurovirology research lab. 

General Board Members Emeritus Board Members

Robin Mann

 Ed Ambrosio ,
Donna Adams

Toni McIntosh

 Dave Cannan
Jamie Anderson

Marty Milligan

Jan Haigis
David Bennett

Peter Puglionesi

John Haigis

Tim Denny

TomRoy Smith

Tom Houghton
Tim Devaney

Mary Westervelt

Carol Laws
Kathryn Goddard-Doms

Jan Marie Rushforth*
Carl DuPolt

 Andy Saul

Jim Stultrager
Jeannette Guess

 Fritz Thornton*
Rich Horowitz

Olga Thornton
Clyde Hunt
Greg Vitali
Barbarann Keffer Joseph Ackerman*, John Furth*
Rosemary Kesling Bill Buchanan*, Anne Ackerman*
Gerry Krieg Robert Doherty*
Scott Maits Bill Frasch*


Darby Creek Valley Association P.O. Box 732 Drexel Hill, PA 19026   |   Phone: 484.222.2502
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