The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed is guided by a Steering Committee made up of local, regional, and national organizations.

Steering Committee

Halle Van Der Gaag
National Parks Conservation Association

Grant La Rouche
National Wildlife Federation

Eric Stiles
New Jersey Audubon

Ed Potosnak
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters

Jay Andrews

Sue Myerov
Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Julie Slavet
Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

David Kinney
Trout Unlimited

Emma Melvin
American Littoral Society

Liz Deardorff
American Rivers

Mark Zakutansky
Appalachian Mountain Club

Diane Rosencrance
Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Brenna Goggin
Delaware Nature Society

Kyle Rorah
Ducks Unlimited

Jeff Skelding
Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Alan Hunt
Musconetcong Watershed Association

2018 Annual Member Meeting at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.

2018 Annual Member Meeting at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.

Our Staff


Sandra Meola, Director


Sandra Meola joined the Coalition in 2018, serving as Director. Prior to her position with the Coalition, Sandra was NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Policy and Communications Director where she founded and managed the organization’s Plastic Pollution Prevention Campaign. Sandra earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from Monmouth Univeraity and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Monmouth University. Sandra received an Environmental Champion Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 and was part of Lead NJ’s 2017 graduating class. Email:


Rita Yelda, Outreach & Communications Manager


Rita Yelda joined the Coalition in 2017 as Outreach & Communications Manager. Rita has been working in the environmental movement since 2010 when she founded her own community group that moved forward local and state legislation. Since 2011, Rita has held advocacy and communications positions with Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ, Environmental Advocates of NY/EPL, and Food & Water Watch. Rita holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Minor in Environment & Society, and a B.S. in Fashion & Textile Technology from SUNY Buffalo State; and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Email:


Kelly Knutson, State Policy Manager

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Kelly Knutson joined the Coalition in 2019 as State Policy Manager. He came to the organization from the National Audubon Society as New York Field Organizer where he further empowered their grassroots network to advocate for birds and their critical habitats. He also served as Regional Field Director for NextGen America, a non-partisan environmental non-profit focused on implementing solutions, such as wind and solar, to aid in mitigating carbon emissions in communities across New Hampshire. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Minnesota, where he explored how to simultaneously conserve ecosystems and their biodiversity while promoting responsible development of renewable energy. Email:


Olivia Le Warn, Engagement Coordinator

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Oliva Le Warn joined the Coalition in 2019, serving as the Engagement Coordinator. Beforehand, Olivia had been with the Americorps N.J. Watershed Ambassadors Program as the Ambassador for the Saddle River and Lower Passaic River Watersheds. As Ambassador, they worked to promote a deeper understanding and protection of the watersheds through educational outreach, water quality assessments, and green infrastructure projects. Olivia earned a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University New Brunswick in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, along with a minor in Environmental Geomatics, focusing on urban coastal toxicology and resiliency in their undergraduate thesis. Email:


Photograph by Tony Fisher.