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

Steering Committee

Amanda John Kimsey
National Parks Conservation Association

Grant La Rouche
National Wildlife Federation

Kelly Mooij
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. 



Madeline Emde, State Policy Manager

Madeline Emde joined the Coalition in 2014 and serves as State Policy Manager. Prior to her position with the Coalition, Madeline worked as a Program Assistant for the Bureau of Endangered Resources at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Madeline holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madeline is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program's 2016 Delaware River Watershed Network.   

Email:;  Phone: 609-400-3846


Rita Yelda, Outreach & Communications Manager

Rita Yelda joined the Coalition in 2017 as Outreach & Communications Manager. Rita has previously held positions at Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern NJ/Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ, Environmental Advocates of NY/EPL, Family Support Line, and Food & Water Watch in New York and New Jersey. Her professional background includes developing and implementing plans for nonprofit communications and issue advocacy. Rita holds a B.A. in Sociology, Minor in Environment & Society, and a B.S. in Fashion & Textile Technology from SUNY Buffalo State.

Email:;  Phone: 609-400-3870


Katharina Miguel, Project Coordinator

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Katharina Miguel joined the Coalition in 2017 as Project Coordinator. She began her career in environmental protection as a policy and outreach intern at the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. She has previously conducted field research in the Philippines and has partnered with the co-producer of Antarctic Edge: 70° South to create a documentary presenting the current impacts of climate change. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and spent time recruiting volunteers for international community development projects while in school.

Email:;  Phone: 609-400-3872


Photograph by Tony Fisher.