Who We Are

The KRWC is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly throughout the year and presently includes members of diverse professional backgrounds, several of whom contribute technical and scientific expertise. We strive to include board members that live in and represent various parts of the watershed. Our meetings are open to the public and typically take place on the third Monday of each month.  Check the calendar for our next meeting date.

Current Board of Directors

Kenneth Kornheiser, DVM, President
Retired veterinarian
Vice President, 
Four Townships Water Resources Council

Christine Kosmowski, Vice President
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Brian Huggett, Treasurer
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

David Heinicke, Secretary
Retired, City of Kalamazoo Public Works

Stephen Hamilton, PhD, Director
Professor, Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station

Donald Brown, PhD
Retired Professor, Western Michigan University

Patricia Crowley, PhD, Director
Drain Commissioner, Kalamazoo County

Robert Whitesides, Director
Retired, Technical Writing Consultant

James Coury, Director
Retired Professional Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

Stephen Rochow, Director
Senior Environmental Service Supervisor, City of Kalamazoo

Richard Skalski, Director
Retired, City of Kalamazoo Engineering

Steven Kohler, PhD, Director
Professor, Western Michigan University

Donald Carpenter, PhD, PE, Director
Vice President, Drummond Carpenter PLLC


Jamie McCarthy, Watershed Coordinator

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Jamie McCarthy - Kalamazoo River Watershed CouncilJamie McCarthy joined the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council in 2012. She oversees projects aimed at restoring and protecting the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and the watershed. With the support of an active board of directors, she manages the organizational administration, communications, and public outreach activities for the council. She is responsible for grant writing and other development efforts.

Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Calvin College and a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Prior to joining the Council, she worked for a Kalamazoo-based environmental consulting firm on watershed management planning and implementation, environmental assessments, remediation projects, and the development of environmental markets in North and South America.

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