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

Donald Brown, PhD, Director
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

Stephen Hamilton, PhD, Director Emeritus
Michigan State University, Cary Institute of Biological Systems

Staff

Patty Hoch-Melliush, Watershed Coordinator

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Patty joined the KRWC in 2019.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.  She is also a Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership Certified Natural Shoreline Professional and a Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Master Gardener.

Patty had worked for a Kalamazoo-based environmental consulting firm for over 20 years before joining the Council. She has experience working on a multitude of projects in the watershed including monitoring, data analysis and pollutant load estimates for the Kalamazoo River/Lake Allegan Total Maximum Daily Load, as well as for the Portage and Arcadia Creek watersheds.  She’s also worked on invasive species management using biocontrols, assisted in the design of stormwater best management practices, and conducted aquatic vegetation assessments and natural shoreline design

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