Board of Directors

Mary Ellen Stasek, Chair
Garrett Ormiston, Vice-Chair
Roger J. Kalbrunner, Esq., Secretary
David McBean, RLA, Treasurer
Greg Cznadel
Neil A. Dick
Ann M. Kuula
Jeffrey Lennartz
Dale Smith


Bob Gardin, Executive Director
216.661.7706 office
216.269.6472 cell

Advisory Committee

Gayle Albers
Manager, Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek

Regis Barrett,
Chair, City of Brooklyn Zoning Board of Appeals

Sean Brennan
President, Parma City Council

Donna Friedman,
Watershed Team Leader, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Jane Goodman,
Director, Cuyahoga River Restoration

Kevin J. Kelley,
President, Cleveland City Council

James McCall
Parma Heights City Council

Melissa Miller
Planning and Safety Coordinator, Bellaire-Puritas
Development Corporation

Kathleen Pucci
Brooklyn City Council

Rory Robinson
Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service, Retired

Jim Rokakis
Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Director, Thriving Communities Institute

Janine Rybka,
District Administrator, Cuyahoga Soil and Water
Conservation District

Derek Schafer,
Executive Director, West Creek Conservancy

Jeffrey T. Verespej
Executive Director, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation

Rachid Zoghaib
Commissioner, Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control

Contact / Location

216.661.7706 office
216.269.6472 cell

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 609272
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

4352 Pearl Road, Suite C
(2nd floor, entrance on Brooklyn Ave.)
Cleveland, Ohio 44109


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Big Creek Connects / Friends of Big Creek is a greenway advocacy and watershed stewardship non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


In 2004 NOACA and agency partners were conducting a Lower Big Creek Valley Study ( This comprehensive planning effort in the City of Cleveland included environmental, land use, transportation, recreational and economic development elements. The missing component was a focused community support group. Also at this time, the Ohio EPA and the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) were supporting the creation of Cuyahoga River tributary watershed groups. By November, 2004 efforts to form a Big Creek group were underway. In March, 2005, local, county and regional citizens, public officials, agency and non-profit representatives met to discuss a strategy for building a sustainable Big Creek support group. In April a community meeting seeking public input towards shaping the group’s mission and vision was held and by May a Steering Committee was formed.


GreenCityBlue Lake: I Did It: Created a watershed group for Big Creek



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GM Foundation

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