Abbigale Keefer

Resource Conservationist

Abbigale Keefer

Resource Conservationist

Abbigale was an environmental scientist preparing permit applications, assisting with wetland determinations and completing environmental investigations for oil and gas sites. She has a degree in Environmental Resource Management. She enjoys reading, running and spending time with her two children.

Phone: (412)291-8008

Amy Miller

Watershed Specialist
Watershed Program Lead

Amy Miller

Watershed Specialist
Watershed Program Lead

Amy started with ACCD in 2008 after completing a graduate degree in environmental science/biology at Clarion University. When not on the stream for work, she's usually still on the stream or lake fishing and hunting throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Phone: (412)291-8014

Anne Lehman

Senior Resource Conservationist

Anne Lehman

Senior Resource Conservationist

Prior to joining ACCD in 2018, Anne gained experience in geotechnical exploration and construction materials testing and inspection. She has a degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State, and focused her studies in soil science. In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, biking, cooking and spending time with her parrots.

Phone: (412)291-8010

Brian Gilliland

Senior Resource Conservationist

Brian Gilliland

Senior Resource Conservationist

Brian has spent his career “on the other side of the aisle,” preparing permit applications to submit to the District. His understanding of the development and engineer communities brings great value to the staff. Brian started with ACCD in 2016 and will be reviewing Individual NPDES permit applications.

Phone: (412)291-8011

Emma Grubbs

Communications Coordinator

Emma Grubbs

Communications Coordinator

Emma joined ACCD in 2017 as a marketing and design fellow after studying public relations and graphic design at Slippery Rock University. When not promoting all things ACCD, she likes drinking green tea and collecting magazines.

Heather Manzo

Executive Director

Heather Manzo

Heather joined ACCD with a range of experience in regional food systems, community economic development, and agriculture and land use policy. As a cofounder of Pittsburgh Food Policy Council and recently an Associate Director at Penn State’s NE Center for Rural Development, she looks forward to leading the District into its next phase.

Phone: (412) 291-8013

Jonathan Burgess

Program & Policy Director
Urban Agriculture Program Lead

Jonathan Burgess

Program & Policy Director
Urban Agriculture Program Lead

Jon joined ACCD after studying Public Policy at Duquesne University. His background mixes natural resource mgmt., agricultural extension and policy analysis. Jon also leads our Urban Agriculture Program. He likes concerts, cooking, and time with his wife and their dog.

Phone: (412)291-8017

Kelly McLaughlin

Chapter 102 Compliance Manager

Kelly McLaughlin

Chapter 102 Compliance Manager

Kelly has worked at ACCD since 2006 and has worked for PA CleanWays (Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful) and Westmoreland Conservation District. She is on the boards of Turtle Creek Watershed Association and the Regional Trail Corporation.

Phone: (412)291-8012

Matt Gordon

Senior Resource Conservationist
Chapter 105 Program Lead

Matt Gordon

Senior Resource Conservationist
Chapter 105 Program Lead

Matt has been with ACCD since 2014 and helped to establish our Chapter 102 program. He is a Penn State and Clarion University graduate with a background in fisheries and aquatic ecology.

Phone: (412)291-8003

Maureen Copeland

Resource Conservationist

Maureen Copeland

Resource Conservationist

Maureen has a master's degree in Environmental Science and Management and experience in urban streams, green stormwater infrastructure and urban land use. In her free time, she likes running (marathons and more), being in the woods and playing Gaelic Football.

Phone: (412)291-8005

Melinda Muehlbronner

Chapter 102 Program Lead

Melinda Muehlbronner

Chapter 102 Program Lead

Melinda Muehlbronner has been with the District since 2014. She was previously employed by Kent Conservation District in Delaware where she gained knowledge in field inspections and post construction stormwater. She holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Clarion University.

Phone: (412)291-8002

Michele Meanor

Resource Conservationist

Michele Meanor

Resource Conservationist

Michele graduated with a master’s degree in environmental studies and was ACCD’s GIS Fellow until she was hired in 2017. Michele spends her free time working on home improvements, attending concerts, and visiting New Orleans every chance she gets.

Phone: (412)291-8015

Paul Irwin

Director of Operations

Paul Irwin

Director of Operations

Paul joined the ACCD team in 2019, having worked in programs and operations for sustainability and healthcare nonprofit organizations. Paul and his wife moved to Pittsburgh after working at a health clinic in Kenya for 18 months. Paul has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and he serves on the Board of New Sun Rising in Millvale.

Phone: (412)291-8009

Rebecca Zeyzus

Municipal Stormwater Program Lead

Rebecca Zeyzus

Municipal Stormwater Program Lead

Rebecca is the Municipal Stormwater Program Lead and also leads the Allegheny Watershed Alliance. She has spent time on Lake Champlain completing water quality testing and preventing the spread of invasive species. Rebecca loves swimming, kayaking and reading.

Phone: (412)291-8006

Riley Sunday

Agriculture Conservationist

Riley Sunday

Agriculture Conservationist

Beginning as an Urban Soils Fellow while completing graduate work at Chatham University, Riley joined the full-time staff in 2019. Her background includes a bachelors in Environmental Geography and experience working on farms domestically and internationally. Riley enjoys powerlifting, fermentation and working with goats.

Phone: (412)291-8004

Sara Bach

Customer Service Supervisor

Sara Bach

Customer Service Supervisor

Sara attended Chatham University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration while working professionally in the healthcare field before joining ACCD. She has a strong background in training and direct customer contact. In her free time, Sara enjoys yard sales and thrift shopping, reading and spending time with family.

Phone: (412)291-8010

Sean Lukacs

Assistant Director

Sean Lukacs

Assistant Director

Prior to working at ACCD, Sean was a Team Chief in a communications section for the PA National Guard, 1-110th Infantry Battalion. During that time, he developed a drive for public service and skills necessary for IT resolution and management. Sean also has a background in archaeology and field data collection.

Phone: (412)291-8007

Shannon Yasko

Customer Service Administrator

Shannon Yasko

Customer Service Administrator

Shannon graduated from Bradford School of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys being with her family, camping and volunteering with her church through Samaritan's Purse to help disaster relief.

Phone: (412)241-7645

Toni Bell

Customer Service Administrator

Toni Bell

Customer Service Administrator

Toni has built extensive experience in account management, specifically when working at the University of Pittsburgh in tuition monitoring prior to working at ACCD. An avid gardener, she uses her fresh picked vegetables and herbs when cooking for family and friends.

Phone: (412)291-8007

Our Board of Directors

Eric French
Eisler Landscapes
John Thatcher, P.E.
All Pittsburgh Real Estate
Ruthann Omer, P.E.
Gateway Engineers
Pat Catena
Allegheny County Councilman,
District 4
John Scott
McCandless-Scott Farm
Gregg Broujos
Colliers International

Our Associate Directors

  • Darla Cravotta, Allegheny County
  • Maureen Hogan, Penn State Center
  • Robert Jagger, The First City Company
  • Richard Kauffman, HMT and Associates
  • Timothy Schumann, Peters Creek Watershed Association
  • Jason Singer, JASE Construction
  • Bruce Snyder, Firecherry Consulting
  • Benjamin Walker, Homewood Children's Village