Staff

Aryeh Alex

Political Director
(614) 487-5824
As the political director of the Ohio Environmental Council, Aryeh leads advocacy programs to build a powerful, grassroots environmental movement in Ohio. Read More

Sharaleigh Baumann

Accounting Associate
(614) 487-5843
As the Accounting Associate for the OEC, Shara is the primary bookkeeper. She tracks accounts payable and receivable, issues checks and processes payroll, assists with grant management, is the lead for human resources, and performs various internal control procedures. She graduated with an A.A.S. in Accounting and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree. Read More

Kristi Boger

Grants Manager
(614) 487-5826
Kristi Boger works on the development team to lead the OEC's grant seeking efforts, manage a busy grants calendar, and research funding opportunities. Kristi has spent most of her career in nonprofit development, including grants management positions with LifeCare Alliance and Columbus Area Integrated Health Services. This experience with human service organizations is what led her to the OEC. Read More

Trish Demeter

Managing Director, Energy
(614) 487-5829
As the Managing Director of Energy Programs, Trish Demeter directs OEC’s campaigns and initiatives to promote clean energy and energy efficiency, mitigate climate change, and secure stronger public health safeguards for oil and gas operations. Read More

Trent Dougherty, Esq.

General Counsel
(614) 487-5823
Trent Dougherty is General Counsel and the chief legal analyst and advocate for OEC's Agriculture & Clean Water; Clean Air & Energy; and Legislative Affairs policy programs. Read More

Melanie Houston, MS

Director, Oil and Gas
(614) 487-5849
Melanie Houston is responsible for establishing and managing several policy initiatives at the OEC. She is the expert on oil and gas policy, running campaigns to secure the strongest fracking standards in the nation and to hold the industry accountable for air, land and water pollution from oil and gas development. Read More

Nathan Johnson, Esq.

Natural Resources Attorney
(614) 487-5841
Nathan represents the OEC on legal and public policy matters relating to water quality, public lands, and the protection of forests, streams, and wetlands. Nathan works to hold polluters accountable and to protect and defend vulnerable habitat throughout the state.   Read More

Stephanie Kellish

Administrative Associate
(614) 487-5820
Stephanie Kellish provides administrative, mailing, and event support for the OEC team. Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Read More

Katalyn Kuivila

Executive Assistant
(614) 487-5845
Katalyn Kuivila is passionate about using public service as a means to achieve social and economic justice. As Executive Assistant for the OEC, Katalyn supports the Executive Director and other executive staff, and serves as the events coordinator. Read More

Miranda Leppla, Esq.

Clean Energy Attorney
(614) 487-5825
Miranda Leppla is the OEC's Clean Energy Attorney.  She works to advance clean energy and energy efficiency policies and projects, works with utilities and businesses to create and implement plans for carbon pollution reductions, and advance forward-thinking, cutting-edge energy policies through advocacy, communications, partnerships, and litigation. Read More

Nicholas Mandros

Regional Coordinator, Northwest Ohio
Nicholas is the Ohio Environmental Council's regional coordinator in Northwest Ohio. Nicholas, a Toledo native, has worked for multiple elected officials in the Toledo area. He previously served as an Executive Assistant with the Lucas County Commissioners Office where he worked on the 2014 algae bloom emergency concerning Toledo's drinking water system and the health of Lake Erie. Read More

Alaina McCleery

Development Associate
Alaina McCleery works on the development team to connect with current and future donors to build support for the OEC.  Alaina has worked in both the nonprofit and green business sector since graduating college, always following an environmental path. Read More

Kristy Meyer, MS

Managing Director, Natural Resources
(614) 487-5842
Kristy Meyer has more than 15 years of experience advocating for clean water, safe foods, sustainable agriculture, healthy lands, and public health protections. As the managing director of the OEC's Natural Resources Program, Kristy directs OEC's campaigns and initiatives for stronger safeguards for Ohio's waterways and establishing protections for Ohio's public forests. Read More

Adam Rissien, MS

Director, Clean Water
(614) 487-5832
Adam works to secure clean and safe water by promoting policies reducing pollution that feeds toxic algae found in so many of Ohio’s rivers and lakes. He has over 15 years experience advocating for the environment, and is the lead expert at OEC related to agricultural pollution where he focuses on advancing new laws that increase accountability to this under-regulated industry. Read More

Max Schaefer

Regional Coordinator
(440) 865-2421
Max Schaefer is the Regional Coordinator for North Central Ohio and is based in Lorain, OH. In this capacity, he is responsible for building relationships among community leaders, elected officials and businesses. Read More

Jodi Segal

Chief Operating Officer
(614) 487-5834
Jodi Segal works directly with the OEC's Executive Director to create and implement strategies for expansion of the OEC's funding base, guide marketing and communications strategy, and ensure highly efficient internal operations. Read More

Dena Sico

Director, Development
(614) 487-5850
Dena Sico's primary responsibilities focus on developing relationships with current and future OEC members and donors, and coordinating OEC events, such as the Green Gala. Dena has been active within the non-profit arena for most of her life. She began volunteering at a young age and has worked in development for non-profit organizations throughout her professional career. Read More

Anna Siriano

Communications Assistant
614-487-5839
Anna Siriano is working on The Ohio Environmental Council's communications team. Previously, she served as the coordinator for a youth radio program produced through Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources. She interned for WOSU Public Media and volunteered for 90.5 FM WCBE. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University, graduating Cum Laude. Read More

Sarah Spence

Director, Government Affairs
(614) 487-5822
Sarah has more than 14 years experience in legislative and government affairs. As Government Affairs Director for the Ohio Environmental Council, she is responsible for the government relations program that focuses on strategic engagement of local governments, state agencies and state lawmakers. Read More

Heather Taylor-Miesle

Executive Director
Heather Taylor-Miesle has more than 18 years of experience advocating for greater environmental and public heath protections, and working with our nation’s top decision-makers to bring environmental issues into the political spotlight.  Read More

Hannah Tyler

Director, Marketing & Communications
(614) 487-5835
Committed to empowering people to action through information, Hannah specializes in communicating complicated policy issues in a simple, straightforward manner. As Director of Marketing & Communications, she works to make sure the OEC's top-notch policy work is well-known and well-represented. Read More

Donald Wiggins Jr.

Lake Erie Engagement Coordinator
(614) 487-5830
Donald Wiggins Jr. serves as the Lake Erie Engagement Coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Council. He works to engage and build collaboration among individuals, community groups, businesses, and other stakeholders to resolve environmental issues pertaining to Lake Erie. Read More