Established in 1946, the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District is one of the 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the State of Ohio. The District was established to address conservation needs in each county, providing local leadership for soil and water resources conservation and water quality enhancement.
Board of Supervisors
The programs of the Summit SWCD are overseen by a five-member Board of Supervisors who are publicly elected for three-year terms. They serve as volunteers and do not receive any financial compensation. Our current board members are:
- Dennis Stoiber – Chair
- Ana Burns - Vice Chair
- Martin Hilovsky – Secretary
- Michael Rorar – Fiscal Agent/Treasurer
- Danny Ross – Member
- Barry Ganoe – Associate Supervisor
Summit SWCD Board meetings are free and open to the public, and are held on the third Monday of every month. Please check the calendar for updates and changes in time and date including the annual meeting date.
Brian Prunty is the District Program Administrator. He has over 20 years of experience in the natural resources and stormwater fields. Brian’s duties range from administrative responsibilities to technical work. He also co-instructs an inspection and maintenance certification course on maintaining stormwater control measures. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in Earth Science and Geology from Kent State University.
His favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is bioretention. It blends his passions of stormwater and landscaping. It is one of the best performing structural BMPs to mitigate our developmental impacts to the natural environment.
When not leading his amazing and talented team, Brian loves to spend his time outdoors by hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking and brewing beer.
Whitney Shuttleworth is the new administrative assistant at Summit SWCD. She is responsible for processing accounts payable, receivable and payroll, employee files, public records and other administrative duties assigned. She is directly responsible to the District Program Administrator (DPA) and implements the policies and programs of the District. She has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Sustainable Agriculture from Miami University in Oxford. She is currently taking courses at Kent State University and is expected to earn a Master’s in Public Administration next spring. She is also a Certified Administrative Professional and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Whitney’s favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is rain gardens. They create pollinator friendly habitats and grow native flowers.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring new hiking trails and walking paths, playgrounds, botanical gardens, and dog parks with her son Hugh and dog Ruthie. She is also an avid gardener and is excited to have a new yard/home that she is in the process of turning into a “mini-farm”.
Stormwater Specialist II
Julie Berbari joined the Summit SWCD staff in late 2014 bringing 28 years of urban experience with her. As a Stormwater Specialist II, she reviews Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, inspects active construction sites as well as post construction Storm Water Management Controls in several communities within the county. Julie also advises the District Technical staff and helps with riparian assessments and workshops. She assists and guides designers, planners, and developers to address the many plan requirements while considering and protecting existing natural resources. Julie earned her BS in Engineering at the University of Akron.
Julie does not have a favorite Best Management Practice (BMP), she likes them all if they are installed correctly and doing their job.
Sasha recently joined Summit SWCD, coming over after spending 8 years at Franklin SWCD. As a Stormwater Specialist, Sasha’s duties will include Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan reviews and construction site inspections, municipal facility good housekeeping and pollution prevention inspections, and assisting the public with riparian setback. Sasha Graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in biology with a minor in GIS. He also holds an associate’s degree in ecology from Vanier College in Montreal, Canada. Previously, he has spent several years performing raptor research in remote locations.
Sasha’s favorite BMPs are the ones that are installed and maintained properly.
In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and 4 cats and sculpting, drawing or playing one of his 8 Ovation guitars.
Alex Weber is the Stormwater Inspector. He conducts construction site stormwater inspections, holds preconstruction meetings with developers and performing contractors, monitors conservation easements, conducts good housekeeping/pollution prevention inspections for the NEORSD communities, and provides technical assistance for various communities in Summit County. He received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Akron in 2019. Alex is a Certified Erosion, Sediment, & Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI).
Alex’s favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is bioretention basins. He believes they are aesthetically pleasing with many ecological benefits, and they provide a versatile solution to contain and treat stormwater runoff!
Alex is a native of Summit county, an avid fisherman, and a new father to baby Emery!
Sandy Barbic is an Education Specialist and has been with the District since 2007. Sandy assists the “Summit County Communities for Clean Storm Water” with Public Involvement and Educational Outreach requirements for the Phase I and Phase II NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) stormwater management permits held by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA). The 30 communities participate in bi-monthly PIPE (Public Involvement Public Education) meetings where they share ideas and attend presentations and workshops given by stormwater professionals. The Education Specialist also gives school and community presentations on rain barrels, soils, rain gardens and native plants, watershed issues, composting and healthy landscaping, storm drain marking, and stream monitoring. Sandy graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Conservation Biology.
Sandy’s favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is urban tree canopy restoration. This green infrastructure absorbs storm water runoff, reduces air pollution, decreases our carbon footprint, and cuts urban energy needs.
Sandy’s interests include animal activism, gardening, and the outdoors.
Stephanie joined the District in 2015 as a Stormwater Specialist. Recently, she has taken on the role as the District’s Watershed Coordinator. Stephanie reviews stormwater pollution prevention plans, completes riparian assessments, and provides homeowner assistance. She also works with local watershed groups and communities to implement innovative stormwater and watershed management. Stephanie brings over 10 years combined work and education experience in water quality and water resource management. She holds a BS in Conservation Biology, with a minor in Geography, from Kent State University.
Her favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is stream buffers! Low cost, low maintenance, high-impact solution to a variety of water quality issues.
Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her family.
AmeriCorps Service Member
Nichole Lopez is an AmeriCorps Service Member as an Education & Outreach Specialist. During her service year, Nichole works closely with Sandy Barbic (Education Specialist) creating and facilitating enhanced programs for our Public Involvement and Public Education (PIPE) initiative. Nichole will also be helping our Watershed Coordinator, Stephanie Deibel, with our local Stream Monitoring Volunteer Program, as well as watershed outreach and education. Nichole has a bachelor's degree in Marine and Geological Sciences from the University of Miami in Florida.
Nichole’s favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) are rain barrels. A rain barrel is a container that captures rainwater from rooftops. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they all save on water usage and reduce storm water runoff around our homes.
During her free time, Nichole loves to cook different vegan meals and tries to spend as much time outside absorbing the vitamin D.
Lynette Harmon, District Conservationist. Please contact her at (216) 503 - 9230.