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:
- Michael Rorar – Chair
- Ana Burns – Vice Chair
- Catherine Perrow – Secretary
- Danny Ross - Fiscal Officer
- Rob Curtis – Member
- Barry Ganoe – Associate Supervisor
Summit SWCD Board meetings are free and open to the public, and are held on the third Tuesday of every month. Please check the calendar for updates and changes in time and date including the annual meeting date. Additional information on the 2023 Board Meetings can be found here.
Brian Prunty - District Program Administrator
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. When not leading his amazing and talented team, Brian loves to spend his time outdoors by hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking and brewing beer.
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.
Bethany Fortune - Administrative Assistant
Bethany Fortune is the Administrative Assistant. She joined Summit SWCD in 2023 after 8 years at OSU as a lab manager for an agricultural soil research lab. Her background is Environmental Science with a BS from the University of Mount Union in 2014. Her position at SSWCD is a mix of clerical and financial duties. This includes processing accounts payable, receivable and payroll, and managing employee files and public records. Off the clock, Bethany enjoys hiking, birding, renovating houses with her husband, and spending time with family and friends.
Her favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is minimizing soil compaction and ensuring topsoil quality to help enhance, protect, and minimize damage to soil quality caused by land development.
Julie Berbari - 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.
Brandon Andresen - Stormwater Specialist
Brandon spent over 19 years at Jefferson SWCD overseeing the Jefferson County & Others MS4 Stormwater Group and 3 years at Allegheny County Conservation District in Pittsburgh, PA reviewing erosion and sediment control plans and doing site inspections. Brandon graduated from The Ohio State University ATI with an Associates Degree in Environmental Resource Management. In his free time, Brandon enjoys spending time with friends, watching sports, listening to podcasts, outdoor recreation, and craft beer.
Brandon's favorite BMPs are the ones that are installed correctly and maintained.
Sasha Mikheidze - Stormwater Specialist
Sasha recently joined Summit SWCD, coming over after spending 8 years at Franklin SWCD. As a Stormwater Specialist, Sasha’s duties 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. 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.
Sasha’s favorite BMPs are the ones that are installed and maintained properly.
Alex Weber - Stormwater Inspector
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 is a native of Summit county, an avid fisherman, and a new father to baby Emery!
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!
Sandy Barbic - Education Specialist
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. Sandy 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 interests include animal activism, gardening, and the outdoors.
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.
Stephanie Deibel - Watershed Coordinator
Stephanie joined the District in 2015 as a Stormwater Specialist and is currently the District’s Watershed Coordinator. Stephanie works with local watershed groups and communities to implement innovative stormwater and watershed management in the Yellow Creek and Upper Tuscarawas watersheds. She also coordinates the District's volunteer stream monitoring program and watershed outreach activities. Stephanie brings over 12 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. Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her family.
Her favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is stream buffers- a low cost, low maintenance, high-impact solution to a variety of water quality issues!!
Nichole Lopez - Watershed Coordinator
Nichole started as a NOWCorps Member serving at the district in 2020. Soon after the completion of her service year, she was hired as a Watershed Coordinator in March 2022. She will be working to provide technical and educational assistance with water quality protection efforts to local communities and organizations within the Furnace Run Watershed. Nichole graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a bachelor's degree in Marine and Geological Sciences. In her spare time, Nichole loves to travel all over the world and explore nature, plus indulge in the foods of different cultures. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Her favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) is the use of rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff, prevent erosion, and reuse rainwater.
Claire Hardi - AmeriCorps Service Member
Claire is an AmeriCorps Member serving as the Outreach Specialist for SSWCD. Throughout her service year, she will be working closely with Sandy Barbic (Education Specialist) and Stephanie Deibel (Watershed Coordinator) to assist with and expand the office’s ongoing outreach and education efforts. Claire has a BA in Art History & Museum Studies and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Northern Arizona University where she researched sustainable community development policy and best practices. She enjoys hiking, yoga, listening to podcasts, going to local coffee shops, and is excited to try her first pawpaw while living in Ohio.
Her favorite Best Management Practice (BMP) are low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure practices — especially rain barrels and permeable pavement.
Lynette Harmon, District Conservationist. Please contact her at (216) 503 - 9230.