Our Valuable Staff Members

Anne Vaara
Anne VaaraExecutive Director
Anne joined the CRWC in 2007.

The executive director is responsible for overseeing the daily operations, watershed management activities and general management of the organization.

Anne has an extensive background in environmental land use planning, natural resource assessment and preservation, stormwater and watershed management, and environmental ordinance development.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Wetland Ecology from Michigan State University and is near completion of a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University.

Amanda Oparka
Amanda OparkaWatershed Planner
Amanda has been with CRWC since Spring 2011 when she worked as an intern. She was recently promoted to Watershed Planner and is currently working on her Masters degree at Wayne State University in Urban Planning.

As Watershed Planner she works in coordination with the Executive Director to support CRWC’s WaterTowns blue way vision and the council’s efforts to promote Green Infrastructure for the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

Matt Einheuser
Matt EinheuserWatershed Ecologist
Matt joined CRWC in 2015. Previously, Matt worked as a conservation technician working with landowners and the agricultural community to address natural resource concerns and water quality issues. He also has a background involving work in fisheries and hydrologic modeling. Matt received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. In addition he received a M.S. from MSU in Crop and Soil Sciences, studying the effects of land-use change on stream health.

As the watershed ecologist, Matt is responsible for the coordination of the organization’s technical needs through data collection, ecology, and field research. He manages CRWC’s Ecological Application and Assessment Program, coordinates Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Projects, and assists with Adopt-A-Stream research data and training.

In his free time, Matt enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and overall spending time outdoors.

Abby Lane
Abby Lane Program Coordinator
Abby joined CRWC staff in 2014 after a summer internship with CRWC. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies in from Earlham College, and has prior experience in both scientific research and environmental education. As Program Coordinator, manages the Stream Leaders and Keeping it Clean program and assists with volunteer and educational programs Adopt-A-Stream and Stormwater. When she’s not in the office or out on the river, Abby loves hanging out on the Great Lakes and enjoying the beautiful Michigan outdoors.
Eric Diesing
Eric DiesingEnvironmental Scientist
Eric joined CRWC as the Environmental Scientist in the spring of 2016 after participating as an intern in 2015. Eric graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in environmental sustainability and resource management, as well as a biology minor. He assists with watershed programs such as Adopt-A-Stream and Stream Leaders, as well as ecological applications and field work. Eric has also manages the RiverSafe LakeSafe program. In his off time, Eric enjoys hiking and kayaking as well as being an avid reptile and amphibian keeper.
Janice Sugden
Janice SugdenAccountant
Janice has been an accounting professional for over 20 years.
She works part time and is oversees the day to day finances of the council. She has a bachelors degree from Ferris State University.

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Melissa Golembieski
Melissa Golembieski Senior Intern
Melissa began interning with the CRWC in 2013 and continued as a summer intern for three years while in school. She recently graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in environmental sustainability and resource management. Melissa assists in a variety of areas with the CRWC such as weekly cleans, field work, administrative work and stormwater education programs. When she is not working at the CRWC, Melissa remains connected to Oakland University by working with professors assisting in ongoing ecological research. In her free time Melissa enjoys being outside by any body of water, photography, reading and crocheting.