The Team Your StormWorks Team

      Brenda Smith | Executive Director

Brenda Smith is the Executive Director of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and StormWorks. Over the last two decades, she has worked with nonprofit groups as diverse as humanitarian aid organizations and arts ensembles. She was a co-founder of Global Links and served as its first president from 1989 to 1999.  She is excited to be leading the next phase of NMRWA’s growth and development.

      Andrea Haynes | Design Manager

Andrea is a licensed landscape architect and joined the StormWorks team in 2019. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, she has lived in environments as diverse as New York City and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Trained as an artist, she fell in love with the aesthetic and ecological characteristics of plants while working as a gardener in Vermont. She pursued this new found passion by earning her Masters of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University where she was a Federal Foreign Language Area Study Fellow and was on the winning team for the 2014 Better Philadelphia Urban Design Challenge. Her graduate research focused on coastal resilience in the face of climate change. Following graduate school, she was awarded the Piero Patri Urban Design Fellowship and studied the potential of floating wetlands for habitat creation, recreation, and storm surge mitigation along San Francisco’s southeast waterfront. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2014 where she continues to work toward designing an ecologically sound urban environment. In her free time she can be found planting edibles in her yard, playing in parks with her family, or being followed around the neighborhood by her cat Ollie.

      Kelsey Small | Shared CFO

Kelsey is the shared Chief Financial Officer for the Environmental Finance Collaborative with financial responsibilities for five organizations: Allegheny County Conservation District, Construction Junction, Grounded, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Tree Pittsburgh. She is responsible for providing operational financial expertise and oversight, budgeting and business planning, and adoption of best practices in financial management. Most recently Kelsey was the Interim Director of Finance and Administration for the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she oversaw financial, fundraising, and organizational planning initiatives. She holds a Master of Arts Management Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Florida.

      Trey Marks | Project Manager

Trey’s passion for plants and nature led him to pursue a career in Horticulture. Over the years he has explored the diverse opportunities available in the green industry, such as working as a land steward at the Audubon Society of Western PA, working as an operations manager for a small interiorscaping company, and working as a private estate gardener. In 2017, he started his own organic gardening company and has designed and installed many pollinator friendly and native plant gardens all over Pittsburgh. In his free time you can find him working in his own gardens or snuggling with his four rescue cats.

      Brian Funk | Field Crew Leader

Brian hails from a small village in the southernmost reaches of Washington County, PA. Having splashed into urban living in Pittsburgh from the Reagan era miasma of 1989, he hit pay-dirt in late 2005 when he landed on a homestead in the east hills. Since then, his garden has endured on the city’s eastern portal of Homewood. One can find him ambling about the city’s green spaces stooping to examine a fallen leaf or seed head, hoisting binoculars to glimpse the peregrine falcon’s attack on an imprudent pigeon, or cruising along our rivers on two wheels. As a veteran of grass roots organizations in Pittsburgh, Brian has volunteered or worked with such diverse entities as American Youth Hostels-Pittsburgh, BikePGH, Grow Pittsburgh, Mung Dynasty, Rails-to-Trails, and Kaboom. He will turn off his computer with the slightest impetus and walk out into the ever-expanding unknown.

Marisa Strom | StormWorks Field Technician                                                                                                      Marisa joined the Stormworks team in 2019. Trained as an art historian, she was drawn to the beautiful aesthetics of rain gardens and fascinated by their sustainable function. She looks forward to enriching her understanding of sustainable landscaping as part of the Stormworks team. In her free time, Marisa enjoys baking and hiking with her family. 


Kimberly Hanley | StormWorks Field Technician                                             “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves” -Gandhi. At Stormworks, Kim’s passion hits pay-dirt. When she’s not tending the Earth she is playing with her cats or motorcycle, or any number of other things. 

Mark Clowney | StormWorks Field Technician                                                   Bio coming soon. 


      Tricia Dougherty | Operations & Communications Manager

Tricia joined StormWorks in April 2018. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained a degree in Political Science and certificates in Women’s Studies and European Union Studies. She serves on the board of the Garfield Land Trust. Tricia is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the office and conveying StormWorks’s mission and vision through interesting & thoughtful media and publications. In her free time, Tricia enjoys listening to podcasts and hiking with her dog.

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