Our Staff

Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director

Kirsten joined Friends of the St. Clair River first as a volunteer and then as our Stewardship Director in 2015. In her career she has served many capacities in retail management, landscape design and horticulture. Her work takes a systemic and ecological approach to site design and management. Kirsten led the design and implementation of the RoofTop Farm project at the Green Garage in Midtown Detroit, where she has also been working to help small businesses become more sustainable. Kirsten holds an M.Arch. degree from Lawrence Technological University, a B.F.A. from Wayne State University with a concentration in design, and a horticulture degree from St. Clair County Community College (SC4), where she also taught courses on the subject. A lifelong learner and community volunteer, Kirsten recently achieved certification as a Michigan Conservation Steward.

Amy Meeker-Taylor, Environmental Educator

Amy has been involved with Friends through the Blue Water Sturgeon Festival by launching the sturgeon cruise field trips in 2014 and the Run With The Sturgeon race in 2015. Amy was born and raised in Port Huron, has lived in Atlanta and Phoenix, and currently lives in Port Huron with her husband, Mike, and 11 year old son, Cameron. Amy attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master of Arts degree from University of Miami Ohio in Environmental Education. She has worked as a Naturalist at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta, Associate Director at Camp Cavell in Lexington, and currently works as Program Coordinator at the Blue Water YMCA. Amy also shares her passion and time with the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Board of Directors, is a member of Women’s Life Insurance Society chapter #836, an Earth Fair planning committee member, and a founding member of the Startling Line Youth Running Fund. As an avid enthusiast and advocate for the outdoors and environmental education, Amy is committed to the St. Clair River.

Our Board

Board of Directors Meetings
3rd Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm, River Rat Building

Our Board of Directors meets the 3rd Wednesday every month from 7-9pm at our organization’s headquarter, the River Rat building on the Blue Water River Walk. Join with other like-minded environmentalists passionate about making the Blue Water Area cleaner and greener! Request a board information packet today.


Sheri Faust

Storm Water Coordinator, St. Clair County Health Department
Port Huron


Dan Danner

Finance Committee Chair
Controller, Engineered Plastic Components
Port Huron


Don Rice

Facilities Committee Chair
Engineer Consultant, Midrex Technologies, Inc.


Carrie Dollar

Governance Committee Chair
St. Clair County Community College Biology Instructor
Grosse Pointe Woods


Penny Peck

Blue Water Land Fund Board Member
Port Huron


Deb Matthes

East China


Kelsey Smith

Marine City


Gordon Ruttan

Member, St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission


Doreen Kephart

Marine City