Staff

Steve Woods, Freshwater executive directorSteve Woods – Executive Director
Steve Woods joined Freshwater in December 2013 as executive director. He is a civil engineer who previously was one of two assistant directors of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, a $60 million a year state conservation agency. From 1987 to 1999, he was a consulting engineer and manager in the Minnesota office of MWH, a global environmental  consulting company.  He also worked two years as a research analyst in the former Division of Waters in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. Learn a bit more about Steve by reading a Star Tribune interview published shortly after he was appointed.

Joan NephewJoan Nephew — Operations Director
From 2007 until beginning a phased retirement in late 2013, Joan Nephew was the Society’s executive director. Prior to joining the Society, she was president of the Institute for Environmental Assessment, executive director of the Environmental Resource Council, and executive vice president of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. In those roles, she managed environmental health programs, worked with industry and government, and oversaw environmental health and safety policy for schools and other institutions.

Scott Branch – Operations Assistant

Deirdre Coleman – Program Coordinator

Alex Gehrig — Program Manager

Peggy Knapp – Director of Programs

Diane Lynch — Development Director and Senior Manager

Christopher Prok – Operations Manager

Jeanne Prok – Program Manager

Patrick Sweeney – Research and Communications Director

Laura West — Administrative Assistant