Michael Collins, Executive Director, Center for Natural Capital and Lead Trainer for StreamSweepers
Michael Collins is the Executive Director of the Center for Natural Capital which hosts the StreamSweepers program. He began his career as a tenured science teacher with Culpeper County Public Schools and is the Lead Trainer for the StreamSweepers Program providing college level environmental science education to the Sweeper staff.
Mike was co-founder of Virginia Groundwater, a science-based well drilling firm that continues today as The Center for Sustainable Groundwater (CSG) in Charlottesville, VA. He has worked as a water resources consultant and led several hydro-geologic and source water protection studies which have received EPA awards. He has partnered with the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the Virginia Department of Forestry on several market-based conservation programs and projects. He operated a sustainable home goods store in Charlottesville, VA to provide environmentally friendly construction supplies to the region. As an Environmental Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville he led several groundwater, surface water, and sustainability projects and programs including the Rivanna River Basin Roundtable and the State of the Basin Report, the Interfaith Roundtable on Sustainability, and the Thomas Jefferson Sustainability Council and the Sustainability Accords of 1998. The Sustainability Council was selected as a Case Study of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Mike has also received the Chairman’s Award from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. Email Mike
Richard “Buzz” Van Santvoord, Special Projects Assistant and Logistics Coordinator
Buzz has spent the majority of his professional career working in operations, logistics and distribution and is most effective at strategic planning, process analysis and improvement, as well as team building and motivation. Buzz has extensive experience in designing fulfillment systems and processes for direct to consumer as well as business to business programs. He has more than 30 years of professional work experience in the land management, construction, civil engineering, retail management, and distribution and business operations industries. He has also been a surveyor, a draftsman, a forest firefighter, a district retail store manager, a call center manager, and a fulfilment executive and an Eagle Scout. He spent 15 years as a volunteer youth sports coach and manages the Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society in Central Virginia. Email Buzz
Debbie Manzari, StreamSweepers Program Manager
Debbie spent last summer leading a team of 11 young adults, the 2015 StreamSweepers Crew, to complete the Rapidan River project. Beyond the summer months she focuses on community outreach to enroll landowners to provide access for upcoming projects, and to increase community awareness for the need to maintain these important water supply rivers. She holds a BS from Cornell University and spent the early part of her career as a private consultant working for various EPA offices, including the Office of Drinking Water, where she provided research on projects affecting EPA regulatory decisions for drinking water standards. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid and brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial business experience to the program. Email Debbie