Meet Our Board of Directors
CEO & President, Omer Advisors
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Ruthann obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2018, Ruthann retired as President of Gateway Engineers, where she had worked since her time as a student at Pitt. Throughout her career, Ruthann served as municipal engineer for nearly a dozen communities in Allegheny County, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the work of advancing the mission of WoSPgh.
Tom Batroney, PE, Vice President
Senior Technical Director & Regional Office Leader, AKRF Pittsburgh
Tom supports WoSPgh because the most difficult challenges are also often the greatest opportunities. For example, Saw Mill Run and Streets Run face challenges from legacy pollutants from mines, sewer overflows, and flash flooding. But there is a great opportunity for positive change as we take those challenges, fix them, and improve our communities.
Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Wilkes University and a Master’s in Water Resources Engineering from Villanova. In his spare time you can find Tom writing on his blog the Pittsburgh Urban Flooding Journal where blogs about all things flooding from historical narratives to present day technology advancements. And since most of his days are spent on the computer, he loves connecting with nature and working with his hands on never ending projects around the 100+ year old Wilkinsburg home he shares with his wife Amber and their dog Manchester.
Project Manager, Allegheny County Department of Parks
Sara sees Pittsburgh as a city full of unique examples of the natural world competing with an industrial past. The extremes of this relationship seem to be highlighted in areas within our watersheds. She is invested in helping WoSPgh navigate these complex problems to ensure more livable and viable communities in the future.
Sara holds BA degrees from Carlow University and the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Chatham University. Sara enjoys the outdoors all year round, whether hiking with her dog, kayaking, gardening, or cross country skiing.
Brungo Law Office, LLC.
Matthew first learned of WoSPgh while representing a neighborhood park in collaboration with a local borough on a stormwater management plan. He has since become involved with our work because he understands the need for zoning changes and sustainable development planning in the watersheds.
A resident of South Side Flats, Matthew earned a BA from Penn State, a JD from the University of Maryland, and is currently an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in the School of Business. In his free time, Matthew enjoys cooking, hiking, playing disc golf, and volunteering as an assistant basketball coach at Shaler Area High School.
Active Member, Baldwin Manor Park Association
Like many residents in south Pittsburgh, Michelle has seen first-hand the devastating effects of stormwater runoff, erosion, and flooding. This has motivated her to serve on the WoSPgh board where she can volunteer in meaningful ways and help raise watershed awareness.
Michelle received a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University. She taught in the public school system for eight years before deciding to retire to raise her family. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys walking on the park trails near her house in Whitehall and loves doing yard work: planting flowers, mowing grass … even weeding!
EIT Associate Project Manager, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Ana was drawn to WoSPgh because of our commitment to improving water quality, preserving the natural environment, and working with the public to educate residents on the importance of the environment. Prior to joining the board, Ana had been working with Economic Development South and the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association on integrated watershed planning efforts.
She received a BS in Environmental Resources Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Ana lives in Allegheny East and enjoys cooking, hiking and running with her dog, and the craft of woodburning.
Executive Director, Grounded Strategies
Ariam first learned about WoSPgh at a community center event back in 2016. Ariam supports our mission because she understands how valuable water is to the environmental, economic, and aesthetic health of communities. She holds a BA of History from the University of Virginia and an MA in City Planning from Boston University. A resident of Overbrook, Ariam enjoys camping, baking, working out, and traveling in her free time – and has even been to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day!
Senior Manager of Special Initiatives, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Kathryn appreciates how WoSPgh approaches problem solving with an interdisciplinary mindset, and by supporting WoSPgh, she works to strengthen her community while protecting the natural environment.
A graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Kathryn holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MS in Park and Resource Management and Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University. While she currently resides in Brookline, Kathryn is a fluent Spanish speaker and lived in Mexico for several years with her husband and daughter.
Ingrid Pearson, GIP, CPMSM
Assistant Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Ingrid supports WoSPgh because she believes creating a healthy watershed improves our community, boosts our local economy, and enhances our own lives. She holds a BS in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Point Park University.
In her spare time, she enjoys participating in tree plantings and maintenance with local shade tree groups, going on nature walks with her pups, playing video games, and arts and crafts. Ingrid lives in Brentwood and has a bearded dragon named Loki!
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