For the last two years, Melissa Reckner has served as the Program Manager at Penguin Court, a Preserve of the Brandywine Conservancy, located in Laughlintown, PA.
Prior to this position, Melissa spent the majority of her career as the director of the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, an award-winning, volunteer-based water monitoring and education program that focuses on Abandoned Mine Drainage and AMD treatment systems.
In 2018, she published the "State of the Watershed," an update to the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Conservation Plan that quantified changes in this watershed since 1999.
She served two years as an AmeriCorps member and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Melissa is the secretary of the Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP), the newsletter editor and Trout in the Classroom coordinator with the Mountain Laurel chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a board member of the Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative.
In November, she will become certified as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist (PMN), and, through Penguin Court, serves as a Coordinating Partner with PMN in the Laurel Highlands.
She is active with the Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association, her home watershed organization, and others.
Melissa enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, star gazing, spring wildflowers, time with family and friends, and soft serve ice cream!