Environment Erie


Amy Jo Smith

Executive Director

Ms. Smith has a bachelor's degree from Penn State Behrend--the Erie College in biology. After college she worked for five years at the Erie County Conservation District. Most recently she worked for three years at the Economic Development Corporation of Erie County. Her background has given her a wide perspective on community development and management of non-profits. She is currently going to school for a Master's of Non-profit Administration. Other activities include being a board member of Freshwater Future and participating in community events.

Nathanael Millet

Nate Millet

Education Manager

Nate Millet joined the staff of Environment Erie as Environmental Education Manager. Nate graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Resource Management with a focus on Park Law Enforcement. Nate interned at Presque Isle with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Upon graduation, Nate worked as a Park Law Enforcement Ranger for the National Park Service at Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, MA. Upon returning to Erie, Nate discovered a passion for education while working for Iroquois School District as an educational Aide.

Nate’s main responsibility will be the Earth Action program designed to provide environmental education to local students and to challenge them to make a difference in the watershed by developing and implementing service learning projects in their schools and neighborhoods.
In addition to providing programs in schools, Nate will coordinate several Youth Training Days and teacher workshops throughout the year.

Matthew Pluta

Matthew Pluta

Program Manager

Matthew Pluta recently joined the staff at Environment Erie as Environmental Program Manager. Matt graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology. He is currently seeking his M. Ed at Edinboro University in Secondary Education: Earth and Space Science. Matt’s previous experience includes a scientific and technical internship with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, research and education assistant for PA Sea Grant, and as a research technician for Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment.

Matt’s new responsibilities include leading a rain garden initiative in Erie County in which the goal is to engage businesses, neighborhoods and schools in the management of stormwater runoff. Additionally, Matt will be working with area businesses to join RecyclErie, a county-wide recycling program, and he will be coordinating the local TreeVitalize Program, a statewide initiative to plant one million trees in Pennsylvania.

Angela Heher

Angela Heher

Administrative Manager

Angela spent the last twenty five years working for a local nonprofit as a community educator, program manager and development director. She attended Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to study early childhood education and special education. She received a paralegal certificate from Penn State Behrend. Angela is active with several women's organizations, is a fair-weather golfer and enjoys walking, reading and watching movies. Angela brings her varied and extensive experience to Environment Erie to help with accounting, human resources and fund development.