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.

Nate Millet

Nate Millet

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. While at SRU he interned at Presque Isle State Park 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. Always having a passion for nature and the outdoors, Nate wanted to educate others about the Environment and what better place than at Environment Erie.

Nate’s main responsibility is managing 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 coordinates several Youth Training Days and teacher workshops throughout the year and manages all of our adult educational workshops.

Angela Heher

Leann Sestak

Program Assistant

Leann received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mercyhurst University in May 2014. While in college, Leann was an intern for the Office Sustainability and member of the environmental club. She enjoys gardening, picking seasonal fruits with her family and playing soccer. After college, Leann spent two years at Gannon University serving as an AmeriCorp VISTA member, overseeing the Gannon Goodwill Garden and connecting the community with fresh produce. This experience led her to want to continue to do work in the community with a sustainability focus.

Leann’s main responsibilities are to coordinate the BeginANEW program at Environment Erie and will be working on many different restoration and revitalization projects throughout Erie County. She will also have a major influence with the PLEWA program and be a vital part of our public workshops.

Margaret (Peg) Adams

Accounting Clerk

Margaret (Peg) Adams has a Bachelor of Science Accounting degree from Hartford University. She has spent the last 30 plus years working in the accounting field for both For-Profit companies and Non-Profit Companies in the local area as Controller and Acting Chief Financial Officer. She brings her varied and extensive experience to Environment Erie to help with accounting after retiring in 2016.
She is active with the Erie Transporters group (Part of “Because You Care” animal rescue organization). Most weekends are busy helping transport rescued dogs from southern Kill shelters to other rescues where they can find a forever home.