Environment Erie



Honey Stempka

Executive Director

Due to her exceptional abilities to follow through and follow up on even the most mundane of items, Honey serves as executive director. During her senior year of high school, she recalls handwriting the following by the American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, in her high school scrapbook;

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”

These words have provided guidance in many of her professional endeavors. Honey has spent 19 years working for and with nonprofits in the environmental and social justice space, in addition to trying her hand at entrepreneurship. Outside the office you can find her rescuing her front yard from the perils of grass, having dance parties with her boys, and making plans for family trips to each of the 59 national parks.

Angela Heher

Leann Sestak

Program Manager

A native Erieite, Leann’s passion for the environment was nurtured by her grandma who taught her about gardening, canning and why blueberries taste best picked right off the bush. Prior to joining Environment Erie as the Program Manager, Leann worked in community development working with neighbors to foster a community garden and hosting educational programs. This work made her realize not everyone had the opportunity to try freshly picked blueberries and spurred her to continue to work towards a healthy, sustainable, vibrant community. When she’s not in the office, Leann is re-purposing pasta sauce jars, playing with her dog or reading some kind of gardening book or magazine.

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.