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.

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.

Kaitlyn Vitale

Kaitlyn Vitale

Program Assistant

Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH) in May 2014. While in college, Kaitlyn studied Field Biology in Monteverde, Costa Rica during spring 2012. Kaitlyn was also part of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, worked for the JCU recreation department and played intramural soccer and softball. Kaitlyn enjoys anything outdoors; she spends a lot of her time running, roller blading and biking on Presque Isle in the summer and skiing in the winter. Thus far, Kaitlyn's experiences have led her to acquire a passion for the overall importance of biodiversity and preserving our community's environment.

Kaitlyn’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 a vital part of our public workshops.

Kristin Genovese-Kowalewski

Kristin Genovese-Kowalewski

Special Events Coordinator

Kristin is a lifetime Erie resident who has spent the last 30 years as an active member of the community. During that time she worked at a local Direct Marketing Firm, Paramount Lists, Inc., serving as President for the past 15 years. In addition, she is a proven entrepreneur who has founded several companies throughout her career. Most recently, her partnership at KBK Consulting Group acting as the Director of Operations and Marketing Guru.
During her professional tenure, Kristin has been involved in community outreach and local charities whether it be sponsoring events for local organizations, participating in charitable events, or helping various organizations with their fundraising endeavors. She has always had a charitable spirit and served as a board member of Community Shelter Services until her focus on helping became more personal when she became a foster parent in 2008.

Kristin’s primary strengths are her ability to connect with people, her empathy, and her experience in identifying opportunities and taking action to capitalize on them. She is excited about using her 35 years of experience in Sales and Marketing while working with fundraising, promotion, and networking to have a greater impact on the Erie community.

Kristen’s main responsibilities will be coordinating Environment Erie’s fundraising efforts with Bike Around the Bay, and our Dinner Theater events.