Meet the Staff

Alex Faber, Executive Director 

Alex started as executive director with SRWA in May 2020. She has a background in medieval history and small business management. You may also know her from Bay City Cycles in Ashland, WI where she continue to works part-time. She hopes to use her skills in business, social media, and fundraising to help foster a sense of community and transparency with online media. When she isn’t at the SRWA office or the bike shop, Alex enjoys writing, painting, and reading.



Kevin Brewster, Restoration Manager & Grant Writer

Kevin has been working with SRWA since volunteering as a grant writer in 2009, and took on the staff position of Watershed Restoration Manager in 2014. His academic and professional background is in environmental technologies and environmental journalism. Kevin’s primary roles include grant proposal development and project management in areas of fish passage barrier removal, sediment reduction, and stream bank stabilization.


Mariana Brewster-Brown, Citizen Involvement Coordinator

Mariana has worked with SRWA since 2012, when she started as the office assistant and later stepped into the role of Citizen Involvement Coordinator. She deeply enjoys working with volunteers to further the mission of SRWA, and is happiest when out in the stream. Mariana lives in the Chequamegon Bay area with her family, and enjoys mountain biking and photography in her spare time.



Melissa Kjelvik, Rivers2Lake Education Mentor

Melissa is our Education Mentor through the Rivers2Lake Education Program, starting in 2018.
Melissa has been actively working with teachers since 2008 to find practical and exciting ways to bring authentic learning experiences into classrooms through the integration of scientific practices. Melissa is a co-founder of the Data Nuggets K-16 educational resource program that strives to increase students’ quantitative reasoning abilities by using real data from exciting and relevant contemporary research. Melissa received a B.S. from Northland College in Natural Resources: Fisheries and Wildlife Management, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior.