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.

Emma Holtan, Water Quality Program Coordinator A “scientist with a big heart,” Emma started at Superior Rivers in September of 2021. A graduate of Northland College with an extensive background in water science and water resources for her young career, Emma has also held several research roles at the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. She looks forward to supporting people in connecting to their local water bodies in a way that helps them develop an ethic of care. She brings love and care to every aspect of her work and is honored to help communities become stewards of their watersheds.

Learn about our citizen water quality monitoring program.

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.

Learn more about our restoration projects.

Brandi Shapland, 2021-2022 Rivers2Lake Education Mentor Brandi is a graduate of Northland College with a passion for environmental education. She is excited to help the region’s teachers create engaging lessons that will spark interest in younger generations. The South Shore Rivers2Lake program is hosted in conjunction with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve’s River2Lake program. For the 2021-2022 school year, Brandi will focus on building connections and support with alumni of our South Shore Rivers2Lake program as we pilot future growth of this alumni network and support. If you are an alumni of the Rivers2Lake program or a local educator looking for assistance with outdoor placed based learning, reach out!

Read about the Rivers2Lake Program here.