The Team Your StormWorks Team

Brenda Smith | Executive Director
Brenda Smith is the Executive Director of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and StormWorks. Over the last two decades, she has worked with nonprofit groups as diverse as humanitarian aid organizations and arts ensembles. She was a co-founder of Global Links and served as its first president from 1989 to 1999.  She is excited to be leading the next phase of NMRWA’s growth and development.


Sara Madden | Design Manager
Sara joined the StormWorks team in the summer of 2009. She has an undergraduate degree in fine arts and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Chatham University. Her interests include: contemporary sculpture, garden design, urban ecology, alternative transportation, and environmental planning. In her free time, Sara enjoys walking her dog through Pittsburgh’s parks.   

Maureen “Mo” Copeland | Regional Stormwater Strategist  
Maureen joined the StormWorks staff in June 2014, excited to be a part of the stormwater solution in Pittsburgh.  A southwestern PA native, she has a degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College and masters in environmental management from Duquesne University. Over the last ten years in Pittsburgh, Mo has worked in a variety of nonprofits in the region, most recently as Community Programs Manager at GTECH and AmeriCorps Program Manager at PULSE. In free time, you’ll find her camping, running, or playing Gaelic football.


Nathan Resnick-Day | Field Crew MemberNathan Resnick-Day
Nathan joined NMRWA in May 2013 and Stormworks in May 2014. He holds a diploma in Horticulture Technology from Bidwell Training Center, a Permaculture Design Certificate from Phipps Conservatory and is accredited in organic landcare through the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Nathan splits his time between installing rain gardens and maintaining the watershed’s urban forest. As a lifelong beneficiary of the run, he is honored to install green infrastructure to manage excess stormwater and maintain trees that will keep streets cool, capture carbon and clean the air for years to come. Nathan’s other interests include ethnomusicology, natural history, public health, and his dog, Gus.


  • Rain Gardens

    StormWorks rain gardens are designed to capture rainwater runoff and keep it from entering your

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  • Tree Plantings

    Trees are nature’s most efficient runoff managers. Their root systems capture water that would

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  • Rain Barrels

    Water usage increases in the summer by 30%. Cut back on costs and waste by installing a rain

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