Allegheny CleanWays Staff

Myrna Newman
Executive Director                      

Myrna started working for Allegheny CleanWays as a part-time project coordinator in June 2007 while she started a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on the farm she grew up on. ACW was appealing to her because her mother had recently been the victim of illegal  dumping and she was glad that an organization existed to help such people. Myrna also has some connection to waste tires that she can’t seem to escape.   “In my childhood, I swung on one. In my teens, I planted flowers in one. In my twenties, I built a house out of about a thousand of them. I escaped them briefly in my thirties only to find myself hauling them by the thousands off of riverbanks and out of ravines and empty lots in my late 30s and early 40s.” Myrna became the Executive Director in 2011 and currently oversees all aspects of ACW, including fundraising, program management, membership recruitment, staff development, marketing and communications, and financial management. Prior to working for ACW, Myrna was involved in public education for 14 years. Later she studied Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University and was the lead environmental field technician for a multi-million dollar soil remediation project in Utah.

To contact Myrna, email her at myrna@alleghenycleanways.org or call our office at 412.381.1301.

 

Joe Divack
DumpBuster Director

Joe Divack started volunteering on his own to clean up illegal dumpsites in 2009 and later worked with Allegheny CleanWays in 2010 to develop the DumpBuster program, where he currently serves as DumpBuster Coordinator. He manages the assessment and cleanup of illegal dumpsites, supervises volunteers, and provides his expertise to communities wanting to clean up difficult sites in Allegheny County. Joe and a small group of volunteers go out nearly every day to tackle large illegal dumps and remove an average of 900-1200 lbs of debris daily. Joe was honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2012 for his amazing service to Allegheny County. Before working for ACW, Joe spent most of his life as a social worker and behavior therapist. He also enjoys rock climbing and cave exploration. People of all skill levels are welcome to join the DumpBuster crew.

To contact Joe, email him at joe@alleghenycleanways.org.

 

Sam Weaver
Tireless Project & Education Coordinator

Sam came to Allegheny CleanWays as a PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) Fellow in 2015 and managed ACW's work in the North Side during her service year. She now oversees planning for the Tireless Project and ACW's Education programming. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Sam worked several summers coordinating and leading trips at a summer camp in Colorado, while getting her Biochemistry degree at Goshen College (IN). Sam loves being outside and facilitating enjoyable outdoors experiences with others, whether that means backpacking or cleaning up trash on a riverbank. When she's not at work you can probably find her rock climbing, playing soccer, working on a new craft project, or hanging in a hammock. 

To contact Sam, email her at sam@alleghenycleanways.org.

 

 

Evan Clark
Tireless Project Boat Captain

Evan Clark is currently the boat pilot for the Tireless project. The Tireless project is a collaborative endeavor of Allegheny CleanWays and several other organizations with a common interest in the waterways of Pittsburgh. Evan serves as pilot, guide and educator on the cleanup events that take place along the rivers and creeks of Allegheny County. He also set up and maintains our new boat, the Rachel Carson. Evan started working with the Tireless project in 2007 with the Three Rivers Rowing Association, where he was the Facility Manager. He became involved in the waterway cleanups because of his love of boats and rivers. He has extensive experience navigating and building boats. Evan has boated down the Mississippi, Tennessee, Tombigbee, Missouri, Atchafalya, Ohio and Allegheny rivers on homemade boats. He currently remodels and builds houses and works on his urban homestead.

To contact Evan, email him at evan@alleghenycleanways.org.

 

Al Chernov
DumpBuster Crew Leader

Al began volunteering with the DumpBusters program in November of 2012. He lived in Miami at the time. That's Miami as in Miami, Florida! He was visiting his friend, Hannah Grace, our 2013 Volunteer of the Year, and agreed to join her in her weekly volunteering. He continued to volunteer with DumpBusters whenever he came to Pittsburgh and became a regular volunteer  after moving to Munhall last year. Since that time, he has logged 180 volunteer hours with the DumpBusters program. Prior to moving to Munhall, Al was a fleet mechanic for the City of North Miami for 29 years, so he has already begun whipping our (ever-growing) fleet into shape. In his spare time, he enjoys in-line skating, carpentry, historical preservation, photography and graphic design - he even designed our 2014 Tireless T-shirts!

To contact Al, email him at al@alleghenycleanways.org.

 

Amy Valenty
Bookkeeper

Amy Valenty became involved with Allegheny CleanWays in 2011. Throughout her accounting career, nonprofit organizations have been her focus. Although each organization's mission is slightly different, they all have worked toward bettering the local community. Partnering with Allegheny CleanWays has been gratifying to Amy. She enjoys supporting the dedicated staff as they work diligently to address the needs at each site. In addition, she is very involved with local scout groups and uses those opportunities to pass along a love for the outdoors and a clean environment.

To contact Amy, email her at SimplyBooked@verizon.net.