Ambler EAC members initiate and sustain projects that improve Ambler’s ecological assets. We also build awareness of environmental issues in the region. We write proposals to obtain funding for projects and work with the Borough to fulfill grants when awarded.
Borough Council appoints residents who apply to serve a 3 year term as EAC Members. Associate members, who are not appointed and may not live within borough limits, volunteer to help with these initiatives.
Stephen Maakestad ,
Chair of EAC
Stephen Maakestad is a Project Manager with Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), a civil engineering consulting firm in Philadelphia. His experience is focused on the planning and design of water, sewer and storm water systems with a specialization in flood relief and green storm water infrastructure projects. He also has experience in the Green Building Sector and serves on HMM’s Sustainability Steering Committee. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree from Villanova University in Civil Engineering. He moved to Ambler Borough in 2009 where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Stephen looks forward to supporting the EAC’s initiatives and serving the Borough. In his free time, Stephen enjoys traveling, golf and spending time with his family and friends.
Susan Johnsson majored in Zoology and then became an accountant. She loves watching the many different kinds of fish in Rose Valley Creek, which runs alongside her back yard. Susan has been a member of Ambler EAC since December of 2007. She works to support clean, healthy water, and enjoys the diversity of projects initiated by the Ambler EAC.
Matt Cooley has lived in Ambler Borough since 2004, and he joined the EAC in 2014. Matt has a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, and an M.A. in Professional Communication from La Salle. Matt and his family have made a conscious decision to be as environmentally responsible as their budget will permit. They have solar panels on their roof; they drive a hybrid car; they compost, and they have a rain barrel; and their home is almost completely outfitted with energy-efficient, LED lighting. Matt does not enjoy referring to himself in the third person.
Mary-Margaret’s interest in the outdoors and environment was instilled from a young age having spent summers in upstate New York with relatives who imparted a love and joy of the outdoors and being environmentally conscious. As a Girl Scout leader, with three daughters, she led an active troop that spent a lot time doing “outdoor things” at Ambler Borough Park, volunteering for Plant Ambler, participating in Earth Day and WVWA creek clean up activities, among other things. Being a part of the EAC is a natural fit that allows stewardship in the community and environment we live in. As well, she has been a resident of Ambler Borough since 1980 and currently works in the healthcare industry.
Charles W. Charlesworth
|Associates of Ambler EAC:|
Susan Curry has been a member of the Ambler EAC since 1999. She is the former EAC chair; former president of the Alliance for a Sustainable Future; founded Pennypack Farm & Education Center in 2003 (an organic CSA farm); received grants to reduce lawn chemicals in Ambler vicinity, increase best storm water management practices on stream side properties, plant 100s of trees, restore riparian buffers beyond 50′ in Borough Park; install rain gardens all over town, develop a downtown tree management policy. Active advocate for natural resource protection ordinances, and served on BoRit asbestos citizen advisory group.
Karen Polesir has lived in Ambler Borough for six years and recently joined the EAC as an associate member. In these six years she has become active in the borough serving on Council, acting as secretary for Ambler Main Street, being the volunteer coordinator for all of AMS events, and taking on the role of liaison between Main Street and the Farmer’s Market. Karen’s goal in the EAC is to continue the momentum and growth of the Ambler community.
Christine Raines has liven in Ambler Borough since 1994 and joined the EAC as an associate member recently. She has a B.S. from Temple University and works as Information Systems Manager, Web Site Administrator and Research Associate for Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, PA. Chris is interested in environmental issues and prioritizes maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle by recycling and composting.
Raija Suomela brings her experience from a hearty Yankee upbringing and professional scientific career. A background in small woodlot forestry and development project work as a researcher-analyst combines with a passion for the outdoors and restoration ecology. The trunk of her car is a traveling tool shed! Proud to be involved in Ambler EAC, Borough park and recycling efforts.