We have two, part-time employees who work together with our board and our many community partners to keep our organization moving forward. The strategy, the sweat, and the time by the creek, all contribute to the success of the Piney Creek Watershed Association.
Meet The Employees
Project Management & Key Decision Maker
Brittany is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has lived in Fayetteville since 2014. Brittany was originally drawn to the area for weekend rock climbing trips during her undergraduate career at Virginia Commonwealth University. She quickly fell in love with the area, the local community, and the many outdoor recreation opportunities. She and her husband, Sam Chaber, met in Fayetteville in 2011. They spent some time traveling for Sam’s career and finally made their way back to the New River Gorge area in 2014. Brittany has spent the last 6 years as a special education teacher for Fayette County Schools. During that time, she has been an active volunteer for two non-profit organizations – the New River Alliance of Climbers and Fayette Trail Coalition. She loves rallying local volunteers and working with others to improve the local community. She hopes to use her educational background in combination with her volunteer experience to continue Piney Creek’s mission to improve and protect water quality. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her trail running, mountain biking, or rock climbing.
Monitoring Research Assistant
Monitoring support for Upper Piney Creek
Dane is originally from Tyler County and served in the US Air Force under Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). During that time, he participated in extensive environmental and meteorological training and gained real-world experience in some of the most remote parts of the world, while also receiving his associate degree in meteorology through the Community College of the Air Force. He later found his way to this area to attend WVU Tech for a BS in Biology. He first became involved with PCWA in 2017 as a volunteer, assisting with the installation of many of our early pet waste stations. Dane continued to stay involved with PCWA as a volunteer, as the summer intern for the Beckley Sanitary Board and helped develop the methodology for early stream sampling efforts. He then went on to work as the Veterans to Agriculture Program Coordinator for the WV Department of Agriculture, finding success in expanding benefits, increasing membership, improving access to agricultural education, and developing relationships with partner agencies. Dane took a step back to reassess life and invest time in his family and homestead, he again found PCWA and is now back as our "jack of all trades", helping us in the field.