New Staff Bring Expertise to the League

Staff Hires

The League was pleased to welcome three new staff persons in 2016.

Danielle Donkersloot joined the Izaak Walton League on September 6th as our Clean Water Program Director. Danielle has worked in the conservation field for over 20 years, with a focus on volunteer stream monitoring for the last 16 years. Most recently, she served as the Volunteer Monitoring Program Director for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she launched a statewide citizen stream monitoring program. She created a quality assurance plan that led to a 20-percent increase in the state’s use of volunteer-collected stream monitoring data. Danielle is also an active member on the National Water Monitoring Council, where she represents the volunteer water monitoring community on a national scale.

During her time with the New Jersey DEP, Danielle received the State Public Service Recognition Award, the State Community Outreach Award (five times!), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award for Protecting & Enhancing Environmental Quality. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now called Stockton University).

Danielle is excited to bring her volunteer monitoring experience to the Izaak Walton League to help us reach our clean water goals. “The Izaak Walton League taught one of the first stream monitoring workshops I ever attended, and I have been hooked ever since. I am thrilled to have joined the League and I look forward to engaging our chapters and members in citizen-based stream monitoring.” Want to learn how you can help? Contact Danielle at

Amy Marathe joined the League as Communications Associate (a new position) to manage our electronic communications, including national Web sites and social media platforms. She will also serve as a resource for League chapters and divisions that want to use electronic communications more effectively. Amy has extensive experience with electronic and digital communications, including 10 years with Discovery Communications.

Clean Water Fellow Samantha Roth is leading our Creek Freaks program, which uses local waters as living classrooms to educate students about science, technology, and math. Samantha is an experienced stream monitor and hands-on educator, including one year as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member. She earned her bachelor’s degree in science and natural environmental systems from Cornell University.