Patricia Dunbar of Warren – President
Patricia Natali Dunbar is a native of the Mahoning Valley and one of the original founders of the FOMR. Patricia has worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Specialist for over 20 years. Patricia has been essential in the growth of the FOMR spearheading multiple projects including receiving 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status, Riverfest organization and recruiting members. With her professional and volunteer activities, Patricia has seen first-hand the benefits the Mahoning River brings to the Valley. Her goals are to educate the community about the Mahoning River, continuing work on dam removals so that one day the Mahoning River will run unimpeded, and to improve the water quality thereby enhance the aquatic life and recreation.
Tom Smith of Girard – Vice President
Steelworker at Wheatland Tube Warren, Ohio. I became interested in the welfare of the Mahoning River after a trip in 2011. I was amazed at how beautiful the river and flora and fauna it supports are. My main goal is to help out with river cleanups of litter, trash, and logs that become entangled, blocking passage for recreational use. On the Restoration Committee. I hope to make our river more enjoyable for all residents of our area to use.
Susan Hammond-Holub of Poland – Secretary
Susan Hammond-Holub loves the outdoors. She works full time as a teacher in the Poland School district, but, in her spare time, she is the secretary of the FOMR as well as being on the board. She is the chief parade designer for the FOMR and the organizer and liaison for the Covelli fundraising event whereby FOMR receives most of their discretionary funds. She also loves being in her kayak on the river. Susan is also active in the FOMR’S clean-ups along the river and our annual RiverFest.
Sara Smith of Girard – Treasurer I have always lived in the Mahoning Valley area and currently reside in Girard. The largest part of my business career was spent working for Packard Electric, a Division of General Motors. Seems I’ve always been aware of the Mahoning River as I lived on the South side of Youngstown very close to the Sheet & Tube Company located on the Mahoning River in Campbell. Over the years, I have developed a real interest in ecology and how our human presence in this world has impacted the land and our effect on the life of the animal world. I joined the Friends of the Mahoning River in 2013 and volunteered to be Treasurer, a position I enjoy. I am also Diversity Chair for The American Association of University Women, belong to Warren City Federation of Women’s Clubs and Stonecroft Ministries. The Raymond John Wean Foundation has accepted me as a member of its Resident Council.
Felicia Armstrong of Canfield
Felicia Armstrong is a professor of environmental science at Youngstown State University. She is highly involved with research related to environmental quality, including water quality of the Mahoning River and its watershed. Dr. Armstrong encourages her students to get involved with local issues and supervise the YSU student organization call Youngstown Environmental Sustainability Society (YESS). She has been a member of FOMR since 2012 and has been on the board of directors since 2013 and is a member of the Education committee and Riverfest.
Josh Boyle of Youngstown
Pete Morabito of Austintown
Pete Morabito is a Mahoning Valley local who loves the Mahoning River. As a result of this love and his love of community, Pete has been an active member of the FOMR. He is on the board of directors and is an active member of the group’s Recreation Committee. Pete loves being on the water in his kayak and volunteering with the FOMR where he actively participates in the annual RiverFest, clean-ups, fundraising, and whatever else needs done.
Don Rex of Girard
Don is a retired teacher and administrator in the Girard Schools; and a Student Teacher supervisor at Kent State University. His interest in developing the river as a recreational and educational resource began years ago when he was a Girard teacher and Girard councilman. He views the Friends of the Mahoning River as the group where he can best pursue those interests. He’s proud to be a member, and is currently a member of the Education, Membership, and Recreation Committees.
Stuart Smith – Poland
Stu Smith is a consulting ground-water scientist (Ground Water Science), mostly working in municipal water supply. He has made the Mahoning River watershed (specifically the Yellow Creek valley) his home since 2010, and FOMR member since 2015, so kind of a new kid on the block. He is a fan of various rivers, and previously active in leadership of the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition. He has been coordinating the new FOMR water quality monitoring effort, and now co-chair of the Preservation and Restoration committee. His goal is to increase the use of quality citizen science on the river as well as enjoying it.
Ed Wilk of Lordstown, Chairman of the Board
Ed Wilk is an active kind of guy. He is one of the founding members of the FOMR and has been an essential contributor to the FOMR’s annual RiverFest. He works full time as an environmental specialist for the state of Ohio. Ed is on the FOMR’s board of directors and is co-chairperson for the FOMR’s education committee.