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Water Education Staff

Jennifer McCoy, Communications & Education Division Manager

Jennifer has worked for Cobb County since 2000 as an environmental educator and as an environmental compliance inspector. Her work as a naturalist at a nature center, an instructor at a science museum, and a biologist for an environmental consultant contributes over 20 years of professional experience to our program.

Education:

  • Master of Public Administration, Kennesaw State University, 2011
  • Master of Science (Enviro Ed), Lesley University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology), Kennesaw State University, 1997

Facilitator Certifications:

  • Project WET
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WILD
  • Monarchs in the Classroom
  • Leopold Education Project
  • Native Waters
  • Native Seasons
  • Biodiversity Basics
  • Healthy Water Healthy People
  • Adopt-A-Stream Chemical/Biological/Bacteria Trainer
  • Master Gardener
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Jennifer McCoy

Kristina Ha, Communications Specialist

Kristina Ha has worked for the Water System since 2008 as a Communication Specialist whose primary roles include website management and graphic design for marketing materials.  She assisted with the development of the Water System’s websites: www.cobbwater.org and www.cobbstreams.org.     

Education:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interior Design), Georgia State University, 1999
  • Multimedia Web and Graphic Design, the Art Institute of Atlanta, 2000
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Kristina Ha

Virma Velez, Administrative Specialist II

Virma has worked at Cobb Water since 2018 and joined our team in 2020. She has years of experience working with children and youth in outdoor and classroom settings. Virma translates valuable information that goes out to our community and provides assistance to our environmental educators at events and classes, including the Model Water Tower Competition.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Communications - Public Relations & Advertising), Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2011
  • Master of Arts (Communications - Writing), Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, 2015
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VirmaVelez

Mike Kahle, Watershed Stewardship Program Supervisor

Mike joined our team in October 2011. He has previously worked as a program coordinator with The Nature Conservancy and as a naturalist with both the Orange County Department of Education in California and Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences), University of Nevada, 2008

Facilitator Certifications:

  • Project WET
  • Project Wild
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Adopt-A-Stream Chemical/Biological/Bacteria Trainer
  • Master Gardener
  • Monarchs In the Classroom
  • Trail Crew Leader

Educator Certifications:

  • Wonder of Wetlands
  • Our Shared Forest
  • Certified Interpretive Guide
  • MS4 Compliance & Enforcement Certified Inspector
  • Leave No Trace
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Mike Kahle

Julie Knobbe, Watershed Stewardship Program Specialist

Julie taught in Cobb County schools as a STEM Instructor before joining our team in June 2022.  Previously, she coordinated school and youth programs for the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Wyman Center in St. Louis, Missouri in addition to teaching as a naturalist and garden educator in New York State and Maryland. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology, University of Illinois

Certifications:

  • Project WET
  • Project Wild
  • Project Learning Tree
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Julie Knobbe

Gage Williams, Watershed Stewardship Program Specialist

Gage recently joined the team in 2022. He has a background in environmental and cultural resource education and youth development. His previous work experience includes the Georgia Aquarium, the University of Georgia, and the Southern Conservation Trust.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (English, Biological Sciences), Georgia State University

Certifications:

  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WET
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Gage Williams

Angie Marcus, Water Efficiency Program Supervisor

Angie joined our team in July 2015 and has coordinated the Brooke and Branch puppet show and led community outreach programs. Her background includes work in youth counseling as well as environmental education with Virginia 4-H and Learning Tree Farms.

Educations: 

  • Master of Social Work (Family), Kennesaw State University, 2014
  • Master of Ed (Outdoor Ed Admin), GA College & State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1997

Facilitator Certifications:

  • Project WET
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WILD
  • Challenge Course Trainer
  • Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Trainer

Educator Certifications:

  • Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School
  • Leave No Trace
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Angie Marcus

Aminta Liu, Water Efficiency Program Specialist

Aminta joined our team in April 2019.  After completing her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, she spent three years working as an environmental health inspector specializing in lead poisoning prevention and integrated pest management for New York City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Biology & Society), Cornell University, 2015

Certification:

  • Project WET
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Aminta Liu

Laurelle Panchoo, Program Leader (PT)

Laurelle joined our team in July of 2019 and is coordinating the Brooke and Branch puppet show. Her background is in illustration and brand development.  She has experience teaching art and social skills to children and individuals with special needs. She has also spent time teaching STEAM lessons to elementary students.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Design, Art Institute of Atlanta, 2011
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Laurelle-Panchoo

Elizabeth Brewer, Seasonal Program Assistant

Elizabeth joined our team in July of 2022, and assists with the Brooke and Branch puppet show.  Her background includes work in water treatment and quality assurance testing, as well as education.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kennesaw State University
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Elizabeth Brewer, Seasonal Program Assistant

Kernal and Nibblet, Watershed Ambassadors

Kernal and Nibblet are captive bred corn snakes. They joined our staff in 2007, shortly after hatching at a local nature center. They visit Cobb County classrooms to educate students about the connection between water quality and wildlife.

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