As Executive Director of 3 Rivers Wet Weather, John Schombert played an instrumental role in the founding of the non-profit organization in 1998. Prior to 3RWW, John worked for nearly three decades in the Allegheny County Health Department’s water pollution, public drinking water and waste management programs. Most recently, he served as chief of Public Drinking Water and Waste Management. In October 2002, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board for the Certification of Sewage Treatment Plant and Waterworks Operators and appointed to the Pennsylvania Water Resource Advisory Board in 2011. John also serves on several boards including the Local Government Academy, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Hollow Oak Land Trust. An expert on wet weather issues, he is a registered environmental health specialist and a graduate of Thiel College with a B.S. in physics.
Bill Hixson joined the 3 Rivers’ team in 2009 bringing with him extensive experience in overseeing daily operations for a variety of businesses, in both the profit and non-profit sectors, including Eelo Foundation, the International Book Project and Brother's Brother Foundation. He manages finances, contracts, human resources and grants for 3RWW to ensure we remain a financially strong and sustainable organization well into the future, while keeping with the organization's mission and compliance requirements. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Management from Robert Morris University.
Tracy Schubert was hired as the Public Outreach Manager for 3 Rivers Wet Weather in 2000 to help educate a wide variety of audiences, including municipal representatives, legislators, homeowners, the media and students on the wet weather issue and how it impacts our watershed in southwestern Pennsylvania. Annually, she coordinates 3RWW’s regional sewer conference, which attracts more than 300 attendees and 65 vendors. Prior to joining 3RWW, she worked for a variety of companies in a public relations capacity, including Lender’s Service, Inc. in Coraopolis, Development Dimensions International (DDI) in Bridgeville, UPMC St. Margaret in Aspinwall and as a journalist for the Beaver County Times. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Slippery Rock University.
Beth Dutton joined the 3RWW team in 2010 as the Municipal Support Coordinator to strengthen our role in helping municipalities address the sewage and stormwater overflow issue, particularly through the integration of green infrastructure. She serves as a liaison between 3RWW and partner organizations engaged in green infrastructure activities, and she manages the development of 3RWW’s interactive green infrastructure tool, called RainWays. For more than 10 years, she worked as an environmental scientist for Collective Efforts, Michael Baker Corporation and McLaren-Hart Environmental Engineering. A board member of the North Area Environmental Council, Beth earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Pittsburgh.
As the Senior Equipment Technician, Harry Geis ensures that flow monitoring equipment, 3RWW’s extensive rain gauge network and gas hazard monitor equipment are calibrated and installed properly; he also downloads and graphs important data that helps to support the organization's goals. Before beginning his role at 3RWW in 1999, Harry worked as an instrument and control technician for LTV Steel Corp. A certified GPS survey technician, he has an Associate Degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and has completed NASSCO certification for pipeline assessment and extensive training in flow measurement technology and TV inspection.
Jodi Gamble came to 3 Rivers Wet Weather with more than 25 years’ experience in coordinating schedules, processing financial requests, writing, editing and distributing both paper and electronic communications and managing organizational contact databases, all of which she performs in her role as Executive Assistant for 3RWW. She is proficient in a multitude of software programs, skilled at internet research and assists staff in Accounts Payable functions. Prior to joining the team, she worked in a similar capacity at organizations such as Strategic Development Solutions, Mercy Jeannette Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital. She earned a degree in secretarial courses from The Boyd School in Pittsburgh.