Kirsten Lyons, Director

Kirsten has served many capacities in the environmental field, including as a college instructor, landscape designer, and sustainability consultant. Her work takes a systemic and ecological approach to site design and management. Kirsten assisted in developing Detroit’s 1st Green Alley and also led the design and implementation of the RoofTop Farm project at the Green Garage in Midtown Detroit, where she worked to help small businesses become more sustainable. Kirsten holds a Master of Natural Resource Stewardship degree with specialization in Ecological Restoration from Colorado State University, a Master of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University, a B.F.A. from Wayne State University with a concentration in design, and a horticulture degree from St. Clair County Community College (SC4), where she also taught courses on the subject. A lifelong learner and community volunteer, Kirsten is also a Michigan Conservation Steward and an MSU Extension Advanced Master Gardener Volunteer.

Before joining Six Rivers, Kirsten led the development of the land care program for Friends of the St. Clair River. She grew the watershed nonprofit organization’s volunteer force, led community science and engagement programs, and oversaw a diversity of restoration and stewardship projects.

Hollie Coleman, CISMA Technician

Hollie is an Oakland University graduate with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to joining CISMA in 2021, she performed field work for the Ocean Mammal Institute researching the impact of noise pollution on humpback whale behavior. She spends her time with CISMA monitoring and managing invasive species, like the Red Swamp Crayfish!

Ethan Teranes, CISMA Technician

Ethan is a Grand Valley State University Graduate with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. After graduation, he worked on the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Stewardship Crew, carrying out a variety of invasive species management and habitat restoration projects. He also interned with the Ottawa conservation district, working to help identify issues with trout stream habitats in west Michigan. Since joining CISMA in 2022, Ethan continues his work with invasive species like Red Swamp Crayfish, Phragmites, and European Frogbit.

Meet our outreach partner, Friends of the St. Clair River!

Friends of the St. Clair River

Friends of the St. Clair River is Michigan's Thumbcoast environmental non-profit showing 40 miles of love to the St. Clair River and its watersheds since 2007. We are committed to inspiring citizen action through stewardship, monitoring and education to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds. We work closely with the Lake St. Clair CISMA and other partners to provide water and land stewardship, water quality monitoring, river cleanups, advocate for healthy water, lead research-based ecosystem management, and promote responsible water-based recreation.

Meet our team!