Elaine Chiosso Executive Director                                  

Elaine Chiosso has been Executive Director of the Haw River Assembly since 1997.  She also served as the Haw Riverkeeper from 2008 -2017. She studied at UC-Berkeley and UNC-CH and has a B.S in Science Education. She has lived near the Haw River in Chatham County, since 1974 and currently serves on the Chatham County Environmental Review Committee. She is a former member of the  NC Sedimentation Control Commission and the NC Water Infrastructure Council.  In addition to her role as Executive Director, Elaine continues to work on pollution issues as senior policy advisor.

Emily Sutton Haw Riverkeeper
Emily Sutton joined the staff of Haw River Assembly in 2016, managing citizen science projects to watchdog against sediment pollution and monitor the tributaries and main stem of the Haw River. As Riverkeeper, she is now leading the fight against pollution in the Haw River on many fronts, including emerging contaminants, Jordan Lake nutrients, and sediment pollution. Emily grew up paddling rivers in the Midwest, and moved to North Carolina to received her B.A at Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development, where she studied Agroecology, Watershed Ecology, and Outdoor Education. Emily lives in Chatham County, NC.

Kyleene Rooks Event & Outreach Coordinator 

Kyleene Rooks joined the Haw River Assembly in 2019; coordinating various events including the Haw River Learning Celebration in the Fall, the annual Clean-Up-A-Thon, and the Haw River Festival. As a Certified NC Environmental Educator she also assists with other environmental education programming throughout the year. Prior to working for the Haw River Assembly, Kyleene spent time as Guilford County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Education Specialist. Kyleene received her B.S. at North Carolina A&T State University in Biology and is currently pursuing her Masters. She lives in Carrboro with her two cats and enjoys spending time outside, traveling and camping.

Cynthia Paden Office Manager                                                                                                                                                            

Cynthia Crossen Newsletter Editor

2020 -2021 Board Members

  • Jeannie Ambrose, Chatham County
  • Chris Carter,  Alamance County,
  • Crystal Cavalier, Alamance County
  • Lynn Featherstone,  Chatham County
  • Dianne Ford, Alamance County Secretary
  • Katherine Fulbright,  Orange County
  • Nicole Gaines, Guilford County,  President
  • Sharon Garbutt, Chatham County
  • Chris Foushee-Green, Chatham County
  • David Jester, Chatham County
  • Rufus King,  Alamance County
  • Dr. Janet MacFall, Alamance County
  • John Runkle, Orange County
  • Jo Sanders,  Chatham County, Treasurer
  • John Wagner, Chatham County,
  • Ayo Wilson, Durham County, Vice President
  •      Mac Jordan, Emeritus Member, Saxapahaw
  •     Omega Wilson, Environmental Justice Advisor, Mebane