MaryLynn Lodor was appointed by MCD’s Board of Directors on May 4, 2022, to serve as MCD’s 11th general manager. She is responsible for organizational management including a staff of approximately 50 employees that provide flood protection, water resource preservation, and river corridor recreation development. Previously, MaryLynn served as chief operating officer/deputy director of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD). She obtained a master of science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Oswego.
MaryLynn serves on the executive committee as treasurer for the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA), the Hamilton Vision Commission, the Wright-Patterson Council of Governments (COG), the Confluence Water Cluster, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Dayton. Previously, MaryLynn served in board roles for Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium, Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, the Ohio River Sanitation Commission, Fernald Advisory Committee, Green Umbrella, Groundwork Cincinnati, and OKI Groundwater Committee, among others.
Don O’Connor became MCD’s Chief Engineer in July of 2021. He is responsible for managing the planning, design, and construction of MCD infrastructure projects, working on community partner projects, and securing grant funding. Prior to joining MCD, Don served as the City Engineer for the City of Fairborn, and as an administrator and professional engineer for the City of Toledo. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Toledo, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.
Manager of Operations and Maintenance
Ben Casper is MCD’s manager of operations and maintenance, overseeing caretakers for MCD dams and levees. In 2015, he joined MCD as an assistant caretaker. He has held the positions of West Carrollton caretaker, Dayton caretaker, and operations and maintenance supervisor. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ohio University.
Manager Monitoring and Analysis Manager
Mike Ekberg is MCD’s manager for water resource monitoring and analysis. A hydrogeologist, Mike has been with MCD since 2000. He is responsible for all MCD operations concerning the collection of water quantity and quality data. Before coming to MCD, Mike worked as a hydrogeologist for the Ohio EPA and as a staff geologist for Dames and Moore in Cincinnati. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA — with an emphasis on project management — from Wright State University.
Manager of the Great Miami Riverway
Dan Foley is manager of the Great Miami Riverway. He facilitates the Great Miami Riverway initiative, a program administered by MCD, on behalf of a coalition of cities, counties, and park districts. Prior to joining MCD in 2019, Foley served as a Montgomery County Commissioner from 2007 to 2018, the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts from 2000 to 2006, and as Montgomery County’s Assistant County Treasurer from 1994 to 2000. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Bowling Green State University, and a master of arts degree in humanities from Wright State University.
Manager of Communications, Outreach, and Stewardship
Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D. is MCD’s manager of communications, outreach, and stewardship. Sarah believes that water is critical for community health and prosperity and communities who enjoy their rivers are more likely to protect their water. She has raised more than $16 million dollars to protect, restore, and preserve rivers, streams, and aquifers, and promote river recreation. She earned a bachelor of science from Ohio State’s School of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, a master of arts from Antioch University Seattle, and a doctorate of Leadership and Organizational Change from Antioch University.
She was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the Water Management Association of Ohio. Sarah was selected to give a talk at TedX Dayton on water.
Ken Moyer joined MCD in 2004 as treasurer. He is responsible for all financial-related planning, managing, and reporting functions for MCD. Previously, Ken served as the assistant finance director at the City of Centerville and also worked for the auditor of the state of Ohio. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Morehead State University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Manager of Administration
Shannon Phelps is MCD’s manager of administration. She is responsible for human resources, strategic planning and IT administration. Shannon has been with MCD since 2012. Previously, she worked for the City of Bellbrook in finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from DeVry University, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Chief of Technical and Engineering Services
Barry Puskas is MCD’s chief of technical and engineering services, providing technical expertise in geographic information systems, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and analysis, flood forecast modeling, and high-water alert systems and operation. Prior to MCD in 2007, he served as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Ohio Water Science Center in Columbus, Ohio. Barry has also worked as a consulting engineer designing site development plans, city-wide water distribution, sewer and storm water systems modeling using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), dam design and upgrades for privately owned dams, and roadway design. He is a registered professional engineer, a geographical information systems professional, and a graduate of The Ohio State University.