Sandra Kosek-Sills Sandra.Kosek-Sills@lakeerie.ohio.gov
Environmental Specialist/Balanced Growth Coordinator
Sandra Kosek-Sills is the Balanced Growth Program Coordinator at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. She has worked on the Ohio Balanced Growth Program since 2005, providing technical assistance to the initial pilot watershed planning projects, writing program documents, coordinating the State Assistance Work Group, and tracking program successes.
Prior to coming to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Sandra worked as a planner for the ODNR Office of Coastal Management where she coordinated the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and was part of the project team for the award-winning Ohio Coastal Atlas. Prior to that worked in the land planning group at Conservation Design Forum, Inc. where she was part of the project team for the TCSP Route 47/Kishwaukee River Land Use and Transportation Plan in McHenry County, IL which received an honors award by the Illinois ASLA.
She holds a PhD and MLA in landscape architecture and an MS and BS in biology from the University of Michigan.
Rian Sallee Rian.Sallee@lakeerie.ohio.gov
Environmental Specialist/Grants Coordinator
As the Grants Coordinator for the Commission, Rian is responsible for managing the Lake Erie Protection Fund grants program. She supports the Commission’s role in multi-agency planning efforts, including the development and implementation of the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan and the Lake Erie Quality Index.
Prior to joining the Commission, Rian worked for an engineering firm in Columbus, Ohio where she managed NPDES Phase II programs in Central and Southwestern Ohio, and coordinated other water quality related programming. Rian holds a Master of Environmental Science degree focused on environmental policy and management from Miami University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Pre-Law from Ohio University. She has also worked as a grassroots-organizing intern for Greenpeace USA in Washington, D.C. Rian holds the Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S) certification.
Heidi Rife Heidi.Rife@lakeerie.ohio.gov
Administrative Professional/ Publications Specialist
Heidi Rife is the Administrative Assistant and Publication Specialist for the commission. She is responsible for the public outreach and is the state coordinator for the Ohio Coastweeks program as well as Lake Erie Award nominations and the Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Prior to joining the commission she was a Senior Graphic Designer and Production Director in the newspaper industry for 20 years. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Center of Visual Arts at The University of Toledo.