BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel – President
Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel founded MEVO in the summer of 2008 with several of his friends. He lead the organization from 2008 – 2010 as its first volunteer coordinator. From 2010 until 2012 Eric served as Executive Director for the organization. Eric has been involved in many other environmental projects and organizations that have complimented his work with MEVO and in many cases partnered with the organization. At the age of sixteen he became the youngest solo trail maintainer in the 90 year history of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) when he signed on to maintain the yellow silver trail at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation. During the summers of 2010 and 2011 Eric served as a Rockland County AmeriCorps Environmental Intern carrying out over 600 hours of environmental service. He worked along the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park, NY using stone-masonry and natural building techniques to install stone walls, stairs and build low-impact long-lasting hiking trails as well as rehabilitate hiking trails formally destroyed due to constant use and soil erosion. He was a Powershift 2011 organizer for Clark University, chartering and planning a 55 person bus trip from Massachusetts to Washington DC for the four day 10,000 person environmental conference. He worked for Greenpeace as the Clark University Campus Coordinator from 2010 – 2011, rallying and organizing students for the Unfriend Coal Campaign. In the summer of 2011 Eric went to the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains and studied eastern Himalayan forests and rural livelihoods with the School for Field Studies. Furthermore, after interviewing over 80 local farmers in four villages of Ura Valley, Bhutan, Eric developed and wrote a research report on “The effects of population increase and climate change on water scarcity and rural livelihoods in Ura Valley, Bhutan” which he then presented to a gathering of colleagues and Bhutanese government officials. Eric is currently an apprentice stone-mason for the NYNJTC and volunteers for them when he finds the time between his work for MEVO and New York University, where he is pursuing a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Environmental Sustainability and Social Change. He is the recipient of the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation of Accommodation and Praise, Certificate of Commendation from the Bergen County Board of Chose Freeholders, two time receiver of the Certificate of Merit from the New York State Assembly, and receiver of the Rockland County Executive Honor Award of Excellence, just to name a few. Eric can be contacted at 201-316-4888 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, he loves to hear from anyone interested in helping the Earth or natural environment.
Karin La Greca – Secretary
Karin La Greca is the Secretary of the Board of Directors and has been part of MEVO since it’s inception in 2008. She has been responsible for coordinating and implementing community service projects for the organization. Karin has also served on the Mahwah Environmental Commission since 2002 and is a founding member of Sustainable Mahwah since it’s inception in 2009. Karin has been instrumental in many of the education and outreach programs within the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey. Karin is currently a student at Ramapo College majoring in Environmental Studies, focusing on a career of environmental education and sustainability.
Bjorn von Euler
I have spent more than 35 successful years in the international marketing and communications field, with the last half of them serving ITT in various growth positions at ITT Flygt, ITT Fluid Technology and ITT Corp. I was named ITT’s first Director of Philanthropy as a result of the work done in positioning the company as a thought leader and global business leader in the water technology space. I have led the development of ITT’s signature citizenship program, ITT Watermark (ittwatermark.com) until April 29, 2011, when I retired from ITT. Prior to this I led the communication and branding work as the Director of Corporate Communications for ITT’s Fluid Technology and Motion & Flow Control groups. I think I can claim to be one of the founding fathers of the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize. I have been driving collaboration as means to achieve change, innovation and efficiencies both externally and internally. I strongly believe in the power of building and defending a solid reputation by doing the “right things” and doing it together!
Rebecca Fuchs – Treasurer
Rebecca Fuchs has multiple years experience in the creative design fields of Interior, Textile and Graphic Arts. She has worked as an Artist, Stylist, Art Director, Liaison, Photographer and Hiring
Administrator. She is currently on The Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. (MEVO). Rebecca maintains the companies financial records, photographs the MEVO volunteer events, designs the company artwork and dedicates numerous volunteer hours to support MEVO’s altruistic and charitable environmental work. Rebecca has a BA from Rutgers University for Dance and Art. She has an ASS in Interior Design from Parsons The New School For Design. Her professional studies include a Construction Technology Certificate from NYU SCPS and a Desktop Publishing Certificate from SUNY Rockland Community College Center for Professional Development.