In recent months, the HRPDC and HRTPO have welcomed new employees to their respective staffs.
Katie Krueger, Water Resources Geologist
Katie Krueger has recently joined the HRDPC as a Water Resources Geologist after completing her MS in Geosciences at Virginia Tech. Katie, who also has a BS in Geochemistry, focused both her undergraduate and graduate research on the study of sediment-water interactions that impact water quality in drinking water reservoirs. During this time she was part of an interdisciplinary water resource team whose research results were used by the Western Virginia Water Authority to help manage Roanoke's drinking water reservoirs. She brings this experience to HRDPC where she works with the Water Resource Group supporting water utilities. Katie enjoys crafting and a good book but you can also find her out exploring the outdoors with her dog Coco.
Danielle Spach, All Hazards Emergency Management Planner
Ms. Spach joined the HRPDC’s Emergency Management staff in 2019. Prior to joining HRPDC, Ms. Spach worked with the City of Virginia Beach and the City of Charlottesville/Albemarle County on various emergency management initiatives including sheltering, vulnerable population preparedness, and community education. As an All Hazards Emergency Management Planner, she supports the needs of the All-Hazards Advisory Committee (AHAC) and subcommittees through inclusive planning and assists the Emergency Management Administrator with grant management. Ms. Spach is a native of Hampton Roads and is excited to work for the area she calls home. Ms. Spach is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2018 and a Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2019.
Natalie Brown, Administrative Assistant II
Natalie Brown joined the HRTPO staff in April of this year as an Administrative Assistant II. She provides support to the staff and various programs of the HRTPO. Prior to joining the HRTPO, Natalie worked with the Virginia Beach District Court as a Deputy Clerk where she was responsible for making sure the courtroom ran efficiently as her primary duty was assisting her judge with processing and organizing court documents. Natalie is pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Liberty University.