Derek Schafer

Derek has been with West Creek since 2004 and has served as the Executive Director since 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis with a specialization in Natural Resource Management from Bowling Green State University.

Derek leads the organization’s mission to protect land and water resources, implement park, trail development as well as habitat restoration initiatives and strategic watershed planning.  Derek believes strongly in partnerships and regional collaboration enabling effective use of resources; progress through partnerships.

Within the West Creek team, Derek is responsible for real estate negotiations and related transactions; habitat restoration planning and implementation; park, trail and Greenway development; community/regional partnerships; grant/foundation development and respective management and implementation.