Stefanie Spear

sspear11Stefanie is founder and CEO of EcoWatch. She has been publishing environmental news for more than 25 years.

Stefanie is dedicated to publishing news online that educates and motivates readers to become engaged in their community, adopt sustainable practices and support strong environmental policy to protect human health and the environment.

Stefanie is president of Expedite Renewable Energy, a consultancy company that project manages solar and wind projects, and works on energy policy on the local, state and federal level.

Stefanie chairs the Renewable Energy Committee for Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and is on the advisory board for Lake Erie Waterkeeper and GreenCityBlueLake Institute.

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Brandon Baker

bbakerBrandon is the editor of EcoWatch’s EcoBusiness vertical.

A Cleveland area native, Brandon has been a journalist for nearly eight years. He covered business, local government, public transportation and more for Northeast Ohio newspapers and websites during that time.

The 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University enjoys traveling, coaching football and spending time with his family when he’s not covering news.


Laura Beans

Laura is the news curator for EcoWatch’s EcoNews vertical. She received her BA in English-Creative Writing from Ohio University and spent her last semester abroad at Swansea University in Wales, UK.

Laura served as editorial intern for Ohio Magazine and then freelanced ona variety of publications for Great Lakes Publishing. She also wrote for the Columbus Monthly Magazine.

Laura embarked on a journey to complete an editorial internship with YES! Magazine on Bainbridge Island, WA, off the coast of Seattle. While the Pacific Northwest still calls to her, she returned to Northeast Ohio to help bring environmental awareness to those who aren’t quite so lucky as to see the mountains out their window everyday.


Nicole D’Alessandro 

nicolenew-300x298Nicole is communications manager of EcoWatch. She has been working in the publishing field for more than a decade. Nicole recently completed a masters in Environmental Studies at Cleveland State University.

She received her BFA from New York University.

Nicole has held a number of volunteer roles, ranging from recycling to videography to green building. She enjoys spending time outdoors (particularly in the great park systems of Northeast Ohio), studying botany, gardening and creating various forms of art.


David Zelasko

davidzDavid is EcoWatch’s social media specialist. He began his marketing career at the University of Dayton, and earned his BA in marketing from Cleveland State University in 2012. For the last three years, David has successfully worked on digital marketing campaigns in the entertainment industry, with companies including Forest City and Live Nation Entertainment.

In addition to his contributions at EcoWatch, David manages the Live Nation Mobile App by curating real-time content during Live Nation events in the Cleveland area.

David has strong ties to the Cleveland area and shows a strong passion for sustainable local food (especially Fat Cats and the Tremont Farmer’s Market), live music and spending time in the great outdoors.