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Stephanie Milewski believes to achieve success one must work hard and maintain a strong determination.

The project manager at Barry Isett and Associates, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, is not someone who is afraid of a challenge.

Barry Isett and Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned, multi-discipline engineering firm employing more than 150 associates. Milewski prepares proposals for various types of municipal, government and nonprofit clients, leads planning and design projects focused on outdoor recreation such as parks and trails, and assists municipalities in meeting their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is also a certified stormwater inspector.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University.

“As a landscape architect working for an engineering firm – a male dominated profession – I find both my colleagues and the leadership of the company to be very inclusive, supportive, and respectful,” said the architect. “There is no division between the landscape architects and the engineers as you often find at other firms. I am brought into projects as a valued team member. The work environment is very encouraging and uplifting. I truly appreciate and enjoying working with my colleagues and am proud to be a member of the company.”

Milewski has also been able to focus her professional and personal life on opportunities that allow her to nurture and support her passion for the environment and outdoor recreation.

She coordinates, with several partners, the quarterly meetings of the NEPA Trails Forum, a group of trail developers, managers and supporters.

“In my former position as the trail manager at Lackawanna Heritage Valley, I established the forum and put together a committee to help plan the meetings,” she said.

She explained the NEPA Trails Forum provides a venue for trail groups to network and share their successes, challenges and expertise. The meetings are held at different locations across the region and typically include a hike, bike ride or kayak trip that showcase the extraordinary outdoor recreational opportunities in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Among her many volunteer works, she serves on the Lackawanna / Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Advisory Committee and represents the trails and alternate forms of transportation constituents.

She serves as the vice-president of the North Pocono Trails Association (NPTA), where her expertise and professional knowledge have proven invaluable. NPTA leads group hikes on other regional trails and maintains the North Pocono trail system at the Elmhurst Tract of the Pinchot State Forest.

She organized the sponsorship of seven children in the Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties Children and Youth Christmas program and formed a committee to help prepare an entire year full of service projects for 2019 that will serve numerous organizations in NEPA.

Milewski shares her love of the outdoors by planning outings for her colleagues giving them an opportunity to get to know each other outside of the work environment.

Milewski has received great support from her family including her husband, twin boys and her parents.

At Isett, she received the Value in Action Award. She was nominated for this award by her work peers and ultimately selected by an executive committee. This award means the she demonstrates the Isett values of being a team member, has ownership in the company, exhibits service to clients, each other and the community and maintains a work/life balance.

She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, North Pocono Trails Association and Transportation Advisory Committee of Lackawanna Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization.

She is also the owner of two small businesses: No Bull Ranch LLC, where she raises cattle and hogs and sells the meat at local farm markets, including the South Side Farmers Market in Scranton, and Concrete Thinking LLC, where she casts stone garden figurines.