Joyce Appel, East Brady, PA
Diane Buscarini, Gouldsboro, PA
Jim Catozzi, Newton PA
Ben Cramer, State College, PA
Carl Davis, Shippensburg, PA
Cecil Dobbins, Akron, OH
Linda Enders Roxberry, Shillington, PA
Henry Frank, Philadelphia, PA
Wayne Gross, Canadensis, PA
Vicki Porto, Carlisle PA
Jennifer Ulmer, Millville, PA
Barbara Van Horn, Duncannon, PA
President: Ernie Werstler
Vice President: Bob Merrill
Secretary: Katie Barker
Treasurer : Rob Altenburg
Up For Re-Election:
New Board Member: Mark Crames, Great Neck, NY
Founder and CEO of Northern Group, a distributor, and ultimately manufacturer and licensee of fine fragrances, managing brands like Gucci, Givenchy, and Christian Dior, and the licensee for Pierre Cardin and Faberge.
In 2010, after a lifetime focused on building family businesses and a family, with my 6 kids moving along (the last one started college just days ago), I began a different journey. That journey led me to become a vegetarian, lose 50 pounds, and become a long distance day-hiker (the beauty of sleeping on the ground has just not come to me yet). It also exposed me to the beauty of nature, not just for the eyes, but the soul -- something I had not really experienced much as a dedicated city-dweller. Today, it is hard to imagine how I survived without the wild places to break up the stress.
Today, however, it seems to me our wild places are in greater danger than they have been for sometime - not of disappearing, as much as a gradual decline from neglect. It appears predictable that less government funds will be available for trail projects, and we know there is not all that much to begin with. If we are going to protect the places we love for future generations, we are going to have to market the woods and hiking differently and more effectively. I believe I have something to bring to that part of the conversation.