Board of Directors
Andy has served as The Nature Conservancy’s senior advisor for water management in its North America and Global Freshwater Programs since 2011. Prior to his current appointment, he worked on TNC’s Global Freshwater Initiative from 1999 to 2011, providing technical and policy support to dozens of river projects across the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Andy has worked on river conservation and environmental issues since 1987.
He holds a M.S. in watershed science with a concentration in land-use hydrology from Colorado State University, as well as a B.S. in water resources from Ohio University.
He lives in Centre County with his wife and two daughters and enjoys hiking, running, and cycling the woods around State College as well as paddling the region’s many rivers and streams.
As Partner-in-Charge of the State College office of Urish Popeck, Kevin leads the engagements for a multitude of clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction, real estate, and professional services industries. He is responsible for all aspects of each accounting and tax engagement from planning through reporting for small businesses and their owners as well as for high net worth individual clients.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Appraisers – Associate Member.
In the community, Kevin volunteers for Clearwater Conservancy; College Heights Association; Centre Region Estate Planning Council and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
“One of the primary reasons that Lori and I chose to raise our family here was the natural beauty and outdoor spaces that surround State College… hearing about Clearwater’s land conservation mission inspired me to learn more about the organization and volunteer my time.”
Cynthia Berger brings two decades of experience as an award-winning science journalist and reporter producer for public radio and television to her work in communications and outreach for Engineering is Elementary at the Museum of Science, Boston. In addition to her experience as a writer and editor across media platforms, she has participated in curriculum development for citizen science projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and for college biology courses at Saint Lawrence University. Her work in both formal and informal science education has been informed by her experience as a researcher working with NASA’s “Mission to Planet Earth.” Cynthia holds an A.B. in biology from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire.
Before joining Penn State Public Broadcasting’s public service media group to lead development and outreach efforts for a documentary on managing water with green infrastructure, Cynthia Berger spent a year travelling 6000 miles on a solar-powered boat—literally immersed in the subjects of water quality and sustainability. Before that, she was director of news and public affairs programming at WPSU-FM, PSPB’s National Public Radio station, where her work was recognized with numerous awards. Her freelance science writing has been recognized with “Writer of the Year” honors from three national magazines; she is the author of four popular-science books.
First Vice -President
Chris is the General Manager for Alexander Building Construction Co. in State College. Since joining Alexander in 2005, Magent has helped the division’s annual volume grow 500% by championing Construction Management project delivery. Chris completed research in the field of sustainable building design and construction and earned his PhD in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Actively involved in local and national organizations, Chris currently serves on over a half dozen public and private Boards including the Partnership Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE), Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and ClearWater Conservancy. Chris was named one of the top 100 Business People and top 40 Business People under 40 in 2009 by the PA Business Central, the CBICC Spirit Award Recipient in 2007 and PACE Excellence Award winner in 2011. He resides in State College with his wife April and their two dogs, and enjoys participating in outdoor or athletic activities.
Steve is the Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant at Penn State University. In his current role, he jointly oversees a workforce of over 1,300 professional, technical service and administrative employees. His responsibilities also include leading the University’s Environmental Stewardship Strategy, Co-chairing the University’s Sustainability Strategic Planning Process and leading the efforts associated with defining and managing the campus deferred maintenance and capital renewal needs
Steve started his career working as a consulting engineer for major Architectural Engineering firms and just prior to joining Penn State was a managing principal in two mechanical/electrical consulting firms.
Bob Donaldson is an active community volunteer. He retired in 2003 as the Director of the Centre County Planning Commission, where he had worked since 1966. He was born, raised and educated in State College and is a 1955 graduate of State College High School. He received his Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1959 and his Masters Degree in Regional Planning in 1969 from Penn State University. Bob’s other current volunteer activities include: the Centre County Historical Society (Board of Governors), the Spring Creek Watershed Association (past Chairman), the Spring Creek Watershed Commission (alternate member), and the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited (Board of Directors).
Bradley Chovit is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Commercial Lending Group at Northwest Savings Bank. Chovit holds a B.A. in Biology and an MBA in Finance from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He and his wife, Kathleen, have lived in Central PA since 1989, and both share a love for nature. Chovit has also been a member of many non-profit organizations. He is an active member of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County’s Finance Committee and also a board member of the Risk Management Association’s Central PA Chapter.
A lifelong resident of Centre County, Dan and his family reside in Buffalo Run Valley near Fillmore. He is the Quality Manager at State of the Art, Inc., a local manufacturer of electronic components. A ClearWater Director since 2002, he has also served as president, a member of the Finance Committee, and currently as chair of the Nominating Committee. Dan has also served as Chair of the Spring Creek Watershed Community, and has volunteered with numerous other charitable organizations.
Donnan Stoicovy has been the Lead Learner at Park Forest Elementary School in the State College Area School District since 1989. As principal at Park Forest, she has stressed environmental education, as well as service learning projects, such as working with Centre House or composting, to her students. Stoicovy has a B.S. in Education, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, K-12 Administrative Certification and is working towards her Ph.D. in Education Leadership at Pennsylvania State University. She is actively involved in Leadership Centre County, the Family Living Program Development Committee of the Cooperative Extension, the Arboretum at Penn State and the Shaver’s Creek Advisory Committee. She enjoys running, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking and gardening in her free time.
Kelleann Foster is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. Her expertise includes community design and planning, with emphasis on the relationship between policies and the impact of their implementation, especially in regards to the public’s understanding of the process and its products. She has received national and international recognition for her work with computer technologies and photorealistic manipulation to communicate alternative scenarios to citizens. She is also Managing Partner for the VIC group, and Kelleann has been serving as the Interim Department Head of Penn State’s Landscape Architecture Department since 2009. She also recently completed a book titled, “Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design”.
Kathleen Yurchak is a partner in the local law firm of Goodall & Yurchak. She focuses her practice on litigation matters handling court cases dealing with employment law, zoning and municipal matters, contract cases, personal injury and first amendment media law. She is a member of the Civil Litigation Section Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Denver School of Law where she was a member of the Environmental Law Review. Kathleen is a graduate of Bucknell University. She is actively involved in the community; she represented local municipalities in matters relating to Open Space Preservation. She lives in Park Hills with her husband Peter, her two boys and dog Stella.
Matt Hardy, CFRE, is the director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Hardy earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in June of 2013. He was previously employed by Lock Haven University, serving as director of major gifts and planned giving. During his tenure at the university, more than 100 new named scholarship funds were created. He also worked on fundraising projects for a new $40 million science center and a 688-bed suite style residence hall.
A Centre County native, Hardy grew up in Bellefonte and resides in State College with his wife, Dana, and their two children.
“I volunteer for Clearwater because of all of the great work they have done conserving, protecting and enhancing our community. Having places to get out and enjoy is important to my physical and mental health and so many other people as well. We have an abundance of natural spaces and I have seen over the years that Clearwater is the leader in strategically protecting our land and water resources.”
Rob studied Business Economics at Penn State from 1976 – 1981. While a student in 1981, he also started Veronesi Building & Remodeling in State College. Rob is still active in that business as its President. He has served on the Board of the Youth Service Bureau and the YMCA and also on the Board of Susquehanna Bank. He and his wife Meredith have four daughters.
Margaret is a Professor of Wildlife Resources at Penn State in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management where she teaches Ornithology, an Ornithology field lab, and Wildlife Management. Margaret is also a Wildlife Extension Specialist for the state and has developed a number of publications for landowners on wildlife habitat management in forests, farmland and backyards. She and her students are researching the effects of Marcellus Shale exploration and development on forest birds. Margaret chairs the Ornithological Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey and she coordinates the Avian Outreach program at the Arboretum at Penn State. She and her husband, Kevin Brant, and sons, Matthew and Robert, live in Halfmoon Township and have been long time members of ClearWater Conservancy. Margaret enjoys birding and hiking, and she and her family have just taken up paddling and are enjoying exploring the many local streams and lakes.
Erik is the Managing Director at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the mission of which is to integrate sustainability across all major functions of the university: research, teaching, outreach and operations. He has the unique perspective of understanding the business imperative for sustainability as well as the deep ecological and social dimensions to human decision-making. A skilled leader, writer and strategist, Erik has been on the front lines of sustainability for two decades with on-the-ground experience from rural Paraguay to the Alaskan bush to the inner city. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College (Washington) and a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Francis University (Pennsylvania). Erik has served as the president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium, on the Environmental Committee of Leadership Centre County, on the American Council on Renewable Energy’s Higher Education Committee, and within Penn State on the University Sustainability Council.
Before joining Penn State in 2009, Erik was the founding director of the Renewable Energy Center at St. Francis University, which worked across the state on community-based renewable energy development, particularly wind power. From 1997-1999, Erik served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Specialist. Erik is married, has two children and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
Tom Butler is a husband and father of three children and lives in Penns Valley. Tom grew up in rural Tioga County Pennsylvania working on his grandparent’s farm. He learned to appreciate the gift of a clean, natural habitat through hours of working outdoors.
Tom is the executive director of Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, an educational service agency serving four counties and 35 school districts in rural central Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as a superintendent, principal, guidance counselor, and teacher in rural school districts across Pennsylvania. Dr. Butler received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2008 from Penn State University researching the effects of globalization on rural schools and communities in the United States.