Meet Our Board
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 County Industrial Development Authority, Centre Region Estate Planning Council, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
First Vice President
Terry Melton has been a volunteer for ClearWater Conservancy since 2009, when she took over care of ClearWater’s native garden, a task she enjoyed for 11 years. Terry retired in 2015 as Founder and Director of Mitotyping Technologies, an internationally recognized and ISO 17025 Accredited forensic DNA testing laboratory. Terry and her husband Bob, PSU Professor of Aerospace Engineering, have lived in Centre County since 1981, raised two children in the area, and now have four grandchildren. In retirement her special interests are gardening, yoga, travel, reading, environmental activism, and serving as a volunteer for AAUW, the The HOME Foundation, and ClearWater Conservancy. She is “re-wilding” a 12-acre property near Colyer Lake, and occasionally writes about native plants and habitats for local organizations.
Mr. Wildy is a co-founder of Investment Research Partners and has over 19 years of direct investment experience. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and has held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 2003. He is an active volunteer and consultant with the CFA Institute, supporting the CFA examination and grading functions. He has also been an author and contributor to the CFA digest publication. Martin resides in State College, PA with his wife and two children. He sits on the board and investment committee of two preservation focused non-profits and is the head basketball coach for the Special Olympics program in Centre County.
Prior to co-founding Investment Research Partners, Martin oversaw three income- and dividend-focused portfolios for Eventide Asset Management, a mutual fund manager in Boston, MA. While with Eventide, he was also involved in building and managing an equity income model portfolio and a multi-asset class strategy for a large foundation. In addition to portfolio management responsibilities, he worked directly on researching companies and presenting investment ideas to the broader Eventide team. Martin has spoken before numerous conferences on sustainable investing and on investment opportunities within the renewable energy industry.
Prior to joining Eventide, Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Aris Wealth Services, which is currently a division of AssetMark, Inc., where he worked from 2006 to 2014. At Aris, he was involved in the design, launch, and management of several investment strategies including those in the sustainable investing and multi-asset income categories. He also performed macro research that helped to inform the overall portfolio allocations for the firm. Prior to Aris, he was an equity analyst at 1620 Investment Advisors, Inc. where he was responsible for equity research and recommendations, primarily within the telecommunications, technology, and regional banking sectors.
Ms. Fralick grew up in Emporium, Pennsylvania where she spent a lot of time outdoors hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping. She graduated from Cameron County High School in 1988. She then attended The Pennsylvania State University and graduated in May 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. After working in that field for a few years she changed paths and attended the Widener University School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor in May 1998.
She is currently a shareholder with The Mazza Law Group, PC a law firm located in State College, Pennsylvania. Her areas of practice include estate planning, estate settlement, business and corporate law, and real estate. Ms. Fralick has been an attorney and business consultant since 1998 in the State College area. She has been involved in providing consulting and professional advice to many small to mid-sized companies and to individuals, primarily in the areas of estates, succession planning, business and corporate law and real estate. She is an instructor for the Pennsylvania State University World Campus and teaches a course on Business Law and Ethics.
Ms. Fralick is admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is a past member of the Board of Governors. She is also a member of the Centre County Bar Association of which she was a past president. She was a past president of the State College Young Professionals and sat on the statewide committee for the Pennsylvania Young Professionals. Ms. Fralick is a past president of the Centre Region Estate Planning Counsel, past board member and chair for the Centre Foundation. She is a former advisory board member for Children and Youth Services in Centre County and former advisory board member for Student Legal Services at the Pennsylvania State University.
“The outdoors has always been a place for me to reconnect and center myself. I grew up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania with creeks and the forest as my playground. To this day, being outdoors centers me and allows me to let go of stress, recharge and get well needed exercise through running, walking, hiking and biking. I look forward to serving on the Clearwater Board to help others discover, as I have, the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.”
As a longtime resident of the Centre Region, Scot Chambers has been a firm supporter and advocate for ClearWater Conservancy from its inception and looks forward to being a part of the Board of Directors and helping the organization move forward.
Scot currently serves on ClearWater’s Land Conservation and Stewardship Committee. He and his wife Charlene, who are both Docents for The Arboretum at Penn State, have been regular members and supporters of ClearWater in a number of capacities for over many years.
After spending decades teaching for the state of Pennsylvania, as well as coaching and refereeing high school soccer, Scot became a Realtor in 2006. Scot and Charlene live in Centre Hall and are currently converting their property to be more pollinator and wildlife friendly.
Erik Foley is currently a senior consultant with Antea Group where he works as a trusted advisor for clients seeking to create a cleaner, safer, more sustainable world. Formally Erik served as the director of the Center for the Business of Sustainability and instructor in management and organization at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. The center's mission is to accelerate the integration of sustainability in business which is done through a community of scholars, educators, students and industry partners.
Erik has also served as faculty director of the Business Sustainability Strategy Graduate Certificate Program (offered through World Campus) and co-director of Executive Programs' Building a Sustainable Supply Chain. He served on Smeal's Diversity Taskforce and Honor & Integrity Steering Committee and the college's Management Committee. Erik currently co-chairs ClearWater Conservancy's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging (DEIJB) Committee.
Erik teaches, consults, speaks, and leads workshops on the role business can play in addressing social injustice and environmental degradation. Specifically, his areas of focus include: social entrepreneurship, sustainability strategy, and change leadership. His focus and passion is on growing organizations with servant leadership, hard-nosed business analysis, and an authentic focus on social justice and environmental conservation. Erik earned his bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies/Sociology from Whitman College and his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Francis University. He is married and the super proud father of two great children, and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
Matt Hardy, CFRE is the Director of Major Gifts for the Penn State University College of Engineering. 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. They have two adult two children, Carter and Addy.
"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."
Josh is the proprietor of ORGANIC Climbing LLC & Nittany Mountain Works, a sustainable outdoor gear manufacturer located in Philipsburg PA. His solar powered state of the art facility has won multiple awards for their growing business with a focus on sustainability. Josh is also a partner in Climb Nittany, a newly constructed indoor rock climbing gym in State College.
Josh is a lifelong rock climber and outdoors person. He grew up in Minnesota and spent seven years in Laramie Wyoming. Josh is a husband and father of two great kids. They have been in State College since 2009.
As the Communications Director at the Sustainability Institute at Penn State, Sierra Keller enjoys the privilege of crafting and executing a strategic communications plan that connects the Penn Staters and the public at large to sustainability topics. Her storytelling through both events and communications work celebrates the various methods in which both academics and individuals can create a positive impact within their lives, campus communities, and beyond.
Since her graduation from The Pennsylvania State University, with a degree in Media Studies, Keller’s professional aspirations and personal interests have serendipitously collided through her work with local nonprofits and small businesses.
Her connection to ClearWater Conservancy began many years ago when she served in an administrative role, advanced into a communications support role, and eventually transitioned into a board member and co-chair of the recently created DEIJB Taskforce. Keller has been a resident of State College for over 10 years and is deeply entrenched in the community, also serving as Secretary on the board for Centre Helps and having worked almost exclusively with nonprofits and academic institutions since the beginning of her professional career. She lives with her husband, two rambunctious sons, and a menagerie of adopted animals. When she happens upon a rare moment of quiet, it is usually spent exploring local forestlands, pottering around the garden, or reading a good novel.
“Observing the joy radiate off my two wild and free sons while they traipse through a meadow at a Centred Outdoors event, observe wildlife while exploring a new trail, or stomp through a puddle in our neighborhood brings me such a sense of clarity. One of our core family values is to maintain our connection to nature, as well as to hold an appreciation for the bounty of outdoor recreational activities that our region provides. I see ClearWater igniting that excitement and passion in community members across demographics and transforming it into lasting citizen stewardship. As a board member, I couldn’t be more thrilled to volunteer my time and skills to aid such an impactful mission.”
Jim Lanning is a lifelong conservationist and a long time volunteer at ClearWater Conservancy. He is the founder and principal of the National Critical Infrastructure Key Resources Group, proprietor of the Spring Creek House at Camp Breac, and is a licensed private investigator in both California and Pennsylvania.
Among other community services, Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Veterans Service Program Chair for the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He is also a member of the PA Trout Unlimited Environmental Committee. National Veterans Service Partnership Advisory Board.
After completing a thirty-two year career in law enforcement, homeland security and emergency management in large California agencies, Jim came to Happy Valley at the request of his wife of 42 years, Denise Lanning.
Jim lives in the Greentree section of State College with Denise. His son, James Joseph, a medically retired Marine, James’ wife Margarita and his two grandsons James and Joseph, live in nearby Park Forest.
Second Vice President
Matt is an ecologist and program manager with the National Park Service. He has been with the NPS for over 15 years and leads a group of scientists who help park managers understand and improve forest, stream, and river health in nine mid-Atlantic national parks. Matt leads the bird monitoring program for these nine national parks. Matt is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Penn State in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management where he teaches a graduate course in study design. Matt is also a member of the Ornithological Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey. Matt and his wife Jennifer have two children, Sam and Ellie, live in State College and have been long-time members of ClearWater Conservancy. Matt enjoys birding, hiking, trail running, gardening, and spending time with his family exploring the Centre region and beyond.
Neil Sullivan is the University Planner for Penn State University, responsible for leading the development of campus master plans and participating in improvement projects for the University Park campus and Penn State's 24 properties across the commonwealth. Neil also represents the University on the Centre Region Planning Commission and the Transportation and Land Use Committee of Centre Region Council of Governments.
He has more than 25 years of experience in institutional planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Having worked locally and worldwide, Neil has partnered with municipalities and private clients to revitalize downtowns, commercial corridors, industrial areas, and urban waterfronts. His career focused on striking a balance between the development and ecological systems.
Neil and his wife and four children moved to the area in 2018 from the Washington, DC area and now reside in the Highlands neighborhood in the Borough of State College. Neil received his bachelor's in landscape architecture from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and two master’s degrees in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Andy has a 32-year career in conservation, environmental protection, and restoration, focused on improving the health of rivers, wetlands, and coastal areas. For 16 years, he was part of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, providing technical support to more than 50 projects across the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, as well as advancing innovative policy solutions at state and national levels. Andy is currently the director of Penn State University’s Water Consortium, a university-wide initiative advancing research, education, and service to catalyze lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. 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, trail running, and cycling the woods of central Pennsylvania, as well as paddling the region’s many rivers and streams.
Randy Hudson was born in New York City and raised in State College, PA, where he practices architecture and landscape design. He received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State. In New York City, Randy designed residences with Baxt Architects. In Pennsylvania, he was Design Partner for architecture and landscape architecture with Hayes Large. Projects over his 40-year career included homes, schools, Penn State’s Eastview Terrace residence halls and Pattee Library, and State College’s Schlow Library. He has taught architecture and landscape architecture at Penn State and received its Arts and Architecture Alumni Award.
He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, and designed one of the US’s first LEED schools. His State College home has hosted environmental tours, and its property is certified as a National Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation. He advocates an approach to planning and design that addresses the climate and biodiversity emergency facing our nation and increasingly, our region.
Additionally, Hudson is on the board of the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition (NVEC), and on the Ferguson Township Parks and Rec Committee. He is active in local campaigns to maintain and improve the quality of life in Central Pennsylvania. For many years, Randy and his wife Cynthia have been a supporters of, and advocates for, Clearwater Conservancy.