(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) Deborah Nardone of Halfmoon Township, a longtime champion of natural places and clean water, has been named Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy in State College.
A conservationist with a quarter century of experience working in many arenas, from the mountains and valleys of central Pennsylvania to Capitol Hill, Nardone looks forward to being ClearWater’s fourth Executive Director. Her first day will be September 8.
“I am excited to join the expert staff and dedicated board at ClearWater Conservancy. Having worked on watershed conservation issues at the local, state, and national level, it’s quite a privilege to bring my expertise in nonprofit leadership home to my own community and backyard,” she said. “I look forward to once again working directly with partners in central Pennsylvania to conserve the land and water resources where we live, work and play. ClearWater is known for being a strong community collaborator and an important technical resource – helping to shape and sustain a vibrant community and healthy ecosystem. I plan to build on that reputation as we grow this organization and its impact on this great community.”
Nardone comes to ClearWater with over 20 years of broad experience in the field of natural conservation. She has worked for local, state and national organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Sierra Club.
“The board of directors is excited to have Deb Nardone join the ClearWater team. Through her past experience planning and coordinating local conservation efforts and organizing an extensive national campaign, she has demonstrated that she possesses the vision and leadership skills that will advance ClearWater’s mission,” said Board President Steve Miller.
She was awarded the Conservation Professional of the Year Award by National Trout Unlimited in 2010 and was named one of the top 40 Pennsylvanians under the age of 40 working to protect the environment by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Nardone earned bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Political Science from Juniata College and a master’s degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University.
She resides on a small, wooded lot with her husband, Jason Little, and their son, Jonah, 8. Together, they enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking.