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
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.
Second Vice President
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.
In banking for 38 years, Denise is currently Senior Vice President for Kish Bank in State College. As a Commercial Relationship Manager, she oversees a diverse portfolio of loan and deposit customers. She is a board member and past president for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Risk Management Association and a 2009 Leadership Centre County class member. Denise serves on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee for Clearwater and has volunteered for maintaining the Conservancy’s Native Garden. She has lived in State College for 21 years with her husband, Ronald.
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.
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 Park Forest and are currently converting their property to be more pollinator and wildlife friendly.
Erik Foley is 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.
He is 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. Erik serves on Smeal's Diversity Taskforce and Honor & Integrity Steering Committee and is part of the college's Management Committee which advises the dean.
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 teens and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
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 is a member of the Human Resource Association of Centre County, 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 chair and current board member for the Centre Foundation. She is also an advisory board member for Children and Youth Services in Centre County and an 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.”
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 and Events Coordinator at Centre Foundation, Sierra Keller enjoys the privilege of executing engaging events and crafting multimedia outreach pieces that connect the public to philanthropy. Her storytelling through both events and communications work celebrates the various methods in which our neighbors create a positive impact within our region.
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 three years ago when she served in an administrative role and has evolved to include board service. Keller has been a State College resident for 10 years. 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.”
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.
Donnan has a long history in education and the environment. During her career as an educator, she supported environmental education, as well as service learning projects, such as recycling, composting, and gardening to her many years' worth of students. Stoicovy has a B.S. in Education, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and K-12 Administrative Certification. She is actively involved with Millbrook Marsh as our Clearwater representative to the Advisory Council and as its Chair. She has been actively involved in the Centred Outdoors Planning Committee and attends as many of the hikes as possible. She serves on the Advisory Council for Environmental Education for PA as one of DCNR’s two representative where she is also the Chair. She is also the Chair of the PA Project Learning Tree Steering Committee. She is currently involved in the 2021/22 PA Master Naturalist course. She also helped two schools receive the USDOE Green Ribbon School Award. She enjoys running, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, and gardening in her free time.
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.
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.
Meet Our Staff
Deborah Nardone has primary strategic and operational responsibility of carrying out ClearWater’s mission and vision. She helps lead staff, volunteers, and friends of the organization to implement that mission while setting strategic direction for the organization. She is also the lead fundraiser and represents the organization to the community at large.
Deb has 20 years of broad experience in the field of natural conservation with local, state and national organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Sierra Club.
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. Together, they enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking.
Habitat Stewardship Biologist
Colleen Delong helps coordinate the Riparian Conservation Program, works with Growing Native and Native Garden volunteers and assists with other conservation initiatives.
Colleen grew up in Lehigh County, Pa., swimming and canoeing in the Lehigh River and hiking on the Blue Mountain. She was first inspired to pursue a career in the natural sciences during an environmental science class in 11th grade. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and an M.S. from Penn State University’s Ecology Program.
Most of Colleen’s work over the past 20 years has been in habitat establishment and conservation, along with education and outreach. Colleen comes to us from the PA Game Commission (PGC), where she was the statewide coordinator for the Wild Pheasant Recovery Program.
While working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Colleen was the education coordinator for the Cornell Nest Box Network, a citizen-science program that taught people from all walks of life how to conduct wildlife research by collecting data on the success of cavity-nesting birds that use nest boxes across North America. She worked with the West Virginia DNR, assisting homeowners in the West Virginia Wild Yards Program to create backyard habitats for wildlife (and people too) and the Outdoor Learning Sites Programs, where she helped schools create wildlife habitat and outdoor classrooms on school property.
Outside of work, Colleen spends most of her time outdoors, gardening and hiking with her pup, Lily.
Conservation Projects Coordinator
Suzy joined Clearwater in July 2017 as the Conservation Projects Coordinator.
Suzy develops, manages and advances conservation projects in ClearWater’s land and water resources programs in collaboration with the Habitat Stewardship Biologist and Land Conservation Manager.
As an aquatic ecologist, Suzy spent the last 20 years studying riverine benthic macroinvertebrate ecology, conducting natural resource and water quality assessments and managing research projects for Riparia at Penn State University where she earned her B.A. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and her M.S. in Ecology.
Suzy grew up and currently lives near Lewisburg at the foot of Buffalo Mountain in Central Pennsylvania along with her husband, Rick and sons, Caleb and Ethan. Outside of work, you’ll usually find her behind her microscope, tending her garden, hiking in the woods, or splashing around in the water.
Land Conservation Manager
Join us as we welcome Ryan Hamilton as our Land Conservation Manager. Ryan works with local landowners, volunteers, partner agencies, engaged businesses and stakeholders along with ClearWater staff and board to conserve ecologically important habitats in Central Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining ClearWater, Ryan practiced as an environmental, land use, and natural resources attorney in Pittsburgh representing individual property owners, nonprofits, and small businesses across the state.
He earned a JD with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law at Lewis and Clark Law School and he graduated with a BA in Philosophy and English from Juniata College.
Outside the office, you can most often find Ryan exploring local hiking trails with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Elouise. He also enjoys gardening and mountain biking.
Director of Operations
Rhonda joined Clearwater in 2017 as the Events & Volunteer Coordinator. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her background includes event planning, marketing, strategic planning, and developing training programs.
Rhonda graduated from George Washington University and earned her MBA from Eastern University. As recent transplants to Centre County, Rhonda and her husband enjoy exploring the region’s outdoor recreational sites. Rhonda also makes time for reading, cooking, and following her creative impulses.
An aerospace engineer turned nature nerd, Dan graduated from Penn State and decided to stay local to be a part of the growing State College community—taking a tack of following his passions and not frowning at a computer all day.
Dan is an avid proponent of all things fun outside; hiking in the encircling state forests, canoeing on world-class streams, and rolling around in the snow pretending to cross-country ski are some of the many activities he can be found doing. Equipped with a breadth of local outdoor knowledge and a life spent out-of-doors, Dan is the steward for growing the appreciation for and engagement in the local population for the natural resources ClearWater helps protect.
Strategic Communications Coordinator
Andrea is responsible for sharing news, events and updates about ClearWater Conservancy's many efforts to protect and restore the region's natural resources. She also assists ClearWater and its Centred Outdoors program with communications efforts to increase everyone's access to the many benefits of spending more time in nature.
Andrea holds a communications degree from Penn State University, and has over ten years' of communications, marketing and fundraising experience with Pennsylvania non-profits with audiences on the local, statewide, national and global level.
Andrea loves learning all about local forests and local foods with her husband, Chris, and two energetic and adventure-loving sons. Packing a picnic and exploring Rothrock with her family is Andrea's favorite way to spend a day.
Sawyer joined ClearWater in February of 2020. After spending the previous 4 years working in outdoor retail, he decided to make the transition from salesperson to steward in order to give back to the environment and community that he calls home.
In his role at ClearWater, Sawyer provides much of the logistical support that allows staff to operate seamlessly while out in the field. He is also often the voice at the end of the phone when calling into ClearWater’s office and finds joy in helping connect the members of our community with their environment.
When he is not in the office, Sawyer enjoys woodworking, reading, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation—most of which he does while in the company of his friends, his partner, Emily, and their dog Leia.