The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore our natural resources through land conservation, water resources stewardship, and environmental outreach across central Pennsylvania.

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2555 N. Atherton Street

State College, PA 16803

The ClearWater Conservancy office will be closed on the following days:

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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Meet Our Board

 

Andy Warner, Board President

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.

Chris Magent, Second 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.

Bill Sitzabee, Secretary

At Penn State, Dr. Sitzabee oversees the University’s capital planning initiatives and day-to-day management of more than 32 million square feet of buildings and 23,000 acres of land at 22 campuses across Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he also leads the Office of Physical Plant (OPP), which is comprised of more than 1,500 employees and an operating budget of $200+ million that supports plant operations, utilities, and facilities maintenance.

William brings a breadth of experience from his time working with both the military and at Cornell.  He has led teams of more than 1,000 engineers, project managers, technicians and other personnel; managed a $2 billion construction integration program, and $750 million capital planning portfolio; negotiated an international agreement for the development of a new power plant; and provided critical oversight for the expansion of the Cornell Tech campus build-out.

William earned a doctorate in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University. He is a professional engineer in New York and North Carolina.

Kevin McGarry, Treasurer

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."

Jim Lanning, Assistant to the Secretary

Jim Lanning is a lifelong conservationist and a long time volunteer at ClearWater Conservancy.  He is the founder and owner of the National Critical Infrastructure Key Resources Group and is a licensed private investigator in both California and Pennsylvania. 

Among other community services, Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is the Chair of the Veterans Service Program. He is also a member of the Trout Unlimited 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.

Margaret Brittingham, Director

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. 

Scot Chambers, Director

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. 

Dan Crust, Director

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.

Erik Foley, Director

​Erik Foley is at Penn State's Smeal College of Business as the Director of Sustainability and Instructor in Management and Organization. Erik teaches and leads workshops in entrepreneurship, sustainability strategy, change leadership, and group facilitation.  Erik blogs at TripleBottomLion.com and in 2014 was the lead author of the "Sustainability Planning Guidebook for Teams" whose strategy development and consultative change model has been shared with institutions around North America.

Most recently, Erik was the Managing Director at Penn State's Sustainability Institute which serves all 24 campuses and advances sustainability in teaching, research, outreach and operations. Erik was also the founder and director of Penn State's Campus Sustainability Office which became a part of the Sustainability Institute in 2012.

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.

Erik is married and the proud father of two great kids (who aren’t kids anymore) and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Matt Hardy, Director

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."

Matt Marshall, Director

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.

Terry Melton, Director

Terry Melton has been a volunteer for ClearWater Conservancy since 2009, when she took over care of the ClearWater office’s native garden after finishing the Penn State Master Gardener class. For many years Terry was President and CEO of Mitotyping Technologies, an internationally recognized and ISO 17025 Accredited forensic DNA testing laboratory. She founded Mitotyping in 1998, and traveled extensively as a scientific expert in forensic mitochondrial DNA, often testifying in court cases. Terry has two graduate degrees from Penn State, and has lived in State College since 1981. She and her husband Bob, who is Professor of Aerospace Engineering, raised two children in the area and now have three grandsons. Terry sold Mitotyping and retired in 2015; in retirement her special interests are gardening (especially native plants), yoga, travel, reading, political activism, and serving in several volunteer capacities, including for AAUW, the Temporary Housing Foundation, and ClearWater Conservancy. Her most recent gardening accomplishment was the design and implementation of two rain gardens for a “green” State College Community Land Trust duplex on University Drive.

Donnan Stoicovy, Director

Donnan Stoicovy has a long history in education.  She currently serves as interim Head of School at State College Friends School. During her career, 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.

Denise Quinn, Director

In banking for 34 years, Denise is currently 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 recent past president for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Risk Management Association and a 2009 Leadership Centre County class member.   Denise has served on the Finance Committee for Clearwater for one year and volunteers for maintaining the Conservancy’s Native Garden.   She lives in Park Forest with her husband, Ronald.

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Meet Our Staff

Deborah Nardone, Executive Director

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, 8.  Together, they enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking.

Kevin Abbey, Land Conservation Manager

Kevin works with local landowners, volunteers, partner agencies, engaged businesses and stakeholders along with ClearWater staff and board to implement our mission to conserve ecologically important habitats in Central Pennsylvania.

In keeping with his lifelong commitment to the environment, Kevin brings more than 30 years of local experience in community development, environmental initiatives, and transportation management to the Conservancy. He holds a BS in zoology from the University of Michigan, an MA in language and literature from Central Michigan and a professional certification in applied river morphology.

Kevin lives in the village of Gatesburg with his wife Georgia and enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and riding his bicycle.

Colleen DeLong, 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 golden retriever and border collie.

Jon Major, Communications Strategist

Jon joined ClearWater in 2019 after spending a number of years in the entertainment and performing arts industry. As a passionate outdoorsman, Jon enjoys sharing the story of ClearWater Conservancy and the work that our organization is doing in our community. When he is not in the office, he can be found fishing, mountain biking, hiking with his wife Bri, or playing with his three dogs Red, Reese, and Banjo. 

Rhonda Rumbaugh, 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.

Dan Trew, Adventure Coordinator

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.

Suzy Yetter, 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.

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