People of the Preserve
MARIN A. BYUN, Nursery Assistant
215.862.2924 Marin Byun assists Nursery Manager, Jake Fitzpatrick, with operations at the Native Plant Nursery. This includes the responsibility of safekeeping the Nursery’s inventory along with the propagation and sales of plants native to the Delaware Valley Region. She holds as B.S in fisheries/wildlife management with a focus in botany from The Pennsylvania State University. Outside the Preserve, Marin works for a landscaping design business and has recently begun taking on her own clients as a Native Plant Design Specialist.
“Growing up in beautiful Bucks County, just miles from the Preserve, I feel so thankful there is such a “sense of place” in my work space. This is my home. This is my community. These are the plants I've come to know and love. While working in the Nursery at the Preserve, I strive to educate and inspire others about protecting the plants and ecosystems surrounding us.”
SUSANNAH COLEMAN, Interim Executive Director
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DONNA DAHRINGER, Nursery and Sales Manager
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Donna Dahringer, who has experience in plant production, nursery sales, and landscape design, joined the Preserve in early February as our new nursery and sales manager. For the past 10+ years, Donna has planned, organized, and done the hands-on propagation and growing of plants on her family’s small farm in Stockton, NJ. She has also done planning and propagation for a floriculture venture, graphic design work for landscape architects in NJ and PA, and nursery sales and landscape design at Rutgers Landscape and Nursery.
While completing a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, she did extensive research into optimizing ecological function on agricultural sites. She has designed native plant gardens for Duke Farms and a garden that combined native and ornamental plants at the New Jersey Pinelands Commission's headquarters. Previous to changing careers, Donna ran her own consulting practice providing healthcare policy and policy communications services. She also holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University.
"When I was growing up, my parents had a weekend property with an old farmhouse, a pond, a pine grove, a birch grove, and a meadow, adjacent to public land with streams and wooded mountains to hike. I would spend hours wandering through these places with my dog. The appeal of and effortless fascination with nature has remained with me ever since. At Bowman’s Preserve, I not only feel gratified that I can help contribute to nature by making native plants more readily available, but also feel restored by the Preserve’s beautiful, natural surroundings."
RICK FONDA, Grounds and Facilities Manager
215.862.2924 x106, firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Fonda is responsible for the maintenance of plantings, trails, special habitats such as the new pond and the moss garden, and Preserve buildings. He also manages the removal of invasive species, maintains the deer fence and oversees the set up for events. Before joining the Preserve, he was a CSA manager for Greener Partners, a farm-based educational nonprofit in Montgomery County.
“Among my aspirations in life is to pass along a piece of ground to a new generation in better condition than I found it. Working at the Preserve is one way to make the world a better place for my kids. Bringing them here to see the beautiful, verdant place where I work makes me proud.”
SUSAN HARRINGTON, Business Manager
215.862.2924 x112, email@example.com Susan provides administrative and office support to the executive director and staff to facilitate the efficient operation of the organization. She is responsible for human resources and office manager duties. Susan developed a passion for nature preservation while growing up in the Adirondacks in New York State. She is a member, and has served on the board of directors, of the Canada Lake Conservation Association, which is dedicated to preserving, maintaining and protecting the lake, its tributaries and the surrounding forest.
“While growing up in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, I developed a passion for nature and its preservation. The Preserve has made it possible for me to continue to contribute to the preservation of nature in a support role to help the devoted, specialized staff members and volunteers preserve nature both for people to enjoy today and for future generations.”
JASON KSEPKA, Curator
215.862.2924 x107, firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Ksepka insures that the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve conforms to the highest standards of museum practices by fully documenting the Preserve’s living plant collections. He is responsible for all aspects of creating and maintaining the plant records database, as well as monitoring the health of the living collections. He maintains a list of sources for plant material, collects seeds and live plants from wild populations of local provenance to add to the living collection, and helps locate planting sites within the Preserve. Jason received a B.S.F. in forestry and a B.S in fisheries/wildlife management at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His past experience includes landscape restoration work and nursing. He is a passionate gardener and maintains a bog garden filled with carnivorous plants.
“As the Preserve’s curator, I have an amazing opportunity to continue to learn more about the natural history and culture of many species of native plants, both in the wild and at our Preserve. One of my favorite jobs is going out into the field to collect and bring back new species for introduction to the Preserve. I also help propagate and plant native species here.” “All of this helps develop a collection of high diversity and helps make plants available to the community through plant sales and reciprocity with other agencies such as The Natural Lands Trust.”
LAURIE LANNING, Visitor Services Coordinator
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Laurie is responsible for maintaining the Twinleaf Book & Gift Shop. Laurie brings many years of retail experience to the Preserve. She owned and operated her own retail music store in Lock Haven, PA for 25 years, and also spent time as a General Manager of an A.C. Moore Arts and Craft store in Bensalem, PA. Laurie has a B.A. in Music Education and post-graduate credits in horticulture and green house management. Raised in Newtown, Bucks County, Laurie currently lives in Langhorne where she is working on converting her home landscape to feature many native plants.
“Animals and nature have been a life long passion of mine. I spent time at the Preserve in my childhood and would visit when I could while living out of the area. I feel so privileged now to be part of the staff and to devote time and energy to helping the Preserve continue into the future.”
SANTINO LAURICELLA, Adult and Professional Program Coordinator
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Santino joined the Preserve's staff in October 2019 after serving most recently as the head of the Education Department for the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, a non-profit dedicated to the life’s work of one of Pennsylvania's unsung environmental heroes. Santino served as the lead for the Center's educational programming, helping visitors to leave more inspired by our natural world. Originally from central New York, he received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry. An avid lover of the outdoors since his childhood spent just outside the Adirondack Park, he relishes all opportunities to share his passion for nature and science with others.
"I can never get enough of the natural world; I have enjoyed its splendor in all seasons and conditions. Inspired by the many great naturalists of our past such as Carson, Leopold, Muir, and Smith, I only wish to be a lens for others to see and feel the same majesty and reverence as I do when walking through the forest. I feel so honored to be part of the Preserves staff and I look forward to sharing its many wonders.”
REGINA MORIARTY, Volunteer Coordinator
215.862.2924 x110, email@example.com Regina Moriarty is responsible for the recruiting, training, retention and recognition of our vast network of volunteers. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Fordham University and has a diverse background that includes extensive local volunteer service. Living in Newtown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and children, she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening and spending as much time as possible outdoors with her family.
“Frank Lloyd Wright said, ‘Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.’ “Here at the Preserve, we all have the daily opportunity to do all those things. As volunteer coordinator, I have the added pleasure of working with so many wonderful people who choose to give their time and talents to nature, and to our beautiful corner of the world.”
SUE OWENS, Bookkeeper
215.862.2924 x112, firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Owens is the staff member primarily responsible for the accuracy of the financial information. She enters all transactions including entries to reflect accrual accounting, reconciles the accounts, compiles reports for trustees and staff, provides accounting support for special events, and compiles the necessary documentation needed for the annual audit. Prior to joining the staff, Sue volunteered to advise staff regarding Intuit’s Point of Sale software. Sue has a varied background in accounting, database manipulation, information technology, web creation, and graphic designing. She was a Certified Bookkeeper and, while a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, performed small business technical consulting work, including setting up financial systems, troubleshooting, training personnel, and establishing and compiling accounting procedures.
“I grew up in Bucks County and, as a child, frequently visited the Preserve and surrounding areas. Later, camera in hand I would spend many hours photographing and enjoying the variety of flowers and beauty surrounding me. The Preserve holds many wonderful memories; the most cherished was when my husband and I were married here.”
MAGGIE STRUCKER, Interpretive Specialist
215.862.2924 x103, email@example.com Maggie Stucker plans, coordinates and executes the interpretation of the Preserve in cooperation with the education coordinator, education committee, staff and volunteers. Her career path led her from the creative department of the exhibit industry to conducting nature programs for various schools and organizations. While pursuing her new career, she crafted her further education as a naturalist and served as an intern at The Wild Center Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. The former director of the Bucks County Audubon Society is certified as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide and NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer and also served as the Director of the Bucks County Audubon Society. Her company, Tree Frog Nature & Learning, LLC, currently provides interpretive nature programs and games for children and adults. Maggie is also on the board of directors of Fireman’s Hall Museum in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband in Carversville and enjoys hiking, paddling, gardening and exploring the natural world.
"I have always loved being immersed in the natural world. Each outing has its surprises and provocations. I love the Preserve because it is one place that celebrates and protects nature's little jewels and encourages others to see what is beautiful and valuable in the fabric of life."
KELLIE WESTERVELT, Development Director
215.862.2924 x105, firstname.lastname@example.org With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Kellie has worked on local, regional, national and international scales for organizations focused on biodiversity conservation. Her experience ranges from organizational development, fundraising, and strategic planning to natural resource management and ecological restoration. She began her career with the Florida Park Service and later joined the American Littoral Society to oversee the Cape Florida Project, an ecological restoration of a coastal park leveled during Hurricane Andrew. She has since served as Habitat Director for the Delaware Estuary Program, Development Director for The Wildlands Network, and Executive Director for the Florida Native Plant Society. Kellie has served on numerous boards including the Society for Ecological Restoration International and the Environmental Fund for Florida. Some of her publications include educational curricula such as Plant-A-Seed, reference materials such as A Guide to the Natural Communities of the Delaware Estuary, and more recently “From Adversity to Diversity,” a chapter on Cape Florida’s restoration published in The Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration by Island Press.
RICHARD YAHN, Facilities Rental Coordinator
215.862.2924, email@example.com Richard is responsible for coordinating private events at the Preserve. He brings wedding and event experience to this role from a six-year journey in the hospitality industry - and some dabbling in wedding photography. Richard is currently working towards the completion of his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Cairn University. Passionate about helping people, he has traveled across America and Canada on mission trips. In his youth, he spent many summers exploring the trails of Maine’s Arcadia National Park. He has climbed Glaciers in Alaska, encountered dolphins in Nova Scotia, and swam with Lion Fish in the Bahamas.
“It is incredibly refreshing to enjoy the natural beauty of this Preserve while connecting with others that seek to celebrate their lives within it. I’ve walked along these trails many times, always greeted by the peace and tranquility of nature. It truly is a special place to recalibrate from the instant everything of our society. I’m honored to assist in sharing this special place with our community.”