Sally is one of the original incorporators of the Conservancy, and served as Secretary from inception until 2004 and as Executive Director from 2007 to 2014. As President, Sally will lead the Fundraising Committee and continue to have strong involvement in Manada Conservancy's land preservation work. Sally also works at home as a part-time writer, editor, and poet. Her interests include land use planning, biodiversity, natural history, and poetry.
Nancy CladelVice President
Nancy is one of the original incorporators of Manada Conservancy, and served as President from 2007 to 2017. Nancy developed and continues to be involved in our annual native plant sale. Nancy is employed as a Research Support Associate in the Jake Gittlen Cancer Institute at the MS Hershey Medical Center. She is an enthusiastic bird-watcher and has interests in natural history, biodiversity, native plants, gardening and, of course, land preservation.
We are pleased to introduce Manada Board member Kyle D’Angelo. After getting to know the Conservancy’s inner workings through the Administration and Finance Committees, Kyle was welcomed to the Board of Directors in October 2017. With a background in accounting and business management, Kyle has been working as Senior Accountant/Analyst for the Hershey Trust Company since 2014.
He has a special appreciation for the Swatara Creek and is eager to become more active with Manada’s land preservation efforts, particularly the Conservancy’s Swatara Greenway Stewardship program. In 2018, Kyle took on the role of Conservancy Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Bobbie was elected to the Manada Conservancy Board in November 2012. She lives with her husband, Dan, in East Hanover Township. She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a BS in Biology. Teaching Biology at Palmyra High School for twelve years and Life Science for ten years at the Middle School has allowed her use her scientific background and to pass along her passions for nature and the environment. Among the most fulfilling, were sixteen years as a stay-at-home Mom, enjoying time with their three daughters Erin, Mary, and Caitlin. Currently, Bobbie is a member of church council and volunteers at the local food pantry. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and researching family history. She and Dan enjoy traveling, hiking, and other outdoor activities. As a Board member Bobbie serves as Chair of the Education committee, helps to plan and implement the native plant sale, and serves on the Preservation Committee.
Longtime Manada member Tom Abendroth was welcomed to the Board in October 2017 after serving as a member on both the Administration and Finance Committees for several months. Tom has a background in information technology and pathology. He is a physician and has served as the Chief Information Officer at Hershey Medical Center among other positions.
At the beginning of 2018, Tom took on the position of Administration Committee Chair. Among many things, he will be guiding the Board and staff as they work to align Manada’s policies with the recently updated Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time outdoors, home brewing, and baking.
Greg has been a Board Member since 2003. Greg serves on the Preservation Committee and assists with evaluation of new projects. Greg is a professional geologist, and is a Hydrogeologist / Senior Project Manager with AECOM. Greg’s interests include canoeing, bird-watching, hiking, and church activities.
Tracy joined the board in 2010. She has served as chair of our Education Committee from 2011 through the end of 2015, and continues to serve on the Outreach and Preservation Committees. Over the years Tracy has volunteered for various organizations including the Salvation Army, the Manada Conservancy, Kairos Ministries, Guatemala, and the Derry Township Democratic Committee. Her interests include native plant gardening, cooking, biking, and training her two Portuguese Water dogs, Gimli and Kili. She and her husband also enjoy kayaking, snow shoeing and hiking.
Kristin’s involvement with Manada Conservancy began as a member of the Native Plant Sale Committee (which she now chairs). Kristin is presently employed as a Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, where her focus is a cancer research laboratory program. She is a gardening enthusiast with a special interest in creating urban and suburban habitats to attract birds, insects, and other wildlife. She hopes to utilize this interest to work within our communities to develop programs that will mitigate the impact of climate change.
Anita was elected to the Board in December 2019. She already has a history with Manada Conservancy, as she has both volunteered and acted as a consultant through two strategic planning processes. Anita comes to us with a background in Marine Biology, having worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and in many other professional and volunteer capacities in that field in a variety of locations. Since coming to Pennsylvania (which is somewhat lacking in coastal areas), she has focused her efforts on conservation, teaching, and program coordination with us as well as managing the many demands of being a mother of three. She was instrumental in the production of our Natural Resource Inventory and Strategic Conservation Plan.
Bonnie has been part of the Manada family as a volunteer for many years, and joined the Board in December 2012. Bonnie is Chair of the Outreach Committee and works to promote the mission of Manada Conservancy in the community. She also serves on the Fundraising Committee. Bonnie is a retired educator from the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. She enjoys playing chamber music for the love of it and for many years has been playing violin with both the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the West Shore Symphony orchestras which perform throughout south-central Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the Board, Anthea served on our Outreach Committee and was a member of the Dauphin County Return on Environment Committee as well as other joint planning groups with Manada Conservancy. She has significant mentoring, counseling and social work experience, as well as having served 6 years as the Park and Recreation Director at East Hanover Township, managing the site plan project for that township’s Open space and Greenway plan, as well as grant-writing, overseeing programming, budgeting and community outreach. She is currently the Fiscal Manager of the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department.
Rich is one of the original incorporators of Manada Conservancy and has been a Board member since its inception. Rich serves on the Preservation, Finance, and Administration Committees. Retired from his position as a Professor of Pathology at the MS Hershey Medical Center, Rich enjoys bird-watching, natural history, hiking, archeology, and photography. Rich is a medical author and educator, and is active in a number of medical societies. Rich has also presented several talks to the community focusing on the natural history of some small things within central Pennsylvania, and he serves as an unofficial photographer for many Manada events and cards.
Manada Conservancy Emeritus Board is comprised of former Board members who have served at least six years on our Board of Directors.
Ken and Anna Staver
Jennifer Dunlap, Executive Director
Jen began at Manada Conservancy as a summer Preservation Intern in 2008 after graduating from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology. She served as the Administrative Assistant until February 2010. She then joined our Board of Directors, later stepping down to assume the Swatara Greenway Project Coordinator staff position in 2012. In 2014, Jen became our first full-time staff person, as Associate Director. She is now Manada Conservancy's Executive Director. Jennifer’s interests include camping, trips to the beach, and most recently, the study of sustainable agriculture which led to the attaining of her permaculture apprenticeship certificate.
Mark Vibbert, Stewardship Director
Mark brings a wealth of experience in fieldwork, monitoring and land management, wildlife conservation, and mapping, with experience in everything from using a chainsaw to negotiating with poachers. He has worked with volunteers, controlled invasive species, led restoration projects, and led research efforts in threatened wilderness. He has served as a conservation ambassador to communities in Africa and in the States.
Christine Silvis, Finance Manager
Chris joined the Manada staff in 2013. Since relocating to Hershey in 2007, Chris has had the privilege of being able to stay home and raise her 3 children, Nick Ben, and Emmy. Now that they are getting older and involved in school, Chris has a passion for environmental education and preservation. She first learned about Manada Conservancy through the Native Plant Sale and has been slowly transforming her yard into a suburban oasis for wildlife. Chris has a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a M.S. from Penn State College of Medicine in molecular physiology. She continues to be involved with the Friends of the Hershey Public Library, where she once worked in the Children’s Department. Besides taking care of a busy household, Chris’ hobbies include camping, hiking, bird watching and travel.
Karen Haldeman, Office Manager
Manada Conservancy welcomed Karen to the Office Manager position in the spring of 2017. Karen comes to us experienced in bookkeeping, communications, office coordination and a strong desire to work for an organization that benefits her local community. In her free time, Karen enjoys camping, kayaking, traveling, gardening and preserving the goodies from the garden.